This Date In History: A New Home For the Giants

In the late 1940's and into the 50's, the New York Football Giants were struggling financially.  They desperately needed to put more bodies in the seats. The team they were putting on the field was okay, but that didn't seem to be the problem. So maybe it was the stadium.  The Polo Grounds, where they were playing their home games, was not bringing in the clientele that the Giants felt they needed to survive.  They were looking for the corporate folks, the big spenders, the in crowd. 

The phone call that would ultimately turn the franchise around came in 1955.  NFL Commissioner Bert Bell called Giants owner Tim Mara with news that he had a million dollar offer from an oil mogul to buy the Giants.  The only condition on this deal was that the team had to move from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium.  The Mara family didn't want to sell, but $1 million was difficult to reject.  After much debate Wellington Mara had a revelation - if the Giants are worth $1 million in Yankee Stadium, let's move to Yankee Stadium without selling.  So Mara rejected the offer and on January 27, 1956 a deal was finalized to move the Giants to a new home.

Yankee Stadium in the foreground, Polo Grounds in the background

The first game at Yankee Stadium was a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 21, 1956.  The crowds came as expected.  Their new home was a hit.  In fact, it was such a hit that the Giants went on to win the 1956 NFL Championship.

Football in Yankee Stadium

Since that time the Giants have moved to the Meadwolands Complex in New Jersey and another move is coming this year.  Anyone think a new stadium bring luck to the 2010 New York Football Giants?

 

January 27, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Some Pro Bowl History


How much do you know about the NFL Pro Bowl?  Probably that it's been played in Hawaii, that they've had some cool jerseys, but that's probably about it.  The NFL isn't too happy about that.

In an effort to generate a little more interest in the most over looked of all the All Star Games, the NFL is switching things up a little.  This year they're holding the game in Miami and playing it before the Super Bowl instead of the week after. So, to support that effort, we'll spend some time over the next few days giving you a little Pro Bowl history. 

The first ever AFC -  NFC Pro Bowl game was played on January 24, 1971 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.  Dick Nolan of the 49ers coached the NFC while John Madden was on the sidelines for the AFC.  The NFC won the inaugural game by a score of 27 - 6.  The game's hero was Dallas Cowboy Mel Renfro who returned two fourth quarter punts for touchdowns.  The only points that the AFC could put on the board came from two Jan Stenerud field goals of 37 and 16 yards.

Check out the complete rosters of the first ever Pro Bowl teams below.

 

Pro Bowl Roster

January 26, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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It's Coming...

The majority of people who will turn on the Super Bowl this year plan on watching the game. They will watch every second of the game. They will root on their team, waving their buffalo wing & potato chip greased fist in the air as they watch them score. And we love you for that. We really do. However, there are others who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Right? There are some of you out there. C'mon, admit it.

We found a few classic Super Bowl commercials from the 1980s that may bring back some memories for you. .... Mean Joe Green, Bert Jones, and LC Greenwood.  Enjoy. 

 

And even though the Chicago Bears did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, we had to show their Super Bowl Shuffle video again. Why? Just because. Just because it's awesome. 

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Coming Soon...

Check out the new addition to the NBA Hardwood Classic XL Logo series! For more information visit http://www.universalarticle.com!

Coming soon to Mitchell & Ness!

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January 25, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Monday Morning History Lesson: Flyers and Penguins

The Philadelphia Flyers were on a roll, winning 6 straight home games… well, until yesterday’s game against the Penguins. Although Mitchell and Ness is based in Philadelphia, we try not to pick sides. We stand by both teams. And, since our company is rooted in sports history, we found some interesting footage on both teams ---the birth of the Philadelphia Flyers and the early history of hockey in Pittsburgh. So, for all of you Flyers fans out there, check out the videos below and learn something new about the Penguins. And for the Penguins fans, let’s do the same for the Flyers and spread some brotherly love. Words can’t do justice to some of the old photos, film clips, and vintage uniforms in these videos…. So take a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACTh8s2mCII

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