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ICE BOWL : It's Still Considered Among Best NFL Games, but Plenty of Myths Surround Packers' Defeat of Cowboys in 1967 Championship Game

January 09, 1996|BILL PLASCHKE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Kramer was offside on the play.

"Jerry was real quick off the ball," he said. "I remember snapping the ball and he was gone."

THE GLORY HOG

The blocking pattern on the winning play was known as a "post drive."

Kramer stood Pugh up, and Bowman knocked him back, paving the way for Starr.

"That's how I saw it," said the Cowboys' Townes.

And this is how the winning run would have been described to the world, except for something Kramer said to Bowman as he laid a hand on the youngster's shoulder before the postgame interview session.

"He said, 'Kenny, let an old man have his moment in the spotlight. You have 10 more years to be here,' " Bowman said. "I was so young and dumb, I believed him. I believed I would make another block and be involved in a big play like this again."

Today, as a generally anonymous public defender in Tucson, Ariz., watching Kramer reap the rewards of being a famous author and Packer hero, Bowman sometimes wonders.

"I never realized that I would never make another block like that," he said. "And I never realized that that would be the play of the century."

THE REPERCUSSIONS

Today at alumni gatherings, Kramer jokingly questions Bowman, "Were you even at that game?"

But according to Bowman, what had happened to Kramer since taking credit for that block is not funny.

"If anything, I think it hurt Jerry," Bowman said. "I think the powers that be took a look at that whole situation, and that's why he's not in the Hall of Fame."

THE CAMERAS

With every "expert" in the stadium figuring the Packers were going to pass on that final play, including Summerall, TV cameras were ordered to focus on the wide receivers.

But the equipment was frozen, and the cameras would not move. So they remained facing the back of the defense, from where CBS captured one of pro football's most memorable scenes.

THE PAYOFF

For their game, the Cowboys earned $5,879 a man, and the Packers made $7,951. For that, they suffered through severe frostbite and generally the worst afternoon of their lives.

THE QUOTE

"Cold? What cold? I didn't notice any cold."

--Vince Lombardi

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