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DAY OF THE GAME
Vince Lombardi
September 09, 1963
Against a background of cabalistic symbols, a coach points his team toward the DAY OF THE GAME
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September 09, 1963

Day Of The Game

Against a background of cabalistic symbols, a coach points his team toward the DAY OF THE GAME

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Taylor, in two tries, picks up a first down, but we lose three on a swing-4 delay pass to Hornung. On our 61-quick trap we catch the two linebackers blitzing up the middle and their tackles going to the outside and Thurston and Ringo pick up the blitzers and Taylor goes for eight. On third and five and backs divide with Hornung delaying, Dowler runs his R turn-in, and he beats that 81 and makes a leaping catch and we're on their 36.

'Holding," Bill Austin says. "On us."

"Who?"

"I don't know."

So instead of being first and one on their 36 we're third and 27 on our own 30. Now we're in Red Left and Starr is dropping back. It's supposed to be our fan circle, L and R cross, but when he can find nobody open Starr pulls it down and starts to run to his right. As Jerry Kramer cuts in front of him to block one of those white shirts Starr shifts the ball to the other arm and there's a collision and the ball is loose and their 71 is on it on our 34.

I watch their quarterback drop back and Willie Davis is in there again. He runs right over his blocker but that quarterback gives Willie the straight-arm now and he's around him, running to his right down the far sideline and he's down to the six.

First and goal on the six. What kind of a day is this, anyway? They are lining up weak side to the left now and we're in 4-3. They give it to their left halfback again on a belly play and he goes to his left and outside, and they give him good blocking, and he scores. I've got to admit it. It was a fine call and beautiful execution, but don't we deserve better than this? They kick the point. And don't we deserve better than being down 7-3?

Tom Moore takes their kickoff on the seven and brings it back to the 33. There is still time in the half. We work the ball into their territory. McGee runs an L drag-in, and as Hornung clears the area deep, Max breaks in and Starr hits him, and we've got a first down on their 26.

" Tom Moore!" I say. "Go in for Paul, and run the 79-option."

"Yes, sir," he says, running out.

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