Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Best and Most Ignored…

I was digging around the internet, looking for an article to share about former Chargers and Bengals tackle, Ernie Wright, when I came across this Yahoo piece from three years ago.  The article discusses the greatest Chargers players (on offense), who are not yet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  I’m a big John Hadl fan, and believe that he is deserving on enshrinement in Canton.  The other thought that I have long had, which was reiterated by this piece, is that the Chargers have had some phenomenal offensive linemen throughout the years.  Ron Mix is certainly one of them, and he gets the most credit, but think about Ernie Wright, Walt Sweeney, Sam Gruneisen, Russ Washington, Doug Wilkerson, Don Macek, and Ed White.  Those are not only fantastic players, but also fantastic players who are not getting the recognition that they deserve.  Hopefully one day… read more

Gene Mingo Finally Gets His Due

Gene Mingo, a charter member of the Denver Broncos and multi-faceted talent, was finally selected for a spot in the Broncos Ring of Honor last week.  The recognition is long overdue, though no-less justified because of the delay.  The Denver Post put together a nice piece on Mingo, and his Ring of Fame classmates, Rick Upchurch and Dan Reeves.

Gene Mingo, Rick Upchurch, Dan Reeves elected to Broncos’ Ring of Fame read more

Rough Acres Ranch Photos

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Summer 1963 – The Rough Acres training camp

I have written several times about the San Diego Chargers infamous Rough Acres Ranch training camp of 1963.  Sid Gillman wanted to take his team to a remote location for training camp so that they would have nothing to focus on but football.  Rough Acres was the result.  And the result of Rough Acres was San Diego’s lone championship season.

Though much is said and written about Rough Acres, there are very few photos illustrating just how primitive it truly was.  In my 16 years of researching the 1960s Chargers, the small handful in this post are the only images I have found of the Rough Acres complex. read more

Denver’s 1966 “Bucking Bronco” Helmet

The good folks at Helmet Hut do football collectors and historians a great service with their documentation and museum-quality reproductions of helmets from years past.  In addition, they “rescue” old helmets whenever possible, ensuring that these old relics remain a part of our culture for as long as possible.

The following article gives the history behind the Broncos much-loved “Bucking Broncos” logo and helmet.  A bonus is the wonderful close-up images of an authentic piece of AFL history. read more

“They’ve Stayed Away by the Thousands…”

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We all know that the Chargers left Los Angeles after the 1960 season because they couldn’t draw enough fan support to their games.  But what does that really mean?  At the time, the Coliseum had a seating capacity of more than 100,000.  The Chargers averaged fewer than 16,000 fans to each of their home games.  Take a look at the accompanying photos to get an idea of the seating bowl during a 1960 Chargers game. read more