Hey – did you know the first Super Bowl game wasn’t called the Super Bowl game? Yeah, it was called the NFL- AFL World Championship game and it was played January 1, 1967. And I saw it on TV! In fact, I’ve seen ’em all.  At least I sure don’t remember missing one. The REAL championship game was held the week before when the Packers beat the Cowboys in the NFL championship game in Dallas. Everyone knew the winner of this game would kill the AFL champs. They weren’t ready for the NFL yet. It was a great game as the Pack beat the Cowboys 34-27 in front of 72,000 fans at the Cotton Bowl. Then two weeks later the Packers easily handled the Chiefs 35-10.  Oh yeah, that game wasn’t even a sellout. 62,000 showed up at the LA Coliseum that held 92,000. Like I said, the REAL championship game had already been played two weeks earlier.

But then, in 1969 Joe Namath and the Jets shocked the football world as they beat the mighty Baltimore Colts in the third super bowl 16-7. I couldn’t believe it. I kept waiting for the Colts to get going and win the game but it didn’t happen. The next year I again watched in disbelief as the Chiefs beat the Vikings 23-7. No way could these guys beat the old guard of the NFL. But they did. But then things got crazy. The next year the NFL and the AFL officially merged and the Steelers and Colts got switched from the NFC to the AFC. Say what? These guys were two of the original old NFL teams. Didn’t seem right at all. And wouldn’t you know it? The Colts played the Cowboys in the Super Bowl in year five. It was two old NFL teams and didn’t seem like a Super Bowl, just an NFL championship. Colts beat the Cowboys 16-13. Heckuva game as I remember.

Well, ever since then I’ve seen ’em all. I watched the undefeated Miami Dolphin two year run – I watched the Steelers dynasty – then I watched the great 49ers and the great Washington teams roll to wins. Then it was the Dallas Cowboy run. Lately I’ve watched the Patriots with Tom Brady win a bunch. Now I’m watching Patrick Mahomes and the KC Chiefs try to win their second in a row over old Tom Brady, who looks 29 forever. I was 15 years old for that first Super Bowl and now I’m 69. I’ve become an old man watching Super Bowls! Oh, who’s my pick for Super Bowl LV? I’m pickin the Chiefs. You know, the team that has the QB who throws overhand, sidearm, underhand, on the run, out of the pocket, OR just takes off runnin? He’s a freak. But I think it will be a good game…AND THAT”S MY TAKE!

Coach L. Albaugh      DBLITY

Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.

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Coach L. Albaugh      DBLITY

Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.