1976 SUPERTEAMS FINAL

In a rare match-up of both World Champions, the Steelers came from behind to beat the Reds. Controversy swirled during the obstacle course. When the Reds were given choice of lane by virtue of losing the previous event, they chose the "red wall." The Steelers protested that the "red wall" was easier to scale than the "yellow wall" and both Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier slipped on the wall. The rules did not allow for the lanes to alternate during the obstacle course, and the Reds won. The rules were changed the following year. One rule that was changed for 1976 came in the outrigger war canoe, in 1975 professionals from the Hawaii area were used to turn the boats and the athletes from the participating teams paddled up and down the lanes. However, this year the crew was made up entirely of participating athletes. This is where the difference in the competition was made as Rocky Bleier was better at helping his team make than Joe Morgan was, the Steelers won easily and then won the decisive tug-of-war in a lightning fast 9.83 seconds.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Competition Dates: Februaru 13-14, 1976.

Air Date: March 28, 1976.

Commentators: Keith Jackson & Reggie Jackson.

1. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4) - $7,700

2. CINCINNATI REDS (3) - $4,900

Rocky Bleier Johnny Bench
Mel Blount Rawley Eastwick
L.C. Greenwood Doug Flynn
Jack Ham George Foster
Franco Harris Ken Griffey
Jon Kolb Don Gullett
Gerry Mullins Joe Morgan
Andy Russell Tony Perez
Lynn Swann Merv Rettenmund
Dwight White Pete Rose

INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS

SWIMMING RELAY

1. Pittsburgh Steelers Swann / Mullins / Bleier / Russell / White
1:55.24
2. Cincinnati Reds Morgan / Flynn / Bench / Rettenmund / Eastwick
2:10.50

TANDEM BIKE RELAY

1. Cincinnati Reds Morgan & Flynn / Rettenmund & Gullett / Bench & Perez / Rose & Eastwick

2:57.48

2. Pittsburgh Steelers Greenwood & Blount / Ham & Bleier / Kolb & Mullins / Harris & Russell

3:00.84

RUNNING RELAY

1. Pittsburgh Steelers Greenwood / Russell / Harris / Bleier / Swann / Blount

2:31.78

2. Cincinnati Reds Morgan / Griffey / Gullett / Flynn / Eastwick / Foster

2:37.63

OBSTACLE COURSE

1. Cincinnati Reds

2:39.22

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

2:48.00

CINCINNATI REDS

TIME

PENALTIES

FINAL TIME

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

TIME

PENALTIES

FINAL TIME

Merv Rettenmund

26.23

 

26.23

Franco Harris

29.80

29.80

Ken Griffey

27.70

27.70

Jon Kolb

29.24

29.24

Don Gullett

26.26

26.26

Rocky Bleier

28.39

28.39

George Foster

28.28

28.28

Mel Blount

27.89

27.89

Doug Flynn

27.69

27.69

Jack Ham

27.64

27.64

Joe Morgan

26.06

26.06

Lynn Swann

21.04

HB

25.04

VOLLEYBALL

1. Cincinnati Reds

15

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

8

WAR CANOE RACE

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

3:12.60

2. Cincinnati Reds
N/A

TUG OF WAR

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
9.83 sec.
2. Cincinnati Reds

e = estimated time

r = Superstars record

N/A = result not available

dnf - did not finish

nm - no mark

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