The Oakland Raiders and the Heidi Bowl

There were so many great Oakland Raiders and Al Davis brought them together. Man, where can I start, I grew up a Raiders fans, simply because of there defiant attitude. It was a little in your face and  more nonconformist. Man this story could go on forever about what Al Davis meant to the game and what he meant to many fans like me.  I remember the battles against the Chargers and infamous Heidi Game, NY Jet vs the Oakland Raider.  Here’s the story for Wikipedia………….

The Heidi Game or Heidi Bowl was an American football game played on November 17, 1968. The home team, the Oakland Raiders, defeated the New York Jets, 43–32. The game is remembered for its exciting finish, as Oakland scored two touchdowns in the final minute to overcome a 32–29 New York lead. The Heidi Game obtained its name because the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) controversially broke away from the game with the Jets still winning to air the television film Heidi at 7 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone.

NBC executives had ordered that Heidi must begin on time, but given the exciting game, they decided to postpone the start of the film and continue football coverage. As 7 p.m. approached, many members of the public called NBC to inquire about the schedule, to complain or opine, jamming NBC’s switchboards, and the change could not be communicated. Heidi began as scheduled, preempting the final moments of the game and the two Oakland touchdowns in the eastern half of the country, to the outrage of viewers.

The Heidi Game led to a change in the way professional football is televised on network television; games are shown to their conclusion before evening programming begins. To ensure that network personnel could communicate under similar circumstances, special telephones (dubbed “Heidi phones”) were installed, with a connection to a different telephone exchange from other network phones. In 1997, the Heidi Game was voted the most memorable regular season game in pro football history.

The Heidi game changed the face of football. You never mess with coverage, especially when fans are watching. Indirectly an Al Davis team influenced the rules of coverage of NFL games.