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After three years at the top of the Eastern Division, the Oilers dipped to 3rd place in 1963 after winning the AFL Championship in 1961. Despite the downturn in fortunes, the Oilers still fielded a formidable team with George Blanda, Billy Cannon, and the AFL's top receiver, Charley Hennigan. Unfortunately, 1963 was not an anomaly as the Oilers lost 9 straight games in the middle of the 1964 season. The highlight of their 4-10 season was Charley Hennigan's 101 receptions. RetroCards uses the attractive 1964 Philadelphia Gum card design to create a brand new Oilers set that includes: Don Floyd,...
All of this Strike talk recalled the 2000 film The Replacements starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. It's a fun romp that shows the humorous side of the strike. For a more realistic view, watch ESPN's 30 For 30 Year Of The Scab, which premiered on September 12th. Here is the trailer.
In the dying days of the Tom Landry era, the 1987 strike season offered some brief optimism. Some of us thought, “perhaps the Cowboy replacement players can outplay other NFL replacement players and pad their record?” Lord knows the Cowboys needed padding as the strike replacement players actually had a higher winning percentage (2-1) than the regular Cowboy players (5-7). But to be fair, even those strike victories were padded in a rare instance of players crossing the picket line to play in the replacement games. This is were the story gets interesting. Tex Schramm, never one to pass up...
1987 was a trying year for the NFL. A Players Strike interrupted the season resulting in teams fielding replacement players for three games. At best, the play of the replacement players was fun, at worst, farcical. The Cowboys, with their superior scouting, fielded one of the league’s strongest “Strike Teams” and, had the NFL replacement players played all season, the Cowboys may have won the Super Bowl! Back in reality the Cowboys posted a 5–9 record in regular “union” games, helping to bring an end to the Landry era. That year started off with two disasters before the season even...
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