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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...
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
Football Friday: How does a quarterback make the Hall of Fame?

Football Friday: How does a quarterback make the Hall of Fame?

Football Friday, Sports
I've been listening to a lot of New York sports talk radio, and Giants fans are rightly happy with their team's playoff win over the Falcons last weekend. And I've heard at least a few callers raise the question about whether Eli Manning is on track for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's not a completely silly question, and one that deserves a closer look. First off, Manning is a Super Bowl champion. That automatically puts him in a special group of NFL signal callers. But if he never wins another title and continues to put up good passing numbers for the next five or six (or more) seasons, is that enough? It may be instructive to look at the QBs who are already enshrined in Canton to see how Manning stacks up against them. Perhaps there is some unofficial criteria that can be a...