Monday, April 20, 2020

RIP - Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis, the Baltimore Colts' middle linebacker from 1965 to 1975, passed away on April 20, 2020 at age 77.

Curtis was the Colts' #1 pick in the 1965 draft. He made the Pro Bowl 5 times between 1968 and 1974.

Mike played in Super Bowls III and V. His late-game interception set up the Colts' last-second winning field goal in Super Bowl V.

In 1971 he famously decked a fan for running out on the field during a game.

Curtis later played for Seattle and Washington from 1976-78.

Here's Mad Dog being Mad Dog:
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NBC Sports obituary

Touchdown Wire

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hall of Famers

Three-plus weeks in quarantine. What to do? What to do? I know, I can attempt to resuscitate my 4 football card blogs!

I have 9 more teams to post on this 1971 blog, but that can wait for awhile. I needed something more interesting for a comeback post.

These are the 54 Hall of Famers in the 1971 Topps set. There were 261 players (+ two checklists) in the set, but before we decide that a 20% ratio of HOFers is a large chunk, keep in mind that before 1973 only the top 8 to 10 players on each team had a card anyway.

6 - Chiefs (way to matriculate into Canton, fellas!)
4 - Dolphins, Raiders, Rams
3 - Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Redskins, Vikings
2 - Bears, Browns, Colts, 49ers, Jets, Steelers
1 - Bills, Broncos, Chargers, Falcons, Giants, Oilers
0 - Bengals, Eagles, Patriots, Saints