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2012-11-12 09:06:13 PM  
There's 12 pics and the last one is from over a decade ago.
 
2012-11-12 09:15:40 PM  
Am I the only one who read all those captions in John Facenda's voice?
 
2012-11-12 09:26:42 PM  
Slideshows are awesome.
 
2012-11-12 09:47:43 PM  
If I wasn't on my phone I'd make a better list.

/that wasn't a slideshow
 
2012-11-12 10:23:09 PM  
I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.
 
2012-11-12 11:01:40 PM  

marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.


We got it right in 1776.
 
2012-11-12 11:06:14 PM  
Notice the field from the 5th picture (the 1932 Championship).

First, the playing field is not rectangular. Second, it's too short. Third, the goalposts are not located where they normally would be in that era of the sport. It's harder to tell, but the field is also too narrow.

There was other craziness involved that I cannot remember.
 
2012-11-12 11:08:55 PM  

marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer.


With all due respect, it's fark.com not fark.co.uk. I don't come to your country and correct your use of chips, spanner, mobile, tell you that you use way too many U's and erroneously replace Z's with S's, or that you pronounce words incorrectly.

/I know, it's English... 
//all in fun, London is actually my favourite large city
 
2012-11-12 11:10:50 PM  

slykens1: /I know, it's English...
//all in fun, London is actually my favourite large city



I hear London has some incredible food.

/made by foreigners
 
2012-11-12 11:18:27 PM  

puffy999: Notice the field from the 5th picture (the 1932 Championship).

First, the playing field is not rectangular. Second, it's too short. Third, the goalposts are not located where they normally would be in that era of the sport. It's harder to tell, but the field is also too narrow.

There was other craziness involved that I cannot remember.


It was being played in a hockey rink.
 
2012-11-12 11:25:46 PM  

MFAWG: puffy999: Notice the field from the 5th picture (the 1932 Championship).

First, the playing field is not rectangular. Second, it's too short. Third, the goalposts are not located where they normally would be in that era of the sport. It's harder to tell, but the field is also too narrow.

There was other craziness involved that I cannot remember.

It was being played in a hockey rink.


The first Arena Football game.
 
2012-11-12 11:33:08 PM  

MFAWG: It was being played in a hockey rink.


On what can be compared to a Motocross track.
 
2012-11-12 11:52:12 PM  
that was probably the worst slide show in the history of slide shows. you should feel ashamed of yourself subby.
 
2012-11-12 11:56:31 PM  
Sadly, the Pack, Bears (eventually), Cards, etc were the originators, and purists.

And then...the rest came in,

It's gone downhill since then.
 
2012-11-13 12:07:25 AM  
Ah..when men were men and they went both ways...wait ..wut...
 
2012-11-13 12:27:27 AM  
cincinnati.com

I really don't think they would play the game today if the weather was the same as that day. 

God it was such a good game though.
 
2012-11-13 12:38:18 AM  
Here are some more all-time pictures:

1.bp.blogspot.com

3.bp.blogspot.com

i596.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 12:51:59 AM  

marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.


That's just weak dude. Do you biatch and moan at Canadian football and Aussie rules football? Please google football. You will realize that association (why the British created the term SOCcer) football is just one form of football. American football is indeed a variation of rugby, but to call it a game for pussies is asinine. The armor seems to make the game more dangerous and American football is more about collisions while rugby is mostly tackling. Honestly, I'm not going to disparage rugby or soccer, so why make fun of sports Americans happen to enjoy?
 
2012-11-13 12:57:15 AM  
TIght End Wide Receiver (nsfw language) 
/nttatwwt
 
2012-11-13 01:23:04 AM  
Playing the 1932 game indoors on the crazy field was the right decision though, because it was all about the gate. The Bears were always in pretty shaky financial shape year to year in those days, who knows if they'd have survived with a turnout of 200 at Wrigley instead of the 10,000+ plus they got indoors.

What never gets mentioned in that story is that the Bears had actually experimented with playing indoors prior to this, in a preseason game against the Cardinals in some long gone structure near the stock yards.
 
