1968: The 'Heidi Bowl' Pre-Empts Namath And The New York Jets
The New York Jets faced off against the Oakland Raiders on November 17, 1968, in a hard-fought football game that was dominated in the final minutes by Heidi. She was neither a Jet nor a Raider; she was a young orphan who goes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. You know, Heidi.
Televised sporting events were not the perfectly-planned productions we know today, and in one of the all-time broadcasting blunders, NBC cut away from a nail-biter of a game featuring future hall of famers "Broadway" Joe Namath and Fred Biletnikoff. The network opted to show the program scheduled to start at 7 pm, which happened to be a made-for-TV movie version of Heidi starring Jennifer Edwards (the daughter of Blake Edwards and step-daughter of Julie Andrews). The game ended in a wild finish that changed the outcome -- a finish that Jets fans didn't get to see. Rabid Jets fans never let NBC, Joe Namath, or Jennifer Edwards ever forget the travesty that will forever be known as the "Heidi Bowl" or "Heidi Game,"