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A look back at George Blanda’s miracle 1970 season

By Jon Becker
Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 8:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Former Raiders great George Blanda, who died Monday at age 83, will always be remembered for an unbelievable five-week stretch of heroics in 1970.

Blanda’s feats landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Time, and prompted Raiders announcer Bill King to exclaim that the ageless wonder had been elected “King of the World.”

With the help of some Oakland Tribune archives, here’s a look back on that magical time in Oakland 40 years ago:

1. Oct. 25, 1970 at Oakland: RAIDERS 31, STEELERS 14

Blanda, then a 43-year-old kicker and backup quarterback, took over for starting quarterback Daryle Lamonica and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Raiders to a victory over the stunned Steelers. Archived Tribune game story.

2. Nov. 1, 1970 at Kansas City: RAIDERS 17, CHIEFS 17

Blanda’s 48-yard field goal barely clears the crossbar and the finger tips of the Chiefs’ 6-foot-9 Morris Stroud, who was positioned under the goal post in order to swat the kick away. Archived Tribune game story

3. Nov. 8, 1970 at Oakland Coliseum: RAIDERS 23, BROWNS 20

Blanda relieved Lamonica and threw a TD pass with 1:34 left to tie the game and then kicked the game-winning field goal with three seconds remaining that prompted King to call him “King of the World.” Archived Tribune game story

4. Nov. 15, 1970 at Denver: RAIDERS 24, BRONCOS 19

Coach John Madden summoned Blanda into the game for another crack at a mircle and George didn’t disappoint. He threw a 20-yard TD pass to Fred Biletnikoff with 2:28 left in the game to give the Raiders another come-from-behind victory. Archived Tribune game story.

5. Nov. 22, 1970 at Oakland Coliseum: RAIDERS 20, CHARGERS 17

The miracle worker story angle was getting nearly as old as Blanda himself by the time his 16-yard field goal with eight seconds left beat the Chargers. Archived Tribune game story.

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  • Norco Bob

    dead last

  • Norco Bob

    Things will be ugly sunday…Houston by at least 30 in 3rd quarter,…boos throughout 4th.

  • Norco Bob

    Im goin in early, when kickers come out for their drills,..Im all over seabass,…if i get kicked out before game starts BFD.

  • priesttj

    These boy’s need a lot of reassurance in here, if you think Grads is so special then that’s YOU I don’t.

    I’ve said over and over again that JC LOOKED unsure of HIMSELF what else is there? He looke dlike he didn’t know what team he was playing for. THAT”S WHAT I SAW.

    Now if it makes you feel better to describe it some other way YOU do it. No coach can play a QB who’s unsure of himself if he wants to keep his job. THAT”S WHY GRADS is playing IMO Campbell simple isn’t ready yet. Grads has more command everybody has said it over and over again

    But you damn babies in here need it said every damn day to get it through your heads. Campbell needs time in this system with these players to get his timing down that is ALL………..period

  • Norco Bob

    If the Faiders had a qb like aaron rodgers we would be awesome,..possibly even go 8-8.

  • Norco Bob

    TJ,..this is a new system,…and campbell has had more time to learn it then the polock,..call Gary tomorrow please.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    How did the Raiders lose 7 yards on an incomplete pass?

    Can someone explain the rule on the lateral then forward pass that ruled incomplete?

  • Norco Bob

    Actually a 7 yard loss is a designed play,..a Hue special….its in the playbook.

  • Kirk

    I watched some of that season on television.

    Blanda was amazing!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Q: He usually does not kick on a Monday?

    Cable: No.

    ……….

    Again. this is a problem. He decides that maybe practice is a good plan AFTER BLOWING A GAME!

    Did it ever occur to him that maybe some practice would keep him from blowing the game?

    Stupid!

    Who’s in charge of this circus clown sideshow?

  • DT42

    Thanks Jerry for the tribute to Blanda. Outstanding work. He was one of a kind. A true Raider. RIP.

  • priesttj

    Norco Bob

    Why don’t You call him please…..

