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The following is a list of newly discovered games, new acquisitions, and upgrades. To view my COMPLETE list of games, CLICK HERE.



The following games were added 2/28/01.

'76 Pittsburgh at Minnesota (6-17, MNF): Condition EX/EX-: New Discovery! Features Jack Lambert's famous "Buzzard's Breath, Wyoming" quote!

'79 Pittsburgh at New England (16-13 OT, MNF): Condition EX/EX+: New Discovery! The season opener on Monday Night Football in Foxboro. Early on, Steve Grogan looks extremely sharp as the Pats march down the field and score on their opening drive. But Pittsburgh's pass rush intensifies as the game progresses, and a great diving INT by Lambert sets up what would have been the tying TD had Rookie Matt Bahr not missed his first-ever PAT try (Bahr also misses his first FG try). Bradshaw uses Franco and Thornton extensively, and while Franco doesn't pile up huge yardage, his amazing cutback ability yields a number of key first downs. Stallworth is outstanding, especially late, and although the hobbling Swann manages only one catch, it's a spectacular leaping, head-over-heals, flipping masterpiece... one for the ages. TE Russ Francis is OUTSTANDING for the Pats... he makes a number of unbelievable grabs and is almost the undoing of the Steelers. The Pats add a pair of FGs and lead 13-6 until Bradshaw (15 of 26, 221 yds), hits a wide open Sidney Thornton in the end zone to tie things up in the final minutes of regulation. Bradshaw alternates handoffs to Franco and Thornton in overtime against the worn-out Pats, and young Matt Bahr gets redemption, nailing a 41-yarder right down the middle to win it. Features a bit of pregame with Cossell, Meredith, & Gifford.



The following games were added 2/22/01.

'76 Pittsburgh at Cleveland (31-14): Condition EX+: New Discovery! Lambert is ferocious, and Franco (118 yds & 1 TD on 25 carries) is unstoppable late in the game. Bradshaw, possibly bothered by the absence of the injured Swann, struggles mightily early in the game and Cleveland leads 14-0 at the half, so it's up to the defense to pull it out. Enter Jack Lambert. It's easy to see why Lambert was the 1976 NFL defensive player of the year. Aside from forcing 2 fumbles, Jack seems to be in on every tackle and his legs are pumping furiously before every snap. But Lambert's most remarkable play comes when Hall of Fame receiver Paul Warfield catches a pass over the middle and is streaking for a huge Cleveland gain. Incredibly, Lambert not only runs the speedy Warfield down from behind, but also rips the ball away, and Ham recovers for Pittsburgh. Unbelievable stuff. Edited huddles, but very nice video quality.

'77 Pittsburgh at Cleveland (28-14): Condition EX/EX+: New Discovery! A real grind-it-out game from start to finish featuring HARD running by Franco and Rocky. Swann also shines, snagging 7 catches (including 2 of Bradshaw's 3 TD tosses) and displays remarkble speed on a great 30-yd punt return to set up Pittsburgh's opening score (Swannie's first TD catch of the day). The punt return is also notable because footage of Swann on special teams is so rare. This game is also quite interesting because along with great play from names like Ham & Blount come outstanding performances from lesser known players like Loren Toews, Jim Allen, and Reggie Harrison. Perhaps most striking is how HARD Pittsburgh's reserves (who see considerable action late in the contest) play when they're given the opportunity. I mean, consider what backups on that defensive unit had to live up to! Edited huddles, and audio gets very low in 2nd half, but nice video quality.

'77 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (35-31): Condition EX: New Discovery! An all-out aerial assault amidst huge snowflakes makes this one a classic! Anyone who doubts that BOTH Lynn Swann & John Stallworth belong in the Hall of Fame needs to watch this amazing game. The Browns score 1st on a Cockroft FG, but Steelers explode for 28 unanswered points before the half! Swann & Stallworth are amazing, putting on a textbook display of how to make every kind of conceivable catch. Swann saves an 18-yarder by sliding on his knees at the sideline, and shortly thereafter hauls in a picture-perfect 39-yd TD bomb. Stallworth then breaks numerous tackles to turn a short pass into a 40-yd gain, followed by a leaping 24-yd grab between two defenders by Swann at the 2 to set up a Bleier score. Stallworth then hauls in a beautiful 39-yd rainbow of a bomb for another TD, and Swann follows up with a diving, sliding, shoestring grab for a 25-yd gain to set up another score for a 28-3 halftime lead. The snow starts flying in the second half, and a Franco fumble sets up a Browns TD, but Stallworth puts the nail in Cleveland's coffin a few plays later with a 10-yd TD grab. Bradshaw finishes 13 of 21 for 283 yds and 3 TDs with both Swann & Stallworth going over 100 yds, and Franco still manages to ramble for 99 yards and a TD amidst the aerial fireworks. Trailing 35-10, the Browns fight gallantly behind reserve QB Dave Mays (Sipe was knocked out of the game), narrowing the final score to 35-31, but the outcome was never really in question. Severly edited huddles, lots of color "smudging" (turning color on set down clears things up considerably).



The following game was added 2/20/01.

'78 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (15-9): Condition G+: New Discovery! The famous "flea-flicker" overtime game! There's so much to talk about in this classic battle I don't know where to begin. The game ends in overtime when Bradshaw hands off to Bleier, who hands off to Swann, who pitches the ball back to Bradshaw, who throws a bomb to a wide-open Bennie Cunningham for the game-winning TD. And while that play is one of the most famous in Steeler history, there are plenty of other memorable moments. Jack Lambert plays one of his finest games ever. It's a beautiful thing, folks... Lambert's hate for the Browns is literally foaming over, and he caps an afternoon of excellence by making the biggest defensive play of the game, destroying the ball carrier for a loss in the final seconds of regulation to knock Cleveland out of FG range and send the game to overtime. L.C. Greenwood & Dwight White also shine on a day in which Pittsburgh's defense, emulating Lambert's "kill 'em all" attitude, is flagged for 4 personal fouls! Offensively, Swann is the man, snaggin 6 catches on a day when the rest of the offense does little. Swannie receives one of the most vicious shots I've ever seen in this game. Swann is breaking toward the sideline to catch as pass... he reaches out to snare the ball, and all of the sudden --- BAM!!! Ron Bolton leaves his feet and just CREAMS Swann with a shoulder to the head at full speed. Swann's entire body (starting with his head) instantly snaps backward from the incredible force, his feet fly up in the air, and he hits the ground with a sickening thud. NBC announcer Dick Enberg literally screams in horror, and the crowd let's out an "ooohhh," but Swannie simply adjusts his face mask, bounces up & returns the the huddle. There's more... Late in the 4th quarter, the mic picks up a dispute between Bradshaw and an official in which Bradshaw screams, and I quote, "BULL$#!T, he caught the F#@%ING ball!" Terry was right, by the way. Finally, the infamous Three Rivers Jinx is alive and well in this one. On the overtime kickoff, Larry Anderson stumbles, falls on one knee (but was not touched by a Brown), gets back up and fumbles the ball. The Browns recover and the Cleveland FG unit trots on the field, but the officials incorrectly rule Anderson down by contact and the Steelers keep possession. The rest, as the say, is history.



The following game was added 1/25/01.

'75 NFC Playoffs Dallas vs. Minnesota (17-14): Condition EX+: Massive Upgrade! A recently discovered great quality recording of the infamous "Hail Mary" game! Staubach to Pearson wins it in the final seconds! Game summary coming soon.


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