Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why Weeb Ewbank?

I’ve long been interested in the AFL All-Time Team.  From Alworth to Otto, Sestak to Bell, the names on this roster evoke memories of the greatest players in league history.  And while there will always be a bit of debate with teams like these, the head coaches position on this team has never quite sat right with me.

Weeb Ewbank was selected as head coach of this mythical AFL all-star team, and while he was undoubtedly a fine coach, I have often wondered how voters chose him for the honor. read more

AFL Potpourri – August 7, 1966

I really enjoy old game programs because of the bucketloads of information that they contain.  Some of the info is important in nature, some is trivial, but it is nearly all interesting.

This AFL Potpourri article is found in the August 6, 1966, program from a preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.  In fact, this was the first game in Dolphins history.

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Chargers to Honor 1963 Team

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The San Diego Chargers announced yesterday that they will be honoring their 1963 AFL Championship team at a home game on December 1.  This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Chargers lone championship team.  It will be the first complete team to be inducted into their Ring of Honor, which contains all of the members of the Chargers Hall of Fame.

While it obviously makes sense to honor the team for their 50th anniversary, I do wish that the organization would have done this earlier.  In the last few years alone, Wayne Frazier, George Gross, Pat Shea, Sam DeLuca, Dave Kocourek, Walt Sweeney and Sam Gruneisen have all passed away.  According to my records 16 players from this prestigious team are now gone, as are all of the coaches with the exception of Chuck Noll (who happened to be overlooked as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the announcement).  These men should have been recognized long ago for all that this team meant to the City of San Diego, and the AFL as a whole. read more

The Slides Arrived!!

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The slides arrived today, and look like they capture some great Chiefs vs. Raiders action!! Next step is getting some prints made, then sharing with Tales from the AFL.

1966 Topps Football Set Pulls Autograph Collectors Too

Being a card collector at heart, I have really enjoyed writing pieces for Sports Collectors Daily.  If you haven’t checked out their site already, give it a whirl.  There is a ton of sports memorabilia collecting information, and editor Rich Mueller, posts several new stories each day.

I wrote this piece for publication last week.  It is about the challenges inherent in collecting an autographed 1966 Topps football set.  Though only 132 cards, autograph collectors are presented some particular challenges with ’66 Topps – still, I’d say it is one of the two easiest autographed AFL sets to collect! read more