Category Archives: American Football League

AFL News & Notes – Check it out!

Just a few details on items of interest to AFL fans…

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#202 – Johnny Robinson

The Johnny Robinson hall of fame campaign is off to a good start, but has a long way to go before we turn over the numbers to the Hall of Fame Senior Committee in August. We have close to 500 signatures on the petition at the moment, and media members in Kansas City have started to take notice and promise articles in the near future. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now. Johnny Robinson is an incredibly-deserving candidate, and I am hopeful that if he gets in, there will be more discussion about other AFL’ers who have thus far been overlooked. read more

Los Angeles Chargers Season Ticket Brochure

As the Chargers have returned to Los Angeles and are doing what they can to drum up a following among Angelinos, I thought it would be interesting to post the notes of a season ticket brochure that the team distributed during their inaugural season of 1960.  Just $4 for a single game ticket, and $40 for a season pass in their first season, and yet the team averaged just 15,000 fans per game in 1960.  That is 15,000 fans, not necessarily 15,000 paid fans. read more

A New AFL Season is Nearly Upon Us

It has not been an easy off-season for fans of the American Football League.  With the equivalent of a sneaking out in the night and leaving a note on the pillow, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego.  Shortly thereafter, the Raiders announced that they will be moving to Las Vegas for the 2019 season.  Some of our favorites left us for the great sideline in the sky, most recently 10-year AFL player and Super Bowl III winner, Larry Grantham. read more

Swapping Stories with Charlie Charger, an American Football League Mascot

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George Gross, Scott Appleton, Ron Billingsley, Houston Ridge and Steve DeLong clown around with Paul Fisher (Charlie Charger).

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1968 Chargers ticket with Charlie Charger character.

It has been a week since the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles.  San Diego has been very anti-Chargers since, and understandably so.  But while I can easily write off the current ownership, I cannot cast away the organization in its entirety.  Nor would I want to.  The (first) Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers were the flagship organization in the early years of the American Football League, and while they won fewer games later in the decade, they were no less entertaining.  Hadl to Alworth, Hubbard and Post, hard-hitting Kenny Graham, and the acrobatics of Paul Fisher. read more

Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed!

Last month AFL author, Dave Steidel, sent me a couple of new stories that he had written for Tales.  Here is the first, a look back at Abner Haynes’s flub (or not flub?) in the 1962 AFL Championship Game. ~Todd Tobias

Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed! by Dave Steidel

Left or right, vanilla or chocolate, drive or walk, small or large?  Decisions, decisions, decisions!  Something that we are faced with on a daily basis.  But as we all know, they are not always black or white.  Instead of left or right, sometimes we can go straight.  Vanilla or chocolate?  Ever hear of a ‘black cow’?  Drive or walk, how about peddling!  Small or large?  What about medium?  Forced choices are part of narrow band of decisions that gives us only limited options and at times we have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and choose either one or the other base on the information we have available to us at the time.  And you will see in this article, in pro-football, at least in AFL in 1962, the choices when winning a coin toss ARE NOT simply to kick or receive! read more