1968 PRO FOOTBALL SIM: DANDY DON TURNS OUT LIGHTS ON BROADWAY JOE

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(This simulation of a professional football season is a dramatization – It did not actually take place in any way, shape or form.)

In real life Super Bowl III became Joe Namath’s defining moment as the New York Jets gave the American Football League its first win against the NFL.

But before he went to the Monday Night Football booth, Don Meredith played nine years as Dallas Cowboys QB. In this sim, Meredith takes the Cowboys to the Super Bowl to take on Namath and the Jets. As much as Namath officially made Super Bowl week a media circus in the real Super Bowl, it is hard to imagine if Miami Beach would had been big enough for Meredith and Namath to sling one-liners in the days before the big game.

This time Meredith and the NFL got the last songĀ in.

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One year after the Oakland Raiders went 16-0 in the 1967 sim, the Baltimore Colts threatened to go one better. They went undefeated in the regular season and won in the divisional round before being shut out by the 13-1 Cowboys in the Championship round.

Since there is overtime in the WhatIfSports simulations, fictional fansĀ became equally irate when Heidi pre-empted the end of the Raiders 13-10 OT regular season win over the Jets. It would prove to be the only regular season loss of the Jets campaign while the Raiders finished third in their division with a 10-4 record.

The Raiders 21-game win streak ended with a 30-17 loss to the Chargers in Week 6. The Cincinnati Bengals lost their first 12 games before they defeated the Patriots 14-9 at Fenway Park.

With the Raiders stealing the Jets thunder by winning the AFL/NFL Championship the previous year, the Jets did not have quite the motivation of their real-life counterparts. In a great battle of one-loss teams, the Cowboys gave Tom Landry his much deserved late-1960s championship with a 24-10 win.

The win gave Meredith a lifetime pass to gloat at Howard Cosell in the Monday Night booth.

 

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