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Behold These Vintage NFL Team Pennants from the Early 1950s

Behold These Vintage NFL Team Pennants from the Early 1950s

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
I stumbled across this beautiful set of six NFL team pennants recently, and had to share. The listing states that these are from the 1940s and '50s, but I suspect they all probably date from either 1950 or 1951. I say this because of the pennant for the New York Yanks, a now-defunct franchise that played as the New York Yanks, New York Bulldogs, and Dallas Texans (not the same as the AFL Texans of the '60s). The Yanks only existed under that moniker for the 1950 and '51 seasons, so no way the pennant was made before then. Likewise, the San Francisco 49ers didn't join the NFL until 1950. And while it's possible the pennants for the Rams, Steelers, Packers, and Lions pre-date 1950 I don't think they do. Click on the image for the full-size version, and enjoy some vintage mid-centur...
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC North

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC North

Football Friday, Sports
Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the AFC North — the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Previous galleries: AFC East, NFC East Baltimore Ravens (0) The Ravens, who have only been in existence since 1996, have not yet retired any jersey numbers. Much like the Cowboys, the team has its own Ring of Honor for former players and personnel. So like Dallas, Baltimore gets no football cards here. The list, in order of induction: #19 -- Johnny Unitas #24 -- Lenny Moore #70 -- Art Donovan #
Football Friday: Life Magazine’s Look at the NFL of 1960

Football Friday: Life Magazine’s Look at the NFL of 1960

Football Friday, Sports
This is one of the cooler sports photo galleries I've put together for you. This is a combination of published and unpublished images for a Life magazine article on the NFL and the ascent of pro football as a spectator sport. It ran in their December 5, 1960 issue and was called "Fans Go Ga-Ga Over Pro Football." The pictures in this gallery were taken by George Silk during the 1960 NFL season and seem to come from X main sources -- four New York Giants home games (against the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Redskins), a Giants film session, and a game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts (which I believe to be a home game for the Colts). Included here is a photo of Eagles linebacker creaming the Giants' Frank Gifford. I don'...
Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday, Sports
One of the few things about the nearly interminable one or two-week buildup between the NFC/AFC championship games and the Super Bowl that I looked forward to was tuning into ESPN and watching hours upon hours of NFL Films' Super Bowl highlight packages. In some ways, watching those 30-minute capsules -- replete with their sweeping orchestral scores and booming narration by John Facenda -- was more rewarding than the games themselves. Through the magic of eBay and torrent sites, I've had the opportunity to watch Super Bowls from the 1970s and early '80s, that I wasn't around to see or was too young to remember. In almost all cases, watching those contests was almost a letdown after memorizing practically every line and every beat from the NFL Films version. Take, for example, ...
The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC North)

The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC North)

Sports
With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the AFC’s North division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East Baltimore Ravens Best I'm not in love with any of Baltimore's logos to be honest -- and they sure have had quite a few for a team not yet 20 years old. But if you have to go with the rather unoriginal angry bird look, this is their best one. Worst The B stands for Blech. But it also stands for burglarized, since
Football Friday: The NFL, Its Logos, and You (1964 Style)

Football Friday: The NFL, Its Logos, and You (1964 Style)

Football Friday, Sports
First, big site news. My latest project -- a comprehensive gallery of every American Football League program ever -- is underway. So far I only have cover images from the 1960 season up, but more will follow before too long. Check it out here. In searching for more cover images for the project, I stumbled across a very cool piece of 1960s ephemera from the NFL. The Packerville blog posted scans from a 1964 NFL publication called The NFL and You. The purpose of the booklet was to convince up-and-coming football players (and perhaps league veterans) that the NFL was the way to go, and not the "inferior" AFL. The whole post is worth reading but two pages caught my eye. The cover image is a very cool snapshot of the helmets from all 14 NFL franchises in '64. Many of them have changed ver...
Cork it, 1972 Dolphins

Cork it, 1972 Dolphins

Sports
This post originally ran in November 2005, when the Indianapolis Colts looked poised to unseat the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only undefeated team in the modern NFL era. They ultimately failed, and so this year the 9-0 Green Bay Packers are next in line for a shot at sports immortality. And wouldn't you know it, the '72 Dolphins just can't shut the hell up. Same crap, different year. I'd like to take a moment to delve into the world of sports. Last night, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to go to 11-0 this season. And just like all the other times a team has gone undefeated this deep into the season, we have to watch the graying, braying remnants of the 1972 Dolphins (who finished 17-0) celebrate whenever the last undefeated team loses. And I, for one, have...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Song of the week: "Thunder Chicken" by The Impacts (Funky16Corners) Funny webcomic: Ideal life vs. real life vs. weekend life (makeuseof.com) Amy Spencer's "Female American Pop Icons" photos from Glamour magazine (Killahbeez) A village in Holland with no roads (Funny pictures) This is what almost getting hit by a truck looks like. (blogTO) An OCR'd dictionary of hobo slang (GlyphJockey) Gruesome crash photos from a BMW M3 wipeout (Jalopnik) SyFy's latest contribution to the arts: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, starring Debbie Gibson and Tiffany (I Watch Stuff) Move over FarmVille and Mafia Wars, Oregon Trail is coming to Facebook! (NBC Local) The Popdose staff (including yours tr
Tough Acts to Follow

Tough Acts to Follow

Sports
No matter what poor Aaron Rodgers does for the Green Bay Packers, it's highly unlikely that he will ever be able to live up to the legacy of a certain quarterback who wore #4 and whose name has been mentioned way too much for my liking lately. But while most of the media focus has been on the story of another aging star quarterback moving to a new team (invoking names like Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas in the process), what about those like Rodgers, who are left behind to deal with the aforementioned legacies?  While some have managed to step out of the long shadows cast by their predecessors, most have not.  Here's a sampling: Scott Hunter, Green Bay Packers - Selected by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1971 NFL draft, Alabama University's Hunter had the unenviable task of replac