Posted October 7, 2005 - 14:07
a little explanation here:
from 1956 thru 1967, cbs assigned a tv crew to each nfl team to call its games for the season. by 67, with 16 teams in the nfl, there were 32 announcers! with a new contract in place in 1968 with the nfl, cbs had stipulated in the new deal with the nfl, that no longer would they have a crew for each team (chopping the crews from 16 to 8), but rather a phase-in where a few crews would work a lot of a team's games, and the rest would be assigned on a merit basis.
since 1966 was the year i first followed the nfl passionately, i'll list those crews here:
Falcons: Ed Thelinius, Johnny Sauer
Colts: Chuck Thompson, Jim Mutscheller
Bears: Lindsey Nelson, George Connor
Browns: Frank Glieber, Warren Lahr
Cowboys: Jack Buck, Eddie LeBaron
Lions: Van Patrick, Sonny Grandelius
Packers: Ray Scott, Tony Canadeo
Rams: Gil Stratton, Don Paul
Vikings: Hal Scott, Clayton Tonnemaker
Giants: Jack Whitaker, Frank Gifford
Eagles: Stu Nahan, Tom Brookshier
Steelers: Joe Tucker, Lowell Perry
Cardinals: Jack Drees, Bill McPeak
49ers: Bob Fouts, Gordy Soltau
Redskins: Jim Gibbons, Pat Summerall
cbs employed a pool video/split audio feed for the telecasts. meaning that on a cowboys at redskins telecast, the dallas area viewers would hear buck-lebaron and the washington viewers (d.c. blacked out) would hear gibbons-summerall, with both dallas & washington viewers seeing the same videocast.
the colts, eagles & steelers networks only had a total of three affiliates and all were within the 75 mile radius for a blackout and thus only did the 7 road games on their networks.
for the nfl title game (packers-cowboys) ray scott & jack buck each called a half as pxp announcers for the teams involved, and pat summerall was analyst as a top analyst in the cbs food chain.
for super bowl i, scott did one half, jack whitaker did the other half on pxp (perhaps because he did giants games as the #1 market??), and frank gifford was the analyst.
the pre-game show was the nfl today with frank gifford as host.
the post-games show was pro football report with bruce roberts as host.
how it was almost 40 years ago.
p.s. yes, bob fouts is dan fouts' dad.
lowell perry - steeler analyst - was the first african-american in an nfl booth.