2012-11-13 02:16:02 AM  
www.hoffco-inc.com

/hot
 
2012-11-13 02:28:19 AM  

TheJoe03: marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.

That's just weak dude. Do you biatch and moan at Canadian football and Aussie rules football? Please google football. You will realize that association (why the British created the term SOCcer) football is just one form of football. American football is indeed a variation of rugby, but to call it a game for pussies is asinine. The armor seems to make the game more dangerous and American football is more about collisions while rugby is mostly tackling. Honestly, I'm not going to disparage rugby or soccer, so why make fun of sports Americans happen to enjoy?


You don't understand English humour, do you? Plus, I bet you spell 'humour' wrong too.
 
2012-11-13 02:39:44 AM  

marcpen: You don't understand English humour, do you?


Ah, the fine art of English troulling.
 
2012-11-13 03:45:54 AM  
rubgy is a girls game. funny how u never here about any rubgy guys in the UFC becus rubgy is a crap combat style. WHO CARE'S ABOUT FORM TACKLING? THAT DOENS'T HELP U THROW A PUNCH. GODD IM SO MAD MY MOM WONT TAKE ME TOO GET BLACK OPS II RITE NOW ID FITE ONE OF U RUBGY PLAYER'S IF I SAW UUUU
 
2012-11-13 04:04:00 AM  
Chicago and Green Bay. The rest are pretenders
 
2012-11-13 04:07:12 AM  
I would love to congratulate the NFL on having a site that is completely useless on Chrome and slow in everything else.

Flash sites suck.
 
2012-11-13 04:08:35 AM  

zerkalo: Chicago and Green Bay Cardinals. The rest are pretenders


FTFY, Mr. Expansion-loving pretender.

/the 2 original NFL teams
 
2012-11-13 04:31:29 AM  
Any NFL slideshow without Leon Lett is a failure, in my book.
 
2012-11-13 05:06:30 AM  
"Ye Jacob" calibrating

Pittsburgh Athletic Club 16.67 (1 Fumble Lost)
Alleghany Athletic Association 0.00

sadly, I'm no robsul82, so I cannot do the write up justice, nor can my lazy googling discover more about the game than Heffelfinger ran a fumble recovery into the end zone for the only touchdown, for a final score of 4 - 0 in Alleghany's favor.
 
2012-11-13 05:45:36 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Any NFL slideshow without Leon Lett is a failure, in my book.


Here ya go:

www.information-facts.com
 
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2012-11-13 07:14:31 AM  
they forgot:

scm-l3.technorati.com
 
2012-11-13 07:15:15 AM  

marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.


Suck it
 
2012-11-13 07:57:53 AM  
Neat if it was true, but the Canadian Rugby Football Union, founded in 1882, pre-dates professional football in the U.S. by ten years. The 100th edition of the Grey Cup is less than two weeks away, so I'll just leave you all with a hearty Aaaaaaarrrrrggggggooooooooooooos!
 
2012-11-13 08:02:40 AM  

irishman4: marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.

Suck it


I note with interest that you have an homage to CM Punk in your profile.

I have a good laugh at the WWE every now and then, but you can hardly call it "sport".

Seriously, people who think that the WWE really has an "Inter-Continental Champion" or that the NFL and MLB winners have earned the title of "World Champion"

media.tumblr.com

know nothing whatsoever about international sport.

Thinking that winning a contest that ignores 95% of the world's population and calling yourselves "World Champions" as a result is beyond a joke.

Nobody outside North America gives the remotest flying shiat about your quaint little games.

Now, I'm not going to disrespect great American sporting heroes like Roy Hobbs, Daniel LaRusso, Rocky Balboa, and Hulk Hogan. But I do find it amusing when you compare them to real, actual sportspeople.
 
2012-11-13 08:14:59 AM  
Nothing about Walter Payton? Mega-fail.
 
2012-11-13 08:18:56 AM  
Picture of "Pudge" Heffelfinger? Check.
Ralph Hay's Hupmobile Showroom - Needs a comparison picture, because it's either a parking deck or the U.S. General Services Administration building on the site now.
1932 Championship Game - They fail to mention the reason they were able to use the hockey rink was the fact that it had been used for a tractor exhibition the previous day.

