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Don't miss Full Color Football this week

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 28th 2009 12:01PM
joe_namath_new_york_jetsOver the holiday weekend, I practiced a little TiVo catharsis (which I know have to rename DVR catharsis since it's not an TiVo product). Yes, I checked out my list of shows piled up on the DVR and started watching some of them. There was one that I have to tell you about because you have a chance to watch it this week.

Showtime ran a five-part documentary series about the history of the American Football League called Full Color Football. On Wednesday, December 30, Showtime is running the episodes as a Full Color marathon starting at 7 p.m.

If you are a NFL fan, do yourself a favor and watch (or DVR) this series. It's one of the best sports programs I've seen in all of 2009. If I had watched it before my Best & Worst lists, it would have been the on former.

For me, part of the joy of the documentary was reliving those late 1960's when teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders were great. And I had forgotten what a great quarterback Joe Namath was in his heyday. There was also a sequence about the Heidi game, the November 17, 1968, Raiders-Jet game that NBC decided to cut away from with 65 seconds still on the clock. It changed the way TV broadcasts NFL games.

But there were many part of Full Color Football that were completely new to me and I found it fascinating. Here's the preview from last week's marathon. The good news is that it's being repeated on December 30, so watch this and remember that.

By the way, the series is filled with great interviews, too, including John Madden, Larry King, Joe Namath, Len Dawson, Bill Belichick (who was surprisingly entertaining compared to what he's like as the New England coach) and many, many more.

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