ESPN to Re-Broadcast 'Greatest Game Ever Played' In Color


Intelligent Donkey
Oct 15, 2008
If you are an NFL fan set your Tivo's (or DVR's) Saturday Night after the Heisman to record this game. These are the men that built todays NFL.

ESPN to Re-Broadcast 'Greatest Game Ever Played' In Color

Remember back in the last 1980s and early 1990s when Ted Turner spent his fortune buying up old films and "colorizing" them?

ESPN plans to do the same thing when they re-broadcast the "Greatest Game Ever Played" this Saturday. The "Greatest Game" was the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants.

The game will celebrate its 50th anniversary on December 28th (not sure why ESPN is deciding to show the game two weeks earlier) and is credited with turning the NFL into a national passion. It was nationally televised on NBC and was the league's first ever sudden-death overtime game.

Fifteen members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were in that game: Johnny Unitas, Sam Huff, Gino Marchetti, Frank Gifford, Don Maynard, Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Rosey Brown, Lenny Moore, Andy Robustetti, Emlen Tunnell and Jim Parker. Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank was head coach of the Colts; Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry were coordinators for the Giants.

That doesn't even mention the Giants kicker, former broadcaster Pat Summerall.

Donovan McNabb may be interested to know that NFL games used to end in ties and there were no overtime periods. That is until 1958. It doesn't get much better than two great teams heading into overtime in Yankee Stadium on national television. The game ended in dramatic fashion as Baltimore's Alan Ameche bowled into the endzone for the game winning score.

Berry caught 12 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. His 12 receptions are still a NFL Championship Game/Super Bowl record.

Something else also stands: this is still the only NFL Championship Game or Super Bowl to go into overtime. It hasn't happened in the 50 years since.

The 1962 AFL Championship game actually went to double-overtime. The Dallas Texans would go on to beat the Houston Oilers, 20-17.


Sherbet is NOT and NEVER WILL BE ice cream.
Oct 11, 2008
Toronto, ON
You don't get ESPN in Canada? Really? Sucks to be you!;)

TSN covers a lot of ESPN programming. And I think if we give the cable company and arm and a leg you can get ESPN as a premium channel add on, but in the standard package we don't get it.


Oct 14, 2008
Baltimore, MD
Also of note about this broadcast from

Despite tape of the game being lost, ESPN has gotten film from Baltimore and NYC TV stations and other news outlets to "reconstruct" the game, colorized and digitized, seen again for the first time in 50 years. At 9 PM Saturday.....