Chapter 3, Page 91
On the plane ride home, Allen allowed his players to sip
from nine magnums of champagne. The next day, his post-game
news conference at Redskins Park brought more of the same.
The only folks Allen disliked more than rookie starters were
reporters, those pesky people who always peppered him with
questions he didn't want to answer. But on this day, two bottles
of champagne were popped for the media the label read
"Chateau de George" and Allen
offered up comment after comment.
Toward a title game again: Charley Harraway breaks away for a 57-yard touchdown run to help defeat Dallas 20-16 on October 3, 1971, on the way to the Washington Redskins' first playoff berth since 1945.
(Richard Darcey/The Washington Post)
"Imagine playing that game
on TV," he gushed. "Pete Rozelle came up to me before the
game. He was just thrilled about this being the final Monday
night game, and I told him, `Even Cecil B. DeMille couldn't upstage
you on this one.' Imagine, the 13th game on December 13, and
both teams having to win it."
His cheerfulness, however,
was short-lived. After losing a meaningless
finale to Cleveland, the Redskins went through a week of controversy as they prepared
to face San Francisco in the opening round of the playoffs.
The turmoil began early in the week when Allen complained bitterly that none of
his defensive players had made the Pro Bowl team. During the week, a reporter also
drew Allen's ire when he wondered why the Redskins had been able to score 180 points
in the first half of their regular-season games but only 96 in the second half.
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