Tag: AFL

The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

Blogstuff
I guess it can now be said that I have made the big time. Thanks to one of the many great connections I've made through the internet, some of my AFL programs were recently featured in an article published in the December 7 edition of the Boston Globe! Titled "How football programs have changed—and what it means" and written by online buddy Robert Newman, the article looks at how the great Boston Patriots programs of the old AFL stack up against the modern, slick New England Patriots covers. (Spoiler alert: The old ones are better.) A related article highlights a handful of old Pats vs. San Diego Chargers programs, with good commentary by Robert. It's well worth a read (and a listen) even apart from the fact that it features items from my fantastic collection of sports ephemera. M
AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

Ephemera, Sports
This Sunday is a special day for AFL fans, as we will witness the first AFC Championship game featuring two AFL squads since the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers six years ago. This time it's the Patriots once again, who will face the Denver Broncos at Mile High. The Patriots and Broncos are charter AFL teams, and so they've been squaring off regularly for more than 50 years. This is the first time, however, that the two teams will play for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Here, then, is a gallery featuring regular season game programs from Patriots/Broncos games taking place in Denver (Mile High Stadium, formerly known as Bears Stadium). All of these come from Football in Living Color, my exhibition of vintage AFL programs. Visit it today! ...
Introducing… The Press Room!

Introducing… The Press Room!

Blogstuff, Sports
This week I started rolling out my newest and most ambitious project yet, and paradoxically the one I've spent the least time promoting -- The Press Room. Basically, the Press Room is an extension of my popular and beloved gallery of American Football League covers but with one major difference. Not content to waste dozens of hours scouring the internet for vintage AFL programs, I've decided to expand to all four of the major North American pro sports leagues -- MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA. So I've begun the long, painstaking task of assembling a collection of images from those four leagues featuring game programs, media guides, yearbooks, and more. I'm hoping to be able to cover just about everything up until the early 1990s. I use that as the cutoff point for no particular reaso
Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
Based on a number of things I see in this photo of classic AFL/NFL pins, I'm guessing these were produced between 1968 and 1971. The reason I'm guessing '68 at the earliest is that we have a Cincinnati Bengals pin, and they didn't start play in the AFL until that year. Likewise, the Boston Patriots changed their name to New England Patriots in the spring of 1971, so it seems unlikely that these were produced after then. Elsewhere, we've got some sweet old logos for the 49ers, Rams, Oilers, Cardinals, and Packers.
Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Football Friday, Sports
And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present a random assortment of vintage color slides depicting NFL game action. In addition to some of these shots being quite nice, it gives me yet another excuse to look at old NFL logos and uniforms. Enjoy! Some of the dates may be off, so if you have any corrections please let me know in the comments section. Click on any image for the full-size version. Credit: Lee Balterman San Francisco 49ers RB/KR Doug Cunningham (#42) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, 1967. Joe Ferguson (#12) of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Denver Broncos, 1981. Buffalo Bills RB O.J. Simpson (#32) runs through the middle of the field against the Denver Broncos in an AFL contest, 1969. Baltimore Colts QB Marty Do...
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, ...
Gino!

Gino!

Football Friday, Sports
It's been awhile since my last Football Friday post, but with the preseason inching ever closer it's time to get back into the swing of things. So here's a cool photo I came across this week of American Football League legend Gino Cappelletti, Boston Patriots receiver/kicker. Gino was truly a double threat, and led the league in scoring for four of its ten seasons. He also took home AFL MVP honors after the 1964 season. Cappelletti is one of seven Boston/New England Patriots to have his jersey number retired by the team. Here's Gino (#20) attempting a kick, with backup QB Tom Yewcic (#14) holding. Oh yeah, let's not forget to take a second and admire those sweet, vintage Patriots uniforms.
Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Football Friday, Sports
As originally seen on UniWatch, here's a very cool photo of Joe Namath in a New York Jets uniform. It's notable for a few reasons, which I'll get into shortly. What makes this interesting is that Broadway Joe is wearing a helmet with an altered version the mostly white Jets logo that was used for the 1964 season only, but didn't play his first game for New York until 1965. By that time the team had adopted a helmet logo that was essentially the same but with the colors reversed. Here's a replica of that version: And here's the '64 version as well: So based on the Namath pic, it looks like the helmet he wore for that shoot is a prototype of some sort. Perhaps the team had already decided to move in a new direction for '65? Makes sense, considering what a landmark signin...