Tag: Larry Csonka

Say Hello to the World Football League

Say Hello to the World Football League

Ephemera, Sports
I know you've missed my regular blog updates over the last month, but my absence is not without purpose. You see, I've been hard at work filling out my latest site project, The Press Room. And I have an exciting update to share, at least for football nerds. I now have as part of the Press Room a host or programs and media guides for the short-lived World Football League (WFL). The WFL lasted just short of two full seasons, starting play in 1974 and pulling the plug in October 1975. The history of the WFL is an interesting one, but that's for other sites - like Fun While It Lasted - to handle. What I'm really interested in are the really cool programs the league produced. And while they had their share of duds, there were some real winners too. Here are just a few (click on a program ...
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC East

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC East

Football Friday, Sports
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 East -- the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. Buffalo Bills (1) #12 -- Jim Kelly Believe it or not, #12 is the only jersey number officially retired by the Bills. There are three other numbers that aren't issued anymore -- #32, #34, and #78 -- but they have not been retired. It's unlikely that OJ Simpson's number ever will be at this point. Miami Dolphins (3) #12 -- Bob Griese #13 -- Dan Marino #39 -- Larry Csonka New England Patriots (7)
Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

Football Friday, Sports
The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs entered the 1971 NFL playoffs evenly matched. They both finished the regular season with identical 10-3-1 records and both scored more than 300 points on offense. By virtue of the rotation system then in place in the league, the Chiefs hosted an AFC divisional playoff game on Christmas Day '71. It was to be the last game at the old Municipal Stadium, and it ended up as the longest game in NFL history. Miami spent most of the game playing catchup to Kansas City. The Chiefs took an early 10-0 lead before the Dolphins finally answered back with a Larry Csonka TD run in the 2nd quarter. Kansas City scored two more TDs but each time Miami responded with one of their own. Miami tied the score at 24-24 with just 1:25 left in regulation when Marv Fl...
Cork it, 1972 Dolphins

Cork it, 1972 Dolphins

Sports
This post originally ran in November 2005, when the Indianapolis Colts looked poised to unseat the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only undefeated team in the modern NFL era. They ultimately failed, and so this year the 9-0 Green Bay Packers are next in line for a shot at sports immortality. And wouldn't you know it, the '72 Dolphins just can't shut the hell up. Same crap, different year. I'd like to take a moment to delve into the world of sports. Last night, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to go to 11-0 this season. And just like all the other times a team has gone undefeated this deep into the season, we have to watch the graying, braying remnants of the 1972 Dolphins (who finished 17-0) celebrate whenever the last undefeated team loses. And I, for one, have...
The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

Listcruft, Sports
NFL history is replete with games that have become so famous (or infamous) and so ingrained into the public consciousness that all you have to do is utter a word or a phrase to a fan and there's an instant recall.  As much as any of the legends that have actually suited up for the NFL, these games are an essential part of this history and fabric of professional football in America.  Let's take a look at just five of the most well-known. The Ice Bowl – Cowboys vs. Packers, December 31, 1967 When you hear someone like Chris Berman talk about "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field," you can credit this game as the inspiration.  On the last day of the 1967 season, the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys met in a rematch of the previous year's NFL Championship.  The official game-time temperatu