Month: September 2013

Tumblr Highlights, Week Ended 9/6/13

Tumblr Highlights, Week Ended 9/6/13

Blogstuff
Here are some highlights from the last week on my very own Tumblr feed. Included here are some tourist shots from Cuba in 1955, some great scenes from the American retail scene of the 1950s, and an ad for The Chevy Chase Show. Click any picture to be taken to the original post, and by all means follow me there if you're a user. [alpine-phototile-for-tumblr src="user" uid="grayflannelsuit" imgl="tumblr" style="vertical" size="500" num="20" shadow="1" curve="1" align="center" max="100"]
Flashback: Baltimore Colts at Oakland Raiders, 1970 AFC Championship

Flashback: Baltimore Colts at Oakland Raiders, 1970 AFC Championship

Football Friday, Sports
We're just days away from the first Sunday of the 2013 NFL regular season, and on tap for the first week is a contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. This will be the 15th meeting between the two squads, with the Raiders holding an 8-6 edge. What I have for you today are some game action photos from the very first meeting between the Raiders and the then-Baltimore Colts -- the 1970 AFC Championship game, played on January 3, 1971 at Baltimore's Memorial Coliseum. Baltimore took an early 10-0 lead, and eventually pulled away for a 27-17 victory and a trip to Super Bowl V. It turned out to be the final home playoff victory for the Colts in Baltimore. Before we get to the photos, here are some NFL Films game highlights -- with the awesome title of "Duel in the Dust"...
Ranking the Greatest Ever NFL Franchises, 1920-2012

Ranking the Greatest Ever NFL Franchises, 1920-2012

Featured Posts, Sports
Note: Newer franchise rankings can be found on my Sports Lists page. For several years I've been giving a lot of thought to how all of the NFL franchises are ranked in terms of the best ever. And one major fault I find with even the best ranking systems is that they invariably omit anything that happened before the advent of the Super Bowl, aka the dawn of the NFL's Modern Era. So while a lot of franchises boast proud histories prior to the late '60s, it's as if all those achievements didn't count in the eyes of most sportswriters or even fans. So instead of complaining about it, I've decided to do something about it. Namely, I've developed my own mathematical formula for determining which teams are the best (and worst) in NFL history. No personal bias, no favoritism, just cold, ...
Photograph of South of the Border, 1970s

Photograph of South of the Border, 1970s

Photography
I can't even remember the last time I stopped by South of the Border, one of the premier tourist traps on the U.S. eastern seaboard. I'm thinking it was probably the mid-'80s, on a drive between New Jersey and Florida for one of my many summer vacations in the Sunshine State. It is, to say the least, an odd site on the highway between North and South Carolina. Here's a photo of how it looked on approach during the 1970s. Click for a larger version. Plenty parking in rear! Notice, if you will, a few vintage gas station signs -- namely an old Shell logo and the American torch logo, the latter of which has since been supplanted by the Amoco brand. There's also a sign for Phillips 66, which is as unchanging as ever.