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There in the family room, by gosh, is George, mopping sweat from his brow and all dressed up like a coach in green, yellow and brown checked shorts, a white short-sleeved shirt, white sweat socks, blue Puma shoes and a sweep-secondhand watch.
"This is weird," Allen says. "I just finished working out. I ran 3� miles at Rolling Hills High and did my double pushups, 110 of them. If I hadn't worked out," he adds, pointing to the timbers on the ceiling, "I'd be up there."
George is also going out of his gourd because the telecast of the Ram game from Philadelphia has been delayed so CBS can show the investiture of Pope John Paul I, and he has to listen to the game on radio. "I can't visualize what's going on from a description," he says. The game is in the second quarter, and when Frank Corral kicks his second field goal to put the Rams ahead 6-0, Allen calms briefly and says, "The only way the Eagles have a chance is for the Rams to make a mistake. The Eagles' offense can't move the ball running." A Ram gain is nullified because of holding, and Allen asks the radio. "Who's holding? That's what I want to know. I'd like to know who was holding. What number?" The radio doesn't answer. Just before the half ends. Ram rookie Glen Walker punts 50 yards, and Allen says, "I cut all the other punters early to give him confidence."
Channel 2 suddenly cuts from Vatican City to Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. "I've never seen it this way before on Sunday," Allen says. As CBS shows highlights of other action around the league, an announcer remarks that a receiver did not have time to "look for the ball." George shoots back at the set, "He had time to look. He didn't look. It's his job to look. He's paid to look!" He switches to the Oiler-Falcon game just as the half ends and the players are walking off the field. "Run off! Jog off!" he says. "Show pride!"
Back to CBS. The Rams receive. First and 10 on their 10. Allen calls out, "Blue stall slot! Blue stall slot! Flair!" The Rams are forced to kick. George pops up, muttering, "I'm not going to be able to watch these games. Boy, I can't watch them." The Rams block a punt and lead 13-0. "Could I have a glass of milk, Etty?" Allen calls to his wife. "My stomach is bothering me." Asked if he wouldn't prefer a Gelusil instead, he replies, "I took one, I did, right after the half was over."
Despite the Rams' lead, George is jittery. "Mistakes can still hurt." Bango, the Eagles score, making it 13-7. The Rams have to punt, and Wally Henry makes it 14-13 Eagles with a 57-yard return. "This is the last game I'm going to watch," moans George. "No more."
But George might just as well be on the sideline in Veterans Stadium. His eyes are glued to the action, his hands on his knees, his legs spread. There's 1:20 to play, and Quarterback Pat Haden of the Rams throws an incompletion. "When quarterbacks throw on the run, invariably they overthrow," Allen says. With 12 seconds on the clock, Corral comes in to try a 38-yard field goal. Allen says, "We had him kicking over a seven-foot screen to get height. We were concerned about his line-drive kicks."
"Wheeooooooooo!" George yells as the Rams win 16-14.
Scully says of the replay, "Take another look."