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Electric football remembered
July 25, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal remembers his days of playing electric football.
“It would take 10 minutes just to set up the players for an off-tackle play,” Kantowski wrote. “One kid in our neighborhood designed a triple reverse. By the time he put the little plastic players in their proper positions and tweaked the little brushes on their bases, the rest of us neighborhood kids had witnessed Halley's Comet. Twice. And they shrank G.I. Joe.
“If you were a kid in the 1960s, you know what happened when the switch was turned on in electric football: The little plastic flanker who was supposed to receive the little felt football went the wrong way, until he locked arms with a little plastic offensive tackle. Then they spun around in circles in electric football limbo.
“Nobody on the defense touched them, because the little plastic defensive players also had gone the wrong way, like 11 miniature Jim Marshalls against the 49ers.”
Kantowski was honoring the passing of electric football creator Norman Sas, 87, who died on June 28.
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