Forget the NFL Combine and pre-draft hype, or even the "who will move to Los Angeles?" rumor mill -- the juiciest piece of NFL news this month is the unveiling of the new Cleveland Browns logo. The visual identity of the Browns really hasn't changed in a substantial way since the team's inception (in the AAFC) in 1946. Sure, they've dabbled with different mascots and even rolled out a few alternate logos in 2003, but by and large the Browns have always been the Browns. An orange-ish helmet with no logo is as much an NFL trademark as is the Raiders' iconic pirate or the Cowboys' star. (As a subtle reminder, you can check out my rankings of all NFL logos on my Sports Lists page.) So now the big day is finally here, and here is what the Browns have ushered in for their new logo (from
Here's a gem from the NHL of the 1970s. It's an undated pennant for the California Golden Seals. The franchise began play in 1961 as the WHL's San Francisco Seals, changed to the California Seals in 1966, and became the Oakland Seals when they became an NHL expansion franchise in 1967. The team was purchased by Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley in 1970. Finley promptly changed the team's colors to the same green and gold as the A's, and also changed the name to California Golden Seals. Another element you can see on the pennant is the artistic player rendering. That is actually based off a real player, in this case Carol Vadnais, who was the team's captain until he was traded in February 1972. The Seals and their neat pennants disappeared in 1976, when the franchise relocated t
I'm sure the context for this ad from the May 4-10 edition of TV Guide's Atlanta edition makes this seem perfectly reasonable. But because I can't resist a good sight gag, let's just enjoy this ad for WWLA's Cracker baseball broadcasts as is. OK, in the spirit of fairness I will mention that Crackers was the name of Atlanta's minor league baseball team, and they were part of the rather successful Southern Association. The league disbanded in 1961, which left Atlanta without a baseball team until the Braves moved from Milwaukee in 1966. As for WLWA-TV (now WXIA) having a sports broadcaster named Bob Boring, I'm not gonna kill that joke with facts.
Here's a great World Series pennant from the days of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It celebrates Brooklyn's win in the 1952 World Series and lists a number of the players and the classic "The Bums" mascot. Click for a larger version. There's only one problem, though -- the Dodgers didn't win the '52 Series. They actually lost in seven games to the New York Yankees, so someone jumped the gun on this pennant a little bit. --- Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Pennant Fever entries.
It doesn't seem quite possible, but when the Dallas Cowboys travel to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round this weekend, it will be just the 32nd time the two teams have met since 1960. The two squads met only sporadically during the Cowboys' first decade, but twice in the 1960s it was to decide the NFL Championship. Here are a few programs from the all-time Packers vs. Cowboys series (for contests held in Green Bay only), including one of the most famous games of all-time. As always, you can find these and other vintage NFL programs at The Press Room. October 24, 1965 (Packers 13, Cowboys 3) The Packers continued their early dominance of Dallas despite 133 rushing yards from Cowboys fullback Don Perkins. Dallas QB Craig Morton was picked off twice and was sac...
The purpose of this post is rather simple -- in it I'll provide a somewhat regular look at how the tenures of all 20 current Premier League managers stacks up, in a handy dandy graph (or infographic as the kids call it these days). This will be updated on either or a monthly basis, or in the event of a managerial change. An update log is included below the graph. As of October 19, 2015, the longest-serving manager in the Premier League is Arsène Wenger of Arsenal, who has been overseeing the club since September 30, 1996. The manager with the briefest active tenure is Sam Allardyce of Sunderland (10 days). Notes: This chart is now courtesy my other project, SportsPaper.info. Make sure to check out the rest of my sports lists today, as well as my collection of vintage English footb
In the fall of 1949, just four years after the end of World War II, the U.S. and Japan were on their way to rebuilding the bridges that had literally and figuratively been burnt since 1941. One of the first steps on that road to friendship was a goodwill tour bringing American baseball to the Land of the Rising Sun. In October, a man named Lefty O’Doul was responsible for organizing a baseball tour featuring the team he managed at the time -- the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. The tour was a huge hit and contributed at least some small part to Japan's passion for America's pastime. Just one of the many pieces of ephemera from the Seals' Japanese tour is this fantastic game program. Here are a few images from that program, including the gorgeous front and back cover
The 2014-15 NBA season is officially underway, so I'm just a little bit late with my updated rankings of all 30 franchises. So let's get started. If you want to check out my other pro sports rankings — and I know you do — you can find them on this handy page. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for each playoff round win (does not include a win in the Finals). 4 points for a division title (starting in 1970-71). 1 point for a winning season, -1 point for a losing season. 3 points for a regular-season winning percentage better than .730 (60 wins with the current schedule), -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage worse than .270 (2
With San Francisco's thrilling victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS, we now await the start of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are back to their third Fall Classic in five years, while the Kansas City Royals are in it for only the third time ever -- and the first time since 1985. And so as I did for the four teams in the league championship series, I now present a gallery of selected vintage Giants and Royals World Series program covers, up through 1989. These are, as always, courtesy of the Press Room. Kansas City Royals San Francisco (New York) Giants