Here's another photo from the game:
www.profootballhof.com

Skipping from 1940 to 1958: That's leaving out a couple of important moments.

The wartime demand for manpower forced the NFL to temporarily combine two teams - the Steelers would be combined with the Eagles in 1943 and the Cardinals in 1944. The 1943 squad gets remembered better for two reasons. A record of 5-4-1 is less forgettable than 0-10, and "Steagles" stands out (The Chicago-Pittsburgh squad was referred to by writers as the "Carpets").

farm4.staticflickr.com

They also skip the 1950 "merger" of three AAFC teams, including the Cleveland Browns. When the Browns joined the league, commissioner Bert Bell made sure to schedule their opener in Philadelphia against the reigning NFL Champions and franchise he once owned.

www.lonkeller.com

Final Score: Cleveland 35, Philadelphia 10.

And no pictures of the 1950s L.A. Rams? The first modern pass-first team that made pro football on the West Coast?

sportsmisstress.com

Not to mention a distinct lack of representatives of a great era in sports photography: The obviously staged action photo. NFL Films did a 30-minute documentary on the guy who developed this style many years ago. Since action shots were hard to take during a game, he would take photos of them leaping at nothing on the practice field in elaborately staged photos:
ww1.hdnux.comsportspressnw.com

Oh, and then they skip directly to 1969. What. The. Fark?

No Chuck Bednarik? FAIL
graphics8.nytimes.com

No Y.A. Tittle? DOUBLE FAIL
www.manlyweb.com

No Ice Bowl? MULTI-FAIL
www.loti.com

No Broncos' striped socks? FAILING SPREE
farm3.static.flickr.com

And they keep skipping big events. No Sea of Hands. No picture of The Drive. No Wide Right, no Red Right 88, no Garo Yepremian trying to turn a blocked kick into the worst pass ever, no Barry Sanders leaving Ron Cox grasping at air, no Jackie "Sickest Man in America" Smith staring at a ball that inexplicably left his hands and bounced off the Orange Bowl turf.

No Lynn Swann ballet catch.

No Helicopter Dive.

No. Immaculate. Reception.

This was supposed to be "epic moments in football history" - I guess they forgot their history.
 
2012-11-13 08:36:42 AM  
No Turkey Jones German-Suplexing Terry Bradshaw on his melon? 

www.mcmillenandwife.com
 
2012-11-13 08:39:28 AM  
Not a Steelers fan but the Immaculate Reception should be on that list.
 
2012-11-13 08:50:49 AM  
I try to brush up on the history every so often due to my college having "invented" the huddle (they get partial credit), our one college national championship over PSU, and one of grads inventing the helmet.

Anyways, I love the modern game way too much so here is a list of my favorite moments from the short span that I've been watching (I'll try to be team neutral):

Antonio Freeman MNF Tie Breaker Catch
4th and 26 (Philly fans I know cling to this as their favorite moment)
Music City Miracle
Desean Jackson's PR for TD
BEAST MODE Vs Saints
Saints Vs Philadelphia Playoff 2007 (That game remains to me the Saints post-Katrina celebration and it was incredible to watch)
David Tyree Catch (I consider it the greatest SB play ever)

I'm young and only started really loving the league within the last 7 years. Feel free to add your own. My list is of a very short window and is NFC biased simply because thats the majority of football that I watch. A lot of Philly despite me being a Pack fan.
 
2012-11-13 08:56:06 AM  
halestormsports.com

 

cdn.gunaxin.com

 

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-13 09:14:37 AM  

Trapper439: irishman4: marcpen: I get caught out every time by you Americans mangling the English language. Get it right: 'Football' is what you people call Soccer. The game you call Football is Rugby for pussies wearing body armour. British football is a gentleman's game played by thugs; rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen.

Suck it

I note with interest that you have an homage to CM Punk in your profile.

I have a good laugh at the WWE every now and then, but you can hardly call it "sport".

Seriously, people who think that the WWE really has an "Inter-Continental Champion" or that the NFL and MLB winners have earned the title of "World Champion"

[media.tumblr.com image 400x317]

know nothing whatsoever about international sport.

