The Heisman Trophy winner has rarely had a good evening against the professional champions in Chicago, so it was nothing new when Spurrier had one of the worst. He missed the first six passes he tried, looking just as rusty as he had in Atlanta. A couple of them were only five-yarders aimed at men in the flat. He fumbled twice, and the Packers converted one of these mistakes into a field goal. By half time Spurrier had completed only one of his eight passes, Green Bay held a comfortable 20-0 lead, and it was obvious there would be no clutch finish for Spurrier, or any All-Star.
Meanwhile Green Bay was looking better than it had in any other All-Star Game under Coach Vince Lombardi. Working quite calmly against a defense that was indeed good, Bart Starr and his pals scored four of the first five times they got the ball. Starr did not even play in the second half.
Quickly noting that the All-Stars' secondary was especially determined to guard against the sidelines and deep, Starr simply sent the likes of Max McGee and Carroll Dale weaving into the middle, and he hit them with ease. When the college boys tightened the middle, there were Packers like Bob Long open outside. Rookies can't cover veterans. It is that simple.
Essentially, two players saved the All-Stars from total disgrace—Bubba Smith and George Webster, both of them from Michigan State. This pair had a long table of Packers raving between big bites of steak at a Rush Street restaurant in the early morning hours of Saturday. Webster had knocked McGee out of the game in the second quarter and had jolted Elijah Pitts with a tackle in the open field that caused a fumble and made the stadium seats squeak. Coming up with tackle after tackle, Webster almost personally held the Packers to field goals instead of touchdowns on two drives.
Less consistent but at times spectacular, Bubba smashed Starr twice and Donny Anderson once, all behind the scrimmage line. But maybe he had had a special incentive. The Colts had cut his brother, he had learned, and he was all upset, saying he was not going to report to Baltimore's training camp because his brother did not get a fair tryout. "It wasn't very smart of the Colts," said a rival coach. "A guy like Bubba you want to get in the cage before you do anything to make him mad." Packer Guard Jerry Kramer found that all he could do was try to screen the giant Smith away from the play. When Bubba came, he roared.
"I didn't believe what I had heard about him," said Fuzzy Thurston, the other Packer guard. "But Bubba is going to be great. He has a chance to become one of the best pass rushers in the game. All he needs is experience."
There is, in fact, nothing wrong with the All-Stars that some pro experience and a few less Heisman awards couldn't cure. But that is no excuse for continuing the All-Star Game.