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1981 AFC Championship Game: Chargers vs. Bengals | “The Freezer Bowl” | NFL Full Game


>>Hello, everyone. Dick Enberg with Merlin Olsen in Cincinnati. Just simply, the meteorologist put it this way — “It’s gone from bitter cold to brutally cold.” Did you ever play in anything like it?>>I didn’t play in this cold of weather. I played in some cold games, Dick, but nothing to match this.>>For Don Coryell, the temperature differential from last week, when he was in short sleeves, 84 degrees in Miami, when they defeated the Dolphins in overtime. Minus-59 today. Well, you’ve got to be a mathematician to figure out the difference. And that’s about the difference, today, between the temperature if this game was being played in San Diego or here in Cincinnati. Forrest Gregg, the AFC Coach of the Year. Some Vaseline applied to his face to protect him from this bitter cold. He remembers a day in the early ’60s when, with the Green Bay Packers, he played in New York, came out of the game with a limp ear. He said it just looked like a dead rose. Just flopped right over. He thought he’d never retain the right position of that ear. And, fortunately, it came back for him. It was that cold that day, but it’s colder today.>>Both coaches going to be hard-pressed today to find a way to cope with this situation, to find a way to win. We’re going to find out how resourceful these two teams are in combating this cold.>>The good news and the bad news for San Diego. The good news is — they will get the ball first. The bad news is — they will get it going into the wind, going left to right. The quarterbacks will be throwing into a wind that’s gusting up to 25 miles an hour. James Brooks is the deep man for San Diego. Led the entire NFL in all-purpose yardage. Jim Breech kicks it off. It’s short, and that figures. Brooks at the 9. 15. 20. And he’s down at the 25-yard line. Rick Razzano and Tom Dinkel downfield for Cincinnati. Dan Fouts, another banner year. Record-setting NFL year for Fouts, throwing the football. Chuck Muncie tied an NFL record with 19 rushing touchdowns. James Brooks led the NFL in all-purpose yardage. Charlie Joiner — his best year ever. Wes Chandler certainly has found a home in San Diego. And the tight end, Kellen Winslow, an All-Pro. From the 25. Well, the crowd is cold, but it is noisy. It’s Muncie. A gain of about 3, maybe 4 to the 29-yard line. Glenn Cameron made the tackle. Here’s the offensive front five for San Diego. Billy Shields at left tackle. The left guard, All-Pro Doug Wilkerson. The center — Don Macek. At right guard, four times in a Super Bowl with Minnesota, Ed White. And Russ Washington — he said, “I won’t let you take my picture, ’cause the last time I did that, I injured my knee and I was out for the year.” So Washington would not pose for our cameras.>>Maybe something in that first play — they came out running the football. Let’s see what Fouts does on second and 6.>>Winslow in motion. They run it to the left to Muncie. And he has a first down as he crosses the 35-yard line. Bryan Hicks, number 27, came up from his safety spot to make the tackle. So, the Chargers run wide right and wide left on the first two scrimmage plays and have a first down. Cincinnati, defensively. And it was a better defense than the Chargers on the course of the year. Eddie Edwards, after an injury, back in the lineup. Wilson Whitley on the nose of the center. And Ross Browner the other front lineman. Bo Harris, one of the four linebackers, with Jim LeClair the leading tackler, Glenn Cameron, and Reggie Williams, who leads the Bengals in sacks. And Fouts calls time. Ball at the 36-yard line. And Fouts looked at the Cincinnati set and, with the play called, decided he’d better exercise a time-out. Boy, that’s got to be a long way for everyone to call a time-out in this weather. No one’s going to relish any time-outs. The rest of the Bengals’ defense, the back four. Louis Breeden had that 102-yard touchdown against San Diego. Veteran Ken Riley, over 50 interceptions in his fine career. Bobby Kemp, eighth-round draft pick. What a job he’s done at one safety spot. And Bryan Hicks, another young safetyman for Cincinnati.>>Dick, a couple of things we ought to consider in the early going here. First, the one thing that the players have out there, it appears, is good footing today. This turf is frozen dry, and the footing should be pretty good, except for the treacherous far corner of the end zone. One of the other big things to consider this day, on a cold day, with any team, is fumbles and turnovers, especially so with Chuck Muncie. If they’re going to rely on him, he’s had a history of coughing the football up, has a hard time holding it, appears to run in a straight-up position. And, a lot of times, those helmets bang right into that football. But a costly turnover in the wrong part of the field could be the difference in a game like this.>>It will be an interesting contrast in the two top runners. Muncie, although he’s a big man, likes to run wide, use his speed. Johnson, a burly fullback in the traditional sense, at 250 pounds, runs tackle-to-tackle, primarily, and rarely fumbles. First down, San Diego, at the 36. Fouts’ first throw of the game. And he misses Winslow at the 40-yard line. Riley over there, along with Cameron, but Winslow was alone. Now, defensively, Merlin, Cincinnati is going to try to check Winslow as much as they can.>>They’re gonna have someone with him all day. Let’s watch the football. Looked like it got away from Fouts a little bit here. The ball just took off on him. Already, Fouts showing the effects of the cold, as that ball got out of his hand. And that’s one of the things you lose. You lose the feeling in your hands, and that football gets hard and slick.>>Second down and 10. Fouts breaking all of his own NFL records that he set last year. Another pass. This to Chandler. And he gains only a couple. Louis Breeden and Bobby Kemp were on top of Chandler as soon as he caught the ball.>>In that big game early in the year, when these Cincinnati Bengals embarrassed the Chargers, one of the things they did early, defensively, was to really shake up the receivers when they caught the football with that same kind of hits.>>You saw the statistic on Chandler — 52 catches. Counting his receptions at New Orleans earlier this year, he finished with 69. Third down, 8, at the 37, against a five-man-defensive-back set. Gonna be intercepted. Oh! It was not. That ball just died out there. It was a sure interception about halfway there, and then the ball just floated and allowed the offensive player, Joiner, to come in and break it up.>>Dick, it’s apparent that the Chargers still feel that they can throw the football, although Fouts has had trouble here early. He had the one pass get away from him. And this one appeared to get away, too. Watch the ball just die. And it almost came down right in the hands of Charlie Joiner. He almost picked it up.>>Now, remember, San Diego was throwing into the wind. The Bengals will get the ball with the wind at their back. George Roberts. With Mike Fuller at the other end. Short kick. And it goes out of bounds around the 35-yard line. The Bengals have the ball, for the first time, at the 36-yard line.>>On that last play, Dan Fouts was bumped just as he threw that football, if you’re wondering why it died the way it did. Watch him just as he gets the ball off.>>Ken Anderson, the NFL’s passing champion this year, All-Pro performer, and named MVP in the league. His first attempt. And he has a man, Alexander, at the 41-yard line. 5-yard gain for Charles Alexander. “Alexander the Great” they called him after last week’s fine performance. Anderson at quarterback for Cincinnati. Here’s the rest of their offensive set. Charles Alexander had his best day of the season last year. Pete Johnson — he’s the man they like to go to when they need the yards. Their great rookie, Collinsworth. The veteran Curtis on the outside. Dan Ross, who set a new Cincinnati record — 71 catches — at tight end. Second down, 4. Pete Johnson close to the 45. Short of the first down. While Cincinnati is attacking a defense, San Diego, that was not good at all against the pass. They were fairly respectable against the run. Anthony Muñoz. Dave Lapham. The center, an underrated Blair Bush, has done a great job all year. Max Montoya. And Mike Wilson. The offensive front five.>>Quite a few of those offensive linemen out there with bare arms today. They don’t want to give those defenders anything to grab on as they’re trying to rush the passer.>>Two tight ends and David Verser the wide receiver. He’s the flanker to the near side on third and more than a yard. And it’s gonna be close. Depends on how much he was able to — Yes! First down, Cincinnati. The Chargers, defensively, have Leroy Jones, 6’8″, defensive end. Louie Kelcher, considered one of the top tackles in the game. Gary Johnson — he made the Pro Bowl. And John Woodcock on the right side for Fred Dean. Linebackers. Linden King their best linebacker. Bob Horn in the middle. And Woody Lowe — good against the pass — on the far right side, or weak side. First down for Ken Anderson. He dumps it out in the flat. Oh, you could see, again, that pass just died as he tried to find Pete Johnson. Defensive backs for the Chargers. Here are their four deep men. Willie Buchanon, the veteran from San Diego State, at the left corner. Mike Williams on the other side. Pete Shaw, a hitter, at strong safety. and Glen Edwards, the veteran, called back out of retirement earlier this year by San Diego.>>It would appear, Dick, that both these quarterbacks have decided to throw shorter passes today. I think that’s a good choice. No one has really tried to get deep yet.>>First quarter. We’ve played about 4 minutes. Second down and 10. The draw to Alexander. Louie Kelcher stops him at midfield. 74, Kelcher, from SMU, the same school that produced Forrest Gregg.>>One of the important responsibilities for Kelcher on that defensive line is to read and react to the draw. He’s lost a little of that quickness in the pass rush, but he certainly read that play well, put himself into position. Had he not been there, Alexander would have made a little bigger gain out of it.>>They have the Hot Seats that have been transported to Cincinnati, both teams, the heated benches, which will help somewhat. At the 50-yard line, it’s third down and 6. Steve Kreider, 86, is in for Alexander. Three wide receivers. Ken Anderson in a pass situation. Kelcher appeared to be offside. Flags down. Caught by Ross! He’s all the way to the 33-yard line! Dan Ross, from Northeastern, in Boston. He caught 71, a new Cincinnati record. And you can’t throw that ball any better.>>He certainly figures to be a big part of the game here for the Cincinnati Bengals. They’ll try to take away the wide receivers and single up on him with a linebacker. Woody Lowe is no match for Dan Ross. There’s the quick shot of Kelcher getting off early. A little anxious. Of course, they’ll refuse that penalty. They’ll take the big gain on the pass. The Bengals moving the football here early. They’re doing surprisingly well in this bitter cold.>>Dan Ross, who wanted not to be a football player but a hockey star when he was a youngster. His dad, in Massachusetts, used to flood the backyard and create a skating pond for him. He wanted to be a defenseman. Decided he’d stay with football, and regarded one of the top products out of the Northeast in the last few years.>>The telephones have gone out on the far side. The Cincinnati coaches have just had to take off their headsets now. That’s a rule in the NFL. If the telephone communications between the coaches upstairs and the coaches on the sideline go out on either sideline, both coaches, both coaching staffs have to do without. Now you’ll see some scrambling. You’ll have some questions down there that will go unanswered.>>All right, this is an official time-out. First down, Cincinnati. Forrest Gregg’s Bengals are in San Diego territory, at the 33-yard line. And they’re working with the wind at the Bengals’ back.>>They’ll be looking up for some signals from the coaching box, but the offensive coordinator for the Bengals, Lindy Infante, is on the sideline. He’ll be signaling in the plays from there. He actually doesn’t signal them in himself. He calls them aloud, and a couple of the players and coaches signal them in to the quarterback, Ken Anderson.>>Johnson. Drives to the 23-yard line. He may have a first down. Linden King finally dragged the big guy down.>>Both offenses going to the big backs early. Muncie with a couple of good gains. But Johnson gets a huge hole on the left side behind Muñoz over there. Breaks it inside, gets a big gain.>>11 yards on the play, Merlin, for Willie James Hammock. That’s his real name when he was a youngster. Pete Johnson weighed 180 pounds when he was in the seventh grade, in Brooklyn, and used a false name. Pete Johnson played seven years of high-school ball. Inside the 20, before Louie Kelcher can drag down — That was Alexander that time. 18-yard line, mark it. A gain of about 4. It’s second down and 6.>>When you’re playing against him, you don’t ask what his name was. You just say, “Who was that big guy?” [ Laughs ] He weighs about 260 pounds. Last year, got as heavy as 267. But he is one hard back to bring down.>>Built for this kind of weather and the tradition of Paul Brown’s teams. In Cleveland, he always liked that big fullback. Marion Motley one of the best. And is happy with these set of backs. Alexander is no midget. He’s 221. This is Johnson. Big hole. And he’s close to the first down. Stopped at the 13-yard line. Now both coaching phones are back, so they’re now in telecommunication with the press box. Gary Johnson finally making the tackle. They’re checking the sidelines. It appears to be short by about a half-yard.>>One of the questions I asked Forrest Gregg yesterday was, “What are you gonna look for early in the game out there?” He said, “I want to find out, very quickly, which players want to play and which players don’t.” He said, “If a guy doesn’t want to play, he’ll come out of the game. And we got to find out, on the other side, which of their players don’t want to play, because we’ll go after them.”>>Third down, Cincinnati. They’ve made good on their first two third-down conversions on this drive. Play-action. Anderson’s going for it all. And misses Alexander. He wanted to go in the end zone. And look who was wide open. David Verser was all alone in the end zone.>>An obvious running situation. Anderson really crossed them up. They were able to get a piece of the receiver as he got out of there. Alexander getting out clean in spite of that. But the pass simply overthrown. And, again, the difficulty of throwing the ball deep today. So hard to get a good grip on that football, to control it with any finesse when it’s so bitterly cold.>>Little Jim Breech — 5’6″, a size-5 shoe — is trying to nail a 3-pointer from 31 yards away. And Cincinnati has the lead! Riverfront Stadium. These fans, who have waited 14 years for this, their first championship game. And the Bengals lead, 3-0. Brooks at the 15, the 20. Fumble! There it is! And the Bengals recover! Number 84, Don Bass, fell on the football. Hold on now. May– Yes, it is Cincinnati’s ball. Bass recovers. Well, you know those are going to happen. That won’t be the first fumble we see today.>>Very difficult, again, to hang on to that football when it’s so cold. You just lose the feeling of it. The ball is stripped away beautifully. Rick Razzano, number 51, the man down to knock it away. And they are right on top of it. Let’s see if they can take advantage of it, Dick.>>The ball is at the 12-yard line. Razzano’s tackle, Bass recovered. Anderson gives it to Alexander. And he’s to the 9, maybe the 8. Woody Lowe led the defensive charge for San Diego. So, a big break for the Bengals. They won the toss and elected to take the wind in this first quarter. So San Diego took the ball. Bass, for the moment, the star for Cincinnati. Give to Alexander — 4 yards on that first-down carry. And it’s second down and 6 for the first down, 9 yards for a touchdown. They go with two tight ends, Ross and M.L. Harris, with Alexander out. Collinsworth, the rookie, bottom of your screen. Curtis on the far side. Anderson to throw. Touchdown, M.L. Harris! M.L. Harris, who came to Cincinnati with Forrest Gregg from the Toronto Argonauts. He may just like this kind of weather. Scored two touchdowns during the year, had just 13 catches. Michael Lee Harris makes it 9-0.>>A crisp pass and a fine catch. Anderson able to spot the open receiver. One of the advantages he’ll have today — he throws more to the receiver. Fouts tends to throw to the spot. That’s difficult in this kind of weather.>>Breech’s try for a point is good. The Bengals get an easy one. After Brooks’ fumble on the kickoff, a 4-yard run by Alexander, and an 8-yard touchdown pass. Breech kicks it off for the third time in the first 8 minutes. And Brooks will try again. Got an opening! 30! 40. And finally down at the 43-yard line. Oh, you have to admire the rookie from Auburn. He comes right back and gives San Diego good field position. 35 yards on the return. Fuller made the tackle.>>Let’s go back and look, quickly, at that scoring pass to M.L. Harris. Get a chance to see him as he gets into the pattern here. Just starts across, gets a good bump in there from Preston, and then cuts back into the corner of the end zone. The ball quickly thrown right on the break. There’s no chance for number 27, Glen Edwards, to get over there and defend.>>Near the 45. That’s Charlie Joiner in motion. Muncie tries the middle. And gets out to about the 47-yard line. Muncie had a banner year for the Chargers. 1,144 yards, 19 rushing touchdowns. His average right there on his back — 4.6. It’s interesting the two Cincinnati backs — Johnson, 3.9 average, and Alexander, only a 3-yard average, where Muncie is a 4.6, and Brooks a 4.8 average.>>We’ll have to look at the averages today. I think they might be a little different on the day.>>Trailing, 10-0, midway through the first quarter. Muncie trying to get outside. Can’t do it. Cameron finished him off, but it was Louis Breeden who made the play from his cornerback spot. Breeden from North Carolina Central.>>Dick, Mike Adamle made the point, early in the pregame show, that, today, it’s not so much a matter of what you can do. It’s what you want to do, a matter of will. Both these teams are going to have to press their pain thresholds today to see which one wants to stay in there the longest. It looks, right now, that the Bengals certainly have the most enthusiasm, the most intensity in the early going. Fouts better get his gang together.>>On third and 9, over the middle. Nice catch by Chandler. And he gets a block downfield at the 40. And out of bounds at the 34-, 33-yard line. Ray Griffin, number 44, in the nickel defense, ran him out of bounds. Nice throw. Fouts to Chandler. First San Diego completion.>>A chance to watch the drops there. A 21-yard completion to Chandler. But let’s see if we can’t see how he gets open there. 53, Bo Harris, the man in the middle. Kellen Winslow dropping back. But they threw underneath. They’re dropping the linebackers on the zone. Chandler getting across, getting a block from number 87, Dwight Scales, and picking it up nicely. San Diego moving the ball.>>So much concentration on Winslow, they used Winslow as the decoy and threw underneath him. And now a flag, as Fouts, on a problem with the snap — False start, San Diego. 5 yards.>>One of the concerns that Don Coryell had was for the noise level in this stadium. Talking yesterday at the press conference, he said, “I hope we don’t have the noise problems that we had in Miami, that they had here in the stadium with Buffalo last week.” A real disadvantage for a visiting team. The crowd will quiet down, very often, for their own team. Noise level high. It’s hard to hear the signals over the crowd.>>San Diego fourth this year in most penalty yards. Buffalo leading the way. So, it’s first and 15, San Diego, at the 38 of Cincinnati. 10-0, the Bengals lead it, first quarter. Muncie. He loves to run left. And he’s down to the 32-yard line. A gain of about 6. Brings up second down and 9.>>I don’t blame him for wanting to go out there. He ran into the sunshine. A little bit warmer out there. The one advantage that the Chargers will have in the early part of this game — they are sitting in the sunshine. It’s got to be a bit warmer. It’s shaded on this side of the field, the near side, where the Bengals are. Got to be a few degrees colder.>>There’s the sun on the far side. Second down and 9. Muncie and Brooks in the “I.” And that’s Winslow in motion. Brooks. Ooh, did he take a lick, but hangs on to the football and is close to a first down at the 22-yard line.