Ice Bowl: NFC title game stirs memories
- Ice Bowl: NFC title game stirs memories
This is a first-person story by Bud Lea, who covered the Ice Bowl game in Green Bay on Dec. 31, 1967. ... By Bud Lea Packer Plus columnist
Vince Lombardi, on the sub-zero temperatures: "The weather's beautiful. The sun is shining! It's a great day!!!"
Green Bay -- Nobody could possibly have been prepared for what happened on Dec. 31, 1967, at Lambeau Field. Not the Green Bay Packers, not the Dallas Cowboys, and certainly not the 50,861 fans who paid $10 a ticket, a capacity crowd which has since grown 100 times if you believe everyone who claims he was there.
After all, the temperature at game time was 13 degrees below zero with a wind chill of 49 below. ...
The original Lambeau Field press box, built in 1957, was cold and drafty, and you used the Sunday paper as a floor mat to keep your feet from freezing. Every time the door opened to allow another accredited person inside that day, you swore as a blast of icy air hit you like a 2-by-4.
... Coffee was served. But if you didn't drink it quick enough, it froze in the plastic cup. Typewriters placed too close to the window ledge also froze up. So did the toilets.
With 16 seconds left in the game, the Packers had the ball on the Dallas 1. ...
But Starr knifed into an opening as guard Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman drove Pugh back. And when he landed into the Dallas end zone, Lambeau Field went crazy.
Thousands of fans swarmed the field after the 21-17 Packer victory. They attacked the goal post, and it crumbled. ...
That's a real winter in the Upper Midwest.