After the Glory Days

While looking for something else I found this:

This is the Bears–Packers game at Lambeau Field Nov. 15, 1970. The Packers still had a few members of their Glory Days teams, including quarterback Bart Starr and running backs Donny Anderson and Jim Grabowski. The Bears’ quarterback was Jack Concannon, who later preceded John Hadl (of the infamous Lawrence Welk trade) as the Packers’ quarterback. The Bears also had Dick Butkus, but did not have running back Gale Sayers, who played in just two games that season due to injuries.

The more interesting thing to me is this radio call. Jim Irwin called Packers games for 30 years, but here he is the color guy (while working at WLUK-TV in Green Bay). On play-by-play is Gary Bender, who while working at WKOW-TV in Madison worked both Packers and Badgers games with Irwin on radio. Bender left Wisconsin for CBS-TV, where he announced the NFL (and was John Madden’s first TV partner) and college basketball, and then ABC-TV, and TNT when it had the NFL.

Bender’s career highlight is probably these two games:

(I was an intern at WKOW in college. In the newsroom in those days there was a black-and-white photo that was shot of Bender and other announcers at a WIAA state basketball tournament. Bender was wearing plaid pants and white dress shoes. If you have never seen white dress shoes, think Cousin Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”)

 

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