>>James Brooks — what an outstanding addition to this Charger offense. That young man is a lot tougher than his size would dictate. And I’m sure he is very determined to make up for that fumble that cost his team a touchdown. He makes a good cutback. You can see him taking advantage of the footing. Good footing even in that part of the field. Gets down for the first down.>>The ex-Auburn star, who replaced Bruce Harper, who has had a lock on that all-purpose-yard record, but this year, it goes to Brooks. First down. So, they were able to overcome the 5-yard penalty on first down. And here’s Brooks again. Up the middle to the 20-yard line. A quick shot for about 3.>>You can see that part of the area down here is shaded, part of it is in sunlight. See that strip of sunlight going across the lower part of your picture? The receivers dropping into that area are gonna have a problem looking into that sun.>>We also might point out, as we pan now to the right, the end zone down here in the far right is the frozen end. That’s where they like to — Cincinnati receivers like to get their man turned around. We saw a touchdown last week when a Buffalo defender fell, and Collinsworth scored.>>Oh!>>Almost intercepted by 55, Jim LeClair! The veteran from North Dakota had that ball bouncing right in his lap.>>Fouts trying to dump that ball off. Both these quarterbacks like to throw that quick dump-off pass. Chance to see it in action. Dan Fouts making his mind up, very quickly, to just throw that ball out to Muncie, who then will become a pure runner with it. That’s like a long hand-off. But Muncie unable to handle the football. Almost got it taken away from him by LeClair.>>Third down and 7 at the Cincinnati 20-yard line. Remember, the Chargers going into the wind. Muncie. Doesn’t get much. You see those Bengals stripes, and it’s like trying to fight your way through a jungle. There were three or four orange-and-black-uniformed Bengals on top of Muncie, and he gains but a yard. In comes Rolf Benirschke to try a field goal that will be beyond 35 yards. They will mark it at about the 27-yard line. Benirschke’s numbers on the year and career. What a solid kicker he has been inside the 40.>>Although we have winds swirling, looking at the flags at the top of the goalpost, very little wind right at this moment in that area. But the banner is blowing hard behind the goalpost. Hard tell, for a kicker, which way to try and kick the ball. Just drive it right down the center and hope you’re right.>>If nothing else, those banners have to make him think. He can see them wiggling and wavering in the breeze. And he must wonder what it will do to his kick. Well, Cincinnati took the wind in this first quarter. Let’s see if it pays off on this 37-yard attempt. Ed Luther to hold.>>It’s got to be difficult to hold that football and get it down perfectly.>>No good! Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen. Cincinnati, Ohio. The coldest day on this date in the history of this city. Perhaps the coldest conditions an NFL game has ever been played — minus-59 wind chill. Pete Johnson draws a crowd. The differential between last week, in Miami, when San Diego played in the heat and humidity, 84 degrees, and today is a 143-degree turnaround.>>Wearing gloves and thermals, you can overcome some of that. But a good deal of the playing ability of these players is just the ability to withstand this terrible cold. In a way, Dick, it’s easier for the players who are on the field, who are moving around, than for those who have to sit on the sideline and wait.>>And they’re not going to get any warmer. That’s why the early 10-0 lead had to be a true advantage for Cincinnati. Anderson, who is very mobile and led the NFL in rushing, quarterbacks. Gets about 5, maybe more to the 27-yard line. Dan Ross throwing a block out there. Gain of maybe 6 to bring up third down and 3. 318 yards for the veteran from Batavia, Illinois. They’re going to have Ken Anderson Day tomorrow in that city. That city also produced another great athlete, Dan Issel, the All-American at Kentucky and the great pro. And it’s been Issel’s town until this year. And tomorrow, it will be Ken Anderson Day.>>You saw, there, one of the reasons that he is so highly prized as a quarterback. It’s that running ability. He’s averaged 6 1/2 yards a carry during the season.>>Steve Kreider, third-year man from Lehigh, an extra receiver. And that was Kreider that he was trying to hit, but the pass was way off the mark. It appears, Merlin, that the passes toward the sidelines are doing tricks, that the ones that have been completed have been those where the quarterback’s thrown straight ahead.>>Well, I think you’re gonna see the ball doing tricks all day, Dick. You’re going to see some good passes, but you’re going to see a lot of them, like that one, that go off target. Again, that ball is difficult to grip. The hands are cold. It’s hard to get a feeling on that ball. And the winds here are swirling. Those three factors make it difficult to put it in the air anytime, but especially so on a day like today.>>McInally to kick the rock. Brooks at the 27 of San Diego. Boy, that ball –>>That just doesn’t go anywhere, does it?>>Chandler, the short man, at the 39. 45 and out of bounds into the Cincinnati bench. Ball at the 45. San Diego trails Cincinnati, 10-0. Muncie up the middle. And he fumbles! And I believe San Diego — one of the trailing linemen fell on it at the 50-yard line.>>And that’s that straight-up running style that we talked about earlier that’s going to get Muncie in trouble, because it’s very difficult to clamp on that football. They just snipped it right out of his hands. Kellen Winslow in there ahead of him as a blocker. But the defenders going for that football, able to strip it away. San Diego lucky to have it. Winslow, right at the top of your screen, one of the blockers, trying to seal people out. Watch Muncie now. Watch him try to cover that football. Glenn Cameron, number 50, one of the men in there. But they just pull it right out of his hands.>>Veteran guard Ed White appeared to be the man who fell on the ball. Second down and 6. A 4-yard gain. Muncie again. Into Cincinnati territory, but short of the first down at the 47. Reggie Williams, from Dartmouth, made the tackle, number 57. 4 yards on the play. Clock running down to 50 seconds left in the quarter.>>In last week’s big victory over the Buffalo Bills, this Bengal team did not turn the ball over at all. Chuck Knox said he thought that was one of the big reasons for the victory. In the game today, we’ve already had a costly turnover. San Diego had 39 turnovers on the year. The Bengals only had 24, the lowest number in the entire NFL.>>Third down and 3 for the first down. And Muncie driving hard. He’ll be close. Bengals — good penetration.>>It appears that they’re gonna give him the first down. I don’t think they’re gonna give it to him. I think he earned it.>>Boy, that picture is deceptive — the sunshine, the blue sky, the color of the crowd. Yes, it could well be 40, 50 degrees, but believe me — it is not. It’s a below-zero temperature, and the chill factor with a wind minus-59. Can you perspire in weather this cold?>>Dick, as cold as it is, these players work so hard on the field when they’re going that they will actually perspire. And it becomes a big problem, because your gear gets wet, and then if you stop, you really get cold in a hurry.>>We open the second quarter. And, statistically, the first quarter was even. On the scoreboard, Cincinnati leads, 10-0.>>7 of those points directly out of that costly fumble by James Brooks on the kickoff.>>From the 45 of Cincinnati, San Diego begins the quarter with the wind advantage. That’s Winslow. His first catch. And he’s to the 38-yard line. Kellen Winslow, the leading receiver in the NFL this year, with 88 catches, just one less than the year before. What an athlete and what a performance last week in Miami.>>Everyone is gonna have to make adjustments today. Winslow, you’ll notice, as he’ll make his turn out there, will just kind of plant, get those feet on the ground, and take short steps to keep his feet. Fouts definitely throwing the ball a little less crisply than he would on an ordinary day to make sure that Winslow has a chance to handle it. But that’s a good play. We’ll probably see that one again shortly.>>7 yards before Louis Breeden make the tackle. On second and 3, it’s John Cappelletti in the game. And he has a first down at the 33-yard line. Of course, played his college football — and had a Heisman senior year — at Penn State.>>One of the reasons that we’ll see some of Cappelletti today is — playing in the cold, as he did at Penn State, he knows how to handle that football. He’s also a very fine blocker, and we’ll see him leading Muncie on a number of plays.>>I asked him, yesterday — I said, “Penn State — this is your kind of weather.” He said, “I’ve been in California so long, that seems like — no pun intended — an ice age away.” He said, “I’m as cold as anyone.”>>The Chargers now have the wind at their back, Dick. Let’s see if they can take advantage of it.>>Trailing, 10-0, early in the second quarter. Fouts in trouble. But gets it away. And Winslow has blockers. 30. 25, 20. 15, 10, 5! Touchdown! Kellen Winslow, a 33-yard pass play. And was that set up beautifully. They caught the Bengals in a blitz from the very side they were throwing the screen.>>You like to be lucky, as well as good. Fouts was lucky. The man that would normally be responsible for getting out on that screen was, indeed, on the blitz. Watch him coming right there. That’s Eddie Edwards driving hard. Firing it out to the outside to number 80, Winslow. And Winslow just using his athletic ability to turn it loose down the field. They spread the defensive backs with the receivers, and Winslow able to run it on in for the touchdown.>>So, all the points have come with the wind. And here’s the try after by Benirschke. Oh, he just does sail one through. Less than 3 minutes for the Chargers to score on that 55-yard drive. Benirschke. Verser at the 5, the 10. Has some running room! He’s got one man to beat, Benirschke! And Dwight Scales came over to make the tackle at the 45. Benirschke slowed him up enough that Scales was able to make the tackle. But a nice return by the top draft pick of the Bengals this year, David Verser, from Kansas.>>Verser comes right back to shift the momentum of this game, much as he did last week. Looked like the Buffalo Bills were getting going, and Verser made a big runback last week. Does the same thing here. Beautiful job of cutting away from the possible tacklers. Benirschke slowing him, as you said, Dick. And that’s a shoestring tackle if ever there was one.>>From the 45, the Bengals leading, 10-7, early in the second quarter. Fake to Johnson. Anderson. Complete to Dan Ross. And the tight end has 10, maybe 11 yards. Let’s go down to Mike Adamle on the field.>>Dick, one of the things the Chargers have been doing to keep their hands warm and combat the cold — they have these hot compresses. A chemical reaction takes place, and their hands warm right up. Fouts is using it, and so is his wide receivers. I think that’s one of the reasons why they’ve been successful throwing the ball.>>Mike, were you at Cleveland last year for the Ice Bowl?>>Yes, I was.>>How do you compare the two?>>Dick, I think it’s colder down here than it was in Cleveland, if you can believe that.>>Thank you for your report. Stay warm.>>There’s Kellen Winslow on the sideline. I’m sure he’s happy to get over there, get a coat on, and get a little bit warm.>>Second down and inches for Cincinnati. So Anderson with a down to play with. Goes to Alexander. 35, 30. First down at the 30-yard line. Willie Buchanon finally made the tackle. We’d asked the question — can these quarterbacks throw the ball on a day like today? They’ve given us the answer.>>And he’s throwing into the wind.>>Anderson doing a good job here. Little shaky, that ball is, but it certainly is on target. And Alexander knew what to do with it. Pete Shaw, number 44, the man that dropped him out of bounds. They’re moving.>>Alexander, who had a couple of rushing touchdowns last week in the Buffalo win. First down at the 30 after that 15-yard gain. And open again. This is Collinsworth. And he has another first down, at the 19! That face tells part of the story. This kid is so happy to be here.>>And he’s happy to be on the end of this reception, too. Got himself in good position. Working on number 51, Woody Lowe, and in front of the right cornerback, Mike Williams. Able to find the room. And a zipper from Anderson. Good play.>>Collinsworth, who, as a prank, sent Wes Chandler, of the Chargers, a Popsicle in his room last night — special delivery. First down inside the 20. A reverse. Collinsworth. And read pretty well by the Chargers. They stop him at the 16-yard line.>>Leroy Jones, number 68, the man who was upfield to turn it back inside, got a piece of Collinsworth. But Bengals pulling out all the stops here, Dick. Watch Collinsworth now. He’ll come back from his receiving position and he’ll take the football after the fake right there. Now watch Leroy Jones, number 68, come from the outside. Gets a piece of him there. The pursuit, then, from the inside. Big Louis Kelcher there, along with Gary Johnson, to finally put him away.>>A gain of about 3. Second and 7 from the 16-yard line. Anderson, who is 6 for 9. Make it — Oh! Johnson unable to hang on. A reliable receiver, the big guy out of the backfield. Johnson, who caught 46 passes this year.>>That’s one of the favorite plays of the Bengals. We said, earlier, that Dan Fouts uses that kind of play as a long hand-off. I think maybe the Bengals have used it even more. And, normally, Johnson just catches that one as a matter of course. But the cold weather made it difficult there. And I think maybe saw a few bodies flying at him, too.>>Third down. Steve Kreider, number 86, is into the lineup for Cincinnati, with Alexander out, as Anderson will use the three wide receivers. Curtis, Kreider, and Collinsworth are all to the right. A triple-right formation on third down, a long 7. Plenty of time. Caught at the 1-yard line! Isaac Curtis. So, he’s using all his receivers.>>The last 3 or 4 games of the season, the Bengals used 48 different formations. They throw everything in the world at you. They came with the three wide receivers on the same side. They’re attacking a pass defense that was last in the NFL. And they show you how to do it right here, as they get across in front of Mike Williams right there with a big, big reception. Let’s see if they can get it into the end zone.>>First and goal at the 1-yard line. They’re already chanting, “Pete, Pete.” And he gets it. And he has a touchdown! He goes steady with that end zone. Johnson, all through his years at Ohio State and now in the National Football League, you can usually find him in double figures in that touchdown column every season.>>Looking from the end zone, you’ll see him just use that pile-driving size and strength to push his way into the end zone.>>Breech’s try for a point. Kreider to hold. And it’s in there. The Bengals leading, 17-7. Here’s Breech’s kick. Taken by Pete Shaw, one of the up backs. And he doesn’t get to the 30-yard line. The tackle made by number 21, Oliver Davis, of Cincinnati. Let’s go back to the touchdown. Anthony Muñoz, the big left tackle, led the way for the Bengals.>>Watch Muñoz, number 78, working on John Woodcock, number 90. They go right in behind the big All-American and All-Pro. He’s just driving, laying on top of Woodcock, just burying him underneath. Woodcock actually keeping his ground, but unable to overcome the momentum of Muñoz. Pete Johnson went right over the top of him.>>All-American at S.C., All-NFL rookie last year, All-NFL this year, in his second season. Here’s Muncie. Crossing the 30 and dragged down at the 33. Bo Harris, whose wife presented him with a couple of dozen roses in the locker room yesterday — Kind of an obvious thing to go through the locker room, and here are two dozen roses, in number 53, Bo Harris’, locker. And he says, “The wife just wants me to know that she cares.”>>Hard to realize, sometimes, that these football players are just real people.>>That’s right. And what a nice touch by the young lady.>>Absolutely.>>Second down and 6 at the 33. Muncie again. Too many Bengals. And Bobby Kemp, 26, the rookie from Cal State, Fullerton, finished him off.>>Mike, you’re down on the field. Tell us — can you feel any tempo down there? Who has the edge down there?>>Well, Cincinnati, Merlin, definitely has the edge. I thought that San Diego, perhaps, would have the advantage. They’re on the sunny side of the field, and it is significantly warmer over there. If someone would have told me before the game these two teams would have 24 points at this point of the game, I would have told them they were crazy.>>That just gives you an idea, Mike, what it might have been like had we had decent weather. In fact, both teams agreed that the losing club might have scored 30 points in good weather. Third down and 6. Complete to Joiner. And the veteran from Grambling has a first down at the Charger 45-yard line. Joiner — And what a season for the 33-year-old. He had 70 catches. He came to San Diego from Cincinnati in a trade for Coy Bacon.>>He’s certainly been valuable and so dependable. And second-oldest active receiver in the league. He still keeps right on chugging along. Put that one away, picked up the first down. Good pass by Fouts.>>On third down, bread-and-butter play. Joiner, who had that big catch to set up the winning field goal in overtime at Miami last week. Fouts out of the backfield. Winslow. Oh, as soon as he caught the ball, Jim LeClair and Cameron were right on his back. 6 yards on the play.>>You can see the wind whipping the banners around this stadium. Not quite as windy out in the middle of the field, but the wind kind of swirls in this stadium. You could be standing out there, it would be calm, and then, suddenly, you feel the surge of wind. That’s very difficult to deal with when you’ve got your hands on that football or you’re trying to get it from one person to another.>>We can measure it, mathematically, too, and we’ll give you that right after this play. Second and 4 from the Cincinnati 49. Draw play to Muncie. He’s got a little running room and a first down at the 41. The temperature is around 8 degrees. The chill factor is almost minus-60. That gives you an idea of what the wind does to the effect.>>Wind and humidity. Being right next to the river the way we are, we do pick up some of that, as well. But I am really impressed, Dick Enberg, with the way these two teams are handling the cold weather. They are here to play football. It’s apparent that they’re gonna do it in spite of the cold.>>And, quite surprisingly, as Mike indicated, we’re going to have a fairly high-scoring game. There are the game conditions.>>”Bitter cold.” Well, they didn’t miss that one.>>”Brutally cold” is what the man said on TV last night. Here’s Brooks on first down. To the 37-yard line, before Reggie Williams, three-time All-Ivy League linebacker at Dartmouth, makes the tackle. And Jim LeClair has to be restrained.>>You don’t want to lose your cool in a game like this.>>Wait a minute.>>They’ll toss you out in a hurry.>>No pun intended, I hope. [ Both laugh ]>>Brooks, by the way, averaged 4.8 yards per carry every time he touched the football during the season. We talked about his importance to this team as a special-teams player, but he also can carry the football. Great quickness.>>Less than 6 minutes left in the second quarter. Cincinnati leading, 17-7. Second down and 6 for Fouts. Dumps it out to Brooks. Behind a block. Good cut, but not a first down. He’s stopped at the 33-yard line. Don Macek, the center, 62, was the man out in that — Pulling out away from center and leading the block. Bo Harris and Bobby Kemp made the tackle.>>One of the ways you try and combat the rush is to use little screen plays, like this. You let everybody penetrate and slip in behind them. Good play and good moves by Brooks, but he finally ran into the bulk of the Cincinnati defense, and they stopped him. Cincinnati had six sacks in that earlier game. You obviously want to try and avoid that. Fouts has been able to avoid the sacks so far in this one.