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Old 10-25-2005, 12:10 AM  
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Interesting things about the NFL that you never knew...

I'm reading this very cool book, America's Game by Michael McCambridge. It basically chronicals the on-and-off-field history of the NFL from post WWII to the present.

I'm going to post a tidbit per day. If you end up deciding to read the book, stop reading this thread, cause it will take away a good bit of the fun. I'm not going to cover the real innovations and trends, just the trivia:

Factoid #1: During the early '40s officials wore color coded shirts:
referees: black and white
umpires: red and white
linesman: orange and white
field judge: green and white
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:29 AM   #2
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:30 AM   #3
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:32 AM   #4
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A good read? 552 pages is certainly attractive.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:46 AM   #5
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A good read? 552 pages is certainly attractive.
If you like reading about the history of sports it's compelling.

Page count = 449
+ epilogue
+ afterword
+ acknowledgements
+source notes
+bibliographic essay
+ index
= 558 pages.
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:03 AM   #7
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:14 AM   #8
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Skip remembers when the refs wore fur and bronco fans threw bones.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:32 AM   #9
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Skip remembers when the refs wore fur and bronco fans threw bones.

No sirre bob, the dinosaurers had not started to dump thier turds in the mountains,hence no bronco fans.but the furs were color coded. I answered for Skip cause Iam older and wiser
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:45 AM   #10
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linesman wore ORANGE?

well there you go.
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:10 AM   #11
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Tidbit #2 in honor of the late Wellington Mara:

In the mid-50's Vince Lombardi was the OC (before the title existed) for the Giants (Tom Landry was the DC). Wellington Mara, son of owner Tim Mara, would sit in the press box taking Polaroids of the defensive alignments during a game. He would lower them to the field by a string tied to a rock-weighted sock with the Polaroids inside.
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:14 AM   #12
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No sirre bob, the dinosaurers had not started to dump thier turds in the mountains,hence no bronco fans.but the furs were color coded. I answered for Skip cause Iam older and wiser
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Factoid #1: During the early '40s officials wore color coded shirts:
referees: black and white
umpires: red and white
linesman: orange and white
field judge: green and white
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