Tom Harmon sighting

Submitted by umchicago on March 16th, 2015 at 11:06 PM

I am watching an old rerun of the Battle of the Networks Stars, likely aired around 1982.  After Mark Harmon won the obstacle course race, his father, Tom Harmon was there to greet him at the finish line with Howard Cosell.  Tom said a brief hello to the nation and Mark said "Hi dad".


rob f

March 16th, 2015 at 11:53 PM ^

Unless one has ESPN Classic, you can't watch it. 

So for those here who want to see some Tom Harmon without upgrading their cable or satellite service, I found these gems on YouTube: 



March 17th, 2015 at 2:35 AM ^

SWEET block in the end zone at the :31 mark.  Total cut on the Ohio defender!

Harmon was a monster.  Bigger and Faster than everyone.

All these years later, the game of Football has not changed much.  Still comes down to blocking, tackling and execution.


March 17th, 2015 at 10:41 AM ^

Random observation aside from Harmon that I always found odd, there's no celebration from the players every time he scores. I also noticed this in the 48 Rose Bowl highlights against USC. And in the 65 Rose Bowl against Oregon State, Mel Anthony rips off a 75 yard TD run and there's no reaction from the Michigan players.

Was it considered wrong 40, 50, 60 years ago to show joy when your team scores?

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March 17th, 2015 at 12:13 PM ^

I think that's a good observation. I remember watching football games in the 60's. When players scored, there was much less celebrating, and the celebrations were more reserved. You'd see a few players in the end zone, patting helmets or smacking shoulder pads for several seconds - and then immediately lining up for the extra point or heading for the sideline. No extended celebrations, and certainly no individual self-glorification like dancing or dunking it over the crossbar.

I've often heard people who hate excessive celebratings use the old phrase, "Act like you've been there before." Well, I think that's what they were doing. I think the mindset may have been something like, "We did what we were supposed to and scored. Well done, but we've still got the rest of the game to play. We'll celebrate when we've won."

Plus, excessive celebrating might have been seen as "bad sportsmanship," and back then, sportsmanship mattered a lot more than it does now. That clip of Tom Harmon from the 1940 OSU game is a great example. As badly as Harmon and UM kicked their asses that day, the Buckeye fans still gave him a standing ovation when he left the field. It's impossible to imagine that happening today.


March 17th, 2015 at 12:18 AM ^

I'm sorry I know some people hated it when DG wore ol' #98, but for my money I don't think there is anything cooler or more of a throwback than seeing that number on a QB.

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