>>It’s a short 3. Third and about 2 1/2. Fouts going for it all to Joiner. Intercepted by Breeden at the 5-yard line! Fouts obviously thought that he could catch the Bengals looking for a run on third and 3. But Breeden, who was the nemesis when he intercepted a Fouts pass, went 102 yards to tie an NFL record, a touchdown, in the regular-season game, was right there. We’ll get to this formation, the last play, in just a moment. Right now, Cincinnati with the ball at the 6-yard line. They lead, 17-7. The interception by Breeden the second turnover. So it’s 2-0, the Bengals leading, in that department. Cross buck to Johnson. And the big fullback is out to the 13-yard line. Let’s go back to the play. Winslow was arguing, vehemently, after that last play. Let’s see what happened. Winslow over the middle. That’s Glenn Cameron. Well, a little extra work there by Cameron. Winslow said that he should have had a penalty.>>Well, here’s the man he wanted to go to, number 18, Charlie Joiner. Joiner getting deep on this play. But look at Louis Breeden get great position on him. Slipped right in in front of him and take the football away from him.>>So, a couple of turnovers. A fumble led to a key touchdown — only a 12-yard drive — in the first quarter for Cincinnati. Second down, 3. Alexander. Met sharply. And a good defensive surge by the Chargers. It was Gary Johnson and Louie Kelcher, the two tackles, pinching in on the running back from LSU.>>Down at ground level, you can feel what it feels like to lineup in that backfield. A little misdirection. They started to the right. Alexander coming back to the left. But no one moved out of the way. And they swarm over the top of him. And big 99, Wilbur Young, getting a piece of him there. These Chargers do a better job of playing against the run, by far, than they do against the pass. The Bengals finding that out today.>>Third down and 3 with 3:40 left in the first half. Anderson. Open. Oh, and a fine play by Woody Lowe! Dan Ross was open, and Lowe just diving out and batting the ball away. An excellent play by the former star at Alabama.>>Anytime you get a fine receiver like Dan Ross one-on-one, you want to go to him. And there he is one-on-one on a linebacker. That’s the setup they wanted. But Woody Lowe just said, “No, sir. You’re not gonna take that football.” Fine play by the linebacker, Lowe.>>Well, the Chargers, with 3:35 left in the half, will get another chance, before halftime, to cut into that Bengal lead of 17-7. McInally will kick from around his 3-yard line.>>Chargers have 2, 4 — Now they move one up — 4 men back and just a few up.>>Short kick to Chandler. And he lets it bounce. And takes a kind Cincinnati roll to the 45-yard line. WLW, an NBC affiliate, channel 5 here in Cincinnati. We want to thank them for their hospitality. San Diego with the ball at the Bengal 45-yard line, trailing, 17-7. Fouts to Winslow. Well, there’s that timing pass. And never better illustrated — You talked about that so many times in the past, Merlin, how Fouts throws to a spot. The ball was there as soon as Winslow, who turned almost too soon. McInally — You wonder why it’s tough to kick the ball in this weather? We’ll let the punter himself tell us.>>Cold weather — it’s difficult to compress the ball. And, you know, you just hope that you get real good contact and you can follow through. You’re just not gonna kick the ball as far when it’s cold.>>Said it’s just like kicking a rock.>>Second and 10 from the 45. Fouts, a little fake flanker screen. And then he goes to his tight end, Sievers. To the 32-yard line. That’s a first down. Eric Sievers, from Maryland, a rookie picked in the fourth round. That was a play that we have not seen before.>>We’re going to see a lot of plays today we haven’t seen. Eric Sievers, the number-two tight end. And they were playing two tight ends in there today. The Cincinnati coaches very impressed with that young man. And all the concentration on Kellen Winslow allowed Sievers to get open on that play. It was a little fake to the outside, a little screen fake. But Sievers finding the open room in the defense and then just protecting that football with both arms to pick up the first down.>>Clock is running. 2:38, 2:37 left in the half. Up the middle goes Muncie. And the big back from the University of California gets to the 26-yard line before Bryan Hicks can make the tackle. And that kind of hit just makes you wince. You had to play in this kind of weather. Are you so numb that it doesn’t hurt or can you express what it feels like?>>Believe me — it hurts down there. The body gets cold, and your body is just not flexible in the cold. And every one of those hits goes right to the core of the body with great pain.>>In case you’ve just joined us, we’re at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. 2 minutes left in the first half. The Bengals lead it, 17-7, over San Diego. Two weeks hence, indoors at the Silverdome in the Super Bowl.>>Little conference going on on the far sideline with Dan Fouts and the coaches. Oh, you can see the effect of that cold, especially in this shaded area of the field, here. Fouts over there. You can see the warmer in his hand. See the chemical warmer that he’s using to keep his hands there? Only one penalty against the Chargers so far in this ballgame. And, certainly, they’re in good position here with the winds at their back. Like to take advantage of it and get it into the end zone.>>Ball at the 26-yard line. It’s second down and 4. It was in this situation last week, late in the game, that Buffalo, after a time-out, did not engineer the play in the necessary 30 seconds and perhaps lost the chance at a tying touchdown. And the Chargers — a little confusion, but they’re apparently set to go and in time. Muncie. Running hard and close to a first down at the 22. It would be a first down.>>The Cincinnati Bengals have great respect for the center of that San Diego line, a very big line. Two great guards. They say the best tandem of guards in the NFL. Watch them right here. Ed White, 67, out quickly to work on the linebacker, Cappelletti through to block, and big Chuck Muncie just lowered his shoulder, went through the opening to pick up the first down. That’s the kind of play that the Bengals don’t want to see much of today.>>Don Coryell, who was a ski patrol in the Army in World War II. First down at the 22. Clock running. 1:20 left in the half. Fouts. Could be intercepted! And it is! That’s Bobby Kemp, who takes it out to the 18-yard line! Fouts threw right into two Bengal defenders. And Winslow is down in the end zone.>>Winslow tried to get up to make that tackle and may have gotten himself injured on the play. Fouts appeared to gamble on Winslow’s ability to take that football away from the defender. He could see that Winslow was covered. He threw the football in there, taking a chance that Winslow could go up and outfight the defender. Watch Winslow now. Kemp, number 26, has been man-to-man with him almost all day. And watch what happens when that ball is thrown. It’s simply underthrown. Winslow comes up, gets a hit right there, got his arm stretched out a little bit, and stayed on the turf. He’s still on the turf. Kemp makes the most of the interception. Finally tackled inside the 20. But they took the ball away from the Chargers when the Chargers were moving it.>>And it seems that Fouts not only threw into good coverage by Kemp, but Bryan Hicks had Winslow covered on the other side. The third turnover by San Diego. Second interception of Fouts.>>Two interceptions of Fouts, and a fumble by Brooks.>>Both deep in Cincinnati territory. Breeden’s interception was at the 6-yard line, and this one in the end zone.>>It would appear that he is not getting a full throwing motion on that ball, and that ball dropping short. Again, maybe the effects of the cold on the quarterback. He’s simply not able to get that clean throwing motion.>>It figures, with a 10-point lead, that Anderson will play it safe, but that hasn’t been his style through the normal weather of this season. Give to Alexander. Alexander wrapped up by “Big Hands” Johnson, number 79. Clock running. Less than a minute left in the first half. So, although Cincinnati leads, 17-7, it’s taken two interceptions to stop San Diego drives in this second quarter.>>We saw the battle over on the left-hand side between Anthony Muñoz and number 90, John Woodcock. Watch Woodcock stuff it in there. And then Gary Johnson, right at the bottom of your screen, 79 — Now, that’s dangerous, Pete Johnson standing up that way. That ball is exposed. You don’t want to give them a chance at that football in your own territory.>>29 seconds. Could be the last play of the first half. Clock running.>>Ooh!>>Johnson just protecting that football. And Louie Kelcher there to put the hit on him.>>Big Louis stacked him up at the line.>>That will be the end. 10, 9… Neither team trying to wait around. They’re gonna head for the locker room. Three turnovers by Cincinnati the difference in this first half. One led to an easy touchdown. And the crowd cold but loving it.>>Chargers had the choice in this half, the option of taking the wind. They did what they have to do. They took the football. They’ve got to get the ball and get it into the end zone to get back into this game.>>San Diego moved the ball well enough, especially in the second quarter. But two interceptions — one at the Cincinnati 6, and the other in the Bengal end zone — stopped Charger drives. And they trail it, 17-7. Cincinnati opportunistic, as they have been all season long.>>Dick, just sitting out here — we’re open to the air in our booth here — you can feel it getting colder. That’s a trend that will continue throughout the game. It’s going to be tougher and tougher to play football. But I am really and truly impressed with the quality of the performance of these two teams under these terrible circumstances. I’m really impressed with the way they’ve both handled themselves.>>Absolutely. They are sitting on an electrically heated bench, but you know that that isn’t helping an awful lot. And there are the big blowers that also provide some warmth. The second half begins. Short kick. At the 15, the 20. And up to the 30-yard line go the San Diego Chargers, as it’s return by Doug Beaudoin, former New England Patriot. The Chargers take the field, offensively, with Fouts at quarterback. Chuck Muncie fumbled once, but it was recovered by a teammate. James Brooks — his fumble, on a kickoff return, recovered at the 12, led to an easy Cincinnati touchdown. Joiner and Chandler outside. Winslow shaken up in the end zone at the end of the first half, and we’ll have to check his condition. He’s in the lineup and okay. Shields, Wilkerson, Macek, White, and Washington, a big forward wall. From the 31-yard line. Muncie hit in the backfield. Breaks one tackle. And loses a yard. Wilson Whitley and Eddie Edwards. And it was Edwards, on the back of Muncie, who secured the tackle. Ken Riley, up from his corner position, also in on the tackle. Edwards, Whitley, and Browner, all number-one draft picks and all young. Bo Harris, LeClair, the leading tackler, Cameron, and Reggie Williams. Louis Breeden had one of the interceptions in the first half. The veteran Riley at the other corner, with his career 52 interceptions. Hicks and Kemp, two young safetymen. Second and 11. Triple-left formation. Only Muncie in the backfield. Into the wind. A man open. And it’s Charlie Joiner. Hit immediately at the 39-yard line, short of the first down, by Reggie Williams, number 57. Williams had a great year for the Bengals. There is the thermometer. The Fahrenheit on the left. And that one shows it’s about 4 degrees above zero, but the official reports from the meteorologist say it’s below zero, about 5 or 6. Third down, call it 2, a short 2. Muncie… has the first down, I believe. They spun him around at the 31. It appears he has the first-down yardage. Louis Breeden down low to submarine on the tackle, along with Glenn Cameron.>>Number 77, Sam Claphan, the backup tackle, used as a tight end, as they come with three tight ends in the game. Kellen Winslow, number 80, the man that’s holding off the linebacker on the inside, Cameron. And, of course, big Chuck Muncie using all of his strength. They’re gonna measure it. And he did, indeed, pick up the first down.>>Fred Silva the referee. And for this officiating crew, an honor to be in the championship game, as it is an honor for us to be here in what is NBC’s Super Bowl, our final telecast of the year. And there are the men who have earned the privilege of working in the cold of Cincinnati today. And if they had a choice, even knowing the weather, you know they’d be here, as with all of us. First down at the 41. Muncie. Up the middle for 3 yards, to the 44-yard line. Browner and Cameron made the tackle. Second down and 7 for San Diego at their own 44. Paul Brown in the left corner of your screen, a Hall of Fame, the great coach — Great Lakes, Ohio State, Cleveland Browns, formed this franchise. President and general manager of the Bengals — and former coach. Fouts had trouble holding the ball for a moment. And that’s Chandler. At the 45, 40. And out of bounds at the 38. And some fancy dancing by Wes Chandler. And a first down for San Diego.>>Chandler’s running ability one of his great strengths. You saw it last week on a great punt return. You’ll see it here again. Once he has that football, eludes Louis Breeden, number 34, manages to keep his feet, pick up about an extra 8 or 10 yards after he caught that pass.>>Now watch Breeden on the replay. He misses the tackle here but doesn’t quit on the play. He’ll still come back. And you’ll see 34 in on the tackle. Well, we didn’t quite see the end of the play, but he got a piece of the action. First down, San Diego. Muncie fumbles! And I believe the Bengals have it! Yes! Four turnovers go to Cincinnati. And the Bengals, as they have been all year long — They don’t give it up very often, and, yet, when it’s on the ground, they get more than their share. Reggie Williams, standing far right of your picture, makes the hit.>>Watch Williams, now, just stepping inside of the block. And he puts his shoulder right into the football. That’s the straight-up running style that we mentioned of Muncie’s, and it’s gotten him in trouble again, as the ball bounces away. Cincinnati has it, first and 10.>>From their own 40-yard line. Ken Anderson had a good first half. Gives to Pete Johnson. Short yardage. Not much there. Linden King made the tackle. It’s interesting that the Bengals, this year, playing against a four-man line, defensively, were 7-0. And they beat some good teams in the process — the Jets, they beat Pittsburgh a couple of times, and others.>>They beat Los Angeles, beat the Chargers. All four-man teams. There they are. There are the teams they defeated, all four-man-line defenses. And we’ll talk about the reasons for that in a moment.>>Second down and 8. Anderson — this is what he’s done well all year. And a first down at the 47-yard line of San Diego!>>Quarterback mobility is such an important thing. On that interception, the last one that Fouts threw, he had a chance to run, didn’t run. Anderson won’t hesitate. He sees the opening, he’ll take it. Gets away beautifully here. Gets downfield, picks up the first down. Takes what could have been a broken play, a bad play, a loss, and turns it into a big gainer.>>First down at the San Diego 47. The Bengals lead, 17-7. Little over 4 minutes have been played in the third quarter. And he’s gonna do it again. 45. And down at the 42. And Anderson didn’t like the way King came in… [ Crowd boos ] …nor did the fans. Pickup of about 5.>>Looks like he may have bounced himself a little bit as he gets up off the ground. I got to tell you — that turf is awfully, awfully hard. Let’s see what happened to Ken Anderson on that play. Again, quick recognition of the defense. He does not see an open receiver. He’ll pull it down right here, under pressure, and dip his way up into the secondary. Watch him slide here. He’ll try to go under the defenders. He takes a pretty good hit over the top. Three bodies.>>Gets your attention. Down the middle! What a catch by Dan Ross! Oh, my! That is an outstanding catch if it’s 80 degrees.>>On any day. Dan Ross singled up, one-on-one. Linden King — he breaks away from him. And he’s in front of the secondary. Right on his fingertips. He pulled it in. What a great catch, just hanging on to the football. 19 yards on the play.>>Another angle. And the ball was actually by him when he caught it. First down at the San Diego 23. The Bengals very impressive on almost every chance. And Anderson staying in the air. And he gets away again! 20, 15! To the 9-yard line! [ Crowd cheering ] Listen to these fans. [ Cheering continues ]>>Three big runs by Ken Anderson on this drive. Again, spreading the defense. He feels the pressure. Needs a little room. Takes advantage of it. A smart offense takes exactly what the defense is giving them. In this case, they were giving Anderson room to run. He did it very quickly.>>Full 10 yards to go for the touchdown. First and goal. Here’s Curtis! And it’s knocked away by Buchanon at the last second. Two veterans, both from the same school — San Diego State. And a key confrontation in the end zone, and Buchanon there to make the defensive play.>>Willie Buchanon had 5 interceptions on the regular season. They threw at him a lot. They moved him from safety back to corner. He seems to have played better there during the latter part of the year, but he makes a great play here, arriving just in time to take that touchdown away from Isaac Curtis.>>Buchanon was the number-one draft pick, out of San Diego State, by Green Bay in ’72. Don Coryell was his coach. Curtis the number-one pick by Cincinnati the next year. Second and 10. Almost intercepted. Picked off on one hop by Mike Williams. For the first time, a Charger defender put direct pressure on the quarterback, Anderson.>>Been tough to get to Anderson today, a credit to his offensive line. Muñoz, Lapham, Bush, Montoya, Wilson all doing a good job up front for the Cincinnati Bengals.>>In contrast, San Diego had 37 turnovers. And they’re down 4-0 today. Third and 10, or third and goal from the 10. M.L. Harris, the second tight end, is in there. Plenty of time. And finally throws it away. Collinsworth was the closest friendly jersey to the ball. So, Jim Breech comes in to try the field goal for Cincinnati. Breech kicked one for the opening points of the game.>>San Diego Chargers obviously pleased to avoid a touchdown here, down 17-7. They’d like to see if they can’t get in and block this field goal. It was a blocked field goal last week that really ignited them in the second half of that game against the Miami Dolphins.>>They actually wound up with two — one by Leroy Jones and one by Kellen Winslow. This will be about a 28-yard attempt. Oh, a fake! And it’s going to work! Kreider, touchdown!>>I believe we’ve got a flag down.>>If it’s against Cincinnati, it would nullify a touchdown and be the first penalty of the game against the Bengals. And they are going to call it back. So, those cheers become moans and groans here in Cincinnati.>>What a smart coaching play. A very smart call from the Bengals’ sideline. They elected to take advantage of the frustration. Now watch the play, a designed play. It’s not just a bad snap. They’re up quickly. And I think there’s an opportunity to toss that football, if Kreider was pressed. But he went right into the end zone with it.>>Number 52 — holding. Fourth down.>>A holding call against the Bengals.>>And that’s Tom Dinkel, number 52, reserve linebacker, that they called the penalty on. You see him right in the middle of the huddle there. You may have wondered why there was so much — why it was so open on the left-hand side. Number 52 is the up back over there, and he’s the man who is responsible for pinning in the contain man on that defense.>>Now it’s a much tougher field-goal try. This will be 38 yards. He does have the wind at his back. And he does kick it. And right down the middle. Jim Breech – 5’6″, less than 160 pounds. It’s interesting — Chris Bahr was the Bengal kicker. He went to Oakland, was using Breech’s house. Breech came to Cincinnati. They just traded homes. Brooks at the 20. 30. Flags are down. Brooks, 40. All the way to midfield, but it’s gonna be called back because of a holding penalty. So, the Bengals lost a touchdown — and now a little extracurricular — on a holding penalty, and the Chargers lose a long return. Jim Laslavic, 54, apparently was the culprit. All the way back to the 24.>>On the runback, number 54 — holding.>>So, instead of starting at the 50-yard line, San Diego will begin at its 24, trailing, 20-7. We’ll see how important the switch from a possible 7 to the 3-point field goal is as this game develops. Fouts back to the air. Almost fumbled the ball. He did fumble and had to fall on it. Tried to pump-fake and, in this cold weather, almost threw the ball right out of his own hand.>>Dick, we’ve talked about the fact that that football changes in characteristic. It simply gets harder. The leather itself contracts in the cold, and instead of having that grainy surface that has a little give to it, it’s a hard, slick surface. Fouts trying to grip the football back there, looking to his receivers. The ball just slipped out of his hands. He had to dive on it.