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1967 Chiefs Set: AFL Champs In 1966
The 1966 Kansas City Chiefs season saw their first AFL Championship as they dispensed with Jack Kemp and the Buffalo Bills, winners of the 1964 and 1965 Championships. But the season didn’t end there because 1966 was to be the first ever NFL-AFL Championship between the winner of each league. This game of course was Super Bowl I and a lot was riding on this game as the NFL did not want to be embarrassed by the junior league. Vince Lombardi was nervous about this game but he needn’t have been as his Green Bay Packers dispensed with the Chiefs...
Lee Elia And The Art Of Profanity
The name Lee Elia may conjure up images of the old Chicago Cubs of the 70s and early 80s, a hapless team that took losing to new levels. Elia only managed in the big leagues for 4 season and bounced around as coach for another xx years or so. But he is known for a profanity-laced tirade after a Wrigley field game that some would consider a work of art. In 1983 the Cubs were off to a difficult start and the fans were letting the team have it. It’s hard to believe that Wrigley Field went without lights until...
1963 Rams: Green And Growing
The 1962 season was not kind to the Los Angeles Rams. Eventual Hall of Famer Bob Waterfield, the team's head coach in 1960 and 1961, came back in 1962 and coached the Rams to a 1–7 record before being fired. Harland Svare, Waterfield's successor, could only manage a 0–5–1 record to finish a dismal season. Despite the poor record, the Rams began adding pieces that would result in the powerful team the Rams came to be during the 1966-1969 seasons. RetroCards added 18 supplemental Rams to the 1963 set: Lamar Lundy, Bill Jobko, Art Perkins, Larry Hayes, Carver Shannon, Duane...
Pete Gent: Author, Cynic, and All-Around Good Receiver
Pete Gent is rightly remembered for his hard-edge novel North Dallas Forty, a book about how pro football teams exploited their players, which is based on his experiences with the Cowboys. His colorful demeanor clashed with head coach Tom Landry's and GM Tex Schramm's old-school ways but he managed to be a productive member on the team from 1964-1968 in spite of that. Credit the Cowboys for asking Big Ten basketball coaches for players that might make it in the NFL. At the bottom of the list was Gent who Cowboy's scout Gil Brandt went to visit at Michigan State. ...
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