NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – What has evolved into a national American holiday began 46 years ago this afternoon.
It wasn’t yet called Super Bowl I and the first “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” — was quaint by today’s standards.
“4,000 pigeons have been released here in the Los Angeles Coliseum,” said an announcer that day in 1967.
For one thing, they couldn’t give tickets away. For another, they had to explain the rules that were tailored to accommodate the two leagues.
“After a touchdown, the teams will kick, run, or pass for one extra point. The AFL two point option is not in effect,” said the announcer.