Monday, February 18, 2008
Vermeil: 'I taped Dallas before the NFC Championship in 1981.'
Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil admitted yesterday to taping Dallas before his team played in the NFC Championship game on January 11, 1981.
"I was a huge fan of the show and I didn't want to miss an episode," said a choked up Vermeil. "I mean ... I couldn't miss it."
The coach never publicly talked about the show and its numerous popular characters until now.
"J.R. was great, but liking a show based in Dallas wasn't going to go over well in Philly, so I never really confided in anyone that I was a regular viewer."
In 1981, the show was in its third season and growing audiences loved it. Vermeil said he often hummed the show's theme song while he studied film in dingy offices of Veterans Stadium. Vermeil would neither confirm nor deny that some of those film session included watching Dallas.
The Eagles went on to beat the Cowboys, 20-7, to move on to the Super Bowl in 1981. And, twenty-seven years later, both current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Sen. Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania agreed that taping Dallas before that game gave no advantage to the Eagles, and the incident will not be known as the original "Spygate." Additionally, both men could not believe that Sue Ellen put up with J.R.'s nonsense for as long as she did.