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December 28th in NYC History:
NCAA begins,
The Greatest Football Game EVER,
Happy Birthday Seth Meyers, Stan Lee, and Denzel,
Moscow tops the Hudson.

Posted: Dec 27, 2012 | 11:00 PM

1905:  The NCAA's forerunner, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, founded in New York City. 

1922:  Bill Gallo, the Daily News' great sports cartoonist since 1960, born.

1954:  Fordham's Denzel Washington, actor, born.

1958:  "The Greatest American Football Game Ever Played." 

For the title, the Giants were down 14-3 at halftime versus Baltimore.

Then the Giants scored 14 points, so it was 17-14. 

With seven seconds left, Baltimore's Steve Myhra scores a 20 yard field goal, tying the game. 

8.25 minutes into overtime, Baltimore's Alan Ameche scores a 1
yard touchdown, prevailing Baltimore 23-17 over the Giants in front of over 64,000 at Yankee Stadium.  An estimated 45 million watched it on television, (and it would have been higher were the game not blacked out in NYC and its suburbs, due to contract restrictions). 

It was the only NFL championship game decided in overtime.  Its popularity led to the formation of the American Football League, AFL, which expanded football, and strengthened the NFL when they merged.

1971:  Republican Mayor John Lindsey runs for President of the U.S. as a Democrat.   His opponent, war hero and Senator George McGovern, will outrun him as the losing candidate to Nixon's overwhelming CREEP onslaught.  CREEP
was the Committee to RE-Elect the President.

The "Super Series" begins.   The Soviet Union's hockey team beat the New York Rangers 7-3 at the Garden.  They will defeat nearly all the other American hockey teams 5-2-1 in the midst of the Cold War.

1991:  Nine killed in stampede outside a hip-hop celebrity basketball game and concert.

2004:  Susan Sontag, Intellectual, died; so did Actor Jerry Ohrbach.

Happy Birthdays: Stan Lee (1922) & Seth Meyers (1973). 


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