Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

'Nfl Dream Season' Makes Debut Sunday

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

'Nfl Dream Season' Makes Debut Sunday

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the Cowboys. Staubach takes the snap. He's back, he's looking, still looking, he's being hit and down goes Roger Staubach! We have the game's first sack and William Perry is the man who reached him!

Huh? Didn't Staubach retire before the Refrigerator burst onto the NFL scene? He did, but on ESPN's upcoming series, ``NFL Dream Season,'' anything is possible. The creator of the program, NFL Films, took video footage of the top teams in NFL history and spliced enough tape together to make it appear as if these teams were really playing against each other.

The series debut next Sunday features the 1977 Dallas Cowboys against the 1985 Chicago Bears. Six weeks of regular-season competition will conclude with a ``Dream Bowl,'' which ESPN believes will determine the best team of the last four decades.

The editing of these tapes is so well done that these fictional games have a very non-fictional feel to them - as long as you can accept some minor inconsistencies. Often in these games, half the men in the stands have mutton chop sideburns, while the other half have mousse in their hair. Actually, these inconsistencies are half the fun.

Each episode features a pregame show that includes interviews with players and coaches from both teams. For the Sept. 3 show, ESPN interviewed Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, who discussed how he planned to play defense against Staubach.

The games always feature interested matchups - imagine Ray Nitschke sacking Joe Montana. In the Bears-Cowboys battle there's a wonderful scene where Staubach and teammate Golden Richards watch from the sideline in disbelief as Bears coach Mike Ditka decides to put the Fridge in the backfield for a goal-line play.

Even the announcers get caught up in the action. Merrill Reese, the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, is the quintessential play-by-play man of the 1960s and 1970s. …

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