>>Second down, 15. 57-year-old Don Coryell, a native of Seattle, Washington. He was a University of Washington defensive back. Down to the final seconds. They just beat the 30-second clock. Fouts down the middle. Incomplete. Almost intercepted. Through Joiner’s hands and deflected to Kemp. Bryan Hicks, 27, the defender. Kemp — when he joined that defensive secondary, Merlin, that really was the final mortar. He started about the third or fourth game, and Forrest Gregg said, “That’s when we really got tough in the deep secondary.”>>They’ve had a couple of experienced corners — Riley, who’s been around a long, long while, and Breeden. They needed the strength in that safety position. He certainly has provided it. They got a lineman at linebacker.>>Edwards. And he comes in on a blitz. Third and 15. And they throw it up. Almost intercepted. Scales the intended receiver. Griffin, Ray, Archie’s brother, the defender. And they’re on their feet in Cincinnati. [ Crowd cheering ]>>Five defensive linemen, and they jumped around at the last second. Eddie Edwards, number 73, up at the middle-linebacker position. Fouts, feeling the pressure of that blitz, threw the ball with a hope and a prayer, but it was well over the head of Dwight Scales, number 87. The Chargers have not been able to move the ball here in the second half, into the wind. They’re gonna have to kick it away.>>Roberts. Boy, tough to handle that snap. And a very short kick. Gets a good bounce. Across the 40. And to the 46-yard line — 49-yard line of Cincinnati. Cincinnati’s ball. Apparently, a time-out here.>>There are always a few nuts in the stands taking off their shirts, but some of the people I was concerned about, Dick, were the San Diego fans. I don’t feel that some of them would know how cold it is on the field today.>>Now, there are the guys I want to talk about — our cameramen today. Now, the players have hand warmers and heated benches and they’re able to move around. Our cameramen are standing in position, shooting these great pictures today. We’ve got to take our hats off. It’s cold for everyone, but they’re really winning the Nanook of the North Award for their great effort. And we thank them. Anderson hit from behind and still gets the pass away! And Dan Ross is to the San Diego 33-yard line!>>The NFL rule on quarterback says if you have them in your grasp and in your control, it’s considered a sack. On this particular play, he was not in the grasp. That’s Woodcock, number 90, who hits him. But he just flipped the ball on the way down, knew where the receiver was. And Dan Ross did the rest of it. He’s had a fantastic game, Dick.>>And great year. Ross — 71 catches. Comes back with four in the championship game. Anderson dumps it off to Alexander for another gain. And just as they were getting to Anderson, and it must be tremendously frustrating for the Charger defense. Just when they get to him, he completes a pass, and if they don’t put on pressure, he runs and picks up valuable yardage on that last field-goal drive.>>I was talking to Bob Trumpy, who lives here in Cincinnati. We were talking about the two quarterbacks who trained under Bill Walsh. And, of course, Anderson worked under him here, and then Fouts worked under him out in San Diego. And it’s interesting, because when Walsh went to San Diego, he took all of Fouts’ training film out there to show — or all of Anderson’s training film to show to Dan Fouts.>>Yeah, Fouts said that Bill Walsh, the coach of the 49ers — “He was my teacher, but Anderson was my model.” Flags down. And I think it’s against San Diego. Won’t matter. Curtis has it at the 17-yard line.>>Dick, one of the San Diego defensive linemen moved before the snap, was offsides. If so, they’ll mark the ball down where the ball was caught.>>That’s it. 13 yards for Cincinnati on the pass from Anderson to Curtis. And the Bengals are down in field-goal range again, already ahead, 20-7.>>I think that’s the longest pass in the air that we’ve seen caught today, Dick. Well-thrown by Anderson. Let’s watch the play. Couple of defenders moving, of course. And you saw the penalty called. Good protection for Ken Anderson. Isaac Curtis just finding a little space. Too much room in front of Willie Buchanon, number 28, and he catches the football cleanly.>>Now Anderson with those two big running backs — Alexander and Johnson — behind him. And it’s Johnson. To the 16-yard line. A gain of just 1 for the former Ohio State star. He scored 58 touchdowns with the Buckeyes — most ever in Big Ten history.>>One of the Chargers trying to protect his face from the cold, trying to get warmed up. Jack Pardee, on the right-hand side of your screen, responsible for the defense of the Chargers. A man under a lot of pressure during the season, as his defense has not played well. They have played better toward the tail end of the season, but they’re not getting as much as they would like to out of their performance today.>>4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Bengals lead, 20-7. Ross again. Woody Lowe made the tackle at the 11-yard line. And a fumble. And San Diego has the ball. The Chargers’ Willie Buchanon picks up the fumble by Dan Ross. The first mistake made by the Bengals today.>>First turnover in two championship games for the Bengals. It certainly could be a costly one, had they been able to take that in for the 7.>>Even the 3, Merlin.>>Or even a 3. Could have iced the cake.>>More than two touchdowns on a 3.>>Watch the play here. Stripped from behind. Number 51, Woody Lowe. Dropped right into the lap of Willie Buchanon.>>Don Coryell — his San Diego Chargers’ mistakes have led to Cincinnati’s lead, 20-7, and now they have a fumble recovery. Fouts down the middle to Joiner. And he’s got him at the 40. So, that was, by far, the best throw of Fouts today. And, again, when he throws over the middle, he seems to be a different passer.>>Let’s look quickly at the fumble that allowed San Diego to get the ball.>>Watch Woody Lowe reach in from the back side with his right hand. The ball, now, will pop loose. And it goes right into the hands of Willie Buchanon. Buchanon, realizing he has the football, is up quickly. Makes a few yards before he’s pulled down. Fouts coming off the bench. Hands are warm. Went instantly on the pass. Good job.>>Both wide receivers to the right — Joiner and Chandler. And Joiner in motion. From the 39. Throw to Chandler. And he steps out of bounds around the 47. First-down play good for around 7 yards, as we pause, briefly, from Cincinnati for a station identification. This is the NBC Television Network. It is tough to say the words. The old jaw gets in a locked position. In fact, Bryant Gumbel — you should have seen him in rehearsal. He tried to say “memorable” and he took about 10 runs at it and realized we’re only gonna have to do two-syllable words today. Little reverse. And he’s got some blockers. Brooks, 50. And he’s to the Cincinnati 44-yard line. And that is a first down for the Chargers. Glenn Cameron, number 50, finally made the tackle.>>The old statue play. Brought it out, dusted it off. Brooks takes a couple of steps over. Fouts fakes the pass, hands it off to Brooks. The young man from Auburn accelerates quickly. Gets a good gain out of it. We’ve seen a couple of reverses today. Both have worked, but not for big yardage.>>Clock running down. 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Cincinnati 20, San Diego 7. Little draw to Muncie. 40. And he’s whacked at the 35-yard line. You know, Merlin, one of the things that strikes me — once a player gets a reputation of being a fumbler, he takes much more punishment from the other tacklers, ’cause everyone thinks, when they’re tackling, they’re gonna jar the ball free. Muncie really takes some vicious licks.>>Well, certainly, when you start thinking about going after that football, putting your helmet or your shoulder pad to the ball, you can cause more fumbles. And, certainly, looking at Muncie on film, seeing him cough the ball up for those hard hits, all the defensive players that go up against him have to be thinking about that before and during the game.>>Second and 1. Muncie again. First down and more. And he almost got outside for a touchdown. He’s to the 25-yard line. And another first down. That’s 10 more yards for Muncie. He has fumbled twice today, one recovered by the Bengals.>>Talking about the fact that he has coughed the football up, and some of you might ask, “Well, why does Don Coryell keep him in the game?” They keep him in the game because of this. Muncie is one of the great running backs in NFL football, a man with tremendous size, great speed, and a big heart. He’ll run until he hurts himself.>>First down at the 25 with 1:40 left in this third quarter. Brooks. Great penetration by Williams. And then Williams made the tackle. And Brooks fighting just to get back to the line of scrimmage. Boy, 57, Williams — a big play for the Bengals.>>He’s had a lot of big plays during this season. He’s their blitzing linebacker. Very big in the sacking department. He had a fine year. Chargers being a little tricky. Bring Kellen Winslow in motion. He stopped about right behind the center and went back outside to become a blocker. But the Bengal defense was not fooled. And Fouts is faced with a second and 10.>>Four straight running plays for Fouts, but he’s in a pass situation — second and 10. And stays on the ground. And he doesn’t fool the Bengals. Brooks gets only a yard. And there are 50 seconds left in this third quarter. Ross Browner was the first man to make the hit. Those look comfortable, don’t they?>>I wonder if they have any in my size. [ Laughs ]>>Those look your size.>>They certainly do. Crowd obviously trying to stay warm, as they get on to the shady side of it. Those in the sun still enjoying a little bit more heat. But it is cold anywhere you are in this stadium today.>>Two running plays, both stopped for no gain. Third and 10. Joiner left, Chandler to the right. And, Fouts tripping over his own blocker, is downed back at the 31. And that may well have taken San Diego out of field-goal range. Now there’s 10 seconds left, and the clock stopped because of the sack. Now, the Chargers would like for the quarter to end, where at least their kicker would have the wind advantage.>>Not only do your hands get cold, your feet get cold. Fouts hooking the back heel, it appeared, of his off guard. That would be Wilkerson. And he actually dropped that football and had to scoop it up.>>And despite the fact we’ve lost equipment due to the cold today, you wouldn’t notice it. A terrific job by our technical crew. A long field-goal try of 50 yards by Benirschke. And it isn’t even close. And, so, Cincinnati will take over in reasonably good field position. Breech has been able to kick well. Benirschke has not.>>Lots of pressure on everyone. You see the cameraman on the left. The wind whipping in his part of the stadium. Got to be freezing cold up there. 6 degrees now. Again, the 59-degree wind-chill factor. Ooh! Gusting to 40 miles an hour. You can feel that wind. It goes right on through you.>>Cincinnati takes over, after the missed field goal, at the 32-yard line.>>Draw.>>Alexander. Clutching that football. Out to the 35-yard line. Horn, Kelcher, and company on the tackle.>>Dick, it’s no wonder that some of the Bengals have been able to handle this cold better than the Chargers. Having had a chance to practice in it, intermittently, during the latter part of the season and many of them, for many years in the past, they have had to learn how to handle the cold. And you have to make adjustments. You have to throw the ball a bit differently. You have to understand that a lot of that is concentration. If you’ve been through it a number of times, it’s easier for you.>>That’s a point well-taken, that you’re not thinking so much about the weather because at least you’ve gone through the experience. You don’t like it any more. Collinsworth fumbled, but he recovers it. And what a kind bounce for Cincinnati. That ball hit the frozen turf and kangarooed right back into Collinsworth’s mitts.>>Anderson doing exactly what Fouts has done. As he and his receivers came off with warm hands, he goes deep instantly, gets the first pass in. Good pass right there. And the ball did, indeed, come up to him like a yo-yo.>>Collinsworth on his way to warmer climes — the Pro Bowl out in Hawaii — as a rookie receiver. Alexander way out to the right side. Both wide receivers to the left. From the Charger 49. It’s Johnson. Flag down, as the Bengals ran out of pass formation. Someone lost part of his shoulder pad, it appears.>>A holding call against the San Diego Chargers will march the ball back 10 yards.>>Against Cincinnati.>>Against Cincinnati. You wonder why the hole was so large. Somebody just tackled one of the defensive linemen in there.>>Offense, number 65 — holding. First down.>>It’s interesting in games that involve physical contact — I’m thinking of hockey and football as two examples, and even the NBA or college basketball — when you get down to the final game, there are less penalties called. And the players know that. They know that the officials are only gonna call the clear-cut fouls. And the smart player recognizes that and uses it to his advantage. First down and 20 from the Cincinnati 41. And here comes Anderson. Chased by Leroy Jones. And down he goes at the 45. Boy, he got hit in a sandwich and gets up again. Gain of 5. Woop. Little woozy. Anderson being helped to his feet by his teammates. He took quite a pop, as two men hit him simultaneously. And I’m not sure he has all his faculties.>>No, he’s out on his feet. One of the dangers of a running quarterback is that he then becomes a running back. He does not have the protection that’s afforded to a quarterback. You wonder why he’s woozy? He really took a shot. There are the stats comparing the two quarterbacks on the day. Not that different in number. In fact, almost identical, except for the interceptions.>>Ken Anderson being attended to and will be replaced by a man who was born in American Samoa, which conjures up thoughts of palm trees and zephyr breezes, 80-, 90-degree temperatures. Jack Thompson, who played his football at Washington State, has taken over. Second and 15 at his 45. And he gives to Pete Johnson, who cracks his way for 8 yards to the 47 of San Diego. Let’s go back to see the play on which Anderson was injured.>>Dangers, again, of running the football apparent on this play. Anderson has had big plays running the ball all day. Nobody open. Dives up through, finds some room to run. Watch him sandwiched right at the end of this play. He drops to the ground and takes a shot right there to the head. He thinks he can get up. Starts out and literally almost dropped back to the ground.>>Three wide receivers in for Thompson on third down and 7. And that’s Johnson. A great catch and a first down! To the 31-yard line! That’s a remarkable catch under the weather conditions. Every play is, I guess. You can repeat yourself the rest of the way. And here comes Anderson back in to a standing ovation! [ Crowd cheering ]>>Ironic, perhaps, that Thompson would make that appearance, because at the beginning of the year, many people said, “This is our number-one quarterback.” Ken Anderson was fighting for the starting job. Thompson started a couple of games. And it was his injury that allowed Kenny to get back, claim the starting job, and then become the MVP of the NFL.>>It’s storybook stuff. Anderson was booed off the field in the opening game, when he fell behind 21-0 to Seattle. Johnson gets the carry. And good yardage on first down to the San Diego 26. He was yanked out of the game in the first half against Seattle, down 21-0, and Thompson was hurt. Turk Schonert, the third-string quarterback, from Stanford, engineered a come-from-behind 27-21 Bengal lead. And then Forrest Gregg made the biggest decision of the Cincinnati year. He had to decide, in Game 2, what quarterback to start. And Anderson convinced him, as the veteran, he should. Gregg went with his veteran, and here he is the NFL man of the year. Second down, call it 4. Alexander bolts inside the 25, to the 23. And that looks as if it’s going to be close enough for a measurement.>>Running in, again, behind Muñoz and Lapham on the left-hand side. Thompson returning to the headsets, where he provides some valuable duty. And, certainly, an extremely capable quarterback to have on the sideline, but I’m sure he’d a lot rather be starting the ballgames than being the number-two guy.>>Here comes the measurement. While they do that, here’s an idea of how the city of Cincinnati and the stadium has prepared for these inordinately cold conditions. The coldest day this date in the history of Cincinnati. They have several paramedic rescue units on hand. Extra blankets have been brought in from area hospitals. Two first-aid rooms for emergency treatment. The buses — the metropolitan buses — are being used as warming rooms for fans. P.A. announcements are being made to advise fans about frostbite. There’s a police scout car. An ambulance is on standby. Area hospitals have been warned that they may have extra business. So they have really done a good job preparing for emergencies. Third and inches. M.L. Harris… Alexander diving forward. Appeared he might have gotten enough for the first down, but going to be close. And we may have a time-out for another measurement. Jim Laslavic, former Penn State star. Same high-school team as Cappelletti, and, of course, they both migrated to Penn State.>>Looking at this game on paper coming in and without taking into account the weather, the three units that matched up well were the two offensive units and the Cincinnati Bengal defense. The unit that did not appear to match up — the San Diego offense. And that’s really been the way it is today. The two offenses are playing well, but the Bengals have been able to overpower this Charger defense.>>Here’s the reason why Alexander did not make the first down. A tremendous hit by Laslavic, number 54, and Shaw, 44.>>Oh. Great shot. Great shot. Picked him off right at the peak and dumped him back over.>>Pete Shaw, who played his football at Northwestern, where he had plenty of chances to make tackles.>>They’re going for on fourth down. Not gonna take a chance at the field goal into the wind.>>It’s Johnson this time. And he’s got a first down and more! To the 14-yard line! And where did they run? Right behind Muñoz.>>And they go right for the money. Big Anthony out there doing his job. He’s on Woodcock, number 90. He gets help from the tight end, the double-team. Good block by number 40, Alexander. And then that bulldozer, number 46, Pete Johnson, just flew through there.>>And now the clock becomes more and more important. Less than 10 minutes left. Cincinnati trying to make it a two-touchdown-plus lead. Current score is 20-7. Johnson. Try the 10-yard line. Did you see somebody — I think it was Muñoz again. Yes, it was Muñoz. He knocked Woodcock 5, 7 yards off the line of scrimmage. He is a ton — 6’6″ and 278. And Muñoz has really trimmed down. He was much heavier at USC.>>I watched him in his college days. Got to watch him in practice a few days. He had great agility and strength then, at 300-plus pounds. But he’s even more brutal these days because he has great quickness, even greater quickness. You saw him knock — There he is right at the bottom of your picture. Knocked Woodcock 4 or 5 yards off the line.>>Second down and 6. Up the middle and inside the 10, maybe to the 8-yard line goes Johnson. Bring up third down and about 3. That offensive line of Cincinnati has done a good job the entire day. Blair Bush, the underrated center, Lapham and Montoya, the guards, Muñoz and Wilson, the tackles.>>We talked, earlier, about their success against the four-man front. One of the reasons they have been so successful — Bush is so quick from that center position, has the great ability to reach out and cut off those defensive tackles and also to be a great pickup man while the other four play man-on-man.>>This is the 13th play of a time-consuming drive of over 6 1/2 minutes. Alexander. It appears he has the first down. Stopped right at the 5, inside the 5. Going to be close. I think he’s got the first down, judging from where they put down the ball. Although, we may have a measurement.>>Watch Fred Silva, the referee.>>Man in the black hat. [ Crowd cheering ] Well, you know every one of these fans will go home, and today, tonight, tomorrow, and 20 years from now, they will tell the story of this bitter-cold day in Cincinnati when the Bengals played a very hot game.>>What do they say? “Cold hands, warm heart”? Cold day, warm crowd. They’re hot in Cincinnati.