The game was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., and broadcasted on radio by Mutual Broadcasting System, the first NFL title game broadcast nationwide. The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 73–0, the most one-sided victory in NFL history.
The Redskins had beat the Bears 7–3 in a regular season game three weeks earlier. After the contest, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall told reporters that the Bears were “quitters” and “cry babies” when the going got tough. As the Bears prepared for the rematch, Chicago head coach George Halas fired up his team by showing them newspaper articles of Marshall’s comments.
Less than a minute into the game, the Bears’ running back Bill Osmanski ran 68 yards to score the first touchdown. After the Redskins narrowly missed an opportunity to tie the game, the Bears clamped down and began to dominate, leaving the field at halftime with a 28-0 lead. Things only got worse for the Redskins, and by the end of the second half officials were asking Halas not to let his team kick for extra points, as they were running out of footballs after too many had been kicked into the stands.
The Bears followed their history-making win with two more consecutive championships, including a game against the New York Giants just two weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Many great football players were subsequently drafted into World War II, and Halas himself would leave in 1942 for a tour of duty in the Pacific. In 1946, after the war ended, Halas and a number of former players returned to the team, and the Bears won their fourth NFL Championship in seven years.
“I honestly didn’t even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York. I just wanted to win a championship; I didn’t even know who was coaching. I didn’t care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. I just wanted to win a championship.” – Metta World Peace
In 1986, the three major boxing organizations, the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation teamed with HBO to create a heavyweight championship tournament in an effort to crown the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since Leon Spinks in 1978. All three of organization’s heavyweight champions, as well as several of the sport’s top contenders were entered into the tournament. In the first leg of the tournament, Trevor Berbick met then-WBC champion Pinklon Thomas for the WBC portion of the heavyweight title. In a closely contested fight, Berbick was able to narrowly earn the victory by unanimous decision to capture his first major heayvweight title. However, his first defense of that title would come against the 20-year old undefeated sensation Mike Tyson, who was 27–0 with 25 of his victories coming by way of knockout. Tyson had gone 12–0 in the year of 1986 alone and officially qualified for the unification series with a second round knockout victory over Alfonso Ratliff in September. Though the 32–year old Berbick entered the fight as the champion, he was installed as a 3–1 underdog to Tyson, who at 20 years old, was 12 years younger than Berbick and was trying to surpass Floyd Patterson as the youngest man to win a major Heavyweight title in the history of the sport.
Iron Mike Tyson Vs Trevor Berbick:
Tyson would dominate Berbick, easily picking up the victory by way of 2nd round technical knockout. From the opening bell Tyson would be the aggressor, hammering Berbick with several powerful punches. Towards the end of the round, Tyson hit Berbick with a 4-punch combination that sent Berbick across the ring. Berbick managed to stay on his feet, but Tyson would continue to attack, hitting Berbick several more times until the bell sounded. Tyson picked up right where he left off in round 2, almost immediately hitting Berbick with a combination that dropped the champion. Berbick was able to answer the referee’s count and the fight would continue. Berbick, however, was unable to get any offense going, continuously getting rocked by Tyson. Tyson would finally end the fight as the 2:35 mark, hitting Berbick with a right to the body followed by a left hook to the head that dropped Berbick for the second time. Berbick attempted to get up twice, only to collapse both times, causing referee Mills Lane to call the fight and award Tyson the victory via technical knockout.
The Dolphins’ win gave Don Shula his 325th victory in 31 years as a pro football coach surpassing George Halas‘ decades-old mark of 324 coaching wins in 40 years with the Chicago Bears.
In 1970, after seven seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Shula took over as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a job he kept for 25 years. Shula’s teams reached the playoffs 20 times in 33 seasons and won Super Bowls in 1972 and 1973. The 1972 Dolphins went 17-0 — the only undefeated season in the modern NFL annals.
Shula retired following the 1995 season. His regular season mark of 328-156-6 combined with a 19-17 post-season record gives the legendary coach a career mark of 347 wins, 173 losses and 6 ties. Just as Halas’ mark stood the test of time, Shula”s career coaching wins should very well hold for decades.
Don Shula’s Career Coaching Milestones
First Win: September 22, 1963 at San Francisco 49ers, 20-14
100th Win: October 15, 1972 vs. San Diego Chargers, 24-10
200th Win: November 8, 1981 at New England Patriots, 30-27 (OT)
300th Win: September 22, 1991 vs. Green Bay Packers, 16-13
324th Win: October 31, 1993 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 30-10
325th Win: November 14, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles, 19-14
Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot and no fingers on his right hand. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface. This generated controversy about whether such a shoe gave a player an unfair advantage. When reporters would ask him if he thought it was unfair, he said “Unfair eh? How ‘bout you try kickin’ a 63 yard field goal to win it with 2 seconds left an’ yer wearin’ a square shoe, oh, yeah and no toes either”. Additionally, when an analysis of his kick was carried out by ESPN Sport Science, it was found that his modified shoe offered him no advantage – the smaller contact area could in fact have increased the margin of error. In 1977, the NFL added a rule, informally known as the “Tom Dempsey Rule,” that “any shoe that is worn by a player with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe.”
The man who would be Muhammad Ali fought for the first time as a professional and claimed a six-round decision over boxer/small-town police chief Tunney Hunsaker in Louisville, Ky.
Clay, who put behind him a brilliant amateur record, weighed 186 pounds, his heaviest ever, for the fight. Hunsaker came in at 192. The dancing, fast-moving Clay bloodied Hunsaker’s nose in the third round with a flood of blows and it was the fourth that he opened the cut over his eye. Clay said after the fight he didn’t get tired at all going six rounds for the first time. “I’m ready to go 10 rounds anytime,” he said. “The extra weight slowed me down just a little bit, not enough to hurt.” Clay received $2,000 for his first pro fight, while Hunsaker got $300.
Clay built up a 19-0 record over the next three-plus years before facing Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title in 1964. It’s not a shocker now, but it was a “world shaker” then — Clay won.