The Two-Way
9:56 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Norman Sas, The Genius Behind Electric Football, Dies

Some of us are old enough to remember when electric football first became one of the coolest toys.

Versions had been around since just after World War II. But when the NFL attached its name to the vibrating game in 1967, it quickly became one of those must-haves for many young boys.

Not that most of us could really get the plastic players to do what we wanted.

For those of you in the Madden NFL generation, this will sound really old school. There were no joy sticks. No controllers of any kind. You fiddled with little bits of plastic on their bases that were supposed to send the players in the right directions, set them down on the "field," switched the game on and hoped that they went the right ways.

More often, as this blogger recalls, everybody ended up in a clump in the corner.

But it was football! It was electric! It seemed so modern!

Now, it is with some sadness that we pass along word that the man who created the game has died. Norman Sas was 87, The New York Times reports.

Sas, the Times adds, will soon be inducted into the Minature Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame. But we'd like to honor him The Two-Way way, with a video we found on YouTube. The wonderfully enthusiastic father and son you'll hear have produced a clip that captures the joys and frustrations of the game perfectly.

Memories of electric football are welcomed in the comments section.

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