December 7, 1947: The Jekyll and Hyde of the NFL (Chicago Cardinals)

As we kick off our bonus coverage of the 1947 Chicago Cardinals championship run, we begin with a mid-season stumble that nearly cost the Cards any shot at the championship. After strolling through the early part of the schedule with a 7-1 record, the Cardinals looked forward to cruising towards the western division title in … Read more

Jack Glynn: Teenage General Manager For Chicago Cardinals

In the early years of the 20th century before the start of the National Football League, semi-professional football teams could be found in a number of areas, including Chicago. I used the word “semi-pro” because the individuals playing the games were not always guaranteed that they would be paid for their participation. Written contracts were … Read more

Curly Lambeau’s Last (Almost) Hurrah! Coaching the Chicago Cardinals

In 1950, the Chicago Cardinals faced a challenging coaching predicament. After Jimmy Conzelman retired in 1948 following two straight trips to the NFL championship game, the club named Phil Handler and Buddy Parker as co-head coaches for the 1949 season. That experiment lasted only five games before Handler was booted upstairs while Parker was appointed … Read more

Go West Young Man: The Chicago Cardinals First Extended Road Trip

In the early days of the National Football League, it was not uncommon for pro teams to take on non-league teams from anywhere or at any time. If a local club could offer a decent financial proposal, it could almost guarantee that the pros would show up for a bit of cash and hopefully an … Read more