Thinking that winning a contest that ignores 95% of the world's population and calling yourselves "World Champions" as a result is beyond a joke.

Nobody outside North America gives the remotest flying shiat about your quaint little games.

Now, I'm not going to disrespect great American sporting heroes like Roy Hobbs, Daniel LaRusso, Rocky Balboa, and Hulk Hogan. But I do find it amusing when you compare them to real, actual sportspeople.


Who called WWE a sport? You're putting words in my mouth. Good call with the Patriots ring though. They should be the model franchise for every sports team. Soccer is only successful in the rest of the world because it's easy for third world countries to support and play. It's the most primitive and basic sport imaginable. I can't fault the rest of the world for not being able to wrap it's head around football and everything that it takes to be successful because it's complicated. Who would want a sport with one champion at the end? And NFL champions are world Champions. Until the rest of the world catches up and figures out how to play this game and compete, the Super Bowl Champion is the World Champion. London has what, 14 professional soccer teams? Who cares. And there is a league for "champions"? So who is the actual champion in the end? What a joke.
 
2012-11-13 09:14:41 AM  

thecpt: I try to brush up on the history every so often due to my college having "invented" the huddle (they get partial credit), our one college national championship over PSU, and one of grads inventing the helmet.

Anyways, I love the modern game way too much so here is a list of my favorite moments from the short span that I've been watching (I'll try to be team neutral):

Antonio Freeman MNF Tie Breaker Catch
4th and 26 (Philly fans I know cling to this as their favorite moment)
Music City Miracle
Desean Jackson's PR for TD
BEAST MODE Vs Saints
Saints Vs Philadelphia Playoff 2007 (That game remains to me the Saints post-Katrina celebration and it was incredible to watch)
David Tyree Catch (I consider it the greatest SB play ever)

I'm young and only started really loving the league within the last 7 years. Feel free to add your own. My list is of a very short window and is NFC biased simply because thats the majority of football that I watch. A lot of Philly despite me being a Pack fan.


Oooh, we forgot another one:

a.espncdn.com
 
2012-11-13 09:20:36 AM  

bionicjoe: zerkalo: Chicago and Green Bay Cardinals. The rest are pretenders

FTFY, Mr. Expansion-loving pretender.

/the 2 original NFL teams


ACTUALLY, all we really know for certain is the first three were the Cardinals, the Packers, and the Bears.

There's more than a little dispute on which went in which order. The Cards were first, IIRC in 1898. Then, the Pack and Bears were two and three but paperwork and filing snafus caused delays in BOTH clubs being 'officially' established. There were multiple back and forths for both of them, and also IIRC they were made 'official' within a couple weeks of each other.

Last I heard, both sides had strong feelings on the subject, that they were delayed so the other could be first, etc. Sadly, not much actual documentation exists from this time, so its kinda hard to put together as old people keep dying.
 
2012-11-13 09:35:06 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Oooh, we forgot another one:


to satisfy curiosity, what play is that?

Also I would like to add Tebow's one completion to my list for teh lols
 
2012-11-13 09:38:40 AM  

thecpt: A lot of Philly despite me being a Pack fan.


In fairness the DeSean Jackson return got the Packers into the playoffs and allowed them to win the Super Bowl that year, so it should belong on Packers' fans lists.
 
2012-11-13 09:44:48 AM  

xaks: bionicjoe: zerkalo: Chicago and Green Bay Cardinals. The rest are pretenders

FTFY, Mr. Expansion-loving pretender.

/the 2 original NFL teams

ACTUALLY, all we really know for certain is the first three were the Cardinals, the Packers, and the Bears.

There's more than a little dispute on which went in which order. The Cards were first, IIRC in 1898. Then, the Pack and Bears were two and three but paperwork and filing snafus caused delays in BOTH clubs being 'officially' established. There were multiple back and forths for both of them, and also IIRC they were made 'official' within a couple weeks of each other.

Last I heard, both sides had strong feelings on the subject, that they were delayed so the other could be first, etc. Sadly, not much actual documentation exists from this time, so its kinda hard to put together as old people keep dying.


The Packers are not a charter member of the AFPA/NFL. They were not associated with the league in 1920, and did not apply for franchise application until 1921.

