You hear the narrator and think, “Well, he sounds sort of like John Facenda … maybe he had a cold on the day of the recording session? Yeah, that must be it.”
Here sits the only one of the first 18 Super Bowl highlight films to lack the stentorian narration of NFL Films’ “Voice of God,” replaced by William Woodson, who is perhaps best known for providing the voiceover to the opening of the TV version of The Odd Couple.
Da duh da duh da duh … da da duh, da da duh duuuuh … Oh, sorry ’bout that, dear reader.
This film fits into a pattern that would occasionally be repeated by highlight films to follow — the Super Bowl as anticlimax. Give the score first, then craft the storyline. It’s an appropriate choice given that this game came two weeks after the Green Bay Packers won arguably the greatest game of the 1960s, if not the entire 20th century, in the Ice Bowl (although partisans of the old Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills would certainly vouch for other duels ranking higher).
This is also the film where Packers guard Jerry Kramer recounts a story for the locker room in which his team agreed to “play the last 30 (minutes) for the old man,” which dwarfs all other storylines just as Vince Lombardi’s Packers towered over the rest of the NFL.
BEST NARRATION: “Right from the beginning of the game, there was a sense of superior Packer power grown strong, not fat, on history.”
Wonderful cinematography for its time, particularly in the iconic shot of Lombardi leaving the field after what turned out to be his final game stalking the Packers sidelines. Facenda is all that’s missing.