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In last week’s article we talked about a very cold NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the old Houston Oilers. Yes, it was a very cold day in Pittsburgh, but that cannot get near how cold it was back in 1967 in the NFL Championship – “The Ice Bowl” – game between Tom Landry and his Dallas Cowboys and Vince Lombardi and his Green Bay Packers.

Now you must remember, this was back in the real NFL days when players loved playing and were paid a pittance of what they make today. These players did not wear gloves like they do today, so their hands were frozen.

Lambeau Field was a frozen tundra on Dec. 31, 1967 but the 50,000 Green Bay Packers fans still came out on New Year’s Eve! The Packers earned a third straight NFL Title, 21-17.

With the temperature at -18 degrees  (wind chill around -40) and only 16 seconds remaining, Hall of Fame quarterback the legendary Bart Starr, who said the field was like a sheet of ice, called a time out. They were only a few feet away from the winning TD but the two previous running plays could not gain an inch.

Teams today would most likely have none left and in today’s world they probably wouldn’t even play this game. Down by 3 points the last thing Starr and Lombardi wanted to do was kick a field goal and go into OT. They were going for the TD.

Starr surprised them with a QB sneak and dove over his center for the winning TD. Cowboy QB “Dandy Don” Meredith played a great game, tossing the frozen pigskin to his main receiver Bob Hayes who won the gold in the 100 meters in the 1964 Olympics.

Present day plan

There is one NFL game this bettor may take a shot at this week, my first pro football wager of the year. The New Orleans Saints travel to Minnesota and take on the Vikings who opened up as a -3.5 point home favorite.

This bettor will be taking the Vikes and rooting for them to become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl on their home field.

Did you know the Vikings were the only NFL team this year that never took a knee? VIKINGS

College hoopla

NCAA basketball is in full blown swing and a team to watch is Cincinnati. The Bearcats have a good shot at winning the AAC title and should go far in the Big Show. Look for a good price to win it all.

Wednesday, Xavier travels to Villanova. The X men may have been looking forward to this game as they lost on Saturday to Providence, 81-72. Look for a big effort here as they lost to Nova two times last year. Revenge will be sweet here. Take the points with Xavier.

Horse sense

We love horses here at GamingToday and so does the South Point racebook. SP is having a weekly contest and it only costs $10. For only a saw buck you can play for five days.

The contest consists of straight bets, exactas and trifectas with the person having the most money won at the end of those five days picking up a cool $500 smackers. So get out to the South Point and take a shot.

Play of the Week

Our horse play last week was scratched, his trainer ran the stablemate, who won for fun, but if you singled our play in the pick 5 you would have got his stablemate and won.

This week we will take a shot with the third race on Thursday at Santa Anita. Single in the early pick 5, which is only a .14% take out, No. 8 Halo Ahead who drops in with $50K maiden claimers for this mile turf race. Jockey Bejarano has started to really heat it up and will ride her again.

She had a big work here Jan. 5 and looks to be just sitting on the win. Her main danger will come from No. 2 Arrowsphere who just missed going wire to wire in her first try at this level. She gets the good turf rider Flavien Prat. We will make exactas with the 8 and 2.

Remember South Point and get in the contest. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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