  • Norco Bob

    I do call him TJ,..did today…dont ya listen to his show?

  • SaintKaufman

    Just curious if anyone here actually remembers seeing Blanda play??

    #8 LOL

  • Norco Bob

    Urlacher is a f`n hardcore player…dudes the man.

  • priesttj

    No I don’t Bob, I haven’t in a long time.

  • http://www.JasonTheSnakeCampbell.com Random Drug Tester

    Norco Bob Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    Dont count on it Tay,…

    Houston 45
    Chokeland 7
    ————————-
    Houston 38
    Oakland 15 (5 meaningless FG’s)

    Ticker Tape parade for Jano!

  • Norco Bob

    So far Iv seen nothing from McLain…outside of a body slam penalty that lead to a Rams td that almost cost the raiders the only game they winning this year.

  • Norco Bob

    Let me change that prediction to 45-6…Janikowski will miss extra point.

  • http://www.JasonTheSnakeCampbell.com Random Drug Tester

    19. LOL

  • Norco Bob

    Thank you lil Josh for trading Cutler.

  • priesttj

    Of course I saw him play plenty. Blanda was an Outstanding QB long before he came to the Raiders. He used to play for the old Houston Oilers.

  • Norco Bob

    See Seabass?…just like that,..you loser.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Packers follow the Raiders recipe for losing…

    1. Give up a return TD
    2. Have a FG blocked (same as a miss)
    3. Commit 17 penalties

    Works every time

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    In 6 qtrs of football Grads scored 36 points.

    In 6 qtrs of footbasll, Campbell scored 16.

  • http://www.JasonTheSnakeCampbell.com Random Drug Tester

    KoolKell has the sport’s version of turrette’s

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    A look back at George Blanda’s miracle 1970 season
    ——————————————-
    I was there, one of my all-time fondest memories.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    That field goal at the end didn’t win that game for the Bears.

    It was the 30 minutes played before that.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    They went at DHB 11 freaking times, he caught 3.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Instead of riding the Hot Running Back, Al Davis is still trying to justify DHB.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Instead of riding the Hot RB, like Jackson said he prefers, against a team giving up 155 yds per game on the ground.

    Al Davis is trying to get his money out of DHB.

  • Raider-DEE

    I cant believe there are still people in here that think Jason Campbell is better than Gradkowski….. The Fact of the matter is… we would have lost to Ariz by 14 points or more, if Campbell would have played QB….

    Gradkowski might not be GREAT… but J. Campbell gives me the impression he took notes watching jablubber last season…… No passion, No DRIVE….NO CONFIDENCE==== LOSER!!!!!

  • Raider-DEE

    Ans please dont let me get started on C. Schilens….. The guy is a FRICKEN porcelin glass DOLL!!

    Cut his sorry ass and get a real wide receiver….

  • priesttj

    KK you are an IDIOT!! everything is Al Davis…………….get a clue fool.

  • ArmChair GM

    The problem with Grads is that he’s trying TOO hard to prove himself. You can see it out there. He’s been a backup and a journeyman his whole career and now he has a big shot and he’s trying to not be the hero.

    I don’t care what Cable says, our o-line sucks. Good one play, head scratching the next. That’s not a good o-line.

    Grads is running for his life every other play, his receivers are young and still learning how to run routes properly and consistently catch the ball, and so he is overcompensating and trying to make every play spectacular.

    He just needs to settle down and not try to force everything and he will be fine. Fix the o-line, stop asking him to throw 40 times a game.

    That’s on Hue Jackson to tailor the offense to the strengths and weaknesses of the team. He failed miserably yesterday.

  • Chris in NY

    Want to talk about a sh!t job of coaching, Mike McCarthy just wasted a critical timeout on a senseless challenge, then had his defense tackle the Bears on 3 consecutive plays inside the 5 yard line leaving them with only a ridiculous 800 lateral play on the kickoff to try to win the game.

    If they let the Bears score they could’ve got the ball back with over a minute and a timeout. I think Rodgers hit like 99% of his passes in the 2nd half too. I would absolutely f-ing lose it if my team’s coach choked that terribly.

