The New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns, the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, faced off against each other on December 14, 1958. It was the last game of the regular season. The Browns were 9-2 and the Giants were 8-3. In a heavy snow storm, Pat Summerall kicked a game winning 47 yard field goal for the Giants, with just under two minutes to play. Summerall had missed on a 33 yard attempt, with five minutes left in the game. The Giants’ win set up a rematch playoff game with the Browns, which the Giants won 10-0. Having won the Eastern Conference Championship, the Giants went on to play the Baltimore Colts for the championship, in a game that is considered by many to be one of the greatest ever in the history of the NFL.
Above, Ernie Grunfeld, Tennessee Vols All American
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Temple Owls played lowest scoring basketball game since the elimination of the center tip. (Before the 1938 season they had a jump ball after every shot that was made.)
In the final game of the Tennessee Classic, on Decembere 15, 1973, the Vols topped the Owls 11-6.
With 11:44 minutes into the contest with Tennessee leading 7-5, Casey made his move. He placed two of his best players about 28 feet from the goal and positioned them five feet apart. They began dribbling the ball and passing it back and forth with no attempt to throw it to anyone else or attempt to score. Ray Mears, not to be outdone by his rival, instructed his players to go to a 2-3 zone defense and stay there. Read more Bob Cox’s yesteryear.
As Temple futilely tried to get Tennessee out of a zone defense, nothing happened. The Owls held the ball, passing it around for more than 11 1/2 minutes of the first half. Tennessee retaliated by stalling for the first three minutes of the second half. Then the Owls regained possession, trailing by three points – 8-5 – and stalled for 14 more minutes. Read more Philly.com
Pistons 186 Nuggets,184 (Triple Overtime)
Isiah Thomas led the Pistons with 47 points. John Long had 41 and Kelly Tripucka 35. The Nugget’s Kiki Vandeweghe led all scorers with 51 points. Also for The Nuggets, Alex English had 47. Dan Issel “chipped in” 28 points in a losing cause!
On December 13, 1936, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Boston Redskins at The Polo Grounds in New York, 21-6. That’s right, The Boston Redskins. This was to be the last game they played as the Boston Redskins. The following year the franchise moved to Washington, DC.
On December 13, 1969, Curt Flood went before the MLB Players’ Association Executive Board and asked for financial assistance for his litigation against Major League Baseball. He was attempting to prove that the reserve clause was a violation of antitrust laws. The board voted 25-0 in favor of supporting Flood. It didn’t help his career at all, but now there are hundreds of baseball playing multi-millionaires who have Curt Flood to thank for their life styles.