My family is crazy. I suppose the only consolation to the thing is that we don’t seem to be quite as crazy as we were when I was a little girl, football crazy that is. Of course my parents were young when the Dallas Cowboys became THE COWBOYS on March 19, 1960, and immediately they were passionate fans even though in 1960, football was certainly not the powerhouse sport that it is today.
Now, fast forward to 1967. The Cowboys were seven years old and by then, I was as bad as my parents and a die-hard myself so I did not find going to a motel to watch an away game strange at all.
(Back in those days, games were “blacked out” in certain areas if they were not a sell out.) Well, my family wasn’t going to miss the action just because it was an away game (We attended home games.) so we would simply travel to an area where the game was being shown and get a motel room so we could watch.)
Thus…came playoff time in 1967…
Unless you are a sports history buff, you are going to have to be at least as old as I to know anything about the Ice Bowl. It was played in Green Bay with the Packers and the Cowboys going head to head for the 1967 NFL Championship. It still ranks as the number one bad weather game of all time. And, with the temp on the field at sixteen below and the field solid ice, it will remain at number one, no doubt about it.
Well, there we were, holed up in a strange room with a few friends and a ton of food, the adults watching the game at the top of their voices. Why we weren’t ejected, I have no idea!
And on the field, the conditions were completely unbelievable. To make you understand just how bad it was, understand that there was only one whistle blown the entire game. The reason? The first play of the game the ref blew the whistle. When he removed the whistle from his mouth, he also removed half of his mouth. It was agreed that every one would listen to audible calls, and they did.
With sixteen seconds left in the game, the Cowboys were leading by a score of 17-14. On a goal line play that no one expected and with the scoreboard showing thirteen seconds, Bart Starr slipped into the endzone on a keeper.
Cowboy’s Coach Tom Landry was usually a stoic, but his twisted grimmace as Starr crossed the goal line was caught on camera and lived on in football video history for years.
The Packers went on to win Super Bowl II, but it was a very long ride back for the Davis family.
There are all kinds of great Ice Bowl videos online. If you are interested in others, just go to You Tube. You will probably want to fast forward this one through the first 30 seconds or so.