Thursday, November 16, 2017

Week 11 TV Maps

Last week, we inadvertently skipped the posting of the NFL TV Maps. Life gets in the way of the blog sometimes, and it seems quite a bit lately. Anyway, here are the Week 11 TV Maps, and a fair amount of the country will see the Baltimore at Green Bay game at Noon (CT) on CBS.

Maps courtesy of 506 Sports

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Remembering Reggie

We were thinking about Green Bay Packers legendary DE Reggie White the other day. There’s a whole current generation that were very young at that time (or not born yet) who have no first-hand memories of seeing him play. They may also not know how huge his coming to Green Bay was in 1993, when he was the prized free agent from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers signed him to a four-year contract worth a then-staggering $17 million. During his time in Titletown, White racked up an additional 65.5 sacks to become the all-time sack leader for the franchise (since eclipsed by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Clay Matthews III). He became the team leader and led the Packers to a Super Bowl XXXI victory in January 1997 — the only championship he experienced at any level. This is a gallery of images from his time in Green Bay for older fans to reminisce and for others to get an idea of who the “Minster of Defense” was.

The photos above and below were taken by your Packerville, U.S.A. editor during Training Camp back at the “old” Lambeau Field. This is how the players would come out of the administration building for their ride or walk to practice. You could walk with them and strike up a conversation if there weren’t too many people around.

On this day, Reggie had a swarm following him back to the team headquarters.

Reggie and his head coach, a much younger Mike Holmgren

Reggie close-up, in-game.

Battling the Packers’ 1990’s nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys.

On the road, in wet-weather conditions.

Riding down to the practice field, early 1990’s.

Sharing a laugh with the other team leader, QB Brett Favre.

The “Minster of Defense” was not just a nickname.

Smiling on the bench in his first year with Green Bay — 1993.

A more serious bench shot of Reggie, at Lambeau Field.

With Favre, post-game at Lambeau.

Two-minute warning at the 1996 NFC Championship game.

Above and below, Reggie in winter.

Working with the youth, many of whom are in their thirties now.

Media Day at Super Bowl XXXI.

On the bench during Super Bowl XXXI.

Above and following, Reggie in action against the New England Patriots’ offensive line.

In the locker room at Lambeau Field with another Packers defensive legend: DE Willie Davis. The torch was passed from the Lombardi Era to a new team of champions.

Celebrating a convincing Super Bowl XXXI championship.

Praying with players from both teams after their championship victory.

Being interviewed by FOX Sports’ Terry Bradshaw on the post-game field podium.

Showing the Lombardi Trophy to fans around the Louisiana Superdome.

Walking off the field after another 1997 home victory.

Stuffing a Houston Oilers’ ballcarrier in 1998.

Sacking another Hall of Fame QB — the 49ers’ Steve Young.

Walking off the field in San Diego following a tough loss in Super Bowl XXXII.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Packers at Bears — 1950

Since the Packers have traveled to Chicago to play the Bears this Sunday, here’s an appropriate piece of football history to highlight. This is the game program from the October 15, 1950 contest at Wrigley Field.

The ad on the bottom half of this page features the automobile dealership of Chicago QB Sid Luckman, who was playing his final season in the NFL. He won four championships (1940, 1941, 1943, 1946) during his 1939-50 tenure with the team. 

Things that don’t exist anymore — tube televisions and the DuMont Television Network. DuMont was one of the world's pioneer commercial television networks, rivalling NBC and CBS for the distinction of being first overall in the United States. Having began operation in 1946, they were out of business by the end of the 1950’s.

A two-page feature on the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff of 1950.

Philip Morris, maker of fine cigarettes in an era when even doctors thought smoking was healthy, provided the football game-attendee with these helpful illustrations of the officials’ signals.

Yes, the campaign ad seen here on the lower half of the page is THAT Richard J. Daley, longtime Chicago politician best know for his iron grip on the mayorship of that city from 1955-76. His famous quote from the contentious 1968 Democratic convention in his city will live forever: “Gentlemen, let's get this thing straight, once and for all. The policeman is not here to create disorder. The policeman is here to preserve disorder.

And here is the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff for the 1950 season.

How cool would it be if Detroit still made these incredible cars?

History of the Bears-Packers rivalry as it stood in 1950.

We wonder if there was a competing “Conservative Clothing Co.” to provide fine suits for the Republican clothing purchaser?

Some great 1950’s ad styling going on here.

Just a few of the Bears’ stars that one would’ve watched that day.

The Chicago Bears complete 1950 roster.

You can get televisions cheaper than this nowadays. With much larger screens.

Team rosters in the game program’s center spread.

If you love old movies and classic radio shows from this era, then you’re familiar with a star of the magnitude of Mr. William Bendix.

The Green Bay Packers’ complete 1950 roster.

We like the little box in the lower left on this page about physicians who might’ve been attending the game that day in Wrigley Field.

Some more Bears of 1950.

The league standings up to that weekend in 1950’s NFL season.

A warm-up jacket for $6.95? Consider this:
• In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.
• In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.
• In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents.
• In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.

Great political ad graphics from that era.

Here’s the remaining NFL football schedule for 1950.

Another nice ad from an era when television was in its infancy.

Schenley whiskey, made by Schenley industries, was one of the largest liquor groups operating out of the U.S. during the 20th century, with significant interests in Bourbon, American and Canadian whisky, gin and vodka. Schenley’s New York headquarters once occupied five floors of the Empire State building, which with over 800 employees made it the largest employer in residence. In 1975 Seager Evans & Co — which controlled all of Schenley’s Scotch assets — was sold to British brewer Whitbread.

On this fall Sunday in Chicago, the Bears prevailed by a score of 28-14 in front of 51,065 fans. The Packers had won the previous meeting in Green Bay on October 1st, 31-21.