Monthly Archives: August 2013

Skateboarding and the 1964 Chargers vs. Bills Thanksgiving Day Game


Here is an interesting clip from the 1964 Thanksgiving Day game between the Chargers and Bills.  First of all, the clip is in color, which is always a treat when dealing with video from that era.  Second, however, are the skateboarders that are shown riding around an area in Balboa Stadium.  Two of these young men are actually sons of then-Charges owner, Barron Hilton.  I found a bit about this skating team on a website dedicated to the history of skateboarding (http://skateculturehistory.tripod.com/Scateculture.html)

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Chris Burford’s Big Day

On Friday, October 12, 1962, in a game between the Dallas Texans and Boston Patriots, receiver Chris Burford hauled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.  For his efforts, Burford was awarded a game ball.  When I met with Burford recently, he showed me the ball, which displays neatly in his home office.  Below is the game summary from that game (via www.pro-football-reference.com), which the Texans won by a score of 27-7.

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What Did You Ask Lance Alworth?

Lance Alworth - 1-1-1962

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Back on August 19, I posted a story called What Would You Ask Lance Alworth? which was basically an opportunity for readers to post questions that I would then take and ask of the famed Chargers receiver.  Well, I met with Lance this week, and asked him a great many of your questions.  The results are in the interview above.  I’ll admit, I learned a few new things about Lance in this session myself.

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A Different Take on Joe Namath’s Knee, etc.

Millions and millions of words have been spoken, typed and written about New York Jets quarterback, Joe Namath.  So many words, in fact, that most new articles that are written just hash over the exact same subjects that we have all read countless times before – Joe Namath’s knee…  Joe Namath’s contract…  Joe Namath’s audacity…  Joe Namath’s women…  And so on, and so forth.

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Lance Alworth as you have likely not seen him before

I was scanning YouTube recently, looking for new videos to post, when I came this homemade piece featuring Lance Alworth in his sophomore season as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks.  For many of us, the images of a lightning bolt-clad Alworth, streaking down the field under a John Hadl pass, has become so ingrained that it is easy to forget the Alworth was a running back in college.  This series of clips shows Alworth taking pitches from the quarterback, running after handoffs, throwing a couple of passes and even returning a kick or two.  The guy was really a versatile athlete, and likely could have filled in for Paul Lowe in the Chargers backfield, had Sid Gillman ever been so inclined.  And to think that he was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees.  Can you imagine Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Lance Alworth in the same outfield at Yankee Stadium in the 1960s?

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