From Super Bowl XIX, a thorough domination of the Miami Dolphins by the 49ers. It’s the first football game I have a conscious memory of, and I watched the NFL Films VHS special of this game religiously. Besides the pre-game astronaut show (which I still think the NFL should bring back), my favorite memory of this game was the Voice-of-God narration by John Facenda of NFL Films. You all know the voice, deep and dramatic, who could make anything sound like an epic, life-or-death struggle.
This game was the perfect example of that. In a montage about the 49ers’ fearsome pass rush, he made James Taylor lyrics sound like a call to battle. Amid shot after shot of Dwaine Board and Manu Tuiasosopo drilling Dan Marino, Facenda intoned, “In the words of James Taylor, ‘Sweet dreams and flying machines, in PIECES on the GROUND.’” Laid-back adult contemporary music never felt as much like a death threat as it did in that moment.
Of course, James Taylor’s not as laid-back as people think.