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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone and have a XLVI weekend!

 

“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

There's a big football game Sunday. So we've heard. Tonight, we fill in appropriate music that fits our style every Friday night with some added videos for effect.



 Super Bowl Logo - Green Bay 35, New England 21



In Super Bowl XXXI, the New England Patriots made things interesting late in the 3rd quarter against Green Bay.  After a score, they narrowed the Packer lead to six.

Suddenly, it was a ballgame again, tense as could be.

Then came the kickoff...

 


There was no looking back as the green and gold, unbeknownst at the time, had just put the game out of reach.

The following was the Super Bowl theme song for the Los Angeles Rams in 1979/1980 as they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s the remake done by the late great NBA star turned smooth jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale.

 









Desmond Howard, Football, Green Bay Packers



Historically, there’s been a major problem with the Super Bowl. The vast majority of the time, despite the phenomenal spectacle, the Super Bowl is a Super Bore when it comes to the actual contest.

On the rare occasion when the game is close and fiercely contested, one play can make all the difference.











2009.

Pittsburgh and Arizona.

Seconds before halftime Arizona is threatening to score and take the lead.

Not so fast.




The TD stood but Arizona rallied to forge ahead, only to lose on a late TD.

Had Arizona scored right before the half, who knows what would have happened.

The Pittsburgh interception was a definite turning point in a close game won by the Steelers.








 



James Harrison

Photo: SI.com


The piece is called "Estrella." The group is Turning Point.

The final two teams fortunate to reach the big team are talented with more than a few big name stars. But they didn’t get to the last game of the season without some stumbles. Some good fortune propelled them as well.

And even the best need some good fortune.

Consider Super Bowl V. In 1971, John Mackey helped the Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys by catching a pass from Johnny Unitas after it was deflected. Baltimore 16, Dallas 13.

Watch :25 into the video:

 




As Fourplay would say, sometimes you need to be "lucky."

 










You hear the word "adversity” over-used in sports. That’s when something doesn’t go right. Indeed, even when the best teams go at each other, execution doesn’t always occur the way it’s drawn up on the black board.

In the 1973 Super Bowl, Miami was shutting out Washington and seemed in control, 14-0. The Dolphins were about to increase their lead,
or so they thought.

Miami held on to win, 14-7 and finished the season with a perfect 17-0 record.




Bob Griese, Football, Miami Dolphins



A blocked field goal attempt. A foolish, errant pass. An interception run back for a TD.

You just have to play around it.

Uhh, that's your cue again, Fourplay.


 



 




 

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a super weekend.

Sunday’s Super Bowl features New England and the New York Giants. They played each other in the big game in 2008.

Remember?

 

David Tyree, Football, New York Giants


 




David Tyree.

Living proof that...


 



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