On November 17, 1968, the unthinkable happened. NBC decided to cut away from a thrilling ending to an Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets football game to show a TV movie called Heidi. At that time, most football games didn’t take more than two and a half hours to play, but this game had numerous penalties and lots of injuries. The network executives were stuck with a tough choice: show the end of the game or show Heidi. They made the wrong choice and caused football fans to miss the end of a thrilling game. Because of that choice, networks now make sure to show the games to their conclusion before cutting to regularly scheduled programming. So enjoy football today and take comfort in the fact that the network won’t cut away to an episode of Sleepy Hollow until the game is over.