Tuesday, May 5, 2020

RIP - Don Shula

Don Shula, who coached the Miami Dolphins to their undefeated 1972 season, passed away on May 4, 2020 at age 90.

The Dolphins appeared in three straight Super Bowls (VI, VII, VIII), winning the last two. They returned to the Super Bowl twice in the early 1980s.

He also coached the Colts to Super Bowl III, only to lose to Joe Namath and the Jets.

In 33 years as a head coach, his teams had a winning record 30 times!

In any "Mount Rushmore" scenario, there's only room for four choices. When it comes to NFL coaches, the seven that stand out are Don Shula, Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Paul Brown, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichick.  Three have to be put on the second team, but Shula can't be one of them.

CNN obituary

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hall of Famers

I just posted the Hall of Famers in the 1971 and 1968 Topps sets and 1967 Philly Gum set. Here is the last in my 4-part series: 1972.

There are 53 Hall of Famers in the 1972 set.  I have 47 of them, all shown below.  There are six in the high-numbered 3rd series that I don't have.

I really don't like Topps' decision to print horizontal cards for all the teams whose name was less than 6 letters.

Not shown are Rayfield Wright (Dal), Alan Page (Minn), Dick LeBeau (Det), Tom Mack (LA), Jimmy Johnson (SF), and Winston Hill (NYJ).

6 - Chiefs, Cowboys
5 - Raiders
4 - Dolphins, Vikings
3 - Cardinals, Jets, Lions
2 - Bears, Colts, 49ers, Oilers, Rams, Steelers
1 - Bills, Broncos, Browns, Chargers, Falcons, Packers, Redskins
0 - Bengals, Eagles, Giants, Patriots, Saints

This is the 2nd time the Chiefs have led the way.  It's also the 2nd time the Eagles, Giants, Patriots, and Saints were shutout. (And the 3rd time for the Bengals!)