Superbowl 2 was held at Miami's Orange Bowl on January 14, 1968.The Oakland Raiders were expected to be destroyed by the Green BayPackers, then the toughest team in the Black And Blue, the NFL'sroughest division.Scheduled to sing the National Anthem was the pretty and popular JoeyHeatherton, and the halftime show was to be provided by television'sThe Monkees.However, two days before the event, The Monkees had to bow out due toa contractual dispute between their parent company, Screen Gems, NBC,and CBS, the network broadcasting the game.Producers started doing a quick scramble to find suitable replacemententertainment, and on the advice of George Schlatter, contacted JudyGarland with an offer.As it turns out, not only was Judy a big footaball fan, but she wasavailable, and excited to do the show.So with less than forty eight hours notice, she packed up her kids andorchestra leader Gene Palumbo, and flew from New York to Miami,arriving on January 13th just in time for a sound check and shortrehearsal.Kick off for the game was at 3 P.M. on the 14th and commentaor's Frank GiffordandPat Summerall seemed just as excited by the prospect ofthe halftime show as they were by the game itself.The day was clear, sunny, and a warm 86 degrees. Judy had originallyplanned to wear the sequined pants suit that had been designed for herto wear in the film Valley Of The Dolls, but because of the heat sheopted to wear a pink and silver chiffon mini dress borrowed from herfifteen year old daughter Lorna.By the end of the first half of the game the Packers were dominatingthe Raiders, as had been expected. But the real excitement was yet tocome.As soon as announcer Gary Owens announced Judy's name there wasa roar in the Orange Bowl that could be heard a mile away.Gene Palumbo hit the downbeat to Judy's chart of For Once In My Lifeand Judy trotted out and practically skipped to the center of the arena.Palumbo and the orchestra had to vamp for a full three minutes beforethe audience quieted down enough to let Judy sing.Judy's rendition of For Once In My Life was new to the audience andthey were estatic to hear her sing a current popular song, and withsuch warmth and control to her voice. The ovation at the end of thesong was as strong as it had been when she first entered the arena.Her second number was her movie medley, another popular choice, whichbecame obvious as over 75,000 people sang along with her whenprompted to during For Me And My Gal. Next came Just In Time with allof it's difficult key and tempo changes, Judy sang it to perfection,and with a freshness that made it seem as if this were the first timeshe had sung the song.She then introduced her daughter Lorna, who joined her for a joyfuland swinging Jamboree Jones. After that, as Lorna was leaving thestage, Gene Palumbo and the orchestra started up Judy's reprise of ForOnce In My Life, which she sang with as much power and heart as shehad at the begining of her set. Then it was over. Or was it?After Judy finished the reprise of For Once In My Life the orchestrastarted playing her bow music of Over The Rainbow which was drownedout by the cheers, whistles and screaming of the audience, who wereall on their feet. Judy bowed and blew kisses as she ran off theplaying field and the camera's cut back to Frank Gifford, who wastrying to announce the start of the second half of the game, but to no avail.The crowd could not be stopped, the cheeering and stamping eventuallygave way to the chant "We want Judy, we want Judy."After a full five minutes of this the producers had no choice but toprevail upon Judy to sing an encore. She agreed and reentered theplaying field to absolute pandemonium!After the crowd died down Judy started singing Over The Rainbow solo,without the orchestra. Gene Palumbo and the musicians had to scrambleto find all their parts, and one by one they joined Judy, all to greatdramatic affect. Judy sang the song with all the longing and heartachethat she had when she first sang it in The Wizard Of Oz, and asshe sang the last line "why oh why can't I" a hush fell over thestadium. After a few seconds the still was broken when the voice of ayoung woman called out "Bravo, Mama." then all bets were off and it wasNew Years Eve again. Another five minutes later order was restored andthe game continued without further incident.The Packers beat the Raiders 33 to 14 that day, Bart Starr was named MVP, buthe gallantly presented his trophy to Judy saying that he "may be the game's MVPbut Judy is the world's most valuable player" (unfortunately for her hedidn't also give her the 25,000 cash prize that went with the theaward).Another player in the game who received considerable attention wasGreenbay Linesman Jerry Kramer, who would be befriended by Judy. Infact, they would later appear together in a fun and flirtatious rompon the Tonight Show.To learn more about Judy Garland please read The World's GreatestEntertainer by John Fricke, or Rainbows End By Coyne Steven Sanders.To learn more about this period of the NFL's history, and it'sroughest division, pick up a copy of The Black And Blue by BobBerghaus.
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