Tag: New England Patriots

The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

Blogstuff
I guess it can now be said that I have made the big time. Thanks to one of the many great connections I've made through the internet, some of my AFL programs were recently featured in an article published in the December 7 edition of the Boston Globe! Titled "How football programs have changed—and what it means" and written by online buddy Robert Newman, the article looks at how the great Boston Patriots programs of the old AFL stack up against the modern, slick New England Patriots covers. (Spoiler alert: The old ones are better.) A related article highlights a handful of old Pats vs. San Diego Chargers programs, with good commentary by Robert. It's well worth a read (and a listen) even apart from the fact that it features items from my fantastic collection of sports ephemera. M
AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

Ephemera, Sports
This Sunday is a special day for AFL fans, as we will witness the first AFC Championship game featuring two AFL squads since the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers six years ago. This time it's the Patriots once again, who will face the Denver Broncos at Mile High. The Patriots and Broncos are charter AFL teams, and so they've been squaring off regularly for more than 50 years. This is the first time, however, that the two teams will play for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Here, then, is a gallery featuring regular season game programs from Patriots/Broncos games taking place in Denver (Mile High Stadium, formerly known as Bears Stadium). All of these come from Football in Living Color, my exhibition of vintage AFL programs. Visit it today! ...
Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
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.
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, ...
Gino!

Gino!

Football Friday, Sports
It's been awhile since my last Football Friday post, but with the preseason inching ever closer it's time to get back into the swing of things. So here's a cool photo I came across this week of American Football League legend Gino Cappelletti, Boston Patriots receiver/kicker. Gino was truly a double threat, and led the league in scoring for four of its ten seasons. He also took home AFL MVP honors after the 1964 season. Cappelletti is one of seven Boston/New England Patriots to have his jersey number retired by the team. Here's Gino (#20) attempting a kick, with backup QB Tom Yewcic (#14) holding. Oh yeah, let's not forget to take a second and admire those sweet, vintage Patriots uniforms.
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)
The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC East)

The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC East)

Sports
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 East division. (For a look at my choices for the best and worst MLB baseball logos, start here!) Buffalo Bills Best I actually dig the Buffalo helmets and uniforms of the late '70s and early '80s, but this speaks to the traditionalist in me. Worst As you'll see in upcoming rankings, plain helmet designs like this are not too uncommon. But Buffalo's first year in th
My Sports Memories: The 2002 New York Jets Win the AFC East

My Sports Memories: The 2002 New York Jets Win the AFC East

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My Sports Memories is a look back at some of the best (and worst) days we've experienced as sports fans. For the inaugural entry in the series, let's welcome new GFS writer and lifelong New York Jets fan Brian Roll. - Chris The New York Jets franchise has always had a flair for the weird, either in victory or in defeat. One of the greatest sports moments I ever experienced in person happened at Giants Stadium on December 29, 2002. At stake was an AFC East division title for the Jets and a home playoff game the following week. This is a fairly common NFL scenario -- win and you're in. But naturally, this being the Jets, there had to be one hell of a twist. Irony of ironies, the group that helped make it possible that day was the nascent dynastic version of the hated New England Patri...
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...