It’s fall, and that means it’s time for some football! Here are a few balls we saw when we visited the Football Hall of Fame in Canton:
This football is signed by all the members of the 1929 National Champion Green Bay Packers
This football is signed by Seahawk Steve Largent and is the one he caught for his 100th career touchdown pass. Largent is enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The basic football hasn’t changed much, has it? It’s still pretty much the same size, shape and color as it was when professional football got started in the USA. Although, when football got started, it didn’t have an audience of thousands every Sunday, so some things have definitely changed.
With the start of the NFL season right around the corner, a photo from our summer visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame seemed appropriate:
We took a lot of interesting pictures of the inside of the Hall of Fame during our visit, which you can see here. Both the Packers and the Seahawks were well represented, so we both had a good time. The exhibits were fascinating and there was a lot to see. If you’re a gridiron fan, consider putting Canton on your list of places to go – you won’t be disappointed!
Things are looking better in Seattle as far as sports goes. The Husky basketball team has clinched a share of the Pac-10 championship, and will likely go to the NCAA tournament. The Sounders season is starting soon, and the team has sold more season tickets than any other MLS team (and we have partial season tickets, yay! Just waiting for them to show up in the mail now…) The Mariners signed Junior in the offseason, and made some other good moves, although none quite as headline-worthy, and should be better than 100+ losses. And the Seahawks just got TJ Houshmandzadeh, a great receiver with an awesome name. So while 2008 was not so great, 2009 looks my-t-fine, at least, for now.
What did we do to anger the sports gods?
It must have been something major, because the city of Seattle is on pace for the worst ever calendar year for sports. Consider:
- Husky men’s basketball went 8-10 in the 2007-2008 season
- the Supersonics went 20-62, the second worst record in the NBA
- the Mariners ended the season with a 61-101 record while ranking 9th in Major League Baseball in payroll
- the Supersonics were brutally ripped from the city, and moved to oklahoma
- the Mariners didn’t finish last in the league, but instead finished second-to-last, ensuring that they wouldn’t get the first pick in the 2009 draft
- the Seahawks lost all of their first string WRs to injury in the first two weeks of the season, then QB Matt Hasselbeck suffered an injury that put him out for at least three weeks
- Husky football QB Jake Locker injured his hand and has missed/will miss 6-8 weeks of the season
- the Seahawks are currently 1-5, in last place in the NFC West (yes, even behind the Rams) and unlikely to catch either the 49ers or the Cardinals
- the Huskies are currently 0-6 and will maybe get 1 win, against the hapless Cougars in the Apple Cup
Has there ever been another city that has had bad horrific seasons by every single one of its major sports teams* all at the same time? If you know of one, I’d love to hear about it. It might ease my pain somewhat.
We have tickets to see the Packers against the Seahawks at Qwest Field! It’s always exciting to go to a football game, because so few of them are played. In honor of the occasion, here is a special doodle that might be more appropriately called a drawing, as it took me about an hour and a half to do:
While the Packers don’t have a mascot, one of their old logos is of a running back holding a football. He is the basis for the Packer player. His number, 5, was worn by Paul Hornung, a great back for Green Bay and a Heisman trophy winner. The Packer player’s uniform is based on the ones worn in Hornung’s day (note the long sleeves) although the helmet is modeled after current Packer helmets.
The Seahawks’ mascot is Blitz, a costumed character who wears the number 0. He appears at all Seahawks home games, wearing the current Seahawk uniform. Blitz doesn’t ever wear white pants, because the Seahawks wear all blue at home and all white on the road. I think they should change this, and wear white pants with their blue jerseys, so that’s what I have Blitz wearing.
While the Packer has caught the ball, Blitz is making a valiant effort to bring him down. Will Blitz succeed? Or will the Packer push him away for some yards after the catch? Like the game we’re going to see on Sunday, the outcome is yet to be decided.