This is from a piece written by Bob Carroll for the Pro Football Researchers Association:

The ten teams represented at the September 17 meeting are
considered charter members of the American Professional Football
Association, and, by extension, of the National Football league.
Massillon is usually counted on a technicality -- they were there,
they just didn't play. Actually, unless the conference formed in
August is assumed to be a different league altogether, the charter
members were the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Tigers,
and Dayton Triangles. By stretching a point, the teams represented
by letter -- probably the Rochester Jeffersons, Buffalo AllAmericans, and Hammond Pros -- can qualify. The Decatur
Staleys, Chicago Racine Cardinals, Muncie Flyers, and Rock
Island Independents only became members on September 17, but
the point is not worth arguing.
Three other teams -- the Detroit Heralds, Columbus Panhandles,
and Chicago Tigers -- have traditionally been included as charter,
meaning "first year," members. On October 2, Ralph Hay
announced that he'd received a letter from the Heralds expressing
their intention of joining the APFA, but no follow-up ever made the
papers. Evidence that the Panhandles and Tigers joined during the
season, as most historians assume, seems to be based on the fact
that they played several games each against APFA members
during the year.
 
2012-11-13 09:50:11 AM  

thecpt: UNC_Samurai: Oooh, we forgot another one:

to satisfy curiosity, what play is that?

Also I would like to add Tebow's one completion to my list for teh lols


The 23 October 2000 Jets-Dolphins game, known as the "Monday Night Miracle". Both teams were 5-1 and contesting for the AFC East lead. Miami was up 30-7 at the start of the 4th quarter. The Jets scored 30 points in the last 15 minutes, with tackle Jumbo Elliot catching the tying TD as an eligible receiver, with only :42 left. The Jets eventually won in overtime.
 
2012-11-13 09:51:35 AM  
Here's my most epic moment in watching Bears religiously since ~98:

Keith Traylor Trucks for 67 Yards

The commentary makes it much better. "The earth is shaking!!"
 
2012-11-13 10:28:27 AM  

UNC_Samurai: xaks: bionicjoe: zerkalo: Chicago and Green Bay Cardinals. The rest are pretenders

FTFY, Mr. Expansion-loving pretender.

/the 2 original NFL teams

ACTUALLY, all we really know for certain is the first three were the Cardinals, the Packers, and the Bears.

There's more than a little dispute on which went in which order. The Cards were first, IIRC in 1898. Then, the Pack and Bears were two and three but paperwork and filing snafus caused delays in BOTH clubs being 'officially' established. There were multiple back and forths for both of them, and also IIRC they were made 'official' within a couple weeks of each other.

Last I heard, both sides had strong feelings on the subject, that they were delayed so the other could be first, etc. Sadly, not much actual documentation exists from this time, so its kinda hard to put together as old people keep dying.

The Packers are not a charter member of the AFPA/NFL. They were not associated with the league in 1920, and did not apply for franchise application until 1921.

This is from a piece written by Bob Carroll for the Pro Football Researchers Association:

The ten teams represented at the September 17 meeting are
considered charter members of the American Professional Football
Association, and, by extension, of the National Football league.
Massillon is usually counted on a technicality -- they were there,
they just didn't play. Actually, unless the conference formed in
August is assumed to be a different league altogether, the charter
members were the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Tigers,
and Dayton Triangles. By stretching a point, the teams represented
by letter -- probably the Rochester Jeffersons, Buffalo AllAmericans, and Hammond Pros -- can qualify. The Decatur
Staleys, Chicago Racine Cardinals, Muncie Flyers, and Rock
Island Independents only became members on September 17, but
the point is not worth arguing.
Three other teams -- the Detroit Heralds, Columbus Panhandles,
and Chicago Tigers - ...


So, according to this, neither are the Bears. Only the Cards.

Hm.

Learn something new every day. Thanks for that.
 
2012-11-13 10:47:09 AM  
I would love to congratulate the NFL on having a site that is completely useless on Chrome and slow in everything else.

Flash sites suck.


Tuesday morning in IE7 it's a blank page with only NFL headers.

/Flash sites DO suck
 
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