>>And they’ve been a factor today, they way they’ve spurred their favorite team on. Johnson. And a touchdown now would all but seal the Chargers’ fate. They were able to stop Cincinnati, the last drive, on a fumble by Ross. But, at this point, with 7:22 left, the Bengals have clearly been the superior team today. Ross, M.L. Harris, and Don Bass — three tight ends in for Cincinnati. Pete Johnson — 63 yards rushing today. And he’s the man they like to go to inside the 5. Anderson going to throw. Touchdown, Don Bass! And now they know. Don Bass did not catch a pass all year. He recovered a fumble, that Brooks fumble at the 12-yard line, that led to an easy touchdown in the first half. And his first catch this year is for 6 points.>>Beautiful throw right there over the outstretched hands of Willie Buchanon, number 28. Bass is celebrating.>>Try for a point by Breech. And he is dead center again. The Bengals 27-7 on Don Bass’ 3-yard touchdown catch. What a drive. 8:04 the Bengals chewed up. 68 yards in 15 plays. That was right out of Gregg’s playbook. Again, it’s Beaudoin on the short kick. Across the 30, to the 34-yard line. While we have a moment, we want to thank two men with whom we’ve worked all year — our director, Ted Nathanson, our producer, Larry Cirillo. It’s a professional joy to be able to spend each Sunday with them. Paul Brown, a man who knows how to win. Almost as if he’s trying to choke back a smile, licking his lips. He’s ever so close to a trip to the Super Bowl. He knows the meaning of a championship, as the Cleveland Browns champion coach. Fouts, desperation to Chandler. And a fine grab at the 40-yard line by Chandler. Bryan Hicks saved a touchdown by hanging on to the Floridian.>>Well, showing some of that explosion coming right off the bench and, again, having warmed up on the sideline, able to throw that kind of pass. The receiver able to catch it. He may try again to go deep while they’re still relatively warm, before that cold can get to them and numb the hands.>>Chandler’s really had a fine day, hasn’t he?>>He certainly has, Dick.>>Bengals using six defensive backs with that big lead. Throwing underneath to Chandler. All the dancing doesn’t get him anywhere. Ray Griffin, number 44, made the tackle. While we have a moment, we want to thank our spotters, Bill Schwarberg and Mike Leonard and Joe Lambert and John Murdo, also, with their assistance in the booth. To all the crew, extraordinary effort.>>Dick, I’m sure the San Diego fans, wherever they might be, wishing that this game could have been played on a warm day, but the Bengals earned their home-field advantage. They did it by playing better football during the season.>>There’s a footnote to that. As Fouts going deep. That could be intercepted. Muncie almost making the juggling catch at the 5-yard line. The truth of the matter is — for those who might be bemoaning, from the San Diego point of view, if San Diego had beaten Cincinnati in San Diego, in that warm climate, they’d be hosting the game today, because then both teams would have finished 11-5. And with San Diego beating Cincinnati, they would have had the home field. The Bengals earned it. You’re right.>>They did. And I don’t think that any football fan in the country would have wanted this game to be played on this kind of day. We all wanted to see that explosive offense doing their thing. But that’s the way it is, and you play by the rules in this game. The rules say the game is played here, and it just happened to be in the cold.>>Third and 7 for Fouts. In trouble. Somehow gets away. Hit from behind at the 30-yard line by Ross Browner.>>Could be very close to the first down. Pressure applied by number 73, Eddie Edwards. Edwards having a fine day. They are really glad to have him back in the lineup. Out for about four games with a knee injury. He has been very impressive today. Fouts, uncharacteristically, running the football. But he’s a game quarterback. He’ll do anything he can to help his team win.>>He has the first down at the 30-yard line, but time is running out on Don Coryell’s San Diego team. 4:35 left. And the Chargers are behind by 20. The winner will play the victor of the NFC championship — either Dallas or San Francisco. Fouts, plenty of time. Chandler open for a moment. And did he make the catch? No. He had it for a moment, on a brilliant leap, but it was ripped away by the Bengals’ John Simmons, number 25.>>Bobby Kemp also there. Fouts hoping that the very talented receiver, Chandler, could go up and take it away, which he did. But they stripped it away. Simmons — No, Kemp, number 26, was actually the man that pulled it out of his hands. Kemp — Watch it right here. They both have it, but Kemp able to get his fingers on the ball and pull it out of the grasp of Chandler. Chandler — what a great addition he’s been to this team. He’s helped them to replace the great loss of John Jefferson.>>Second down and 10 at the Bengal 30-yard line. Joiner. And you could see the ball flopping in its flight and sailing out of bounds. Ken Riley, “The Rattler,” from Florida A&M. And Riley knows well the ups and downs of not only a season but of a career. He came here in the Bengals’ second year, as this club, out of expansion, growing in its adolescence. Here he is now in its finest moment, its first AFC championship. And just 4:11 from playing in that treasured Super Bowl. Boy, it’s something that eluded you, and I guess only the players themselves can identify with how very much that means. Muncie. 25. And out of bounds at the 22, short of the first down. Brings up fourth and 2.>>A lot of people laughed at the uniform change, the new stripes. Well, these Bengals have, indeed, changed their stripes. And it would appear that they’re gonna carry those new uniforms all the way to Pontiac. Chance to play in the big one.>>Well, that’s the Lions’ den. That’s almost a friend in the jungle, isn’t it?>>They ought to be comfortable there, Dick.>>Well, this is it for San Diego. They have to make this 1 yard, a first down, or you can really start singing the Cincinnati farewell song. Farewell and good luck. It’s Muncie. And he has the first down and doesn’t want to stop. But fumbles!>>And they missed the ball. It will go out of bounds. It will belong to the Chargers.>>That was recovered by one of the linemen for the Chargers hustling downfield, Wilkerson, Doug Wilkerson, the All-Pro guard from North Carolina Central.>>There were a couple of chances for the Bengals. They had people down there. Again, Muncie carrying that football in the right arm. Looks like he gets away there, does a good job. But it’s stripped away from behind. Hicks, number 27, reached in and got ahold of the football. Glenn Cameron, LeClair both there. But Doug Wilkerson doing a good job. Now, if that ball would have gone out of bounds, it still would have belonged to the Chargers.>>First down and goal just outside the 5 with 3:17 left. By not going out of bounds, the clock has been running all this time. Muncie stopped cold at the 5-yard line. And the clock continues to run. 3:01, 3 minutes left. 3 minutes. They’ve tape up the ear perforation on the helmets to keep from frostbite of the ears.>>Keep a little bit of wind out of that helmet, but believe me — it only helps a bit.>>10th play of the drive. Clock running out on San Diego. From the 5. Fouts. To Sievers. And he dropped the ball. And Fouts, as he had his head down, could only wait for the crowd reaction to know whether the ball was caught or not. When he heard the cheers, he knew that was bad news.>>Reggie Williams had been knocked down as he blitzed in from the outside. Able to get up and hit Fouts just as he threw the football. And Sievers doing a toe dance. Watch him try and keep his feet in. He knows he’s dangerously close to that end line. Managed to keep the feet in, but could not handle that slick football. Watch Fouts. Watch Reggie Williams now. He’ll be knocked to the ground. Quickly up on his feet. And he’ll level Fouts just as Fouts gets that football away. And Fouts hit hard on the ground.>>2:29 left in this game. Incomplete to Winslow. And the wind appeared to take that one and fly it right out of bounds.>>That’s the finesse kind of pass that you have a hard time throwing on a day like today. The hands have got to be feeling like cold bricks out there right now, Dick.>>Don Coryell. He has his team in the playoffs for the fifth time in nine head-coaching years at St. Louis and San Diego. And he came up with a bad roll. The weatherman did not do him any favors. This is it. Last call. Fourth and goal. Brooks. He didn’t make it! And now listen to Cincinnati! [ Crowd cheering ] I was searching through some notes at the start of the year, and in Reno, the wagers at the start of the year said the odds on Cincinnati winning the Super Bowl were 60-to-1. San Diego was the preseason favorites — 4-to-1. The Bengals are going to be there for the chance at it. And Johnson rips — And he fumbles. And that’s a rarity. And recovers it or someone helped him out. Nope. He got it himself. 2 minutes to go at Riverfront Stadium. And these fans, who have weathered a brutally cold day to cheer their Bengals, have been rewarded. Cincinnati 27, San Diego 7. The Bengals have the ball at the 10-yard line. A Cincinnati team that won only four games in ’78. Two years ago, they won only four games. Last year, won 6 and lost 10. And then, suddenly, just reversed it all, finished with the best record in the AFC, 12-4. Beat Buffalo last week and apparently have won the big one, the championship of the AFC, today on their way to the Super Bowl in the Silverdome. And, as Ken Anderson told me, “The nice thing,” he said before the game, “whether San Diego wins or whether we win, you know in the Super Bowl, you’re gonna get at least 35 to 40 passes.”>>[ Chuckles ] Well, and if the San Francisco 49ers get there, you might see three times that many.>>I want to ask you, when we get a moment. We’re gonna have a time-out here, apparently. I want to ask you how Cincinnati, in your eyes, matches up against San Francisco or matches up against Dallas. No, they’re not going to call time. I’d like to remind fans, if they have forgotten, San Francisco and Cincinnati played during the course of the regular season and played here. And the score of that game was — the 49ers 21, the Bengals 3. 1:50 to go. Boy, now it is really cold on that side of the field.>>And it’s starting to sink in over there. They’re not only feeling the cold, they’re feeling the pain of that score on the scoreboard.>>Anderson — The clock is running, and he’s gonna let it run all the way down to 2 or 3 seconds on the 30-second clock before he makes a play. 1:24 on the game clock. Pete Johnson hugging the football and tackled immediately at the 16-yard line. Time-out called by the Chargers to stop the clock. Gene Klein, owner of the San Diego Chargers, survived a heart attack the middle of 1981. You knew that recognized the problems coming into this kind of climate. But he’s a great sportsman and gentleman, and he’d be the first one in that Cincinnati locker room to congratulate the Bengals.>>And there are only four teams playing today, Dick. All the rest are at home watching. He’s got to be proud of his team and the kind of season they’ve had. They went through their problems this year. They fought their way back. They fought their way into this game. Came right down to the last game. They had to sit and watch Denver play to find out if they were gonna have a chance to go. They’re here. They’ve done a great job. They’ve had a good season. You know, it’s a shame that they couldn’t have shown their wares on a day like today, but we’ve talked about that. The Bengals earned the right to play at home. They’ve earned their victory today. They’ve earned their trip to the Super Bowl.>>And what a year for that man, Ken Anderson. He’s been maligned in this city. They’ve booed him. Paul Brown — he’s been there before. He’s able to hold his emotions perhaps better than — It’s something about that first time, whether it’s your first love or your first championship. You never really forget that one. And for Forrest Gregg and for the Cincinnati Bengal fans, this is their first, and they’re in love with this ball club.>>Well, they certainly have regenerated the enthusiasm and the interest of this town in football. This place is going crazy.>>Johnson hit at the 21-yard line. And the clock runs. 1:04, 1:03. The Chargers cannot stop it now. They’ll get the ball, but that will be about all. Congratulations to that man. All his honors and intelligence, physical talent. He outpassed the opponents, he outran all the quarterbacks in this league, and, at the age of 32, has enjoyed his finest moment. In the meantime, just for fun, he earned his law degree. That’s a busy man. And Paul Brown.>>There, you see the smile. I think maybe it’s finally sinking in. They are, indeed, making their trip to the Super Bowl.>>A 60-to-1 long shot, ladies and gentlemen. Down to 27 seconds. They’re gonna let the clock run. There will be a chance for one play. The 30-second clock is at 10. Gonna be about 9 seconds left when Cincinnati initiates the play. And talk about Paul Brown and the men that played under him that went on as successful coaches. Don Shula was a Brown disciple. Chuck Knoll played for Paul Brown. Mike McCormack played for Brown. At Great Lakes Naval Academy, Bud Grant played for Paul Brown. So his heritage will live on, his teaching talent. Certainly one of the great football minds of all time.>>Although this team is coached by Forrest Gregg, it certainly bears the stamp. And you see the smiles. They’re not even feeling that 59-degree-below-zero chill factor right now. You talk about warmth. They’re bouncing up and down with it on the Cincinnati sideline.>>The final seconds in Cincinnati. McInally gets his kick away. When it comes down, the Bengals are champions! And Forrest Gregg survived a bitter firing in Cleveland, stayed out of football, went to the Canadian league, was regarded by some of his players as too tough. But you listen to every Bengal, and they say, “The difference is that man, our coach.” He survived two cancer operations. And the Bengal stripes — they really earned them, didn’t they?>>They earned their stripes and they’ve earned their victory today, their trip to the Super Bowl. Good football on an incredibly bad football day. But it was the Bengals who wanted it the most, who were able to take advantage of some miscues by the San Diego Chargers. Some costly interceptions by Dan Fouts. Able to grind it away. Anderson able to throw the ball effectively. It was a Bengal day.>>Exhilaration of victory in the Bengal locker room, in contrast to the numbing defeat by the Chargers. Stay with us now. Part of the delight is to get the feelings of the athletes who took part in this championship game — won by the Bengals, 27-7.

Top 5 Nastiest Rivalries in Sports – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the Top 5 Nastiest Rivalries
in All of Sports Everyone has witnessed some heated rivalries
in their favourite sports. But there are some that are more than just
mutual disdain. In some cases, these particular rivals go
out of their way to hurt their opponents in one form or another. Here are the top 5 nastiest rivalries in all
of sports. #5 Most of the NHL. In a sport where fighting is tolerated and
vicious hits encouraged, it’s no surprise that many teams have a problem with each other. Whenever a rivalry happens, tensions are high
and martial justice is doled literally every few seconds. So who hates each other in the NHL? How about Ottawa/Toronto, Toronto/Montreal,
Montreal/Boston, New York Rangers/Boston, New York Islanders/Boston, EVERYBODY/Boston,
Chicago/Detroit, Detroit/Colorado, Washington/Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh/Philadelphia and most notably:
all 32 teams and Gary Bettman. Just turn the TV onto any NHL game and you’ll
most likely find a team playing someone they absolutely hate. #4 The State of Origin
It’s state vs state. Mate vs Mate. The State of Origin is a series of annual
exhibition rugby league games played between players from NSW and Queensland in Australia. This results in the unique scenario of teammates
of a professional team going up against each other in the State of Origin. What’s so bad about the State of Origin? Well apart from the two areas of Australia
vying for rugby supremacy – it’s basically a brawl disguised as a rugby game. The whole MO is to basically hurt your opponents
as much as possible and pretend that you’re actually playing by the rules. Vicious tackles, punches thrown and pummeling
anyone that’s wearing a different coloured jersey, is basically the bread and butter
skill of these games. And this results in … well, it results in
something like this. And it’s fantastic. #3 Galatasaray vs Fenerbace
What happens when most of Turkey supports one of two football teams? And then what happens when both teams are
the most successful in the country, mostly winning their titles and cups against their
direct rival? You get this fixture. What makes this nasty isn’t necessarily
the play on the field, but the fans off it. The Turkish people are masters of intimidating
opposing players and fans. Whether it’s through fireworks, fancy displays,
chanting mercilessly at opposing players in their hotel rooms or just trying to murder
you in the street. Crowd violence and fans being stabbed or killed
for wearing the wrong shirt is quite normal and this has unfortunately resulted in opposing
fans not being able to enter their rivals stadium. They call Galatasaray’s stadium ‘hell’
for a reason. #2 India vs Pakistan
Cricket is usually seen as a gentlemen’s game. But not when these two are concerned. It’s no secret that India and Pakistan absolutely
hate each other, and the political tensions of the two countries are certainly well documented. Rather than go at war with each other (again),
they fight each other on the cricket pitch instead. There’s a political agenda every time these
two teams meet, and should they experience defeat, the player’s lives are at risk from
extremists threatening to kill them if they lose. It’s gotten so bad, that the Indian Government
has prohibited their own players from going into Pakistan for fear of their cricketers
being murdered. Lots of intimidation between players, dirty
behavior, questionable tactics and plenty of sweet chin music, all to get an edge to
win the game. And the pressure to win this particular fixture
is biblical. Ticket requests for this fixture far surpass
any other, and when they faced each other during the 2011 World Cup in India, a 1/5th
of the world’s population tuned in to watch. Should they ever meet in an actual World Cup
final, I guarantee you that all hell will break loose. #1 Boca Juniors vs River Plate. The nastiest rivalry by far is between Argentina’s
two most popular and successful football teams. Boca Juniors & River Plate. They’re both based in the same city, and
similar to the Galatasary vs Fenerbace rivalry, most of the country supports either one or
the other. Players fear for their lives and take their
own safety into their own hands, because the fans, are complete animals that are seriously
out of control. These fans routinely throw flares and objects
at opposing players (including sometimes human excrement) and in a couple of famous cases,
they use pepper spray and tear gas to try and injure the players as they’re walking
out onto the field. That’s just the fans, who by the way, also
have a penchant of stabbing each other in the street. And I’ve not even started about the foul
play on the field. It’s pretty nasty to watch. The fixture is so dangerous for both players
and spectators, that matches are heavily enforced by police and in the famous case of the 2018
Copa Libertadores, they had to abandon the match and play it 6,500 miles away in Spain
because it became too dangerous to play the game in Argentina. Honorable mention goes to the Red Sox vs Yankees
rivalry, the two cities generally don’t like each other and neither do their baseball
teams. Rangers vs Celtic – the Glasgow rivalry
that’s started with a difference of religion and now they hate each other just because
it’s fun. And the Ohio State Buckeyes vs the Michgan
State Wolverines, though it’s been pretty one sided recently. These are what I believe to be the nastiest
rivalries in sports. And I could have mentioned more, but what
do you think? Do you think there are any that are nastier? Have you experienced more hatred than this? Let me know in the comments section below
and remember to like share and subscribe. Obviously. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

The Rules of Flickerball – THE WORST SPORT EVER INVENTED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Flickerball.
