East 30

West 23

 

January 21, 1967

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (UPI) - Your guess was as good as the next person's today on whether the National and American football leagues would square off for a "super all star game" next season or stick to the present format of separate contests until 1970.

 

After the East downed the West, 30-23, Saturday in the American Football League's rain-drenched All Star clash, Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL indicated that a "super game" would have to wait until 1970 because of television commitments.

 

“We'll have to stay with them unless we can work out a compromise," Rozelle said.

 

Yet in other quarters there was optimism that the AFL NFL confrontation might replace the current AFL All Star game and NFL's Pro Bowl next year. On Sunday, the NFL All Star Game- called the Pro Bowl- drew only 15,062 in Los Angeles for the smallest crowd at that event in its 17 years. Players from both leagues have suggested a Super All Star Game because the merger has produced the Super Bowl and drained interest from each league's all star contest.

 

A two-day downpour created a 10-yard-long ankle-deep puddle on the north side of the Oakland Coliseum turf. An announced crowd-of 17,876, second smallest in the six-year history of the game, and the national television audience got plenty of thrills from freak plays caused by the muddy going. The top AFL players were slipping and sliding on the field. The miserable weather conditions caused nine fumbles, eight interceptions, two safeties and numerous other soggy mishaps.

 

Those who braved the weather to attend celebrated what turned out to be "old timer's day." The oldster in this case was Vito (Babe) Parilli, the 36-year-old Boston Patriots' quarterback, who has bounced around pro football for 13 years.

 

Parilli connected for two touchdown passes which sparked the East to a rousing comeback win. He also set three game records in the process. These included the most punts (9), most yardage punted (291) and most yards grossed passing (416).

 

Babe's scoring tosses were a four yarder to Wray Carlton of Buffalo which helped cut the West's lead to 23-16 and then, with 7:42 left in the game, a 17-yarder to Houston's Charlie Frazier which put the East ahead for keeps.

 

All told, the East scored four touchdowns in less than 11 minutes of a second half rally that wiped out a 23-2 West lead.

 

Other TD's came on a 50-yard run with a pass interception by Vernon Biggs of the New York Jets and a 12-yard run by Bob Burnett, Buffalo's star rookie.

 

Seven West passes were intercepted, five at the expense of Oakland's Tom Flores and two from Kansas City's Len Dawson.

 

The West, which had won the first four games of the series without a setback, dominated the first half and led 16-0 at intermission.

 

Favored by seven points, the West scored twice in the first 1:27 of play on a 31-yard scoring pass from Dawson to Curt McClinton of K.C. and then a safety which was caused by center Jon Morris of the East firing the ball over the head of Parilli who was in the end zone to punt.

 

A 17-yard pass from Flores to Hewritt Dixon, his Oakland teammate, accounted for the West's second TD in the second period. Then a 39 yard run with a recovered fumble by Kansas City's Buck Buchanan helped the West move out to a 23-2 lead with 7:04 left in the third period.

 

After that, the East and Parilli turned the game around.

 

Oakland's Clem Daniels trudges through the rain.

 

Jack Kemp unleashes pass as defender approaches in cloud of water.

 

 

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