Month: January 2012

Retro Football Cards — Super Bowl XLVI edition (Manning/Gronkowski)

Retro Football Cards — Super Bowl XLVI edition (Manning/Gronkowski)

Sports
(For all my retro cards, click here.) OK, now that we're through the farce that is the Pro Bowl, it's almost zero hour for the 2011 NFL season. So I thought it only proper to bust out a pair of Super Bowl-related retro cards. Up first is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, as grafted onto a 1956 Topps card. And for the AFC's New England Patriots it's Pro Bowl tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski, on a 1984 Topps. Of the two, the Manning was the easier to produce. I used a '56 Charley Conerly card. Conerly was the QB of the Giants during the 1956 championship season, which is why I went with it. The stroke/halo effect is present on that '56 set so I reproduced it as close as I could. Like with the Drew Brees card, I had a hard time finding a good helmetless pic so I just w...
What Am I, Like, Some Kind of Summoner?

What Am I, Like, Some Kind of Summoner?

Advertising
Just about the only time I see this AT&T commercial is during football games, and I've enjoyed it consistently for a few months. So here is the "Romantic Dinner" AT&T iPhone commercial. I'm not going to lie, there's a chance I may have been guilty of summoning scores/highlights on my iPhone during dinner or a conversation with Mrs. Suit. In my defense, sometimes you just gotta know what's going on in the game. But I'm at least smart enough to keep quiet while doing it. Unless the Raiders score. Oh, and as best as I can figure, the actress in this spot is Anicka Haywood. If someone knows better please let me know.
Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Football Friday, Sports
I had so much fun designing my retro Drew Brees card, I got started on my next one right away. So here's Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian "All Day" Peterson. I used a 1975 Chuck Foreman Topps card as the template. I used a headshot of Peterson as Topps still relied mainly on them in the mid-'70s. Astute fans will notice that the Vikings patch on the jersey chest is missing. I removed it to maintain consistency, as Topps did not have the right to use team logos throughout the 1970s. Logos returned starting with the 1982 set. All Day failed to reach 1,000 for the first time in his pro career, but that's only due to injures. He is poised to become the Vikings' all-time leading rusher within the first game or two of the 2012 NFL season, surpassing Robert Smith's 6,818 yards. For
Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
These days, most of the Super Bowl-related ads I see are for giant TVs. You know, to watch The Big Game. So I was a bit surprised to see that most companies riding the Super Bowl popularity train back in the day just decided to give stuff away. Tickets, mostly. If you dig these classic advertisements, head over to the main site and my gallery of Retrotisements. Aw, Burt Lancaster doesn't need your prizes, he just loves being part of the team! I would love to know which team the lucky winner of this contest got to become a part owner of. Of course it didn't specify the NFL, so it really could be anything. Hopefully not the Cleveland Browns. (Aqua Velva, 1970) The good news is you can win tickets to the Super Bowl and Hawaii! The bad news is you have to hang out with ...
Get the Lead Out — A History of Series Debuts After the Super Bowl

Get the Lead Out — A History of Series Debuts After the Super Bowl

TV & Radio
I still have pretty vivid memories of watching television on the evening of Super Bowl XXII. Not just because it was the day that the hated Denver Broncos got pummeled by the Redskins, but it was also the premiere of The Wonder Years on ABC. It instantly became one of my favorite shows, and I watched it faithfully for most if its entire run. As it turns out, The Wonder Years was also one of the more successful shows to launch right after the Super Bowl. Let's take a look at the history of TV series to debut after the big game and see how many we can remember. 1979: Brothers and Sisters (NBC), Super Bowl XIII It wasn't until the thirteenth Super Bowl that a network struck on the idea of capitalizing on a huge built-in audience to roll out a new series. You can't blame them if they had
Super Bowl XLVI — This Fan Space For Rent

Super Bowl XLVI — This Fan Space For Rent

Sports
I can't believe I'm saying this as a football fan of three decades, but I've seriously given thought to not watching the Super Bowl this year. Not because I don't think it will be a good game, and certainly not because it lacks for good story lines. It's just that I'm not the kind of football fan who will watch a game just because it's football. I need some kind of rooting interest -- some reason to pull for one team over the other, even if it's a silly one. But with Super Bowl XLVI, I am struggling to think of one so far. Unlike the last time the Patriots and Giants faced each other, in Super Bowl XLII. It was easy to root for New York then. I, like 99% of decent-minded sports fans, wanted desperately for a season's worth of Boston-centric hubris and obnoxiousness to come crashing down
Retro Football Cards — Drew Brees, Topps 1969 Style

Retro Football Cards — Drew Brees, Topps 1969 Style

Football Friday, Sports
My American Football League Program project has had me in an even more retro mood than normal. And as I wind down the bulk of the work (programs and media guides through the 1966 season are up now), I'm already looking for a new project. And so I struck upon the idea of retro football cards. So what's that mean, you ask? Simply put these are actual football cards from yesteryear, modified to show modern players. I haven't collected football cards for years, as it stopped being a fun hobby when I saw it turning into big business. But when I was into it, I amassed a pretty decent collection. I still have most of them, in fact, and treasure them more than any of the baseball cards I collected. So this project is a way for me to reconnect with the joy of collecting, as well as a way to k...
Bruce Springsteen has a new song and I kinda dig it

Bruce Springsteen has a new song and I kinda dig it

Listening Booth, Music
I've made no secret of the fact that I am not a very big Bruce Springsteen fan, despite being Jersey born and bred. This gives me one advantage over Boss diehards, in that I can approach his new music with a fairly objective ear. This leads me to "We Take Care of Our Own," the first single from Bruce's upcoming Wrecking Ball album. To me, it sounds like the Bruce I know best. It's hooky and anthemic, as was his classic '70s and '80s material. But it also sounds modern, which is what keeps the song from sounding too overblown. And I gotta hand it to Bruce, he still sounds passionate and a little angry at age 62, which is more than most people half his age can claim. I may just have to pick up a copy of Wrecking Ball, which would be the first new Bruce album I've ever bought. It...
Saturday Night Live is just now catching on to Millennials

Saturday Night Live is just now catching on to Millennials

TV & Radio
Holy crap, was it really more than four years ago that I wrote my little love letter to Millennials? Why, it's like not a day has gone by since then that I don't choke on my own bile as these insanely privileged and irrationally entitled oxygen wasters skip through life with their heads lodged firmly up their asses. Wait, what was I going to talk about before I became blinded with fury? Oh yes, Saturday Night Live. Their recent Daniel Radcliffe-hosted episode featured a sketch called "You Can Do Anything!", which pretty much sums up some of the feelings I posted in that letter. But in comedy sketch form. Polish your participation trophy and check it out. Yup, that about covers it.