2019 Obituaries

Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Rupert Patrick » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:57 pm

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BD Sullivan wrote:Former Vikings kicker Fred Cox died last night at the age of 80:

http://www.startribune.com/kicker-fred- ... 565290902/



I just read that he invented the Nerf football. I never knew that.


I was thinking about Fred Cox yesterday, when I got to thinking about which kicker was on the most Super Bowl losing teams, and he was the obvious answer.

I bet he made a lot more money from Nerf footballs than he ever did from playing football. I don't know if he got a percentage of all the other Nerf merchandise like the Nerf guns that shoot the foam bullet thingys or the little Nerf basketballs with nets.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe John Elway either invented or got the patent on those footballs that have the tail on the end with the fins like a dart that are supposed to increase distance and accuracy:

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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Ronfitch » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:30 pm

BD Sullivan wrote:Former Vikings kicker Fred Cox died last night at the age of 80:

http://www.startribune.com/kicker-fred- ... 565290902/


A friend reminded me - because Fred Cox was one of the guys on the Vikings' basketball team - that there was once a time when they (the basketball team, made up of Viking players) would travel around Minnesota and Iowa (and probably the Dakotas) and play exhibition games against a local team to raise money for local charities. Other teams did it as well at the time.

But my friend, who grew up in north central Iowa, met a number of these guys because after the games, after signing autographs and taking pictures and answering questions and talking with fans, they would inevitably end up at the place his mom managed for some food and hang out. And, generally, they were wonderful guests. And if it was a very small town with limited hotel/motel options, players would stay with host families.

How wonderful would it be to be the eight-year-old who wakes up and gets to eat breakfast with Fred Cox or Wally Hilgenberg?

Different era, much different relationship with the fans.
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Eagles One » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:09 pm

Hank Bullough, former guard with the Green Bay Packers. Former head coach of the New England Patriots & Buffalo Bills died on November 24, at the age of 85:


https://www.mlive.com/sports/2019/11/mi ... ge-85.html
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Rupert Patrick » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:52 pm

Seymour Siwoff, 99, longtime head of the Elias Sports Bureau and surely the most important pure sports statistician who ever lived:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/281 ... er-dies-99

Seymour Siwoff, the statistics maven who turned the Elias Sports Bureau into the place to go for exact information on teams and athletes for more than a half-century, died Friday. He was 99.
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby TodMaher » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:19 pm

Rupert Patrick wrote:Seymour Siwoff, 99, longtime head of the Elias Sports Bureau and surely the most important pure sports statistician who ever lived:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/281 ... er-dies-99

Seymour Siwoff, the statistics maven who turned the Elias Sports Bureau into the place to go for exact information on teams and athletes for more than a half-century, died Friday. He was 99.

Years ago I had sent Elias my early NFL game participation charts and out of the blue I got a call from Seymour Swioff! It wasn't a very long conversation but he knew about the Pro Football Encyclopedia. Sad to see his passing.
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Eagles One » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:03 pm

Pat Sullivan, former quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons, 1971 Heisman Trophy winner died on November 30 at the age of 69:


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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Eagles One » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:11 pm

George Atkinson, III, former running back with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns died on December 2, at the age of 27:


https://www.si.com/college/2019/12/03/g ... -years-old
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby BD Sullivan » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:13 pm

Cas Banaszek, the former 49ers linemen, has died:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/art ... 885826.php
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Re: 2019 Obituaries

Postby Teo » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:09 am

Formar referee Chuck Heberling, who officiated in the NFL from 1965-1986, has died. He was 94 years old.

Heberling was the referee in the 1977 and 1986 AFC Championship games. He also was the referee in 1975 in the Dallas-Minnesota Divisional playoff game. He wore uniform number 46 for the majority of his career.


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