The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team.
The game is played on a field that’s …. Erm … it can be any size field?
That can be of any size, and is played between two teams of … and there can be any number
of players? A minimum of two players per team. The ball
used in Flickerball can be an American Football, a soccer ball, a rugby ball, a dodgeball … basically
any ball will do. The game starts with a jump ball. The team
that receives the ball must only pass backwards or laterally initially. There are two ways
to move the ball towards the goal. You may move only three steps forward with
the ball, or be in possession of the ball whilst moving backwards or sideways for a
maximum of 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, you must either pass to a teammate or shoot the
ball towards the goal. To score points you must throw the ball into
the goal. These goals are situated at opposite ends of the field, and are 6ft above the ground.
They’re basically a piece of plywood with a hole cut out of the middle. I shit you not.
If you cannot afford a piece of plywood, using a stolen tire from your nearest ghetto is
acceptable. If you successfully shoot the ball into the
hole, this is a goal and is worth 2 points. And, if you miss the hole, but hit the plywood
surround – this is worth 1 point. The game is played in either one 40 minute
period, or two 20 minute halves. Highest score at the end of time, wins.
That’s not so bad? Well, sadly the rules get more complicated.
Any attempt at shooting at the goal results in the ball being awarded to the other team.
Whilst you are allowed to pass the ball to a teammate, if a pass is incomplete and not
caught, the ball is awarded to the other team. If a pass is deflected by a member of the
opposing team, it’s a free ball and anyone can take possession of it.
You cannot pass or shoot the ball in the free throw lane, which is apparently this area
here. If the ball leaves the area of play, the ball
is awarded to the team who did not touch it last.
Flickerball is designed to complicated. Flickerball is designed so that rules are
more important than the actual game itself. Flickerball is designed to be no fun whatsoever.
Flickerball is designed to suck. Designed. To Suck.
So why on earth would you play this game? The US Air force uses flickerball as a military
training exercise. They use it to evaluate cadets in stressful, confusing and high pressure
situations. All of which are present in this game due to its complicated rules, odd structure
of play, and the lack of consistency in both the rules and the format. Every move you make
on the field, is being evaluated by your superiors and should you suck at the sport that sucks,
this will reflect badly in your evaluations. No pressure then.
There’s just a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching Flickerball.
For example. Fouls.
Flickerball is a no contact sport, and these are considered as fouls.
Should you break one of the rules, a free throw is awarded to the other team at the
spot of the foul. Even swearing and protesting calls are considered
as fouls. Fuck. Heckling.
Members of the team who aren’t on the field (and any spectators watching) are allowed
to hurl abuse towards the players. This results in harsh American insults such as …
The players are not allowed to retaliate, doing so will result in a foul and the ball
is awarded to the other team. Variations.
Flickerball is not consistently played by the same rules across America. Each region
of the United States has its own variation of the rules. Some play with a three point
line, some play where they can only pass backwards or sideways and
…. Okay this is crazy. I’m not doing anymore. I should have renamed this video. Ninh can’t
explain: the Rules of Flickerball. Actually, yes I can – I just did. Ninh won’t explain
the Rules of Flickerball … because this sport is just shit stupid.
If you do like this kind of video where I’m ripping the crap out of stuff, let me know
in the comments section below. Special shout out to my guy Spencer Kassimir
for introducing me to this hilariously awful sport. Follow the guy on Twitter and if you
have actually enjoyed this video – please be sure to like share and subscribe. It really
does take me ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated.
Follow me on Twitter also and share this video on Reddit, but in the meantime …. Enjoy
Flickerball? Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK


Ninh explains, The Worst Fan Giveaways in
Sports. Ah sports teams – they’ll do anything
to try and entice you into their stadiums, and that includes giving away free stuff.
Now, I like stuff, especially if it’s free. But some teams really shouldn’t bother because
they don’t get the concept of trying to make people actually come back to the stadium
to watch more games. These are some of the worst fan giveaways
you’ll ever see. Zim-bear – Tampa Bay Rays.
Imagine a teddy bear that had sexual relations with Don Zimmer, the stony faced manager of
the Tampa Bay Rays – and you get this, the ZimBear. This creepy monstrosity was an actual
giveaway in 2012, and you’d think that no-one would actually take one of these things home
because of the … you know … weirdness and all. But people actually liked the damn
thing and it was so successful, they repeated the same promotion a month later. Those people
in Tampa must really hate the crappy play on the field if they came back TWICE just
for a creepy little teddy bear. School folders, Toledo MudHens
Minor league baseball is jam packed full of stupid giveaways. And the Mudhens are no exception.
I have no idea why they decided to give away paper-based school folders. But you don’t
get just one school folder, no no no, you get three – which demonstrates the sheer
generosity (or stupidity) of the Mud Hens marketing department. Seriously guys, why? Circular Seat Cushions, Toronto FC
To celebrate the inaugural game of Toronto’s brand-new MLS team, each fan in attendance
was given a commemorative seat cushion. ‘That’s a pretty good gift’, I hear you say. But,
when Danny Dichio scores their first ever goal – those seat cushions became oversized
frisbees that littered the entire field. And it took forever for the ground staff to clear
them out of the way. Funnily enough, Toronto FC has never given away seat cushions ever
again. Similar incidences have happened to Florida
Panthers with plastic rats, and hockey hard hats from the Chicago Blackhawks. Good ideas
in theory, but … Wise men bobble heads – Nashville sounds
Bobble heads are a common giveaway and if it’s of a cool player, it’s actually kinda
collectable. But I think the promotional team at the Nashville Sounds have been smoking
the ganja, because they decided to make bobbleheads of the three wise men – even though nobody
knows what they actually look like – if they even existed at all. And to make matters
worse, they gave them away … in July. 5 months before Christmas. Toiletry bags – Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs really hit a low point in 2013 where their game night promotion was giving away
toiletry bags. Not those fancy ones that you buy in a shop of course, the ones that you
typically find at any international airport. That they give away. For free. To every passenger
that walks through it’s terminals. Well, at least you won the world series recently,
so you can use that to make people forget about your terrible promotions – I guess. Mike Trout Fish Hat – LA Angels.
Mike Trout has an interesting last name … I know, let’s cash in on it? Yes, the Angels
marketing department gave away hats in the shape of trouts and I don’t know who in
their right mind wore this outside of the stadium, but you can still find them on eBay
from time to time. Unfortunately, none of these sellers ship to England. Which is a
shame, because I was planning on wearing this at my upcoming wedding. 10 cent beer night. Cleveland Indians.
10c for a beer, that’s fantastic! And you could buy 6 at a time?! What’s the worst
that could happen? Apart from fans getting so drunk off cheap beer that they fought each
other, vomited everywhere, ran onto the field, stole the bases and rioted to the point where
the game was eventually abandoned, you mean? In hindsight, it was a complete disaster,
but hey at least the beer was cheap. A bag of shit – Seattle Mariners.
In 2011 – the Mariners were on some kind of green phase and their most notable contribution
to saving the environment? Giving away bags of soil for the first 5,000 fans to enter
Safeco Field. Yay, compost, that’ll make a great valentine’s day gift. Nothing says
I love you more than a literal bag of crap that you got from a ballpark. Bubble Wrap – Altoona Curve
The undisputed kings of giving away garbage gifts is the Altoona Curve Baseball team.
In fact, they actually do it on purpose. Some of their ‘wonderful’ giveaways include
useless squares of bubble wrap – which wasn’t big enough to protect anything you send in
the mail. And photographs of removed gallbladders. You know, just because every baseball fan
needs to see what a removed gall bladder looks like. How much do I not want to go to an Altoona
Curve game, right about now? Urine Cups – Vero Beach Devil Rays.
As part of an anti-doping promotion in 2008, the Vero Beach Devil Rays gave away 200 pee
cups to the first 200 fans in attendance. I’m not actually sure what the fans did
with those cups and I don’t know what’s actually worse. Giving away the urine cups
in the first place, implying that those first 200 fans are on steroids like McGwire, or
only being able to afford just 200 cups. A funeral – Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
In 2013, the IronPigs were having a ‘celebrate life’ promotion … and they commemorated
this by giving away a bloody funeral. Yes, one lucky fan walked away from the ballpark
with an all expenses paid trip to a hole in the ground or really hot oven of their choice.
It sounds kinda kooky, but I’d still take that over a bag of soil and a Mike Trout Fish
hat any day of the week. Have you been to a sports event and received
a really crap gift? Was it worse than any of these? As always, like, share and subscribe
and let us all know in the comments section below, so that we can have some of these “marketing
executives” fired for their gross ineptitude. Ninh Ly – @NinhLyUK – www.ninh.co.uk


Ninh explains, The Rules of Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu The object of the game is to either score
more points than your opponent, or force them into submission. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, commonly referred to
as BJJ, is a Brazilian Martial Art derived from the Japanese Martial Art of Jiu Jitsu,
that has become popular worldwide for its effectiveness as a ground fighting system. It’s contested on a square mat, with an
area a minimum of 8m x 8m and a maximum of 10m x 10m. Once the referee tells you to go, the match
begins. To understand how to score points, you must
first understand the positions. This is the neutral position, where no fighter
is on top of one another. The fighter on the top is known as top position
and the fighter on the bottom is known as bottom position. A guard is where a fighter in the bottom position
uses his legs to prevent fighter on top from achieving any kind of control. A half guard is where the fighter on the bottom
has control of one of the opponent’s legs. If you manage to force your opponent to the
ground, and establish top position for 3 seconds, this is known as a takedown and this scores
2 points. If you are in the top position free from any
guard, and can place a knee or shin controlling opponents torso – this is known as ‘knee
on belly’, and this scores 2 points. If you are in the bottom position and use
the guard to force yourself onto the top, resulting in your opponent being on the bottom
instead, for three seconds, this is known as a sweep and this scores 2 points. If you are able to escape from either the
full or half guard, and maintain a stabilised position for 3 seconds on top, this is known
as a Guard Pass and this scores 3 points. If you are free from any guard, and can sit
on the opponents’ torso with both knees or feet on the ground for three seconds, this
is known as a mount and scores 4 points. You can also score this with one knee and
one foot on the ground if the opponent is on their side. And, if you are free from any guard and can
control of your opponents back with heels placed inside your opponents inner thighs,
this is a Back Control and this scores 4 points. If you almost perform any of these moves or
don’t fully complete them for the required amount of time, this is known as an advantage
and scores 1 advantage point. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is contested in just one
round of anywhere up to 10 minutes. The highest score at the end of time wins. If the contest ends in a tie, the fighter
with the highest amount of advantage points wins. If they’re the same also, it comes down
to the least penalties or referee’s decision. However, you can win the contest automatically
at any time – if you force your opponent into submission. This is done by either locking your opponents’
limbs, back or neck to cause them excessive pain. There are at least 50 ways to perform submission
moves. For example the rear naked choke hold, arm
bar and the dreaded triangle. If a fighter has had enough, they can repeatedly
tap the floor or their opponent to signal that they submit, and the contest is over. You can also win the contest if your opponent
loses consciousness, is too injured to continue or is disqualified. Now that’s a lot to take in, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to know before fighting or watching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For example:
Things you cannot do. There are plenty of things you cannot do during
the course of a bout. Here’s a list of a few, but there are many
others. Committing these or breaking any other rules
may result in penalties, or disqualification. Penalty. If a fighter performs illegal moves, shows
lack of discipline, shows lack of combativeness or does something that breaks the rules, a
penalty point shall be awarded against them. In the event of a tie, the amount of penalty
points matters in judging the overall decision. Side Control
A side control is where the fighter on top is lying perpendicular to the fighter on bottom. Whilst this is a dominant position, doing
this alone will not score any points. However, this is a good position to be able
to score points. It’s also known as a side mount or a cross
mount. North South Position
This is where the fighter on top is the opposite way around to the fighter on the bottom. Again doing this alone will not score any
points. It’s also known as a four quarter. Gi / No Gi. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is contested where combatants
wear a Gi – which is the traditional uniform similar to that of Judo. However, some contests are no Gi and they
do not wear this uniform. This is to prevent you from excessively grabbing
your opponents clothing and vice versa. This video is a summary of the International
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation rules, but different organisations may have different
rules. So always check with your local organisation
before you begin. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit, you can post this
video and discuss it there. But in the meantime, enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Ninh ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

What went wrong at #ARSENAL? | UNAI EMERY Interview (ENGLISH Subtitles)


GUILLEM: You come to replace a legend at the club, Arsene Wenger,
in a time of transition within the institution. Why did Arsenal sign you? EMERY: One of the main reasons was to be a club man and to be a club man in the
sense of following the objectives of the club which were, firstly a return to the UCL that that year as they had missed out on after many years. And being a club
man was knowing how to organise the transition of certain important footballers such as the departure and ending of the contract of Peter Cech, the departure
and contract termination of Laureny Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal. And the arrival of young players that had to be assessed and the best and most
successful way found to integrate them and to find how they could mix with the most important players that we had. And the knowledge that decisions taken at the
club should be supported and reinforced with my calculated judgement. GUILLEM: You arrive at a club that is not competing at its top level, which is what
they expected of you, having seen your teams in other leagues competing. EMERY: Another reason that the club considered when hiring me was so we
would be competitive. I had shown that I was a competitive coach, looking for that brilliance that Arsenal already had, combined with that
competitiveness that they had lost which meant they came up short when trying to make it to the Top 4 places in the Premier League.
We were looking to be effective, as much as brilliant. Looking to work on the details, the tactical details where we could be stronger as a unit,
and that is also one of the main things that I have managed to develop at my previous clubs. GUILLEM: And what is more you find yourself at a club with young players and
stars, something that you had encountered before at previous clubs. The likes of Neymar, Mbappe, David Silva, Villa, in some cases at the start
of their careers. Do you think that affected Arsenal’s decision to hire you? EMERY: Another of the reasons was that I had a career behind me backing my
status and they also considered that I was still more or less quite young for a coach, especially one with the with the level of experience that I had having coached
some very important players such as Neymar, Mbappe, Thiago Silva, Cavani and in their time also David Silva, Villa and Rakitic. So what the club was
also looking for was this type of experience with this level of football, while at the same time the development I had already enjoyed with
these type of players. In all my sides I had had a goalscoring frontman that always highlighted as the the top goalscorer in the league… in fact
that is what happened with Aubameyang in the Premier League last season, but I also had it before with Cavani, David Silva, and Carlos Bacca, because the path I set is about the aims and objectives of important players in the squad. And also the development of young players so they can bring success to your side
or prove to be a sound economic investment should they be sold later on, as has occurred a number of times with me and different clubs. And also whenever I sit down with the directors it is the
question I always like to ask. “Why do you want me?” Then I know exactly what is expected of me and I can
establish the basis from where I operate as a coach to work. GUILLEM: You came from Sevilla where you won a title and PSG where
you won seven. Did Arsenal tell you they expected you to win titles? EMERY: Well one of the important aspects of my
development has been my ability to play for and win titles. To date I have competed in 13 finals and have won 10. I had won three Europa Leagues, and I was joining at a time when
the club were also looking at the opportunity of once again winning titles. As it is they have been in Europe for 20 years without an (European) final
and last year we played in the final against Chelsea and were unable to win it, but it is certainly true that there was a thought that said why shouldn’t we win it? As a coach whose objectives align with ours, a coach who has won titles,
that is used to playing finals, that is capable of playing important knockout matches and winning them, then obviously Arsenal would
have to be thinking very much along those same lines. GUILLEM: And you began well. In your first 50 matches
you were the best coach in Arsenal’s history. Later there was not such good news but at the beginning in your first season
you went 22 games without losing and you went to the final of the Europa League. Was the club defining itself into more or less what you were looking for? EMERY: The truth is that in the first year I was very pleased and the only thing left for me to do was to put the rubber stamp on the season with a win in the final of the Europa League having already played two excellent knockout matches against UCL opponents
such as Valencia and Napoli where we were competitive and brilliant with great results, where over the two games in the knock-out stages we looked powerful. And then we played in the final against Chelsea
where we had a great first-half in a tactical sense, and where, in my opinion, we could have taken control of the game, however in the second half, Hazard separated both sides and they won the match. And then in the league we swam right up to the shore, and then died on the beach. We were also competing in the Europa League where perhaps the efforts we made
left us with too much to do because we were in the Top 4 for the last games and we effectively lost it at home in two games against Brighton
which we drew, and against Crystal Palace where we lost at a time when we were heavily involved in the knockout stages of the Europa League. There were things that happened that impeded our chances of responding
as well as we would have wanted such as the injuries to Rob Holding, Bellerin and to Aaron Ramsey who was at his best when he was injured against Napoli. which left us having to use different players in
very important games over a short period of time. But it’s true that I was very satisfied with how things
went because I believe we learned how to become a team. at times a team that shone, but a team that was effective and competitive, and a team that in general was what we were talking
about as to the reasons why Arsenal signed me. I believe we achieved that and we just needed to make that final step. GUILLEM: That’s it. Having the platform in place of a team that had
began to recognise itself. Why did you not climb up to the next level? EMERY: Well, this season, theoretically we also began well and I had the feeling,
and so did the club, that the achievements of the previous season were valued and we were now looking to how we could develop together
even to the point where they looking to offer a renewed contract. Then I remember we had one month – at one of the international breaks we were third and then in the first game after we came back from the break I remembered that the
frustrations from bad results were beginning to make us worse for the following matches. We were losing confidence, and it’s also true to say, losing a bit of stability.
