March 27, 2017

Gridiron Greats Magazine, Summer 2012 Issue

Gridiron Greats: The Digest of North American Football & Its Memorabilia — Summer 2012 (Vol. 11, No. 37) issue has been published.

Here is what you can find in the issue:

Congratulations!! You Have Been Drafted in the First Round
By Tex Noel

Seau
By Jared Kraus

Vintage Football Card Rarities Part 3: The 1926 Sports Company of America (Spalding) Set
By John Spano and Mike Blaisdell

The AAFC
By Jay Wolt

New York Giants Super Collector Jeff Prager (1961-2010)
By Bob Swick

49ers Great Jersey Comes Back To Collector
By Martin Jacobs

Good Fellows
By Jared Kraus

Celebrating 100 Years of North Country Football: Early Canadian Card Issues
By Mike Bonner and Carl Lamendola

A Game They Loved To Hate: LA Rams and 49ers
By Martin Jacobs

Ghosts of Buckeyes May Still Roam the Old Sod
By Dr. Robert Stevenson

Gridiron Greats Book Reviews: Pro Football’s Most Passionate Fans: Profiles of Fans Honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Visa Hall of Fans Award
By Bob Swick

 

 

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Gridiron Greats Magazine, Spring 2012 Issue

Gridiron Greats: The Digest of North American Football & Its Memorabilia — Spring 2012 (Vol. 11, No. 36) issue has been published.

Here is what you can find in the issue:

An Early Challenge To Football
By Joe and Jacob Lurie

Rare Historic Coaches Film Uncovered
By Martin Jacobs

Otto Graham
By Jay Wolt

Vintage Football Card Rarities Part 2: The 1928 Dockman’s Star Player Candy Set
By John Spano and Mike Blaisdell

The Worse College Football Team, Ever
By Tex Noel

CFL Super Collector Larry Oleskiw
By Bob Swick

San Francisco 49ers Super Collector Martin Jacobs
By Bob Swick

Forty Years after Famous Fins Feat: 1972 Miami Dolphins Perfect 17-0 Season Still Unmatched – Part 2
By Dr. Robert Stevenson

Gridiron Greats Book Reviews: …A Team For America
By Bob Swick

 

 

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Offseason Knute Rockne Thoughts

For those who know me I have always told them I follow two sports, football and spring football. And for those who know me understand my love of the history of the game of football from its inception in 1869. Today’s game, obviously, is vastly different from when the legends of the gridiron took the field in the 20’s or the 30’s. The days of Knute Rockne have long passed. I guess I am trying to find the true football athlete of 2012–does he exist any more? I really do not know. To me, there are still some young men who play the sixty-minute battle on the gridiron by the rules for the love of the game and not for the commercialism that we may associate it with today.

Small college football still lives in our country and its games follow a predictable pattern and rhythm on its 100-yard field. I still enjoy Ivy League football although was very turned off by the tragedy which occurred before this past Yale-Harvard battle in 2011 when a U-Haul truck carrying beer kegs through a tailgating area outside of the Yale Bowl struck and killed a 30-year-old woman. RIP Nancy Barry!!

My thoughts turn to seasons of the past, at a time when Knute Rockne was the head coach at Notre Dame for such a brief time from 1918 to 1930. His brief life and legend was taken away from the gridiron in a tragic plane crash on March 31, 1931. I have always pondered what if he had not died at such a young age. What more could have been on the gridiron and for Notre Dame? He had a record of 105-12-5. Incredible if you think that his teams only lost 12 games in 13 years, a winning percentage of .881. His theories and coaching philosophies could be used by all coaches in today’s game–all should read and abide by his 25 Commandments for the game and life. It would do all of us good to bring back common sense to the gridiron rather than bounty hunting and the stale showboating of today’s game.

Thus, I wonder about the coming 2012 season. Can values and fair play come back to the game of football? When respect is a given between the goal posts and men play without the intent of permanent injury. Can it be a time of renewal for the game? When will the game becomes pure again rather than a stale commercialized mess of thrash talking and overweight shaking of flesh? It can be done and should be strived for by all who play and coach the game as they should remember the philosophies of Coach Rockne once again.

 

Bob Swick is Editor & Publisher of Gridiron Greats Magazine.

 

Gridiron Greats Magazine, Winter 2011 Issue

Gridiron Greats: The Digest of North American Football & Its Memorabilia — Winter 2011 (Vol. 10, No. 35) issue has been published.

