Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dueling Backfields – 1960s Chargers vs. 1960s Packers

Autographed 1963 Fleer Keith Lincoln

#70 – Keith Lincoln

Much has been said about the great offensive backfield that the Green Bay Packers employed during the 1960s.  Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung were all stars, NFL champions, and both are enshrined for all eternity in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Heady accomplishments for sure.  However, there were other successful backfield duos in professional football in that era, none of which received equal billing as Lombardi’s boys. read more

A Hall of Fame Comparison – COOKIE GILCHRIST

There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction.  In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. read more

An Interview with Buzz Ponce – Author of Finding Frank; Full Circle in a Life Cut Short

finding frankIn recent weeks we have been treated to excerpts from an upcoming book on former San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Author Buzz Ponce has been working diligently this past year to put Buncom’s story together.  This week the eBook version of Finding Frank; Full circle in a Life Cut Short, went online, and became available for purchase (just click the link in the title to be taken directly to the sales page).  read more

An Interview with the Chargers’ Chuck Allen

A weekend honoring Sid Gillman was held in San Diego in August, 2000.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I managed to attend two of the events, one being an evening dinner, and the other a golf tournament.  It was the first time that I was able to meet in person many of the 1960s Chargers greats, including Jack Kemp, Ernie Ladd, Dave Kocourek and many more.

I attended the golf tournament, held in Poway, on a flawless Southern California day, armed with my digital recorder and interview questions.  I was trying to make connections with as many former players as possible, to set up interviews for my book, Charging Through the AFL.  One of the many men that I spoke with that afternoon was former Chargers linebacker, Chuck Allen.  Allen came to the Chargers in 1961, and though often overshadowed by the massive presence of the “Fearsome Foursome” (Ernie Ladd, Earl Faison, Ron Nery and Bill Hudson), was a solid performer at linebacker thorough the 1969 season.  A two-time AFL all-star, Allen was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1984. read more

Finding Frank – A Fantastic Book About the Chargers’ Frank Buncom – Coming Soon!!!

In weeks past we have previewed select chapters from a new book being written by Buzz Ponce, about former Chargers linebacker, Frank Buncom.  Buzz recently sent me a scan of the front cover of the book, along with a note saying that the book will be available as an eBook download, very probably by the end of this month.  The print version will be available on Amazon soon after!  I was able to read an advance copy, and this is definitely one for the football library.  Not a hardcore football book, but rather a look at an exceptional individual, who also happened to be an outstanding football player.  But don’t worry, there was enough good AFL history in there to keep me going, as well! read more