The First NFL Grudge Match: Decatur Staleys vs. Rock Island Independents

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a grudge match as “a contest or fight between players, teams, etc…..who dislike each other.”  There have been many grudge matches over the course of the league’s 100+ year history, but what about the first one?  For the answer, we get to go all the way back to the first season … Read more

The Worst Season in Cardinals’ History (Chicago not Arizona)

When an NFL team endures a six-week lapse in its schedule, it’s probably a sign that things might not be going well. In this week’s episode, we’ll tackle the very odd 1928 campaign of the Chicago Cardinals. In fact, we consider this season as the very worst in the 120-year history of the franchise. It … Read more

1940 NFL Championship (Greatest Victory In Sports History?)

The average combined score of an NFL game a quarter through the 2020 season is 51.3 points.  This is up roughly 16 percent from last year and 20 percent since 2000, according to the New York Times.  The 1940 NFL Championship had 73 points scored, in what could be considered the greatest victory in the … Read more

Charley Trippi Was the NFL’s First “Bonus Baby”

Charley Trippi was the last piece of the Chicago Cardinals famed “Dream Backfield.”  As an All-American out of Georgia, the pursuit for future Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi was on, not just by football teams.  This ultimately made Trippi the NFL’s first “Bonus Baby,” covered in this week’s episode of When Football Was … Read more

The Birth of Indoor Football in the NFL

Indoor football in the NFL is not uncommon as we approach the 100th birthday of the league in a few days.  However, this was not always the case.  The Houston Astrodome was the first domed stadium in the NFL, home to the Oilers from 1968 – 1996.  Pro Football’s first indoor game was at the … Read more