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50 years ago today, Super Bowl III

SFGFNCGiantsFan : 1/12/2019 10:58 am
The underdog Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl III. To date, this is the last Jets Super Bowl win or appearance. That's a shame...

Allie Sherman on Namath:  
Big Blue '56 : 1/12/2019 11:01 am : link
ďwhat an arm!Ē
Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
Jimmy Googs : 1/12/2019 11:11 am : link
about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...

RE: Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
Big Blue '56 : 1/12/2019 11:22 am : link
In comment 14259344 Jimmy Googs said:
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about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...


Yup. Very disappointing loss for me.
That Colts team included  
Pete in MD : 1/12/2019 12:00 pm : link
two future NYG head coaches. Arnsparger and Perkins.
RE: Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
fanofthejets : 1/12/2019 12:22 pm : link
In comment 14259344 Jimmy Googs said:
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about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...


It was a long throw. Even if he sees them what's the guarantee it would be an accurate pass. Or that the ball would be caught
RE: RE: Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
Big Blue '56 : 1/12/2019 12:35 pm : link
In comment 14259443 fanofthejets said:
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In comment 14259344 Jimmy Googs said:


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about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...




It was a long throw. Even if he sees them what's the guarantee it would be an accurate pass. Or that the ball would be caught


YOU could have completed that pass to Orr
RE: RE: RE: Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
fanofthejets : 1/12/2019 1:03 pm : link
In comment 14259467 Big Blue '56 said:
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In comment 14259344 Jimmy Googs said:


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about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...




It was a long throw. Even if he sees them what's the guarantee it would be an accurate pass. Or that the ball would be caught



YOU could have completed that pass to Orr


Supposedly a marching band was assembled in that corner of the endzone before halftime and Orr's Colts uniform and the bands uniform were of the same color schemes. So even though Orr was in Morralls line of sight he disappeared into the band.

Morrall didn't have a cannon or quick release. If he hits Hill quicker down the seam it's also a touchdown
Yeah yeah...and during a cloudy day that was the only minute the  
Jimmy Googs : 1/12/2019 1:14 pm : link
sun peaked thru and made shadows where Orr was running.

Oh and there was a second shooter behind the picket fence by the grassy knoll too...

Orr and I talked about it all. Bottom line is Morrall missed him and suprisingly so because the play worked to perfection only a few weeks earlier vs another opponent.

Jets won the game fair behind an overall very good performance. The Colts didn't bring it and lost...

RE: RE: RE: Caught up with Jimmy Orr, former Colt WR  
fanofthejets : 1/12/2019 1:22 pm : link
In comment 14259467 Big Blue '56 said:
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In comment 14259344 Jimmy Googs said:


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about that game about 10 years ago. Just great listening to him describe how strong that Colt team was and how they screwed up versus Jets.

You all probably have seen the famous replays of Colts running a flea-flicker play at end of the first half but Earl Morrall never saw wide open Orr near end zone and threw an interception instead. Orr was waving his hands wildly for the ball.

That was a true lost ring story...




It was a long throw. Even if he sees them what's the guarantee it would be an accurate pass. Or that the ball would be caught



YOU could have completed that pass to Orr


Supposedly a marching band was assembled in that corner of the endzone before halftime and Orr's Colts uniform and the bands uniform were of the same color schemes. So even though Orr was in Morralls line of sight he disappeared into the band.

Morrall didn't have a cannon or quick release. If he hits Hill quicker down the seam it's also a touchdown
RE: Yeah yeah...and during a cloudy day that was the only minute the  
fanofthejets : 1/12/2019 1:34 pm : link
In comment 14259503 Jimmy Googs said:
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sun peaked thru and made shadows where Orr was running.

Oh and there was a second shooter behind the picket fence by the grassy knoll too...

Orr and I talked about it all. Bottom line is Morrall missed him and suprisingly so because the play worked to perfection only a few weeks earlier vs another opponent.

Jets won the game fair behind an overall very good performance. The Colts didn't bring it and lost...


Ton of credit has to go Buddy Ryan and Walt Michaels
supposedly they ran the Orr play  
bluepepper : 1/12/2019 1:35 pm : link
earlier in the season and Morrall hit him for an easy TD. Inexplicably he didn't even look his way this time.
uh, see earlier play was mentioned  
bluepepper : 1/12/2019 1:42 pm : link
already.

