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March 29, 2014

Do You Remember Magnetic Football?

Filed under: College Football, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Uncategorized — Bill @ 10:27 am

Back when we were kids they had this game that, in theory, could have been great, but in actuality was just okay, they called it magnetic football. Why they called it magnetic football was a bit of a mystery, there was noting magnetic about it.  You remember the metal field, the plastic little men painted in team colors, then when you turned on the game the field would vibrate and the players would move around.

The fun part was setting up the formations, you would spend a long time carefully organizing your men, while your friend would devise his defensive attack. The guy with the ball was the man who had a small football shaped piece of cotton tucked under his arm. As soon as you turned on the little machine that vibrated the field, the players would start moving all over the place. The problem was that there was no way of determining which direction they would move. Inevitably your guy with the ball would suddenly turn around and “run” in the wrong direction (like he was Jim Marshall).

Recently a friend & I were discussing this game when he asked, “Did I ever tell you about the time my little brother put a tarp on our magnetic field?”
I sad, “Tarp? What do you mean?”
He said, “I was gone one afternoon visiting a friend and when I returned home my little brother had broken into my supply of S&H green stamps. To my horror he had licked & stuck green stamps covering the entire field!”
I asked, “Were you able to clean them off, or did it ruin the game?”
He looked down and said sadly, “We had to build a new stadium.”



  1. willy what do you think about our new rb?

    Comment by uncle buck — March 29, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  2. Every year the Sears catalog would have the “deluxe” version of the game which included the two Super Bowl teams and the field painted up just as it was for the big game. I had the Jets vs. Colts version. The most fun part of the game was sticking the correct decal numbers on the players. Did anyone ever complete a pass? I think I finally gave up and allowed a completion if you could skip a pass into the receiver. They had a “quarterback/kicker”, who was about 12 feet tall and looked like a praying mantis. They could never kick worth a damn, but one of mine could kick a field goal from the opposite end line. Reminded me of Tom Dempsey. I also remember one play (out of thousands) where my line opened a perfect hole and the runner ran right through and then “cut back” and took it to the house!

    Comment by Guy — March 30, 2014 @ 7:08 am

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