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.
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 #
(Note: Totals are accurate through the end of the 2014 NFL regular season.) It seems like training camp just opened, and we've already put another NFL regular season in the books. But now I want to turn my attention to the unfortunates -- the teams that haven't won a National Football League title since I've even been alive. While there are some pretty good franchises on this list, it's mostly a collection of clubs that have come to represent football futility for most. Unlike the other major American sports leagues, the NFL has seen fit to establish a clear distinction between the pre- and post-Super Bowl eras. I have never bought into that line of thinking, and so I count Super Bowls, NFL championships, and AFL championships equally. If you think that's bunk, I'm not going to try t
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
One of these days, when I'm independently wealthy, I'm going to amass the largest collection of American Football League game programs around. Until then, I'll just pick them up on eBay from time to time and collect scans from the internet. Here is but a sampling of cover images from AFL game programs during the ten-year existence of the league. Much like the AFL itself, these programs reflect a great deal of character and color. To see more of these great old programs, check out the AFL program gallery on the main site. (more…)
It's been a day since the Raiders landed Carson Palmer in a trade with the Bengals, and I'm still not sure what to think (hot dog jokes aside). While I can't get on board yet with the idea that Oakland will ride Palmer to the AFC title, I also can't agree with the pundits and fans who instantly declared this a swindle on Cincy's part. In terms of the trade terms -- it will be a lot easier to tell if a first-round draft pick next year and a first or second rounder in 2013 is too steep a price to pay for a QB many think is past his prime. After all, if Palmer can lead the Raiders into the AFC championship, won't that be worth the loss of two picks that may or may not work out anyway? I have to say that what makes me most uneasy is that I remember watching post-knee injury Palmer strugg...
Hey, I'm not going to judge Carson Palmer. It's quite possible he really loves John Morrell hot dogs -- so much so that for a few bucks he's willing to display said love and in the process add yet another element of subconscious homoerotocism to professional football. But the thing is, there are certain foods that it is impossible to consume without looking, well, odd. Although I have to admit the mustard in the shape of football laces is a classy touch.