NFL Films President Steve Sabol (1942-2012): 5 Top Ways He Was An Innovator, Visionary, Storyteller


4. Alcoa Fantastic Finishes
As a child of the early '80s, these were a television staple for me, right alongside Schoolhouse Rock and the Scooby Doo Laff A Lympics. For those of you who weren't alive around that time, there were some serious energy conservation issues going on (Remember cars lining up for gasoline?). Alcoa was the world's leading producer of aluminum and a massive user of energy at that time, so they were in a constant public relations struggle.

In order to convey to the world the essentiality of aluminum to our daily lives and do so in the most cost-effective, impactful way possible (on a shoestring marketing budget), Alcoa decided to convey their message to NFL fans during NFL telecasts and do so at the height of viewership, which was the final two minutes of games. Thus, the Alcoa Fantastic Finishes were born! At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter of every NFL game, an NFL Films-generated spot showing a great game finish like this one would run....

To this day, I still don't know why someone hasn't come in to fill this void. I loved these!

3. Football Follies
There's a reason why DVDs of popular movies or television programs have entire sections dedicated to bloopers -- we LOVE to watch other people screw up! Steve Sabol knew this, and that's why he created the Football Follies series, a set of programs which today still run on the NFL Network showing all sorts of fumbles, tumbles and gaffes. They never get old...



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16 comments
kojacksdad
kojacksdad

@SeanCablinasian Mike is a Greek.

mikeag96
mikeag96

@SeanCablinasian Sean you nailed it. I LIVED for Fantastic Finishes an still have an old taped compilation of them ESPN played one time!

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@SeanCablinasian Dug your Sabol piece. He was a bigger part of the NFL than people imagine.

BroncosItaly
BroncosItaly

@SeanCablinasian Alcoa fantastic finishes, always a staple of NBC's AFC package during the 80s

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

As good as the Alcoa thing was, I wish they'd bring back IBM's "You make the call."

manxlucky
manxlucky

Every game a clash of titans; every snap an existential moment.  RIP Steve Sabol

russellwing
russellwing

@SeanCablinasian Great post! Damn I miss Alcoa fantastic finishes (and IBM's You Make the Call too).

IrishMik
IrishMik

@SeanCablinasian @HoustonPress 65 toss power trap!!!!

SeanCablinasian
SeanCablinasian

@mikeag96 Those were a staple of my childhood football watching days, Mike. Great stuff.

SeanCablinasian
SeanCablinasian

@CraigHlavaty Thanks man. 2nd behind Rozelle in historical influence. I firmly believe that.

ctemple75
ctemple75

@SeanCablinasian Moreso than Halas?

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

@SeanCablinasian It's the guys that pull the strings that make the NFL work, not just the players. I wish people saw that.

SeanCablinasian
SeanCablinasian

@CraigHlavaty Compared it to the Sopranos and David Chase today. W/ no David Chase there is no Tony, no Paulie, no Chrissy.

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