HomeSportsBlack Sunday Black Sunday Kevin November 23, 2003 Sports 4 Comments Today is the 40th anniversary of arguably one of the worst sports decisions ever made – Pete Rozelle’s decision to play the full slate of NFL games two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read the full story Porn Driving Some Call It Progress; Others Are Less Enthused Related Posts The Tigers Defeat the Yankees! NBA refs gambled, ousted ref claims Memo to Johnny Miller- Stick it where the sun don't shine About The Author Kevin Kevin founded Wizbang in 2003. He still contributes occasionally and handles all the technical and design work for the site. 4 Comments jen November 23, 2003 Actually, it was at the request of the Kennedy family. Jack Valenti was on Don Imus on Friday – he was recounting the events in Dallas (he was there as an advisor to LBJ) from 40 years ago. Somehow football came up in the conversation and Valenti said that they were planning to cancel or postpone those games, but that the Kennedy family asked that they continue. Kevin November 23, 2003 Rozelle and Pierre Salinger (Kennedy Press Secretary) went to USF together. The story as it’s been told from Salinger and Rozelle is that Rozelle called Salinger for advice and he said Kennedy loved football and they should play. jen November 23, 2003 Ah, close and yet not so close. Joe Grossberg November 25, 2003 Maybe I’m just young, but life goes on, man. I know I was comforted by a return to normalcy, especially the reassuring distraction of sports, after 9-11.