Category Archives: AFL

San Diego’s Glory Years – the 1960s

While the outright rage of the Chargers leaving town seems to have mellowed a bit, there is still a constant and strong anti-Chargers sentiment throughout San Diego.  It is a sad situation, but completely understandable considering how the team left, and has hardly even attempted to look back.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, Tom Krasovic, recently penned a great piece in which he stated the 1960s as the glory days of sport in San Diego.  PCL baseball, the Chargers, Don Coryell at San Diego State, not to mention the multiple other San Diego-based stars in the worlds of gold, tennis, sailing, etc.  It must have been something. read more

Johnny Robinson for the Pro Football Hall of Fame!!!

Hello Tales Readers,

We are doing something new and exciting.  We have posted a petition to Tales that supports Johnny Robinson for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and are going to be spreading the word far, wide and repeatedly, between now and the next voting session this coming summer.  Before the voters gather to select their next round of Veteran Nominees, the results of the petition will be shared with members of the committee, and they will be shown just how many people believe that Johnny Robinson DESERVES induction. read more

Talk of Fame Network – Otis Taylor for Hall of Fame?

Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge get it.  They are all longtime football writers, and all three have hall of fame votes.  Fortunately for us, they appreciate the history of the AFL as well.  Recently on their site, the Talk of Fame Network, Rick Gosselin posted an article titled State Your Case: Why WR Otis Taylor Deserves a Look from Canton.

The summary as stated by a HoF voter?  Otis Taylor deserves enshrinement… as do Charlie Hennigan and Lionel Taylor. read more

New Football Card Pages Added to Tales

With the season upon us, and football in the news (for better or worse), I tend to get a bit more focused on my card collection this time each year.  Even though the Chargers have left my hometown team-less and unsure about the season, I’ve still found a desire to add new cards to my collection this year.  I have been building signed collections of some of my favorite players, which gives me the opportunity to go a bit beyond the normal boundaries that are in place for annual card sets, and pick up various inserts, regional and test issues.  Additionally, I have been building a small collection of 1965 Topps cards signed by the All-Star players who participated in the New Orleans boycott.  I only wish I’d thought of that collection sooner, as so many of these men have left us in recent years – Earl Faison, Art Powell, Ernie Warlick, Cookie Gilchrist… read more

Lookie, Lookie! It’s Finally Time for Cookie!

The Buffalo Bills announced today that Cookie Gilchrist will be their newest inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame.  It is a move that is long overdue.  Bad blood between Gilchrist and former Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, is said to be what has kept Gilchrist from an honor that he so richly deserved.  With the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family after Wilson’s passing in 2014, the path was cleared for Cookie’s induction. read more