'80s Flashback: Bengals 1989 Super Bowl, Johnny Bench Night On TV This Week

Jun 1, 2020

The Cincinnati Bengals' last Super Bowl appearance from 1989, and the Reds' "Johnny Bench Night" with his final Riverfront Stadium home run, replay this week on cable sports channels.

At 8 p.m. Friday, the Bengals' Super Bowl XXIII loss to Joe Montana's San Francisco 49ers will air during "Super Bowl Week" on the NBC Sports Network and NBC, which also features Joe Namath and the Jets upset victory in 1969 and Mike Ditka's dominating Bears in 1986.

NBCSN describes Super Bowl XXIII - played Jan. 22, 1989, in Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium - this way:

"In what is regarded as one of the best Super Bowls ever played, Joe Montana caps an 11-play, 92-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining, giving the San Francisco 49ers a 20-16 win and sending head coach Bill Walsh into retirement on top. Super Bowl XXIII is also the final NFL game for NBC Sports Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, who caught three passes for 40 yards for the Bengals."

During Friday's repeat NBC's Liam McHugh will chat with retired 49ers receiver Jerry Rice.

Reds program for Johnny Bench Night at Riverfront Stadium on Sept. 17, 1983.
Credit John Kiesewetter

At 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, Fox Sports Ohio will air "Johnny Bench Night," when the future Hall of Famer hits his final home run and catches his last game at Riverfront Stadium in 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Sept. 17, 1983.  

FSO also replays all four games of the 1990 World Series Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to midnight. See details for the 1990 World Series sweep in my Apirl 27 story here.

Here's NBCSN's "Super Bowl Week" lineup:

Tuesday, June 2, 8 p.m.: Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Feb 1, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ -- Tom Brady wins the third of his four Super Bowl MVP awards, throwing four touchdown passes in New England's 28-24 victory over Seattle. The game's most memorable play is made by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who intercepts Russell Wilson's pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left to seal New England's victory.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are the announcers for NBC's top-rated 'Sunday Night Football.'
Credit Courtesy NBCUniversal

Al Michaels, Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya call the game. McHugh speaks with Butler during the telecast.

Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m.: Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals Feb. 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. -- In the final game of John Madden's broadcasting career, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, to become the first team to win six Super Bowls. Ben Roethlisberger completes a game-winning six-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining to win the game.

Michaels, Madden, Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan call the game. McHugh speaks with Holmes throughout the telecast.

Thursday, June 4, 8 p.m.: Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers Jan. 25, 1998, at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Denver wins its first Super Bowl as the Broncos defeat the Green Bay Packers, 31-24, after four previous Super Bowl losses. Terrell Davis rushes for 157 yards and scores a Super Bowl-record three rushing touchdowns to garner MVP honors in his hometown. At the postgame Lombardi Trophy presentation, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dedicates the win to quarterback John Elway: "This one's for John."

Dick Enberg, Phil Simms, Paul Maguire, Jim Gray and John Dockery call the game. McHugh interviews Davis throughout the telecast.

Friday, June 5, 8 p.m.: Super Bowl XXIII: Cincinnati vs. San Francisco Jan. 22 1989, at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. Enberg and Merlin Olsen call the game.

Brash quarterback Joe Namath predicted his New York Jets would win Super Bowl III in 1969.
Credit Courtesy Jet Stream magazine

Sunday, June 7, 3 p.m. (on NBC, not NBCSN): Super Bowl XX: Chicago vs. New England Jan. 26, 1986, at the Louisiana Superdome -- Ditka's Bears defense smothers the Patriots, 46-10. Defensive end Richard Dent is named MVP as the game reaches more than 127 million viewers, replacing the final episode of M*A*S*H as the most-viewed television program (total reach) in history at the time.

Enberg, Olsen and Bob Griese call the game. McHugh speaks with Mike Singletary and Dan Hampton throughout the telecast.

Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m., NBCSN: Super Bowl III: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts Jan. 12, 1969, at Miami's Orange Bowl – Joe Namath makes good on his guarantee to upset the NFL's Baltimore Colts in what many have called the most important game in pro football history and the first NFL Championship to officially bear the name "Super Bowl."

McHugh chats with Namath throughout the telecast. Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote call the game.