December 21, 2015 |
Sunday night's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals features a franchise that currently holds the National Football League's record for longest championship drought. And it's not the Eagles. The Cardinals have won only one NFL title since 1925. That championship came in 1947 against the Eagles, who won their last NFL title in 1960. In Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region, the Cardinals' 68 years of futility is attributed to a curse placed on them for stealing the 1925 championship from the Pottsville Maroons.
November 20, 2010 |
The 59-point explosion that Michael Vick ignited against the Washington Redskins on Monday night was so eye-popping that it was surprising to learn another Eagles team once had done better. The 1934 Eagles scored 64 points in what remains the biggest regular-season blowout in NFL history, a lopsided shutout of the Cincinnati Reds. But don't be too impressed. That 10-touchdown romp came against a doomed and dispirited opponent, one whose surrender was so blatant that its defenders, according to Inquirer sportswriter Stan Baumgartner, played as if the Eagles "had recently contracted smallpox.
September 20, 2005 |
About the only things missing are tailgating recipes. Other than that, The Eagles Encyclopedia (Temple University Press, $35) is as thorough as an Andy Reid game plan. The 324-page "Eaglepedia," which the publisher describes as the first comprehensive history of the team, has everything a Bird-watcher could want to know - and maybe even a little more - from pro football's local beginnings as a stepchild of the Phillies and the Athletics to the Eagles' Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
March 18, 2003 |
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell launched a statewide drive yesterday to reclaim the 1925 NFL title for the Pottsville Maroons. Rendell began recruiting city councils, including Philadelphia's, to ask the NFL to turn over the title to the long-defunct pro team in time for Pottsville's bicentennial in 2006. Undisputed, both in Pottsville lore and NFL history books, is that the Maroons beat the Chicago Cardinals in a matchup between the league's two top teams of 1925. Wanting to further prove their football might, the Maroons then challenged - and defeated - a team of all-star Notre Dame players on the Philadelphia home turf of the Frankford Yellow Jackets.
July 19, 2001
GATHER 'ROUND, kids, and let me tell you a story about what used to be called professional football. Once upon a time, a team called the Frankford Yellow Jackets became the Philadelphia Eagles. I'd go to the games with your great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather. We had season tickets for 30 years. But the owners got greedy. They kept raising the ticket price until the average parents couldn't afford to take their kids to the games. Paying obscene salaries, they put more and more mediocre players on the field.
December 21, 2000 |
Having been raised in Northeast Philly, where football is a way of life, I can truly appreciate the wild ride local gridiron fans are taking this season. Our hometown Iggles (Phillyspeak for "Eagles") have shocked the hell out of us by going 10-5. Who would've figured they'd be playoff material? In fact, the Iggles' turnaround from the depths of the Ray Rhodes era has been so complete that it raises the question, "Yo, Jeff! Wanna buy the Phillies?" Such a magical season brings to mind those thrillin' days of yesteryear when another Philly team ruled the NFL. It was a time when pigskin heroes lived in the same neighborhoods as their fans and played for little more than $200 each week and the sheer love of "da game.
October 25, 2000 |
All of a sudden, John Stockton is fascinated with the idea of going out to Frankford Avenue and Devereaux Street in Northeast Philadelphia. Even if the converted horse track where the old Frankford Yellow Jackets played in the NFL is no longer there. Even if a car dealership stands on the ground where his grandfather, Houston "Bud" Stockton, helped win a championship in 1926. It took until the eve of John Stockton's 17th season with the Utah Jazz to realize he had a connection to Philadelphia, a link to his family's history.
February 22, 2000 |
Frank A. "Scotti" Scaricaciottoli, a family man and sportsman, died of pneumonia Friday. He was 79 and lived in South Philadelphia. Scotti worked at the Frankford Arsenal for 30 years as a gauge inspector, retiring in 1974. He then worked for First Pennsylvania Bank for 15 years as a foot courier. "He was the most beautiful person you'd ever want to know," said his wife of 50 years, the former Theresa Ferra. They met at the old Jimmy Dykes Bowling Alley, on Market Street.
December 31, 1999 |
Long before Jaws, the Dutchman or even Concrete Charlie, there were Dinger Doane and Arda Bowser. Never heard of them? Join the club, and unless you dig through the roster of the 1921 Frankford Yellow Jackets, it's unlikely you ever will. But in looking back over 100 years of professional football in Philadelphia, Doane and Bowser have a place, too. After all, how would the Yellow Jackets have managed that scintillating 0-0 tie with the Philadelphia Quakers in the 1921 "city championship" game without the two running backs?
May 5, 1995 |
Howard Barnes looks back now and laughs. Laughs so hard he cries. One that really gets him is the one about Beanie Gibson. Beanie worked in a neighborhood bar sweeping sawdust off the floor. After apparently mixing a little too much pleasure with business, Beanie walked into the butcher shop across the street, bought 10 cents worth of sauerkraut and, instead of getting a bag, instructed the butcher to dump the sauerkraut, juice and all, "right there" . . . in his coat pocket. "You could smell that juice on Beanie for two weeks," laughed Barnes.