Truth is Morrall wasn't very good. He had a career year in 1968 after Unitas got hurt. Later stepped in for Griese in the Dolphins unbeaten season but was what we would call a "game manager" on that team. In 1968 he slung it and was actually NFL MVP but reverted to form in the Super Bowl.
Didnít even start  
McNally's_Nuts : 1/12/2019 1:47 pm : link
Unitas.

Joe Namath is in the hall of fame for this one game where he didnít throw the ball more than 13 yards in the air
Morrall was generally average but had a few good seasons  
Jimmy Googs : 1/12/2019 1:59 pm : link
and 1968 played great, basically keeping Unitas on the bench even after he returned from his injury.

That Colt team was stacked with All-Pros on both offense and defense. They only lost 1 game that regular season to Cleveland and then beat the shit out of them in the playoff rematch.

The Jets win over the Colts was a massive upset in sports at the time...
RE: Didnít even start  
fanofthejets : 1/12/2019 1:59 pm : link
In comment 14259527 McNally's_Nuts said:
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Unitas.

Joe Namath is in the hall of fame for this one game where he didnít throw the ball more than 13 yards in the air


Look at Unitas when he came into that game. His arm was in terrible shape. No zip on anything

And yes Namath did throw the ball more that 13 yards many times. And Maynard was a non factor as his hamstring injury was pretty bad. Shouldn't have even suited up.
I remember watching Super Bowl III with my friends -  
Del Shofner : 1/12/2019 2:24 pm : link
I was 16. It was one of the first times I ever drank beer. :-)

About the game - the Jets had a solid D, and while the talk is always about Namath, in my view Matt Snell was the difference in the game. He rushed 30 times for 121 yards - allowed the Jets to control the tempo of the game. Namath got the MVP but in my view it should have been Snell.
Wow, that brings back memories. I remember watching the game at home.  
Giants61 : 1/12/2019 3:20 pm : link
My Uncle and family were there to say goodbye to me because in 4 days I had to report for induction in the Army having received my "Greetings" letter a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. I remember placing a $5.00 bet on the Jets because the Colts were something like 16 or 17 point favorites. Happily I got my $5.00 when I returned
RE: Didnít even start  
gmenatlarge : 1/12/2019 6:10 pm : link
In comment 14259527 McNally's_Nuts said:
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Unitas.

Joe Namath is in the hall of fame for this one game where he didnít throw the ball more than 13 yards in the air


Nonsense, Namath was an all-time great, just because he was a Jet doesnít mean you shouldnít give the man his due!
I watched that game  
since1925 : 1/12/2019 7:01 pm : link
The Jets shut it down in the 4th quarter, they could have rolled up the score.
It's a shame the jets haven't been back in 50 years?  
Skully88 : 1/12/2019 9:04 pm : link
The butt fumble, Rex Ryan and the little brother bull shit, covering our murals and Diehl pulling down the curtains... Fuck those shit stains, that rancid franchise and hopefully they never win a single football game again.
To put the passage of time in perspective...  
Big Blue Blogger : 1/12/2019 9:08 pm : link
... 50 years before Super Bowl III, President Woodrow Wilson was on his way to Versailles to negotiate the end of World War I.
The Colts were definitely overconfident.......  
Doomster : 1/12/2019 10:21 pm : link
Why wouldn't they be? They were 18 freakin' point favorites......playing the champs from a minor league....The Jets had no shot.....But the Colts were SUPPOSE to win and the Jets WEREN'T....the pressure was on the Colts, not the Jets..... when they committed mistake after in the first half, that confidence was gone......

Namath brashly predicted they would win.....with the score 7-0 at the half, the vaunted Colt offense, was on life support....And when the Colts came out after halftime, and looked no different than the first half, in desperation, they went to Unitas.....Unitas looked like Peyton in his last season......he should have never been in the game.....

As for Morrall, after having his best season, he picked the wrong possible day to have an off game.....It wasn't just the Orr snafu.....they missed a short fg......a ball bounced off a receiver and was intercepted in the endzone....it could have easily been 10-0 Colts.....then the Jets scored, and Morrall threw two more ints before the half....The colts never recovered from the first half....

And while Namath gets the majority of the credit for this victory, guys like Snell, Sauer and the Jet OL made Namath's prediction happen......and the Jet defense came up with 4 int's that throttled the Colt offense....

Orr was wide open.....why Morrall didn't see him, there have been many stories to try to explain it......but he was open....
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