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The Ghost that Sacked the Quarterback
Rambling
The Scooby-Doo Show
Details
Air date December 4, 1976
Cronology
Previous episode Scooby-Doo, Where's The Crew?
Next episode The Ghost of The Bad Humor Man

The Ghost that Sacked The Quarterback is the fourteenth episode of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, later repackaged as the fourteenth episode of the first season of The Scooby-Doo Show.

Premise

The gang is attending a Hawks football game when the star player vanishes -- and the ghost of a long dead 1930s football player known as the Rambling Ghost shows up, propelling them into yet another mystery.

Synopsis

Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne are attending a Hawks vs. Cougars football game, rooting for the Hawks. But all of a sudden, fireworks occur, and in the midst of all the smoke and the excitement, the team's star player, Flash Granger, disappears! And then, the ghost of a long-dead football player appears on top of the scoreboard! The gang heads to Mr. Prentice's house, the owner of the stadium, determined to solve this caper. Mr. Prentice explains that in the 30's, a player nicknamed the Rambling Ghost, was booed out of the stadium after made a curse and was never seen again. And tonight at the game, he came back. The gang gets to work on the mystery.

They go to the team's practice session and are warned away by another player, Crunch Connors. Then they search the area where Flash disappeared. Crunch Connors begins jumping tires and then-he disappears too! Suddenly the ghost appears and chases them all. Scooby and Shaggy get away from the Rambler and meet up with the gang. They split up to look for clues. Scooby and Shaggy go into the locker room and find a newspaper clipping, a valuable clue. But the Rambler appears and snatches the newspaper and chases Scooby and Shaggy into the steam room and then into the showers. They finally escape and meet up with Fred and the girls. Velma, Daphne and Fred claim they just saw the ghost go into the scoreboard, so they follow him. Inside, they find the room destroyed and the scoreboard operator, Mr. Ellsworth, who says that the Rambler attacked him.

A player named Bulldog appears and tells the gang he also saw the ghost go into the scoreboard. Back on the field, the gang finds a trapdoor in the ground leading into the old stadium-the new stadium was built over the old one. That's how Crunch Connors disappeared. Inside the tunnel, they split up and Velma, Scooby and Shaggy find an old trophy hall-of-fame room. They also see the Rambling Ghost with the newspaper! They manage to get the newspaper and flee from the ghost, but fall through a trapdoor into a room-where Flash Rangers and Crunch Connors are being held hostage. But with the help of Scooby they escape with Flash and Crunch.

With a far-fetched trap, they manage to trap the ghost. He is unmasked as Mr. Ellsworth, the scoreboard operator. But then they pull off a rubber mask, and it's not Mr. Ellsworth: it's Buck Bender, an old coach that Mr. Prentice fired years ago. That newspaper clipping had incrimination evidence against Buck Bender. He was taking revenge on the stadium for firing him.

The gang celebrated when the Hawks become the champions for beating the Sharks.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Flash Granger
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Bulldog Pertowsky
Heather North Daphne Blake
Patricia Stevens Velma Dinkley
John Stephenson Buck Bender
Mr. Prentice
Commentator
Mr. Ellsworth
Rambling Ghost
Actor Crunch Connors
Actor Coach Baxter
Non-speaking roles
Other commentator
Other Hawk members
Cougars
Sharks

Villains

  • Rambling Ghost/Buck Bender

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Prentice As the owner of the stadium he could know about the underground tunnel.
Crunch Connors Replaced Flash, so he benefited from his disappearance.
Bulldog Pertowsky Suspiciously present near where the Rambling Ghost vanished.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Buck Bender as Mr. Ellsworth and the Rambling Ghost To get even with the Hawks owner for firing him.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • Player numbers 14 and 92 are referred by the quarterback to the year 1492, while player numbers 17 and 76 are referred to 1776.
  • Rambling Ghost may be a take on Red Grange's nickname Galloping Ghost.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • The amount of smoke from the fireworks would not have been enough to conceal the mechanical hawk snatching up the football player.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Φάντασμα που Εξαφάνισε τον Επιθετικό The Ghost That Sacked the Quarterback

Home media

Quotes

"Nice going Scooby. What makes you think that he needs a ticket?"
— Shaggy '


Previous Episode:
Scooby-Doo, Where's The Crew?
The Scooby-Doo Show
Season 1
Next Episode:
The Ghost of The Bad Humor Man

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