The game against Sheffield United was a bit of a turning point. In one month everything got broken, and we were incapable of winning a game in 7. and the tension based on the question we were asking “What’s happening
to us?” was like a rolling ball that was just getting bigger and bigger. And the truth is that the coach is the first person to come into the spotlight. I have lived this at other clubs but I have managed to conquer it
by getting the team back on track as regard the game and
results, but the truth here at Arsenal that month was terrible. GUILLEM: What is football like? In a period of a few months a club goes from
planning the contract renewal of the leader of its project to showing him the door. I imagine these things really hurt because quite clearly all your senses are focused
on trying to make the team better. How do cope with this on a personal level? EMERY: The truth is I bore it within the the context
of the difficulty of the task that I had been facing. I even had friends or people at my side who would say to me:
“I can see you’re suffering,” and I would say “Naturally”. When a coach doesn’t win, he suffers. And when he
doesn’t win two, or three, or four he suffers more. We had to win to regain our emotional equilibrium,
to get rid of that frustration and we couldn’t. And what is true the social mass of Arsenal, which is very big,
couldn’t see it, couldn’t connect with what was happening and in this situation, as it happens in every country
and with every team, the coach finds himself targeted. I spoke to the players three or four weeks before the
process began to tell them that things were not going well and that I couldn’t see the team I pictured on the
field of play, I couldn’t identify what I was looking for. We looked for solutions, at times defensively we had to
be stronger, so we went with three central defenders We were trying to find a way to tactically synergise Auba, Ozil and Lacazette and those tactical situations so that every one could play the
best possible in their position and the results still didn’t come. anyway the club made its decision that was passed onto me by Raul with much
regret, because he also felt his share of the responsibility, and we were very united but the situation had become with protests from a section of the fans although I believe there was another important section that believed that
we could have been shown more patience and carried on with the project. GUILLEM: At times like this I am fascinated by the behaviour of all the parties involved. You talk about the fans for example, the talk is of a toxic atmosphere in
the stadium, that you would walk into the stadium and you knew there wasn’t the positive energy necessary for a team to
respond, for the players to perform. Did you note that or not? EMERY: All the games I tried to present to the players as an opportunity
to connect with the fans and especially at home in the Emirates. The team had to play with energy, needed to be capable
of being solid in defence and in attack, aggressive, with the ability to take the game to the opposition and,
on that basis, begin to be effective to score and to win. That’s what we did. It is true that on occasions we
managed to connect with the fans but without effect and later we certainly failed to be solid, to be a unit that
the opposing sides would struggle to get the better of. For me one of the determining things and something I will be proud of is that at home,
and this is the difference between the Premier League and the Europa League in the Premier League the team was not losing. In the event my dismissal
came after we lost against Eintracht Frankfurt in he Europa League, which was the only game that we lost. But in the
league although we didn’t win, we didn’t lose. We were at breaking poing point, and that day it snapped. And yes it is true there was a frustration because
we couldn’t get to the point we wanted to. I think we could have turned things around but I also understand
that those at the top have to take decisions and take responsibility. GUILLEM: What would you do differently? which is
another way of saying “Where did you go wrong?” if that is, you have had time to reflect on those times and over
the project in general and your adventure with Arsenal? EMERY: Last season we made the progress we wanted, we even played
in a final and we were close to playing in the Champions League. In the league we were in the running for a top four place right
until the last few games and this year we had to consolidate. and this year we had to consolidate. We wanted to
consolidate. So we brought a few things in with a view to making things better and covering the needs of the team
and it is true to say that in one month everything fell apart. The emotional stability was shattered as were all those things
that we believed were in place to enable us to get better. We did not manage to be strong defensively. This was
one of the great problems that I had yet to conquer. GUILLEM: But why?
EMERY: as far as the defensive-offensive equilibrium needed to win is concerened we played a game against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup
where we drew 5-5 and I, as a coach, thoroughly enjoyed that game. but of course, what you want is to win. A game like this you
want to win 0-5 but not draw 5-5 or even worse get beaten 5-0. So in this game there were many examples of what we were doing. A team more than capable in an offensive situation but defensively feeble. This was the process we had to go through to become more competitive.
Last year we occasionally managed to achieve this equilibrium, this year we started well with a 0-1 win at Newcastle and a
2-1 win at home to Burnley and a 1-0 win over Bournemouth. But we were unable to maintain this defensive
strength and this is one of the bases. And also when the team gets a sense of its own impotence
those upfront see that things aren’t going well at the back, those at the back say “we need to be more compact” starting with you people upfront, and in the finish the resulting conflict and lack of equilibrium at the the vital time when people needed to be assuming responsibilities showed itself clearly. GUILLEM: When doubts enter the heads of the player, it’s a
virus that spreads rapidly, no? Was there a lack of confidence? Was it clear that the team was expressing itself
to the maximum neither individually nor collectively? EMERY: Yes. A victory might possibly have arrested this situation but
it’s true to say that the team had to look for defensive and offensive adjustments in order to try to arrive at being that unit capable of bringing out our brand
of imposing football. We managed to do it last year. This season we didn’t. GUILLEM: Much is made of your ability to communicate. In the beginning
you arrived a did a press conference. You hadn’t slept that day, had you? EMERY: We had come in from Atlanta where we had been with Kroenke.
GUILLEM: You do it in English, and when things go well people don’t pay much attention to the fact that your English is something that you are working on.
In fact you spend hours away from training trying to learn the language, no? EMERY: I had a ground base of English simply because I
hadn’t had the opportunity to develop my English more and I had two years in France where I concentrated
much more on French. So when I arrived in England, the first thing I said to myself is “I have to speak
English” and the club not only helped me but also encouraged me to speak English even with
all the difficulties, which is why I made that effort. I have always made this effort for my first press
conference, to speak to the players in English and to finish my last press conference speaking in
English and I believe progressively speaking it better. Communication in football is very important and it has
been one of the basic foundations of my success in Spain in France as well, limited as it is but I also managed to learn French. Here in England in this process I wanted to lift my
level of communication in English to a higher level. Obviously I don’t know how far I’ve got, whether
it’s at 40% or 50%, I still had a way to go. When the results are not good you have to answer
more questions in English, but always on the same line. Consequently my speech in the first or the second
question could contain phrases or words to express myself but the third or the fourth or the fifth I found more
difficult. As a result I saw this barrier that I had to conquer and I believe that in time I would have done it but clearly I still had a long way to go. I had a coach in Spain, the Welshman, John Toshack who spoke a
charming Spanish and, when we had good results, it was bearable in the sense that we understood it and logically we had
some sympathy for him because it was not his language. But I understand that when you have poor results, it can be a problem
for you not being able to explain or get your message across in the professional way that you would want to can be a problem. So,
the language and communication is important, it has been all my career, and the efforts I have made with learning English I
believe has taken me up to 50% of where I need to be and I will continue to try to break down barriers and do my best to improve it. GUILLEM: Communication with the players: Was it fluid? Was it the
right one? Was there enough understanding between you and the players? Do you feel that you had connected with the players through language? EMERY: I had conversations with players of twenty minutes
or half an hour, practically every week. Individually as well. And when I finished the conversation I went to the delegate
of the team and asked if the message had been understood. and he always told me “Unai, logically there are things
that could be better, but everything is understood.” And the expressions on the players faces suggested
that they were getting what I was trying to say. Also I used my body language which is another effective way of communicating. It’s true that when you went to a press conference after losing it was more difficult. Generally there would be two questions – about the game, or one particular issue in this case there would be six or seven about what happened during the
game, and there would be two or three where you had the answer ready and you could explain what had happened and how you could
sort it out, but then the fourth, fifth and sixth became harder. Because I needed to find new ways to say the same thing. But I
think, with humility, I’ve made an effort to understand the English. But that language barrier becomes bigger in people’s eyes, because of the results. I think if the results had been good, like in the previous
season – people would have allowed me to make mistakes and found my English more acceptable than focussing on my mistakes. GUILLEM: That’s exactly what I was going to say, because I
used to listen to you and I didn’t hear the Unai Emery that I knew. You’re explaining now very well what has happened with the team, and when you
don’t have complete command of the language you sound like a different person. You talk about the relationship with some of the players, for
instance, Ramsey. How is it that Ramsey is allowed to leave? EMERY: When I arrived at the club there were two situations. One – Wilshere
and the other one was Ramsey, where the club had to make a decision. Ramsey was in the last year of his contract and the
financial conditions were a key part of the decision. Wilshere also had to possibility of renewing or not. After speaking to me I told
him how important he was and how I respected what he was going to do next. I counted on him without guaranteeing how important he was going
to be, whether or not he was going to be a regular in the eleven. He decide to leave and find another place at West Ham. And
Ramsey was a club decision. His contract was not renewed. He was in his last year. I used him when I had him. I think his injury
against Napoli was crucial for us in that last part of the season. Using him would have helped us a lot because he gave a lot, but what was
going to happen with his contract was a decision between the club and the player. GUILLEM: Since the departure of Arsene Wenger there have been
different people carrying out the same role. There’s a new structure. There is a transition that I guess hasn’t finished yet. You’ve remained in your
place on the bench. What do you think is the best structure for a coach like you? EMERY: With Raul, I had a clear idea that I shared with Ivan Gazidis,
which the role of the football director, working next to Viney and Raul And also it would be an intermediate point between the
coach and the team, and that would be covered by Edu. So we agreed that the structure was strong. Edu came in a bit later
than expected, because he was with the Brazil national team till July. And Edu is doing a good job. I had a connection with Edu
and Raul that needed time to settle. More time than we got. Edu had to get to know the club inside. I sat with him many
times. And we’d talk – “What do you think about the team?” Get information, I would tell him, and see what you
can interpret from what you feel from the players. Little by little we would find a way to progress with
the team. I think Edu needed and still needs this time but the structure the club is building with Raul and Edu and
with the coach is the structure that needs to be reinforced. GUILLEM: Inside the squad you also need structures and hierarchies.
You have to say, for instance, who the captain is. Who the leaders are. Did you feel sorry about the decision you made, you and your
players, because it was a joint decision, of having Xhaka as captain? EMERY: The main captains last year were Koscielny, Cech,
Ramsey and Nacho Monreal and they all left the team. So the natural leader in the changing room, because of
his values and what he represented, was Granit Xhaka. There was a vote to see if what I felt about him was also felt by the players. And they did. Circumstances meant that Granit Xhaka had a clash with fans,
but he is the leader that this team needs then and now because of the values he represents, because of the respect
that everyone had for him and because of his experience. But from the moment he stops being captain there are
other players who also have to capacity to take over like Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette – but the hierarchies within a team have to be
established with values, the strength of the squad and also what happens on the pitch. The coach has to let things flow naturally and allow the leadership to be established. Logically I am the one who decides who will be the captain.
But the players get to tell me who they perceive as captain. What made it difficult was that the four principal captains
left and new people had to take on the responsibility. These things need a process of settling and adjusting to wearing the armband
that is very important to me and very necessary for this transition to take place. GUILLEM: Another important player you had at Arsenal was Mesut Ozil.
How was your relationship and how did you plan to get the best out of him? EMERY: I’ve had a lot of conversations with Ozil. He’s very important for the team. There are games in which you see Mesut’s brilliance, linking with the attack.
But also I had to find players around him in which he felt comfortable. Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, bit by bit, build a
team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure we also have to find a space for Mesut so he gives us
an important part of the game which is his brilliant talent. To do so I have to find the right connections between players;
the right tactics. I was very motivated to try to find that. I wanted Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut to work
together, each one of them with their own characteristics. But there were times when I had to leave one of them out of the eleven. You try to find a team that is competitive, and I found it
last season, but sometimes, for one reason or another for instance the injury of Lacazette, or Mesut being out for almost
a month with the problems he had with the recent attempted robbery he was less available. There was a time when I couldn’t use the three of them. The capacity to try to find how to put together the three different
qualities of these players was a tactical motivation for me. GUILLEM: Do you think everyone in the squad, the club, the fans, understood
what you wanted to do with Ozil and the potential he has right now? EMERY: Ozil is a very important player if you
can find a way to make it work with other players. He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want
more aggressive pressure, he does not have the best qualities for that. Then you have to look for, and we did work a lot in training, situations
where our opponents couldn’t find lines and passes to attack us easily. And you have to find the players who help you with that. For instance, last year in our best moment, it was the knock-
out stages against Valencia and Napoli, playing with 3-4-1-2 we had Mesut or Ramsey playing. Ramsey was very
capable of applying the pressure we demanded. With Mesut there was less pressure but we had more capacity
of having the ball and his brilliant combinations with the ball. I used to play tactically depending on the characteristics of our players.
If the pressure was higher or not so high, aggressive or less aggressive. If Mesut was in the team or Ramsey or Lacazette or Aubameyang, these were
tactical demands that, for a coach, are wonderful to experience and to explore. GUILLEM: But there were games when Ozil was not playing. Why was that? EMERY: There were games when he was not available because of injury, or he
wasn’t well, and there were tactical decisions including changing during games. On one occasion changing in minute 45, but those are things that happen during a game. And there were games in which he started on the bench. There was an important game, away
against Spurs last year, where we drew 1-1 where Aubameyang and Mesut were on the bench, and I told
them you two are going to be important when you come out. Be prepared to be important in a situation that is perhaps new for you. That’s when you feel that a coach has to make decisions. It’s
important to make players important even when they are on the bench. And that day, Aubameyang came out, had an option to win with a penalty in the 90th minute and Mesut played 15 minutes in a situation that was not normal for him,
coming from the bench and making an impact, but he played really well. That’s the good moments as a coach. I have actually lived
some very good moments at Arsenal and I want to keep them. Those management and tactical decisions with different
characteristics of footballers, how can you put them together to be able, in a moment, to have Aubameyang on the bench with Lacazette
playing, or the other way round, or both playing and to make that work. Those are my memorable moments at Arsenal. But I want to take advantage of this conversation to thank Arsenal for the
opportunity it gave me to live those moments. One bad month won’t take that away. GUILLEM: To finish with Ozil. How do you get on? Has the relationship broken down? EMERY: Mesut was one of the captains and the conversation
with him was very fluid. I spoke to him about football often. I enjoyed talking about football and sometimes about life as well. GUILLEM: Mikel Arteta and Arsenal. Could it be a good marriage? EMERY: Mikel Arteta has been at Arsenal. He has been
in the Premier League. And he has worked with Guardiola. I think he really is prepared to make that jump. This
decision that the club has taken doesn’t involve me. But I do believe that Mikel Arteta is a good decision
and I would also like it to be a good decision. GUILLEM: You come out of Arsenal. One morning you wake up to
realise you’re not actually going to be training. What is that day like? EMERY: Well it all happened on a Friday morning.
I was told. We said goodbye to the footballers. I told Raul that I’d prefer the footballers to come to me individually
instead of me going to the changing room and making a speech. And they all came, apart from Lucas Torreira.
He couldn’t make it but he left us a message. He was receiving a massage at that moment. But all the players came. I also got messages from Koscielny, from Wellbeck,
and I thank them all, but now is the time to go home. To be with your people, to analyse a lot. I’ll spend the
next few days close to the family, with my coaches. And I’ve started doing a lot of soul searching. We all
spoke to each other and questioned what we got wrong. There’s been interest from teams but I want to just
spend some quiet time and choose the right project. GUILLEM: I believe that Everton came calling then? I guess that happens because people recognise
that you are the man who can resolve situations. It would detract from the negativity of your sacking. How did you react to that offer? EMERY: Different teams have expressed interest. To be honest I want
to thank them for wanting me and I told them that I wanted to be quiet that I need to take a little bit of air. And to choose
well the next project after many years of not stopping. For the moment it is time to rest. That will be good for my mind. To regroup ideas and to analyse mistakes that we may have made.
To talk to people around me to ask them what they saw in what I did. GUILLEM: And would you go to the Premier League again? EMERY: As a coach I started in Spain. I had the opportunity to get to know
Russia, to work in France, to work in England in the Premier League. And that’s what I enjoy doing. I enjoy preparing games, being
on the pitch, analysing rivals, analysing and preparing our team. That’s what makes me happy and I’ll end up doing that again somewhere where
they really want me and when I have all the strength I need to develop my best version. And if it’s in the premier League, that’ll be good too.

