The Packers thaw out in Florida after the Ice Bowl win in preparation for Super Bowl II in which they start fast as Don Chandler kicks two of his four field goals and Bart Starr hits Boyd Dowler on a 62-yard TD pass to ignite the team en route to a 33-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
In the days after the win, coach Vince Lombardi denies rumors that he will retire.
Also 50 years ago this month, in the after-math of the Ice Bowl, Cowboys RB Dan Reeves calls Packers LB Ray Nitschke a “madman” and “animal.” And they also call him “the best” with Dick Butkus and the others no comparison.
The Packers take Texas-El Paso LB Fred Carr with their first pick in the draft.
Jim Rice retires as football coach at UW-Eau Claire to take on the AD duties, while assistant coach Link Walker is named to head the football team. Rice will name a basketball coach to replace retiring Bill Zorn soon.
Kay Lancour, 14, one of the top young speed skaters in the nation, is 10th in the Olympic trials at West Allis after taking fourth in the 500-meter. Diane Holum, 16, of Northbrook, Ill., heads the team. Lancour takes first in Junior Girls in the Great Lakes Classic and in the national championships at Lake Como, St. Paul, she winds up third in Junior Class.
Bill Rolland and the Roll-ons club plays host to the Wisconsin Open Speed Skating Championships at Half Moon Lake. In the field of more than 100 skaters, Mary Blair of West Allis is the big winner, while locals are led by Connie Miley, second in senior women.
In the Rose Bowl, USC tops Indiana 14-7, while Oklahoma nips Tennessee 26-24 in the Orange Bowl.
Badgers LB Sam Wheeler, who prepped at Elmwood, is taken in the 12th round of the NFL draft by the Steelers.
In high school basketball, Regis wins its own Holiday Tournament by defeating Little Chute St. John’s 66-62 in the championship game. Jim Anibas scores 22 points and grabs 22 rebounds in the game and is named MVP. Later, the Ramblers top McDonell 77-56 to go 9-5. Anibas has 20 and Rick Zukaitis 17 for Regis, while Mike Brown has 21 for the Macks.
Memorial blows out Superior 63-33 and follows by handing Wausau its first loss 67-63 in overtime as Bill Sowerwine has 17 points and 12 rebounds, while the Lumberjacks’ Frank Schade is held to 20. But the unbeaten Abes see their 12-game win streak end in a 74-73 loss at Winona on a tip-in at the buzzer. It is Winona’s only lead of the game.
Milwaukee North is ranked first and the Abes fourth in the AP poll that also shows Whitehall seventh and Alma eighth in the Little Ten.
Schade scores 36 points to lead Wausau to a 93-64 win over North, which gets 21 points from Dave Miller but is killed by 33 turnovers. Lance Thiel outscores John Ford 36-34, but the Huskies lose to La Crosse Central 104-80. Thiel scores 27 points and Jim Thompson has 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead North to a 73-65 win over Menomonie, which gets 33 from Gary Welch.
Jim Sullivan’s two free throws with 6 seconds left give Chippewa Falls a 62-61 win over the Huskies.
Duane Hugdahl tallies 19 to lead Altoona to a 63-59 win over Fall Creek. Later in the rematch, Rog Zimmerman’s jump shot at the buzzer wins it for the Crickets 59-58 in overtime. Zimmerman and Steve Wilhelm score 24 each for the winners, while Steve Struck has 18 for the Rails.
The Fairchild Purple Dragons go over the century mark in a West-Central Conference 106-65 win over Taylor with Don Olson scoring 38 and Ricky Frueh 27 in a 10th win.
Bobby Hull scores his 400th and 401st goals as the Blackhawks defeat Boston 4-2.
Bernie Reidinger’s goal late in the third period gives the Eau Claire Rockets a 5-4 win over Chippewa Falls.
Mouse Polenz averages 207 pins in the finals to win the Chippewa Valley Match Games with Dennis Tittel second. Ray Simon hits a 714 series and Gladys McMahon fires a women’s city-high 254 game at Wagner’s.
Memorial wins the last five events including Sam Spanel’s pin at 180 which gains the lead and HW Greg Kipp’s pin that clinches the wrestling win over North 27-19.
Bill Heideman scores 25 points and Mel Coleman 16 as Stout rallies in the final five minutes to down the Blugolds 85-78. Eau Claire snaps back for an 83-81 upset win over Whitewater led by Pat Hammond’s 30 points.
High scorers on YMCA Senior League Night are Bob Hall with 30, Larry Johnson 25 and Mike Loehnis 22.
In the Monday Night League, the Fleas get 24 points from Lucky Schroeder in a 93-54 win over the Scramblers.
Mike Carlson’s steal and layup with 16 seconds to go give Wisconsin a 77-75 win over Michigan in the Big Ten opener. After a 71-56 loss to Marquette, the Badgers top the Gophers 72-62 as Jim Johnson scores 25.
Marquette dumps Denver 82-57 for its fifth straight led by Brian Bronkhurst’s 20 points.
Pete Maravich scores 52 as LSU wins 100-91.
Milwaukee is awarded an NBA franchise for the 1968-69 season.
Dave Tomten sets a hill record at 119 feet and outclasses the field in the Flying Eagles Invitational at Mt. Washington. The 15-year-old then goes to Lake Placid for the Olympic tryouts and falls and suffers a broken leg. Billy Bakke, who grew up in Menomonie, wins both events and leads the trials.
Snowball Severud, an Eau Claire Ski Club member from Chetek, is named head coach of the Canadian team for the upcoming Olympics in France.
Norway’s Bjorn Wirkola jumps 305 feet to win at Garmisch, Germany, and goes on to win the prestigious 4-Hills tournament. Later, he will come to Hendrickson Hill for its final tournament and set the hill record at 207 feet.