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?The picture was taken at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium three hours after the Steelers-Bengals game of Sept. 19. Heinz Kluetmeier, the photographer, had some difficulty acquiring the principal prop. Says Kluetmeier: "The Steelers' p.r. director, Joe Gordon, and I went looking for a football, but the stadium was pretty empty and no one had a key to the equipment room. So we searched lockers, coaches' offices, stacks of boxes, but we couldn't find a single football. Finally, we came across an old game ball in Chairman of the Board Art Rooney's office. It was already partly deflated, but I used a paper clip to let out more air, and took the picture." That "old game ball" on SI's cover was from Super Bowl X, in which Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 21-17 on Jan. 18, 1976.—ED.
In the fifth grade, while preparing a report on Indiana, I came across some information from the state's Chamber of Commerce. It stated that in the 1800s, when a visitor knocked on the door of a settler, the occupant would inquire "Who's there?" which sounded like "Hoosier" when the farmer wasn't particularly drilled on pronunciation.
When I was an Alabama undergraduate in the early '20s, Tulane had a very strong football team called, then as now, the Green Wave. As I recall, after a victory by Alabama, a Birmingham sportswriter wrote: "Saturday the Green Wave of Tulane was completely engulfed by a tide of crimson-clad warriors."
You might also be interested in the nickname Million Dollar Band for the Alabama band that plays during halftime. During a game that the football team didn't play well, a sportswriter wrote: "While the football team did not look very good, the band looked like a million dollars."