Tag: National Football League

Book Report — Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game

Book Report — Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game

Books
The last few years have been conflicting ones for football fans. While NFL devotees wrestle with their collective conscience regarding the impact of football on it's participants' long-term health, the sport has arguably never been more popular (or certainly more financially successful). While not ignoring the troubling revelations coming out almost daily on the medical front, the rich history of football in the United States is still worthy of celebration. It is in the spirit of this celebration that we now have the fantastic visually striking Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America's Game (Abrams Books 2013). The book was written by Library of Congress author Susan Reyburn, and it is this association that is Football Nation's greatest strength. So let's talk about that. ...
Behold These Vintage NFL Team Pennants from the Early 1950s

Behold These Vintage NFL Team Pennants from the Early 1950s

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
I stumbled across this beautiful set of six NFL team pennants recently, and had to share. The listing states that these are from the 1940s and '50s, but I suspect they all probably date from either 1950 or 1951. I say this because of the pennant for the New York Yanks, a now-defunct franchise that played as the New York Yanks, New York Bulldogs, and Dallas Texans (not the same as the AFL Texans of the '60s). The Yanks only existed under that moniker for the 1950 and '51 seasons, so no way the pennant was made before then. Likewise, the San Francisco 49ers didn't join the NFL until 1950. And while it's possible the pennants for the Rams, Steelers, Packers, and Lions pre-date 1950 I don't think they do. Click on the image for the full-size version, and enjoy some vintage mid-centur...
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, ...
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC West

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC West

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 galleries of football cards (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 West — the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers. Previous galleries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South Denver Broncos (3) #7 -- John Elway #18 -- Frank Tripucka #44 -- Floyd Little Kansas City Chiefs (10) #3 -- Jan Stenerud #16 -- Len Dawson #18 -- Emmitt Thomas #28 -- Abner Haynes #33 -- Stone Johnson On August 30, 1963, rookie RB/KR Stone Johnson suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck duri
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

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 NFC North — the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. Previous galleries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North Chicago Bears (13) #3 -- Bronko Nagurski #5 -- George McAfee #7 -- George Halas I couldn't find a card from Halas's playing days, but how could I leave off Papa Bear? #28 -- Willie Galimore Galimore was killed in an automobile accident on July 27, 1964 in Rensselaer, Indiana at the age of 29 with teammate Bo Farrington. #34 -- Walter Payton
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC North

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC North

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 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 #
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC East

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC 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 NFC East — the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins. Previous galleries: AFC East Dallas Cowboys (0) The Cowboys do not officially retire jersey numbers, opting rather to induct players into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. The Ring, which began in 1975, is made up of the players listed below (as of the end of the 2012 season, in order of induction). Sorry, no cards for the Cowboys, since they insist on being so different. #74 -- Bob Lilly #17 -- Don
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)