Becoming a Professional Athlete with Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games


Ladies and gentlemen, this is a brief insight to the Tokyo 2020…Olympic Games Looking a year into the future, when the world’s population has been overtaken by the Mushroom Kingdom…and… ..a bunch of hedgehogs, who have had some very unfortunate games, in recent years outside of, literally, just Sonic Mania. I don’t think there’s been anything else…like, redeemable… …poor Sonic. Narrator: MARIO AND SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES! RT: Just in case you can’t read, uh, they remind’g’ya. There’s…all the countries of Europe 1. And all the countries of Europe 2… All three Oceania countries. Oh Jesus! One of these is not like the other… *INTENSE SHAKING ACTION* Come on! *MORE INTENSE SHAKING ACTION* Narrator: Goal! Miles ahead… It’s not even close. See, all our training in WiiFit has paid off now…I’m in like, peak physical condition…*by* playing this game *EVEN MORE INTENSE SHAKING ACTION* This is, REALLY, straightforward… Narrator: New World Record! I-I, I really don’t feel like I did anything *uncontrolled laughter* thEreEheE… “*In* this event, you’ll run and throw a javelin for maximum distance…build up enough power, and you can hit someone in the audience too! *shaking…shaking…s h a k i n g…S H A K I N G…* *Short Breath* *I* think that was the worst one, yet. Oh, hang on, no guys, we gotta go outside… And get enough exercise, playing this exercise game. No one believes in their swimming ability… Uh… Yeah, *uncontrolled laugh again* suURuE *INTENSE G A M E P L A Y* Well, now we just won the Olympics, ’cause no one’s gonna get 20 points. Let’s go! *Chuckle* Showdown for the ages.. He gave up. Look at my special attack of a normal swing, basically, I don’t need to do any of the button prompts. Just… …just hit the ball… …just hit the ball, like, that’s enough for me… You see, like y-you hit it back, three times… There’s like a program, in his A.I. that kicks in…and it’s like: “Oh, I got to let the player win.” Oh, they blocked it three times. I got a forfeit the match. Like just watch this; One… …two… Didn’t even try. I love how they are like all making noises on hit, too. I Want Die, is just…deathly quiet. I think if I Want Die had a voice, it would just be like, screams of agony… …more than anything… ..uhm, because he’s realized that he exists. Let’s go! The Showdown we’ve been waiting for; we’re gonna kill Mario. *You’re* going down Charles Martinet. AUGH, NO! Mario’s on everything, but I’m convinced no one likes him… …he’s like the poster child for every Nintendo franchise and… ..like…eh…deh… …if you talked to anyone, it’s like: “Which character do you playing *in* like Mario Party, or like smash bros?” like, it’s never Mario, …it’s always the side characters, like no one likes ’em. Like, who picks Mario in Mario Kart? You pick Luigi…he’s cooler. No, vending like Mario is the normie character We have to classify him, somehow… …like Mario is like-le the character you go for, if you don’t really know the series… It’s like saying your favorite is Pokemon is Pikachu, because you don’t know what a Pokemon is. I still won, but I’m just bitter.. Oh, it’s time to take a break again. This time, it’s just ’cause I’m stressed like ca-calm down, calm down, just ya know… …go have a snack… …go get some fresh air… Shadow: These are only games… *RT Repeats*: These are only games… Hey, we unlocked the “Moonlight Circle!” It’s circuit not circle. Oh, okay… Let’s do-let’s do “Moonlight Circle”. This has the dream race in it. People are still- Guys, you gotta let “circle” go… Oh no-oh no, did I say it agai-? Guys, look, you’re not supposed to point out when someone’s going senile… ..okay? You’re supposed to be polite… It’s very mean what you’re doing here, okay? You just gotta let it slide, like, I’m getting on in years. I’m 23 now… I’m gonna be, like, DEAD in two years. Okay, we’re really good at this one… *SHAKING AGAIN GOD DAMNIT* You’re just gonna hear a lot of rattlin’. I don’t know what it is, with the running ones… I’m just pretty good at them. Yeah, because ever ever, all the other games require like… …fine movements, like, you have to like do something, other than just shake the Wii Remote. So, of course you do worse in those games… …because that requires the Wii Remote to be like … …a functional device. Twenty-Three is 25% of the way to dead… How do you know when I’m gonna die? ‘cuse me, I could be a much higher percent… …I could be 50% if I want to be. Then we’re taking some poor life decisions to speedrun life for the next while… Who needs exercise, y’know, vegetables are overrated… That’s-that-that’s how you play life on fast mode. Just get to completion… …vegetables just slow you down, if anything. It takes so long to cook… It’s trying to get, like, max level in an MMO, ya know, you don’t care about, like, the level of 30’s in Warcraft. You gotta get to, like, level… …120 or whatever it is… Let’s get to the endgame. Battery… ..it’s fine. Okay, it just wants me to pull back… …just… *SHAKING AGAIN, BOIS* Came third! “This event is a long-distance running race to go the goal. The key to winning, is dodging obstacles and using the items to attack your opponent’s effectively.” This is Mario Kart, but you’re running? Pick up item boxes for useful attacks and defense items and press “A” to use the items… This is literally just Mario Kart, but you’re running… Like Mario Kart, but you forgot your car today. I mean, this is the sport we need to see in the Olympics, if anything… …just imagine the athletes just like… …attacking each other, as the games are going on… …like a hundred meter sprint, but like you’re allowed to bring a crowbar… That sounds very exciting! Mario and Sonic is greater than Fortnite. I like to think so. You can’t compete with an absolute banger… …that is like… …probably 11 years irrelevant, or; let’s be honest, this game never really was relevant. How dare he say that to this game? Guys, is not relevant. I don’t think… …did Mario and Sonic The Olympic Games, like, transform the gaming scene, when it came out back in 2008? Was this like the landmark title to come out of, like, the early 2000s? Like this defined the genre… Like, you know, like the Oculus devs just looked to Mario and Sonic in The Olympics there’s like, that’s what I wanted to make… …that’s the game that inspired me. I need her to be able to play as Sonic… …SEE as Sonic… …to be Sonic. With that action, that might of inspired VR Chat. Okay, I’m gonna try like a monster swing… …this time… You gu-you guys get ready for this, okay? I’m gonna go for a big arc of the arm. Motion controls in action* *SHAKY BOI* OH FU- I HIT MY HAND These are the risks you take, being a gamer… It’s not an easy life. How did you end up in a hospital? Mario and Sonic at the Olympics, is simply a masterpiece of a game. I just have to get the gold medal. I was so far ahead. I don’t even need to compete in the next sport. Alright I can just take the piss here, I’ll just take potshots on the audience. I’ll still get the gold medal.. …people will die but, duh, yeah, I’ve earned enough points… Okay, it’s-it’s still got plenty of charge guys, okay. Like…like we’re only streaming like 25 more minutes. Just try get a perfect score… PPFPFPT…. Planets Circle… I KEEP-…now, it’s just on my mind, because you guys made such a big deal, about that one time I slipped… *MORE AND MORE SHAKING* We knocked over like three hurdles; World Record… Someone tells us how having complex joke: ME: . . . RT: circle. ME: This is the height of comedy. I’ve become like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory whenever he just says “Bazinga!” and people lose their minds…no matter the context… Come on final one…we haven’t missed a shot. I’m going to focus… *TUHH-Hhh…* *Giggle* I’ve already missed two… Auuugh, that was tragic. You’re not a real fan, unless you get the Eight-Year RTGame sub-badge, now. That we filter out the pack. Unless you have it now. I know I’ve only been partnered like… One and a Half Years…you don’t have the eight years sub-badge like… …get out of here. I don’t want you on my Twitch Channel. You’re not dedicated enough… For me playing video games on the Internet. This isn’t just a fun activity; that like you could just hop in and out of… …this is a commitment. *SHAKY SHAKY SHAKY* Perfect jump! Jumped ahead of the pack a little bit. Wait, this is higher than the world record… …maybe I shouldn’t have said it this high… *Loud Laugh* I didn’t think this through, I didn’t realize… Yeah, we shouldn’t have gone so high. Like Mario won with 2.34 We were trying to go 16 higher than that. [wii shop music]

Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Full Game Highlights | Dec 8, 2019-20 NBA Season


Minneapolis in Minnesota, here’s the Lakers starting lineup same 5a one mortgage in event. We will see The full complimenting me Completely unstoppable Lakers 20 and 3. That’s Leonard. I just feel like there’s a couple of years ago Is the son of legendary Flip Saunders the late great trip for Andrew Wiggins in a foul to McGee good job by Andrew Wiggins and don’t get he likes to slash the plane To come either with Georgie Jiang or good car athlete town somebody with the little size on two of Anthony Davis Three ball is knocked down by a Kogi Laughs fish god he imba here’s karl-anthony towns He’s got the entire repertoire offensively and he’s already putting it on display here in quarter. Number one. Nice job using his left hand Lakers were scoring in the fight since I’m from that first possession They’re supporting it with the lake five seconds shot off the clock Makers report for six early on but they’re not playing any he pitch at the other end them and retired at nine He just completely shadowed that basket – along with three blocks he’s currently second in the NBA and blocked shots as a Message like to wait for you to jump before they jump if you don’t jump they get a cheap shot They got a hole on to the ball is left and it’s laid up and laid in by Covington and we’re tied at 13 Exactly the same from the field six out of nine What a move by JaVale to signed up abroad this night down the war LBJ Three four percent from beyond the arc this season Teeth will let try forbid rains and that’s pure later one Hand on that LeBron effort and it’s going to be the other way away The score in transition is start to his rookie year Bounce now to AZ little AG’s in the language good flat back and score. Nothing brick now he’s Driving to go chase and truth already first layup, that’s pretty sweet Quick cook got called out by Jordan Bell and he created the game Is AC fix his first jump shot Justin on the technical foul So that was clearly against at Minnesota should have won they only have themselves to blame and that three is his feet under him. So Davis remains into the game caldwell-pope over karl-anthony towns in the little Steve once again attacking the paint and He puts it up hits the bottom. He’s in the lane example. That’s good work by Jeff Teague. Yeah, that’s feel a nice vice Squeezes they get to the basketball. Look at Alex. She’s gonna win say shut up and house good Good LeAnn spy Make this habit Quinn cook. These can go all the way lay it up an edge We pinched too often biggest lead of the game for the Lakers nine points. Minnesota has not led Jeff Teague from deep Have a double-team and it’s gonna work out for the timepiece the bells there the offensive rebound and still number one The one game homestand that it’s out for five starting in Orlando Police all good stuff for heads to eat the man jump. I wanted to see though when they swish mass far into town dependence by Campy doing that’s good cut. That’s a good buy booze. They deny at the lab now Alex He wants to step one two games game up in Oregon with six to shoot livadas deep he’ll let it go and down it goes Ladies got some strong really a bounce the ball Where’s number 31 bringing out of Wiggins falling down his Peluso this good ball movement takes me off of three One be off the boat two minutes into the second quarter lead by seven. They have yet the trail Throw it down With tips that let’s go handoff goes to KC’s me here he goes Leaders up to 10 biggest meanest 1511. This is a 3 6 pick of the draft this year How do these I said he’s going to be shooting their Paris tonight? Here’s the drive and it kicked off with a steal for the 3 9 3 this coming is trying to negotiate All the way in he turns he misses they follow face score Kruseman out on top three-point country four to shoot. He’ll pull up rise fire – So who’s warm enough? That was a to over back door? Yeah, I witnessed Jeff lost Danny Green that time quick enough to get the back door So denying holding back of the Lakers Turning spinning a bunch the breeze and the tap it is Dwight has drawn all the attention was Quint good Is in a lot of trouble Covington captured shoot and rhythm as the second he’s top ten is slowing and rebounded in the NBA Chance for the lead here at Pebble added a Joe right now They’re Hawks going on with their hot but it is our tires. Yeah, they stick with those rogue agent resentment at times Don’t play the game. There is the left hand those free throws as their lead is Ten point seven per game Would be a career highs for him. Danny Green along the fire tester can agree We’ve guarded by Covington To do that for three files get doing down the tree back to the bastards Teague runs into a stone wall Oh laser defenders a kobe steps back for three and Back in and out of a heartbreak for andrew wiggins guru. So with some speed Coming up on a minute to play Caruso straightaway Which is a pity end of the quarter for the lake rooster up by three and here they come again But the second game in a row leave it for Iggy Asian Back to the game again LeBron with four fouls started in the half. That’s afraid To go get it because equals the biggest of this games. They double up on following any town stay alive regrets Laughs short but the follow is good, but Derry knocks it down. 76 68 least one Phase one of the pre post ad in the lane soft with the net such soft I drew Wiggins That has been a nice year for him He’s a bunt the leaders scored this year, and I was a quick throw down with one day There’s his was another rainbow down. He goes at the other end. Alona’s karl-anthony towns so a couple of quick buckets by venom a Challenge available to them once challenged a game Danny Boy out here what I think we get for our lamp in 2000 company That’s a photo ops intro right to lebron only witness plus see how the fresh 24 and he hit up curtains open the why not. I guess he’d be open if you got it here Get away tears fall into the towers score it Hit transition. They got 20 already. That’s one of the things about This play JCP to finish into Jen pointer. It’s right at the rim We had to go down and get that one into results of him LeBron four minutes into the quarter bounced out ad in he goes left hand Off the window a five straight on this hood scoop So that defense has definitely not been totally shored up rickets all the way to the rim, Oh what he does waited to cleanse you Here comes your veil boy. That is nice these introductions Began, the Lakers work at it. If you got it Andy green again the bonds in the attacking zone Casey To go on with five assists So we’ve got five more insist tonight after five the other night on a good run to the basket high post Now he’s got an open evening party really four with three On the defensive end Backing in on teeth caldwell-pope Surrounded all the formative this passing finding Caruso as their winter season high for a sick untruth turnovers 103 87 Nadir. Oh, look at that start stop one way then the other and all over them They do not give the right back to town. 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“Ein ekliges Spiel, aber ein schöner Sieg”: Brinkhoff’s BallgeflĂĽster mit Thomas Delaney  Highlights


How would you say you
are doing right now? We’re on the right track, of course. We’ve had a few tough games, like the
game in Berlin – that was hard-going, and not just for me watching at
home but for the players too. It’s always difficult to play away from
home for 45 minutes with 10 men, so it wasn’t a nice game,
but it was a great win. But I think we’re on the right track – we’re a bit more
relaxed now and play with a bit more freedom. That was our biggest problem earlier this
season, that we were a bit… Maybe there was too much pressure, or you were
putting too much pressure on yourselves? Yes, maybe, but we were a bit
more restrained before, and in recent games, when we’ve gone 1-0, 2-0,
or even 3-0 down – of course it hurts! – we’ve been playing with more freedom,
and that means we’re playing better. Thomas, what qualities do you think Danish players bring
in attack or defence that make them so popular here? Firstly, we have to be good. If a bad Danish player comes here,
they won’t be as happy with us! So, to start with, we’re
good footballers. And that’s the end of it too. Yes, exactly, and everything
in between! But I think we in Denmark
are humble. We try to give everything, and
we don’t cause problems – we always try to give everything for the team,
and that’s the most important thing. I think that was the case for the players
who were here before as well. I played with Niclas for a couple of years,
and he was a real leader in our team, and for me personally he
was a real role model. Flemming is obviously a bit older, so I don’t
know him personally quite as well. Geppi, I have to ask: what’s the
secret behind your success? It’s not my success, it’s ours – we talk a
lot about us and not about individuals. For me it’s very important that we
create a good atmosphere, that the players have to enjoy coming to training,
that they give everything on matchdays, and that we really play
together as a team. We want everyone to give everything and use their
individual strengths for the good of the team, so that we can put in the best
performance we can. How closely do you work together
with the first-team coaches? How does it work – does it
go via Lars, or via Edin? I’m lucky enough to have done my football
coach’s licence over the last year, and then I did an 8-week internship
with the first team. I got to know Lucien Favre and Edin Terzic – I’ve known
him for a long time – plus the other coaches, although it felt like I was at home because lots of
the first-team guys came from the youth system. So I felt comfortable, and there are definitely
things we have in common, but it’s not the case that we speak to each
other every day about everything, because we have our issues to focus
on, and the first team have theirs. Could you tell the funny story about what
happened to you not so long ago, when you were blocked from your media
parking space at the Blues? It was something to do with your
choice of vehicle, wasn’t it? Long story short: I was working for ZDF, and
I took my wife’s car, which has a sticker on it. At the barrier they said “Stop!” I got to the car park in Gelsenkirchen, the guy
saw the registration plate, went round, and everything else was fine, but
then he said “Not like that”. I hadn’t even got into the car park yet, so I said “What
do we do now? There are cars behind me”, and he said “Alright, just this once”. And that’s not the end of the story, because for the
last derby, the 0-0 where very little happened, I’ve got it out of my head. The best thing happened to me – I went by bike
from Dortmund, because it was a nice day, and the same guy said to me “I remember you
– but I never thought you’d be that stupid.” You’d already written a chronicle, but it’s
been updated to cover the last 10 years. I imagine it was fun to write. Yes, it was a pulsating time. It’s kind of a continuation of the story of the previous
100 years, so it’s now a 110-year chronicle, but it’s expanded in lots
of other ways too, because other research has been done into the
club’s founding, the Nazi period and so on. We’ve also had other writers who
have covered particular subjects, so yes, it’s mine and Dietrich’s book,
but it’s also more than that. And without the others it
wouldn’t have happened. Dortmund is obviously
such a big club, that when I was young and played Football
Manager I sometimes played as Dortmund. So it’s easy – it could be worse, but it’s
easy because this is such a big club. I’ve been a BVB fan all my life – I played in the
youth teams between the ages of 15 and 17. I watched the Champions League in the Borsigplatz square
with my dad and a couple of friends when I was 13, so I have a personal history here. And then it came full circle when I became
joint coach of the U16s and started working as a
scout shortly after that, It was my dream to work in football,
and I didn’t make it as a player, but being here now is such
an enjoyable feeling. It’s fun every day – I have a great team, a great boss
in Lars Ricken, who I get on with really well. He’s doing a really great job, and
I’m really grateful for everything. Every day I try to say to myself when I get up “Today
I’m going to do the best job I possibly can.” So far it’s gone pretty well, I think.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool | Firmino wins it late at Selhurst Park | Highlights


That’s a lovely ball in to Jordan Ayew! Kouyate picked out the Ghanaian,
but he couldn’t score. And it’s a really good delivery,
and it’s through for James Tomkins! Well, there you go, it’s no goal
and a Liverpool free kick. That’s Henderson, brilliant ball,
and that’s Mane! Sadio Mane not quite able to take the chance,
some ball by Henderson. That’s for Firmino, and Sadio Mane miscues! And it’s into the back of the net!
It went from one post to the other. Townsend, can hit them! But he hit it straight at Alisson. Here comes the Liverpool corner… And it comes all the way through, and Dejan Lovren was the one
trying to turn the ball in at the far post. Here’s Origi, his first involvement, and here’s Firmino, who’s in! Oh, and Guaita has done so well. Townsend, Schlupp! Instinctive. And it’s only just wide. He’s ridden the challenge of Lovren,
and Townsend, that’s a lovely help on, and Zaha…scores. It’s the best move Crystal Palace
have put together all afternoon. And it comes through and ricochets down,
and it’s away, Firmino! And Roberto Firmino just waited
and bided his time.