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)

Seeing Double

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A moment for the ages during yesterday’s Yanks/Cards Grapefruit League game, as Yankees catcher Eddy Rodriguez stepped in the box against Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons, creating a rare (first-ever?) No. 70 vs. No. 70 match-up. (Continue reading)

Romanian Soccer Team Provides Math Lesson

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Interesting move yesterday by the Romanian soccer team, as players warmed up for the friendly against Spain while wearing jerseys and jackets with various mathematical sequences in place of their usual uniform numbers.

The move was part of a program to improve math performance in Romanian . . . → Read More: Romanian Soccer Team Provides Math Lesson

Today’s College Hoops Players: Heroes of Zero

Got a note the other day from reader James Peterson, as follows:

Like many, I haven’t been watching much college basketball until March Madness. When did the uniform number 0 become so popular? Seems like nearly all of the games I’ve watched have had at least one No. 0 on the court, if not for both teams.

Is it Westbrook-related? Aaron Gordon? Was the number not previously available but is now usable?

I initially told him, “Eh, it’s just one of those things.” But then I saw a few tournament games over the weekend (much like James, I don’t watch much college hoops during the regular season), and I too was struck by how many zeroes — and double-zeroes! — I was seeing on the court. (Continue reading)