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More What’s My Line

Today another great episode of What’s My Line.

There are two mystery guests, Arnold Palmer and Dina Merrill.

The panel includes Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel and Arlene Francis.

John Charles Daly, a great one, is the host.

 

What’s My Line? – Arnold Palmer; Dina Merrill; Martin Gabel [panel] (Aug 7, 1960)

A good, funny story opens the show shown above, evoking another pictured above.

Title Game(s) Notes

Both home teams have won the conference championship games for the last five seasons (2013-2017).

That is easily the record high, as is the ten straight games won by the home teams in those games.

The Patriots will be playing in their 15th AFC Title game and 13th in the Belichick/Brady era.

They are (10-4) overall and (8-4) starting in ’01, with Brady and Belichick.

K.C. will be playing in just their second AFC Title tilt and first at home. They did however, play in two AFL Championship games with Supe bids on the line. They won both, (’66 and ’69) but lost in their lone AFC Title game (’93) to date.

New Orleans will be in their third NFC Title game having lost on the road in ’04 and won at home, en route to the title in ’09.

Meanwhile the Rams will be playing in their 10th NFC Championship Game. They are (3-6) in such tilts, (1-4) on the road. They are (0-3) when playing in the earlier title game, which Sunday’s game will be. (’74 and ’76 at Minnesota and ’85 at Chicago).

 

 

Ed Sullivan On What’s My Line

Today, a truly classic episode of the great television show, “What’s My Line,” that aired on September 14, 1958.

The mystery guest, Ed Sullivan made the audience howl with laughter, as he donned a mask.

Mr. Sullivan was a week away from beginning his eleventh season on television, with his “Toast of the Town” Show.

Panelists were Arlene Francis, John Payne, Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf.

The host of What’s My Line was John Charles Daly.

Click below to view the show. Enjoy!

What’s My Line? – Ed Sullivan; John Payne [panel] (Sep 14, 1958)

 

 

Remembering Mel Stottlemyre

Sadly, Mel Stottlemyre, who certainly has a place in baseball history, especially that of the New York Yankees, has passed away at the age of 77.

Mel helped the Yankees win the 1964 American League Pennant, their incredible 29th in 44 seasons, and last for 12 seasons, by going (9-3) as a mid- season call up from the minor league.

The great Bob Gibson, won vs Stottlemyre in game 7 of that season’s World Series.

Stottlemyre was a very good pitcher, winning 20 or more games on less than stellar Yankees’ teams three times. He also lost 20 games in 1966.

It was as a pitching coach for the Yankees and Mets that Stottlemyre enjoyed great team and individual success, as he was part of 5 of the 6 (4 with the Yankees) combined titles for the two teams, in the past forty seasons (’79-2018).

On a personal note, years pass, people are no longer 9 years old, however, I vividly recall a Yankees/Stottlmyre fan come literally dancing out of his house/apartment, to tell the rest of us, “Stott” had won his 20th game.

That was a fine Saturday in 1965 and Mel Stottlemyre was a fine man/pitcher/teacher/coach.

 

Mel Stottlemyre, pictured above.

NFL Update: Top Seeds To Meet In Next Week’s Title Games

Yesterday despite trailing (14-0) (it easily could have been more ), the NFC top seed, New Orleans Saints scored the game’s final 20 points and advanced to their second home title game, (in the other, they beat Minnesota en route to the ’09 crown), eliminating the defending champion, Philadelphia Eagles.

New Orleans will face the Los Angeles Rams, who made it 23 straight seasons (’96-2018), without as much as a division round victory for the Dallas Cowboys, defeating them (30-22).

The later title game also matches the top two conference seeds as New England, now (12-1) in home division round games, (they won easily vs the L.A. Chargers), in the Brady/Belichick incredible run, (the lone such loss to the New York Jets in 2010) will travel to Kansas City, to meet the AFC top seed, Chiefs.

 

The Kansas Chiefs Will Host Their First Ever Title Game

The Kansas City Chiefs will host an AFC or for that matter an AFL Title Game for the first time in their 59 year history, after their first ever home NFL division round victory yesterday.

Saying it will be the Chiefs first ever home title game in the 47 year history of Arrowhead Stadium,is understating the history involved in what was an easy Chiefs (31-13) victory vs the Indy Colts, a team that was (4-0) vs them in the NFL playoffs.

As either the Dallas Texans (1960-1962, with a title in ’62) or as the Chiefs from (1963-2017) the franchise never hosted such a game. They won the AFL “all the way” crown in 1962, winning at Houston (Oilers) on Tommy Brooker’s field goal in the second overtime. In both ’66 and ’69, they won ROAD AFL title games/semis, en route to a Supe win in ’69 and a loss in ’66.

The win yesterday vs the Colts was just their second in the AFC division round (2-7), the other at Houston (Oilers) in 1993 was followed by a loss to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC title tilt. Buffalo went on to lose a fourth Super Bowl in as many seasons and they still have that (0-4) record in Super Bowl play as do the Minnesota Vikings.

Kansas City’s lone Super Bowl triumph was a win vs the Vikings, in the fourth Supe, the first of the 4 Vikings’ Super Bowl losses.

The Chiefs will host the winner of today’s Chargers at Patriots game in the later title tilt a week from today/tonight.

CBS plans a day of the Supe interview, already recorded with Len Dawson, the quarterback on that Chiefs’ 1969 season title team. You do the “math.”

 

“Face it” as Mr. Dawson pictured above, getting the snap from center E.J. Holub, who also played on defense earlier in his career, did regarding the 10 other Chiefs’ players in their huddle, (he faced them as they lined up in two rows of five) the Chiefs and their playoffs failure ridden coach Andy Reid loom!

Would you believe I have not cited the team’s excellent young quarterback, Patrick Mahomes until now.

It is 50 Years Since Jets (16-7) vs the Colts in the third Super Bowl

Today is the 50th anniversary of the New York Jets’ big upset win vs the then Baltimore Colts, in the third of four AFL vs NFL Championship games/Super Bowls.

Among the Jets’ stars in that long remembered game is quarterback Joe Namath, who a year earlier threw for over 4 thousand yards in AFL regular season play, the first quarterback in any league to do so.

Matt Snell of the Jets scored their lone touchdown also rushing for 121 yards, while Jim Turner scored their other 10 points, including 3 made field goals.

The Jets defense was superb and a bit lucky (tipped interceptions and the Colts being unable to spot a wide open Jimmy Orr as the halftime show to be, marched along the Orange Bowl back line of the end zone) holding the (15-1) Colts, who had to win 2 NFL ‘offs games to gain Super Bowl entry juxtaposed with the Jets needing one AFL such win to do the same, without a score until well into the final quarter.

Winston Hill, (the next year another offensive lineman named Hill, that one Dave Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs, would play great as the AFL evened the Supe score, to forever be AFL and NFL 2 wins each), led the Jets offensive line that day.

 

The one and only Joe Namath, pictured above.

It was with great admiration and “if only it could be us,” feelings, that we joked Joe saying “honey, I told you not to call me at the game,” as a “caption” when we saw him on the phone during a game.