GENE RAYBURN: George Blanda was SOOOOOO old…
MATCH GAME STUDIO AUDIENCE: HOW OLD WAS HE?
GENE RAYBURN: …He was so old, that when he first played football, the cheerleaders were [blank] !
When I was a kid back in 1975, nobody on my baseball and football cards seemed older to me than George Blanda… who, somehow, was an active quarterback and kicker at the same time he was terribly old.
…Except maybe Reds manager Sparky Anderson, who was also terribly, terribly old in my preteen eyes.
I can’t remember what it was that got me wondering this, but I recently pondered the age-old old-age question… Just who was older, Blanda or Anderson?
Towards the end of 1975, as baseball season transitioned to football season…
Sparky Anderson was 41 years old (born February 22, 1934)
…while George Blanda was 48 years old (born September 17, 1927).
And there you have it, the grey-haired active NFL player was older than the white-haired MLB manager.
Full disclosure… right now, in 2020, I am older than either of these “very old” gentlemen were in 1975. Furthermore, someone who remembers what it’s like to be 48 years old, I think of George Blanda playing in the NFL and I say “DAAAAAAAYAMN!!!!”
(For anyone who is wondering about the Gene Rayburn custom, that one dates back to 2013 when I was actively poking fun at A&G with my “Simon & Gintfunkel” customs.)
Before we leave off, I invite everyone to leave your answer to the “Match Game question” in the comments. I have one in mind, but I’ll hold off for now to let you think up your own.
Once again… George Blanda was so old, that when he first played football, the cheerleaders were [blank] !