1. The Future of Pro Football
Few gave the New York Jets of the AFL any chance to beat the Baltimore Colts, the NFL champs, in Super Bowl III. The 1969 Jets were 18 point underdogs. Some strange Colts coaching decisions (star Johnny Unitas didn't make it into the game until the end of the third quarter) and erratic quarterback play (how could Earl Morrall not see Jimmy Orr wide open?) led many to conclude that the newly consolidated League had fixed the game to avoid a blowout (read: ratings disaster.) Although the leagues denied it, Colts lineman Bubba Smith later said that he firmly believed the game was fixed.