East 36

West 7


January 16, 1966


By Bill Miller

Pasadena Independent


Chefs Frank Ryan and Jimmy Brown cooked up a storm at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon, and 60,124 Pro Bowl customers must have thought they were looking at the wrong menu.


The best from the West in the National Football League was supposed to make french fries out of the Eastern Division under sunny skies, but the East proved hungrier this time out and wound up with the feast.


In fact, they made mashed potatoes of the West All-Stars while grinding out a 36-7 triumph. This is the most points the East All-Stars have scored in 16 Pro Bowl games and the West almost suffered the first shutout of the series.


Eight pass interceptions and two fumble recoveries' proved the undoing of the westerners. As their coach, Vince Lombardi of the world champion Green Bay Packers said after the game, "You cant turn the ball over 10 times like that and expect to win.


Six of the interceptions came off John Brodie, San Francisco 49ers quarterback. That tops the old Pro Bowl record of five off Otto Graham. So, it looks like a painful winter for Mr. Brodie in the wound licking department.


The other two thefts came off the Minnesota Vikings' Fran (Frantic Francis) Tarkenton, whos notorious scrambling while running or getting off passes worked in reverse this time out.  Last yeas he came in the place of Baltimore's great John Unites to win "back of the game" honors.


This year the top back, according to a vote of sports scribblers and announcers was one of six Browns playing in the classic- Jim, the mighty warrior of the Cleveland Browns. It the third time the big fullback has won the honor. And he got his nod this time by scoring his team's first three touchdowns.


His Cleveland teammate Ryan, also deserved consideration for some nifty pinpoint passing. Also, toss in Paul Krause, Washington Redskin safety, who intercepted two of the passes.


Linebackers Larry Wilson (St. Louis Cardinals), Chuck Howley (Dallas Cowboys), Maxie Baughan (Philadelphia Eagles) and Dale Meinert (Cardinals) intercepted one each, as did defensive backs Cornell Green (Cowboys), Larry Wilson (Cardinals) and Mel Renfro (Cowboys).


Renfro recorded the sixth theft off Brodie, and he added insult to injury by running it back 20 yards for the fourth and final touchdown.


Meinert also recovered a West fumble, and he was picked as the outstanding lineman of the game.


It took the two tiniest gents on the field, flanker Tommy McDonald of the Los Angeles Rams and Tarkenton to keep the fired up East from registering a shutout.


With only 3 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the game, Tarkenton connected with McDonald for a 31-yard pass-run for the final score of the game.


Up to that time, the West looked like a bunch of guys on vacation- with the possible exception of a couple of nifty kickoff returns by Chicago Bear rookie Gale Sayers.


Jim Brown, whose three TDs tied Jim Taylor's (Green Bay) 1951 Pro Bowl record and Jim Bakken, Cardinal kicking specialist, who drilled home three field goals, combined to give the East a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.


Krause launched the interception parade off Brodie, giving the ball to the East on the West 41. The West defense stiffened after the East moved lo the 34, and Bakken came on to boot 41-vard three-pointer at the 5:48 mark of the opening period.


Ryan passed 14 and 45 yards to Gary Collins (Browns) and Sonny Randall (Cardinals), respectively, to give the East the ball on the West 2 and set up Brown's first touchdown with :57 left in the first period. Brown swept left end for the score.


Sayers, who signaled for a fair catch, bobbled a punt to open the gates for the East on the West 8 in the second quarter. Two running plays, and an incomplete pass made it fourth down and two to go for the touchdown, and Brown obliged by sweeping left end again for the tally.


It was good to see a bunch of professionals forget the field goal and go for the touchdown for a change.


Meinert came up with his interception off Brodie, giving his team the ball on the West 34 and pave the way for the touchdown that gave the East a 23-0 halftime bulge. Ryan connected with Collins for 21 yards and a pass interference infraction against the Detroit Lions' Wayne Walker as he covered Randall put the ball on the 1. Two cracks up the middle failed, and then Brown dived over center for his third TD.


Bakken missed his only conversion attempt out of four tries when it was blocked, but it was obvious the East was not going to sweat over it.


Krause plucked off a Tarkenton aerial early in the third period, and after the East stalled on the West 26, Bakken booted a 30-yard field goal to make it 26-0 in favor of the East. Bakken added a 42-yardcr early in the fourth period, and then Renfro delivered his touchdown via an interception to wrap up the East's mighty point parade.


Coach Blanton Collier (Cleveland) made like the kid at Christmas after seeing the East win its sixth game in 16 Pro Bowls.


The win, which ended a West streak at two games, prevented a grand slam this season by the NFL Western Division. Collier and his Browns were knocked off by Lombardi and his Packers in the world title game and Baltimore walloped Dallas in the Runnerup Bowl.




The East's Larry Wilson eludes John Mackey (88) after intercepting a second quarter aerial.


San Francisco's John Brodie (12) and the West were dominated all day by Bob Lilly (74) and the East defense.


Jim Brown carries around end for the East.


Brown fights to get loose with Butkus in pursuit.

Cartoon from Long Beach Independent-Telegram


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