This month's Coffin Corner

Posted: July 7, 2015
Coffin Corner Vol. 37, No. 3
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PFRA-ternizing. Updates on the PFRA elections for this year, the Hall of Very Good finalists for 2015 (including an official HOVG ballot) and the PFRA’s biennial meeting in Green Bay next year.

Red Grange and the First USFL by Ken Crippen. A summary of the (mostly) unsuccessful rival leagues that sprang up at the end of World War II to compete with the NFL with a focus on the short-lived United States Football League and its short-termed president, Red Grange, including transcripts of a memo and letter from USFL officials.

Split Personality Teams and Schedule Strength by Jeffrey Eby. An examination of NFL teams since the 1970 merger that exhibited “split personalities”—that is, good teams that lost to bad teams and vice versa, or middle-of-the-road teams with upset wins and losses. An analysis of strength of schedule, strength of victories (and defeats) and a new Split Personality Rating are included.

The Last Stand of the Duluth Eskimos by Michael Moran. A window into the dying days of the NFL’s Duluth franchise through two key historical documents—a 1927 contract with the Chicago Bears for their final game and a 1929 letter on Ernie Nevers’ Eskimos stationary asking Johnny “Blood” McNally to sign a contract in the hopes of keeping the club alive.

The 1973 NFC Championship: Memories, Miscues and Missteps by David Neal. A nostalgic look back by the author, in attendance as a young teen, at the conference championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys that featured a mistake-filled, if not hard-fought, second half with an incredible ten turnovers.


This month's Coffin Corner

Posted: April 1, 2015
Coffin Corner Vol. 37, No. 2
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PFRA-ternizing. An update on membership count for the PFRA, numbers on the official PFRA Twitter feed and a recap of a local chapter meeting in Southern California from PFRA Secretary Lee Elder.

The Oswego Shakespeares and the Disputed 1915 Title by Doug Bigelow. A recounting of the 1915 season for the pro team from Oswego, New York and its claim to the title over the Fulton Nondescripts for the league located in northern and central part of the state.

Hunt Buys Cardinals, Moves Team to Dallas by Mark Speck. An amusing “what-if” story tracing the possible implications if the NFL had allowed Lamar Hunt to purchase the Chicago Cardinals franchise before he started the rival AFL.

Remembering Malcom Glazer by Denis Crawford, illustrated by Jared Kraus. A short tribute to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner who passed away last May.

2014 Player Deaths. A list of the pro football players who died last year, including information on the team(s) they played for, the date and location of their death (if known) and their age when they passed away.

Playing (Back) the Percentages: Part Two by Mark L. Ford. The second part of an entertaining look at teams' win-loss records by season (or winning percentages) covers the teams under .500 and contains, not surprisingly nearly every defunct franchise in the NFL. Losers? Definitely. Lovable? Well, you be the judge.


Posted: December 1, 2014
PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2014 Announced...
Larry Brown, Nolan Cromwell, Larry Grantham, Charlie Hennigan, Harlon Hill, Winston Hill, George Kunz and Ken Stabler.



 
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