Super Bowl III
1969 Bay Area Beginnings
- Donald and Doris Fisher open the first Gap store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, selling jeans, records and tapes aimed at the “generation gap” – young adults and teenagers
1969 Bay Area Seen and Heard
- San Francisco band Sly and the Family Stone logged two top ten songs in the Billboard 100 – Everyday People and Hot Fun in the Summertime
- One of the top grossing movies of the year, Paint Your Wagons, featured Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood as California gold rush prospectors
Fantasy football, the game played by more than 33 million people across the country each year, has its roots in Oakland. A group of friends including Oakland businessman Wilfred Winkenbach, Raiders Public Relations professional Bill Tunnel and Oakland Tribune reporter Scotty Stirlin created the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League (GOPPPL) and had their inaugural draft in 1963. The group continued to play amongst friends until league co-founder Andy Mousalimas brought the game to his sports bar, the now-defunct King’s X in Oakland. The game slowly grew in popularity, spreading to other Oakland bars and into San Francisco, and then slowly across the United States until 1997 when CBS launched the first fantasy draft available for free via a website.