Here is what you can find in the issue:

Charlie Justice and an Interview in 1984
By Jack Hilliard

Rare Exhibit Supply Company Football Cards: All The Colors of the Rainbow
By Mike Bonner and Carl Lamendola

Pete Varney
By Jacob Lurie

Side Luckman: A Review of One Autograph
By Jeffrey W. Morey

Vintage Football Card Rarities Part 1: The 1929-1930 Rogers Peet Set Revisited
By John Spano and Mike Blaisdell

Red Grange
By Joe Squires

Super Collector Tony Burant and His Green Bay Packers Collection
By Bob Swick

Super Collector Glen Christensen and His Green Bay Packers Collection
By Bob Swick

Forty Years after Famous Fins Feat: 1972 Miami Dolphins Perfect 17-0 Season Still Unmatched – Part 1
By Dr. Robert Stevenson

A Sculpture’s View of Chuck Bednarik
By Bob Swick

Collecting Pre-1948 Football and Collectible List
By Gridiron Greats Staff

Lee Roy Selmon
By Allison Twyman

Gridiron Greats Book Reviews: …And A Dollar Short and Stars of an Earlier Autumn
By Bob Swick

 

 

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Gridiron Greats Magazine, Fall 2011 Issue

Gridiron Greats: The Digest of North American Football & Its Memorabilia — Fall 2011 (Vol. 10, No. 34) issue has been published.

Here is what you can find in the issue:

Professional Football’s Missing Link: Rittenhouse vs. Philadelphia, 1890
By Bob Swick

Indestructible: Leo “The Lion” Nomellini
By Martin Jacobs

Andy Robustelli
By Allison Twyman

The Super Collector – Ken Magee
By Bob Swick

Postcard Help Wanted
By Jeffrey W. Morey

Esco “Sark” Sarkkinen: Outstanding Buckeye Player & Coach
By Dr. Robert Stevenson

Instant Vintage: The 2001 Topps XFL Set
By Mike Bonner

There Was No Pre-Season Poll in 1936
By Tex Noel

Thoughts on the National
By Michael Hattley, John Spano, Joe Squires and Bob Swick

John Mackey
By Jared Kraus

 

 

Bob Swick is Editor & Publisher of Gridiron Greats Magazine. Click here to subscribe.

 

The Game: Harvard-Yale for the 128th Time

I will be at the Yale Bowl this Saturday along with a few of my Leatherheads of the Gridiron friends, Joe Williams and Pete Sonski, for the 128th Edition of “The Game”.

“The Game” is special to me as I went to my first Harvard-Yale matchup on November 25, 1967 when Yale beat Harvard 24-20.  My father and I were rope guards for the game and to a nine-year-old it was an incredible game and the most people I had ever seen in one place in my life.  We all know what happen the next year in 1968 when Harvard scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds as I could not believe my AM radio that Harvard came back and tied Yale 29-29.  I have been to many Harvard-Yale games over the years including the 100th meeting in 1983 as I sat in the next to last top row in the Bowl to watch Harvard spoil the anniversary for Yale, outscoring the Bulldogs 16-7.  Revenge was sweet in 1985 at another packed Bowl with Yale beating the Crimson 17-6.  At that game I was forced to sit on Harvard’s side with a group of screaming Harvard fanatics–such are the seats for “The Game”.  I take them where I can find them.

This year Yale has a chance to blemish Harvard’s perfect Ivy League record by beating them at home.  Harvard is 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the Ivy while Yale has been a disappointing 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Ivy.  Harvard has a strong defense this season and on offense they are led by running backs Zach Boden and Treavor Scales with quarterback Collier Winters behind the center calling the plays.  Boden is explosive in my opinion while Scales can score.  Yale is led by workhorse running back Alex Thomas, a fan favorite from Ansonia , CT.  Quarterback Patrick Witt has a favorite target in wide receiver Jackson Liguori.  On paper it is a classic matchup with the edge to Harvard, but anything can happen this Saturday.

Harvard has won the last nine out of ten matches and Yale leads overall 65-54-8 going into the game.  I still have a special place in my heart for Ivy League football.  And this game will be no different as I can still remember that special November afternoon with my father back in 1967.  “THE GAME” is football at its best.

Gridiron Greats Magazine, Summer 2011 Issue

Gridiron Greats: The Digest of North American Football & Its Memorabilia – Summer 2011 (Vol. 10, No. 33) issue has been published.

Here is what you can find in the issue:

The Cowboy’s Guide
By Bob Swick with Steve Liskey

Joe “The Jet” Perry
By Martin Jacobs

Joe “The Jet” Perry – 1956 Game-Used 49ers Jersey
By Martin Jacobs

49ers, Steelers Legend John Henry Johnson Passes Away at 81
By Martin Jacobs

Philadelphia Eagles Super Collector – Keith Javic
By Bob Swick

The Cleveland Browns Last Blessing
By Dr. Robert Stevenson

Register-Guard 2010 UO Duck Football Posters: Pretty Cool Collectibles
By Carl Bonner and Mike Lamendola

Gridiron Greats Book Review: Football’s Last Iron Men
By Bob Swick

 

 

Bob Swick is Editor & Publisher of Gridiron Greats Magazine. Click here to subscribe.