When I visited Scott Little’s house last month, I got to spend a little bit of time perusing his bookshelf. One volume in particular caught my eye: The Pro Football Experience, a massive tome published in 1973. “Man, this is great!” I said, flipping through Scott’s copy (which he acquired, of course, at a thrift store, I believe for $6). To which he replied, “Dude, you don’t have that already? Are you kidding me?” I felt appropriately chastened.
But now I’ve got my own copy, and it’s a beaut (only cost me $8, too). The book is filled with lots of gorgeous design flourishes and details, and there’s a ton of spectacular photography, some of it in the form of gatefold fold-outs (Caitlin added for scale; Caitlin-free fold-out example here).
A few notes:
• Never seen anyone tailgating with so many eggs before. The photo was taken at Minnesota’s old Metropolitan Stadium.
• This band played at Candlestick during 49ers games. Anyone know what the name refers to?
• I didn’t know they had inflatable helmet bladders as far back as the early 1970s.
• Remember when they had goal line flags, instead of pylons?
• How great would it be to have one of these equipment bags?
Want your own copy? There are several available here. Oddly, there’s also a “concise” paperback edition, which is smaller, shorter, and doesn’t have as many high-end production details (no fold-outs, e.g.). On the other hand, it’s much easier to fit on a bookshelf. If you want that one, it’s available here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Dig it: veep trading cards (with thanks to Chris Ashworth). … If you choose to believe the next-to-last graf of this article, LSU helped pioneer the tearaway jersey way back in 1907. Key passage: “Before each game, [LSU coach Edgar] Wingard would soak [RB Doc] Fenton’s woolen shirt in a mild acid solution to weaken the fabric. The Cubans often were left clutching at air, as had opposing American players” (with thanks to Brandon Vogel). … This illustration from yesterday’s Ticker prompted the following from Andrew Ranck: “That cover seems to have been done by John Churchill Chase. He was a native New Orleanean who did various cartooning work his entire life. He taught classes on New Orleans History at Tulane and drew a lot of covers for Tulane football programs. He also wrote a great book about the history of various New Orleans street names (a lot more interesting then it sounds, I promise). There’s a gallery with a couple of his football programs here.” Wow, great stuff — I particularly like this and this. … Most pathetic “TM” symbol ever? Could be. Further details here (with thanks to James Huening). … Andrew Sherriff reports that Fordham has changed its logo from this to this. … Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before: Colorado wearing gold. “They wore this ‘retro’ design for their game against Baylor in ’98,” says Dylan Wilbanks. “It was supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Folsom Field. Unfortunately, they were absolutely hideous — gold top, black pants and helmet, but 1998 numbering.” … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Great college all-star jersey available for bid here. … Big article in Pravda yesterday about outfield grass mowing patterns. … If you liked my recent post about helmet carts, then you’ll definitely enjoy this shot halftime at Super Bowl VII (big thanks to Nicholas Wollen). … Good spot by Matt O’Brien, who noticed the “Final Season” tagging on Maz’s jersey from Sunday’s stadium-closing ceremonies at Shea. … Alarming report from Joe Hilseberg, who notes that the Ravens’ chest wordmark, which in the past has always been black, was purple on Monday night. … The Rangers won
some lame-ass trophy nobody cares about the Victoria Cup yesterday by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk, 4-3. “Has there ever been a more fear-evoking team name in the history of sports than a bunch of Russians named Metallurg Magnitogorsk?” asks Robert Tusso. “I bet I can guess how many hours of focus groups went into that one. Makes the current American process for team ‘branding’ seem kinda weak, no? Ooohh, the ‘Thunder,’ scary.” I don’t have the heart to inform Robert that Metallurg Magnitogorsk is actually Georgian for “Spinal Tap,” so don’t tell him, OK? … At first glance, this looks like one of those Wisconsin cheesehead thingies, but it’s actually a Denver Broncos helmet-cam, circa 1965. “It was made by the defense contractor General Dynamics,” says Bob Jones, who scanned the photo from an old Broncos program. “The side of the helmet has the General Dynamics 1960s ‘GD’ logo with color bars vertically placed between the G and D. ‘General Dynamics Astronautics’ is printed below the logo.” … When you’re faced with an economic meltdown, global warming, and a looming energy crisis, there’s really only one thing to do: turn on all the lights. That’s the Cira Center in Philly, as photographed by Eric Trager. … Rugby note so most of you can skip to the next item from Caleb Borchers, who writes: “Rugby is one of those sports where teams wear their typical strip unless it clashes with the home team’s look. But Adidas has decided that that’s not lucrative enough, so next year New Zealand’s five Super 14 teams will adopt a home/road jersey program, for no other reason then to sell jerseys.” … “Where were these when I was 10 years old?” asks Rick Subrizio. “I would have spent my whole allowance on them.” Lots of similar products scattered amongst the same seller’s other items.