On December 10, 1939, the Green Bay Packers won their fifth NFL Championship. On a cold and windy day at the Milwaukee State Fair Park, the Curly Lambeau led Packers took the field for the title game against coach Steve Owen and his New York Giants
The western division champs took the lead in the first quarter when Arnie Herber hit Milt Gantenbein for a 7 yard strike for a touchdown. On the other side Ed Danowski and the Giants offense was stifled . The closest they came to putting points on the board was with three failed field goal attempts. The 35 mph winds certainly played a part in those three misses.
In the second half the Packers took over putting up ten points in both the third and fourth quarters. The scoring in the third came from a Paul "Tiny" Engebretsen 29 yard field goal and a Joe Laws 30 yd td reception. In the fourth Ernie Smith knocked a 42 yd fg through the uprights and fullback Ed Janikowski ran one in from a yard out. Overall the Packers defense was just too much for the Giants as they picked them off six times and held them to only 164 total yards.
After winning four previous championships in 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1936, the fifth of an eventual 12 championships came to titletown with relative ease.
The 1939 Green Bay Packers
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Wilt Chamberlain was in his third year in the NBA in December of 1961. On the 8th of that month Elgin Baylor and the Lakers came to town to face Wilt and his Warriors. At the time, the Lakers' Baylor held the league single game scoring record with 71 points in a game. After the Lakers visit to the City of Brotherly Love the record was no longer Elgin's.
In a triple overtime game the Warriors bested the Lakers 151 - 147. But the real story was Wilt and his record setting 78 points. Yes the game went to triple OT, but still, 78 points for a guy in his third year is incredible. The record still stands as the Warriors single game record. In that game the Warriors attempted 153 field goals, which also still stands as a team record.
After the game, Lakers announcer Chick Hearn asked Baylor his thoughts on Chamberlain breaking the record, and if Baylor felt it was less of an accomplishment because it was done in triple overtime. Baylor's response was something like, "it doesn't matter, one day that guy is going to score 100." Who knew that Baylor was a soothsayer.
Just three months later Chamberlain broke his own record by scoring 100 in a game.
By the way, December of '61 was quite a month for Wilt. During that time he also had a streak of 7 consecutive games of 50+ points (12/16/61 - 12/29/61) and 14 consecutive games of 40+ points (12/8/61 - 12/30/61).
Impressive to say the least.
In 1979 Coke debuted what is widely considered to be one of the greatest commercials of all time. It is commonly known as the Joe Greene Coke commercial. In 1979 the spot won a CLIO award, which is given annually for outstanding achievements in advertising. At the time Joe Greene wasn't available to receive the award.
While planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the spot, Coke officials decided that it was time for Greene to receive his due. A couple of weeks ago a ceremony was held prior to a Steelers game and Greene not only recieved his overdue award, but he was reunited with co-star Tommy Okon, now 40.
If you've never seen it, be sure to watch. If you have, watch it again. It's worth it.
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