Beating the Spread ...
Cheerleader, err competitor Debby
Bell, with PDT GM and eventual champ Harry Flawd.
The tournament was a resounding success with a record 30 participants,
up 50% from the previous high of 20 vying for the Super Bowl
Trophy. It was a wonderful mix of new, enthusiastic players,
and gridiron veterans matching wits and dice rolls on the frozen
The AFC Heat played early Wednesday afternoon, saw rookie
David Buchbinder coach his 1980 San Diego Chargers, led by a
potent passing attack, into the Championship game against John
Elllmann's Colts, who used the pointspread system quite well
in defeating his first two opponents. But the Chargers were too
much for the Colts, and prevailed 30-12, to advance to the Super
In the NFC Heat, we saw a record 26 players trying to meet
the Chargers in the big game. Led by a potent rushing attack,
defending champ Harry Flawd's Detroit Lions moved through the
pack and into the conference championship game, but not before
withstanding two tough early games against John Ellsworth's Chiefs
(24-20), and Bob Jamelli's Steelers (20-14). That left father
vs. son in one semifinal, where dad prevailed (only by a missed
FG from the Lions' 12 yd line, is that Bill Place in the window???),
to meet Bill O'Neal's New Orleans Saints, who also effectively
used the pointspread system to his advantage in his three victories.
The Lion's used an exclusive rushing attack to defeat New Orleans,
49-28, to set the matchup for the title game.
In the Super Bowl, it was pass vs. run, new vs. veteran. Detroit
took five points from the spread to lead until the Chargers took
the opening kickoff and marched right down the field, scored,
and led 7-5. It remained that way until the 2nd quarter, when
the Chargers missed on a 4th down try, and the Lions pulled a
big 76 yard TD run by Billy Sims followed by a 3rd & 1 bomb
for a 45 yard TD pass and took a 19-7 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Chargers pulled to within 19-14, but
again the Lion rushing attack took over and scored to make it
26-14, and that was the final. It was a series of missed opportunities
for San Diego. Detroit fumbled four times but recovered three,
and the Chargers missed two FGs and twice were stopped on 4th
down tries. Dan Fouts also overthrew a wide-open receiver in
the end zone early in the 4th quarter. When all the smoke cleared,
Harry had secured his 4th Paydirt title in five years,
and the increased interest in the tournament has us all excited
about next year already.