Posted: November 7, 2015
Hall of Very Good Class of 2015 Announced
Class of 2015
All Inductees

Posted: November 2, 2015
President: Ken Crippen
Vice President: Roy Sye
Treasurer: John Grasso
Secretary: Lee Elder
Term starts January 1, 2016 and lasts for two years
Congratulations to the new officers!!

This month's Coffin Corner

Posted: September 29, 2015
Coffin Corner Vol. 37, No. 5
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PFRA-ternizing. A reminder on the PFRA elections and the Hall of Very Good balloting (both deadlines are October 31), an update on the PFRA book about the 1966 champion Green Bay Packers and a report on a 1920s-era pro football game featuring a tribute to the Rock Island Independents organized by PFRA member Simon Herrera.

A Bright New Look or the Same Old Game? by Mark Speck. A comparison of offensive and special teams numbers between the more established National Football League and the upstart World Football League from 1973 (the year before the WFL started) to 1975 (the year the league folded).

An Alternate World (Football League) by Mark L. Ford. An amusing “what if” tale that imagines how pro football history might have changed had the financially troubled WFL been able to stay solvent past 1975 and the weird, but strangely familiar, events that may have occurred through the rest of the decade and into the 1980s.

“O Canada”: Johnny Bassett’s Coup by Denis M. Crawford. An account, chronicled with first-person interviews, of one of the founding owners of the WFL who lured three Miami Dolphins—Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick—up north to join the WFL in Toronto (then south to Memphis) in an effort to help jumpstart interest in the fledging WFL. His efforts, while initially successful, ultimately failed, as did the league itself.

Posted: September 21, 2015
Thanks to PFRA member Nick Webster:
1963 Detroit Lions Gamebooks.
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This month's Coffin Corner

Posted: August 5, 2015
Coffin Corner Vol. 37, No. 4
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PFRA-ternizing. Detailed information on the upcoming 2016 PFRA meeting in Green Bay including cost and hotel information.

Official PFRA Elections Ballot. (NOTE: Deadline for voting is October 31, 2015.)

The Class of 2015 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights, statistics and awards from the football careers of the eight members in this year’s Hall of Fame class—Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tinglehoff and Ron Wolf.

From Hollywood, It's the Los Angeles Rams! by Mark L. Ford. No other NFL team launched more acting careers than the Los Angeles Rams. A look back from 1946 to 1979, when the team played only ten miles from Hollywood and Vine, and players supplemented their salaries as guests on TV shows and in movies.

Running (and Passing) to Extremes: The Weather and Pro Football by Mark Wald. An analysis of the problems with historical data of pro football games and and a presentation of the research to correct the record. The author includes charts listing the coldest (both by air temperature and wind chill), hottest and windiest games on record and the number of outdoor games with significant rain or snow.

Posted: July 22, 2015
2016 PFRA Meeting
Details are coming together for the 2016 PFRA Meeting in Green Bay.

Dates: July 8-10, 2016
Location: Lambeau Field

2016 PFRA Meeting
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.

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