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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; [QUOTE=DblBogey;245076]Showing your age Papa VooDoo . . . I didn't know anybody remembered the Heidi fiasco on NBC, it was eons ago! Just for the younguns in our midst here is the Heidi game . . . The Heidi Game ...

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Old 09-12-2010, 12:04 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=DblBogey;245076]Showing your age Papa VooDoo . . . I didn't know anybody remembered the
Heidi fiasco on NBC, it was eons ago! Just for the younguns in our midst here is the Heidi game . . .

The Heidi Game refers to an infamous American Football League (AFL) game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, played on November 17, 1968 in Oakland, California.

NBC television network terminated the broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones with 65 seconds left to play in the game, shocking die-hard football fans as they watched a pre-scheduled two-hour airing of Heidi, a new made-for-TV version of the classic children's story. (The telecast included commercial breaks; the actual film ran 104 minutes.)

With the Jets leading 32-29 with only 65 seconds left in the game, NBC executives attempted to reach their broadcast operations unit to extend coverage of the game but were unable to reach them in time to delay the cutover or reinstate coverage before the game ended.

In the meantime, the Raiders came back and scored 14 points, winning 43-32. As a result, no fan following the game on TV was able to see Oakland's comeback live. The complaints to the network indicated a new height of popularity for the game in the United States.


The switchboard at NBC blew up from all the calls![/QUOT


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Old 09-12-2010, 09:43 PM   #12
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