EXCLUSIVE: An Interview With the Color Rush Leaker

Back in April, a photo that was purported to show the colors for this year’s NFL Thursday-night mono-color games began circulating. In case you don’t recall, it looked like this (click to enlarge):

At the time, I cautioned everyone not to get too excited. For one thing, we didn’t know whether the information was legitimate. Moreover, even if it was legit, it said, “Subject to change” right there on the sheet. Naturally, that made no difference to anyone. For a week or so, everybody more or less lost their mind, all sorts of speculative articles and concepts were posted, and so on. Then people got distracted by other shiny objects and the uni-verse moved on to other things.

Fast-forward to last Friday, when another color guide, purported to be a “final” update of the previous one, appeared (click to slightly enlarge): (Continue reading)

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

In yesterday’s installment of Collector’s Corner, Brinke Guthrie showcased a few items featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ original mascot character, Bucco Bruce.

I was 12 years old when Bucco Bruce and the rest of the Bucs’ inaugural creamsicle design scheme were introduced in 1976. Bruce was an object of scorn for years — in part, no doubt, because the early Bucs were a historically bad team, although I’m pretty sure people also disliked the logo on its own terms. When the Bucs jettisoned the creamsicles and went pewter in 1997, most people said, “Good riddance.”

In recent years, though, Bruce has had a bit of a renaissance. What once seemed embarrassing now seems nostalgically quaint. Disdain and contempt have given way to a sentimental embrace. (Lots of other old logos and uniform designs have traveled that same route, of course.)

All of which raises two questions that I don’t think we’ve ever addressed here: (Continue reading)

1962 Broncos Photo Has Lots of Stories to Tell

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About a month ago I linked to four photos from the Broncos/Titans game played on Sept. 30, 1962 at the Polo Grounds. Those shots, provided to me by Broncos historian Tom Jacobsen, gave us best looks yet at the Broncos’ blue helmet logo, which was worn for the first five games of that season (and then was changed to white, so it would contrast more with the orange shell).

Now Tom has sent me another shot from that game (see above), and it’s notable for reasons that go beyond the blue helmet logo. For starters, the kicker is Gene Mingo, who’s credited with being pro football’s first African American placekicker.

But the real prize can be seen near the right edge of the shot — a player wearing No. 0! That’s Johnny Olszewski, who normally lined up as a fullback. “That’s the only No. 0 I’ve ever seen in a Broncos photo,” says Tom. “From what I can tell, this was the only year the team had a 0 on the roster.” (Continue reading)

WaPo Poll: Most Native Americans Okay with ‘Redskins’

Big ’Skins Watch news yesterday, as The Washington Post, whose editorial board has been a longtime supporter of the “change the name” movement, rolled out the results of a new nationwide poll showing that an overwhelming majority of Native Americans have no problem with “Redskins” as a team name.

As you might expect, I received a lot of emails and tweets yesterday asking what I think of the poll results. As you might also expect, I do indeed have quite a few thoughts on the matter, which I’d like to share. Unfortunately, I was busy yesterday with ESPN work and some other stuff, and then I had to attend a friend’s birthday party in the evening, and today I’m going out to Long Island to see my mom, so I simply haven’t had time to address this. But I’ll get to it next week, promise.

In the meantime, I strongly, strongly suggest that anyone interested in this issue take some time to digest the Post’s entire package, which consists of four components. I read them myself in the following order, and I recommend that you do the same (note that the Post has a 10-article-per-month limit for non-subscribers; if you max out, however, you can keep getting access to 10 additional articles by switching to another browser, and then another, etc.): (Continue reading)