Tag: John Riggins

Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday, Sports
One of the few things about the nearly interminable one or two-week buildup between the NFC/AFC championship games and the Super Bowl that I looked forward to was tuning into ESPN and watching hours upon hours of NFL Films' Super Bowl highlight packages. In some ways, watching those 30-minute capsules -- replete with their sweeping orchestral scores and booming narration by John Facenda -- was more rewarding than the games themselves. Through the magic of eBay and torrent sites, I've had the opportunity to watch Super Bowls from the 1970s and early '80s, that I wasn't around to see or was too young to remember. In almost all cases, watching those contests was almost a letdown after memorizing practically every line and every beat from the NFL Films version. Take, for example, ...
Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Retrotisements — Super Bowl edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
These days, most of the Super Bowl-related ads I see are for giant TVs. You know, to watch The Big Game. So I was a bit surprised to see that most companies riding the Super Bowl popularity train back in the day just decided to give stuff away. Tickets, mostly. If you dig these classic advertisements, head over to the main site and my gallery of Retrotisements. Aw, Burt Lancaster doesn't need your prizes, he just loves being part of the team! I would love to know which team the lucky winner of this contest got to become a part owner of. Of course it didn't specify the NFL, so it really could be anything. Hopefully not the Cleveland Browns. (Aqua Velva, 1970) The good news is you can win tickets to the Super Bowl and Hawaii! The bad news is you have to hang out with ...
Save your anger, NFL fans. No one cares.

Save your anger, NFL fans. No one cares.

Sports
The last thing the internet needs is another screed about the NFL lockout, but here's mine anyway. I'm not really interested in taking sides in the toxic blame game that the NFL owners (via their squirrely mouthpiece, Roger Goodell) and the NFLPA have been engaged in for weeks. What I'm more interested in is the fans who choose to take sides, and why they do so. At this point most of the resentment seems to be aimed squarely at the league's 32 owners. They're greedy, they're just trying to screw the poor, subjugated players, they're killing the golden goose, blah blah blah. I'm not defending the owners or how they've conducted themselves throughout this whole sordid affair. But neither can I get myself whipped up into a frenzy over what they're doing. Because I recognize them for wha...
Game Off! — A brief history of NFL labor strife

Game Off! — A brief history of NFL labor strife

Sports
As football fans across the country sweat out the days leading up to the March 3 expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, it's worth pointing out that work stoppages are nothing new for the league. In fact they've occurred multiple times in its long history. Here's a brief primer on the history of National Football League work stoppages. 1960s — Players weak, owners strong Although the NFL/AFL merger was fait accompli by 1968, the players in the two leagues continued to be represented by separate associations. This left the NFLPA in a position of weakness when presenting demands related to pensions and paychecks, among other items, and they voted on July 3, 1968 to strike. In response the league essentially said, "You can't
What’s Hot for Christmas?  Lowered Expectations.

What’s Hot for Christmas? Lowered Expectations.

Games & Toys
I understand the appeal of children's playsets designed to let kids do adult things -- bubble lawn mowers, Matchbox car washes, even the Fisher-Price My First Meth Lab. It's fun to act like a grownup, even if you're pretending to perform the most mundane of adult tasks. But I have to say that the McDonald's Playset just doesn't sit right with me. I remember being a kid and using a broomstick guitar while imagining I was Ace Frehley. I used to run with a Nerf football and imagine I was John Riggins romping over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. I just can't picture my kid playing "McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker" with this set and imagining they would do anything more than peak in high school. Oh sure, you could buy this for your child and boast of the fact that it "teaches math...