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
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...
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
(Note: Totals are accurate through the end of the 2014 NFL regular season.) It seems like training camp just opened, and we've already put another NFL regular season in the books. But now I want to turn my attention to the unfortunates -- the teams that haven't won a National Football League title since I've even been alive. While there are some pretty good franchises on this list, it's mostly a collection of clubs that have come to represent football futility for most. Unlike the other major American sports leagues, the NFL has seen fit to establish a clear distinction between the pre- and post-Super Bowl eras. I have never bought into that line of thinking, and so I count Super Bowls, NFL championships, and AFL championships equally. If you think that's bunk, I'm not going to try t
I've been doing a lot of housecleaning of my American Football League game program section, and I was inspired to showcase some more of my favorites from the collection. So here's a half dozen more AFL covers that help make the case that we did lose something when they merged with the NFL. If you want to check out the first cover gallery, go here. (more…)
Sorry, not a ton of time this week to put together something too involved. So it's back to the YouTube vaults for some more vintage game highlight films. Specifically, the San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos contest from week 11 of the 1975 regular season. On November 30, 1975, winless San Diego traveled to Denver to play the Broncos on a brisk, 19-degree afternoon. Despite racking up a meager three first downs and 123 yards on offense, the Bolts managed to bring the game to overtime. Of course, it stands that the Chargers' only TD was a 42-yard punt return by rookie Mike Fuller. But all was for naught as Jim Turner booted a 25-yard field goal in the extra period.
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 West division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South Denver Broncos Best I shared my thoughts on Denver's classic D logo quite a few years ago, and my opinion remains unchanged. It's unique, it's colorful, and it went into one of the great identities in pro sports. And this is coming from someone who places the Broncos in his to
One of these days, when I'm independently wealthy, I'm going to amass the largest collection of American Football League game programs around. Until then, I'll just pick them up on eBay from time to time and collect scans from the internet. Here is but a sampling of cover images from AFL game programs during the ten-year existence of the league. Much like the AFL itself, these programs reflect a great deal of character and color. To see more of these great old programs, check out the AFL program gallery on the main site. (more…)
Look around the NFL and you'll see that the days of the vintage stadium are nearly over. Of the league's 32 teams only nine play is stadiums built before the '90s, while 14 play in buildings opened since the turn of the 21st century. Let's take a look at those nine older stadiums, shall we? #1. Lambeau Field (1957) The home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, is the oldest National Football League stadium currently in use. Until 1964 it went by its original name -- City Stadium -- but it was renamed to honor Curly Lambeau, Packers founder and long-time head coach. Lambeau underwent a renovation from 2001 to 2003, and now has a seating capacity of 73,128. The stadium is steeped in traditions both old and new. Most famously its playing surface is known as the Frozen Tundra, a...