    P.S. – I’m pissed because Rodgers and Jermichael Finley are on my fantasy team and I just lost by 3 points despite putting up a league 2nd-best 153 points this week. Between the Janikowski miss and now this, what a double kick to the groin two days of football for me.

  • Raider-DEE

    I hope SHANKOWSKI took notes on the bears game…. Thats how you convert an extra point…. You sorry piece of crap… You’re only good when were losing 35-3…. PATHETIC!!

  • ArmChair GM

    * he’s trying TO be the hero.

  • priesttj

    He threw the ball to ZM more often and should’ve scored 3 TD’s with him. DHB had his man beat several times and Grads couldn’t hit him. DMC carried the ball 25 times and should’ve caught 8 passes but the QB didn’t check it down he forced it to ZM, Murphy and DHB more than he should’ve.

    What are you Al Davis’ illegitimate son? Stop whinning man. It’s the inexperienced QB.

  • Chris in NY

    Raider-DEE Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    Ans please dont let me get started on C. Schilens….. The guy is a FRICKEN porcelin glass DOLL!!

    Cut his sorry ass and get a real wide receiver….

    ——————-

    You say it like the guy is scared to be on the field or something. Get an f-ing clue. Yeah, he’s had a rash of INJURIES and he may not ever overcome that. But it sure as hell doesn’t make him a “sorry ass” receiver.

    Chaz is always willing to go into traffic and usually catches the ball when it’s thrown his way. There’s a big difference between being soft and being injury prone. One a guy can control, the other he really can’t. Randy Moss was soft for most of his Oakland tenure. Chaz has never played soft, his body has just broken down on him too many times.

  • ArmChair GM

    # priesttj Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    He threw the ball to ZM more often and should’ve scored 3 TD’s with him. DHB had his man beat several times and Grads couldn’t hit him. DMC carried the ball 25 times and should’ve caught 8 passes but the QB didn’t check it down he forced it to ZM, Murphy and DHB more than he should’ve.

    What are you Al Davis’ illegitimate son? Stop whinning man. It’s the inexperienced QB.
    ______________________________________________________

    You gotta hold Hue Jackson just as accountable. Grads made some poor reads but the play calling sucked. Especially in the red zone.

    You can’t crucify the QB and say that he’s not ready to lead, and then let the men orchestrating the whole thing on the sidelines off of the hook.

  • Carl Weathers

    According to Cables logic with the O-line I’d say our Special teams coverage was outstanding, Gradkowski had one bad throw all game and Jano made 3 great kicks for 9 pts.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    KK you are an IDIOT!! everything is Al Davis…………….get a clue fool.
    ——————————-
    Your Mother is a skank! Clue dat.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    In 6 qtrs of football Grads scored 36 points.

    In 6 qtrs of football, Campbell scored 16.

  • Norco Bob

    Come on Kell,..arent you a little old for skanky mom jabs?…Saki needed badly.

  • Raider-DEE

    Chrus..

    I’m tirired of making excuses for that bum… every fricken season. Hes a bum….. The guy gets fricken hurt with out anyone even touching his sorry ass!!

    I’m tired of playing this politically correct crap. I’ll call it like i see it and let the chips fal… He’s a bum and so is janikowski… He misses them only when they count. Makes them when were outta the game… everyone knows…….

    Schilens just does not have the make up to be a pro football player…. he’s injury prone. ok!!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Chaz Schilens had noting to do with yesterday’s loss.

  • Raider-DEE

    i know kk… i’m just venting bro…

    Please… Just let me vent… i’ll be ok!!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Instead of riding the Hot RB, like Jackson said he prefers, against a team giving up 155 yds per game on the ground.

    Al Davis is still trying to force DHB on the offense.

  • priesttj

    Kk your so dumb you don’t even know he gave more money to DMC……lol why isn’t he trying to justify that dumbell?

    ArmChair the plays were all there to be made he couldn’t MAKE them……..period