November 12th, 2016
by Mort Walker
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1970.
The first Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 15, 1967. The National Football League champion Packers beat the American Football League champion Chiefs 35 to 10. Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards, was named the most valuable player.
In the second Super Bowl in 1968, the Packers beat the AFL Raiders. In 1969, the AFL champion Jets upset the NFL champion Baltimore Colts.
The Beetle Bailey Sunday page above, references the Jets in the opening panel. After overindulging on pizza, Sarge dreams that he is Bart Snorkel, quarterback of the Green Bay Snackers. Bart tells the announcer during the halftime interview about how much he managed to eat in the first half. Sarge wakes up at the end with his hand in a bucket of popcorn. Super Bowl IV, in which the AFL Chiefs beat the NFL Vikings was played on January 11, four weeks before this page ran in newspapers.
The next “Sarge Dreams” episode is an unusual one from 1971 so stay tooned.
– Brian Walker
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