In this NFL game, silence was golden

Why the Jets-Dolphins game was broadcast 30 years ago without announcers

Updated: December 12, 2010, 11:23 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

"We are just moments away from the kickoff of today's Jets-Dolphins game and a telecast that figures to be different. The fact that we try something different and dare to has been greeted with almost every kind of reaction, from good-natured humor to applause to some surprising anger." -- Bryant Gumbel's first on-camera words on Dec. 20, 1980

It was a meaningless, season-ending game for two mediocre NFL teams, but Don Ohlmeyer turned it into a happening -- and a piece of history.

He ...

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