Gridiron Replay (Bygone Teams): New York (nee Boston) Yanks (aka Bulldogs)

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Team Colors

Note: Names Not Official
Royal Blue
White

Team Existence: 
Boston Yanks (1944–1948)
New York Bulldogs (1949–1950)
New York Yanks (1950–1951)
Dallas Texans (1952)

League:
National Football League

Welcome to Gridiron Replay, where ESF will make eye shadow plays for long gone teams found in the annals of American football.  I will do my best to have correct colors and uniform designs.  However this is not guaranteed because some of these teams played before color photography was readily available.  I recommend the book Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football if you want to read more about American professional football history, especially before the modern NFL.

There are multiple incarnations of the New York football Yankees/Yanks. This particular team came about because the original New York football Yankees folded in the 1920s, and Boston (football) Yanks owner Ted Collins made his wishes clear he wanted a New York team. His wish was granted but the Yanks were awful. Someone bought the Yanks franchise from Collins and moved the team to Dallas. Strangely enough they were named the Dallas Texans. This incarnation of the Texans did not last long. The Texans went under after one season. Baltimore businessmen took what they could of the old Texans team and created the Baltimore Colts in 1953. For some reason the NFL does not acknowledge the link between the Yanks and the Colts. I suspect it’s because of the naming rights to a certain MLB team that’s also in New York.
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Throwback – New York Jets (né Titans)

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Team Colors

Note: Names not official
Green
White

The Jets’ 1968 season led to their well chronicled Superbowl victory, but it also changed sports TV broadcasting forever.  Their game against the Oakland Raiders ( November 17, 1968) had to go past the TV scheduled slot.  Despite a very close game ( 32–29 Raiders) and having a little over a minute left in the 4th quarter, many stations (except for the west coast) switched over to a broadcast of the film Heidi right on schedule.  Only a little ticker at the bottom of the screen showed the final score (43–32 Raiders).  The viewing public that was forced to watch Heidi flooded their local NBC stations with calls, understandably upset that they didn’t see the end of the game.  In response TV broadcasters changed their sports broadcast policy.  All games are now seen to their conclusion, scheduled programs and sponsors be damned.  This moment in TV history is affectionately known as the Heidi Incident.
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Throwback – New York Giants

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Team Colors

Note: Names not official
Blue
White
Red

I was still in diapers when Lawrence Taylor, linebacker for the New York Giants, made Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theisman’s right leg break.  I’m not sure how the film crew for The Blind Side got footage of the play in such high definition.  Watching replays still make me protectively hold my right knee.

I’m not sure why the 1980s Giants are not hyped as much a the 1980s 49ers or the 1980s Chicago Bears.  The Giants became a powerful defense oriented team that gave other Superbowl contenders of the era a run for their money.  Or maybe because I live in California so I only hear of the power and glory of the 1980s 49ers.

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New York Giants

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Team Colors

Royal Blue
Red
Gray
White
Official Website

Eli Manning (Giants’ quarterback) may look like he’s a few cards short of a full deck, but so far he has proved to be the superior Manning brother.  While he doesn’t have big brother Peyton’s endorsement deals and the wet dream of many fantasy football players, Eli does have more Superbowl rings, a hotter wife, and a penchant for defeating the Patriots.  I agree, the 2013 regular season was awful for Eli.  Nonstop interceptions which led to even worse losses.  Whenever I see Eli, I always think of him as my own adopted younger brother.  I may laugh at his failures, but I still cheer for him.  Yes, I know he’s older than me.  But there’s something about his slanted smile and his on-field expressions that make me think he’s a little brother.

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New York Jets

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Team Colors

Hunter Green, White

Official Website

Aah the Jets.  I can think of two great things I can credit to the Jets.

One:  Their former quarterback Joe Namath was very drunk when he told sideline reporter Suzy Kolber, “I just wanna kiss you.”  This phrase turned into the base for football humor site Kissing Suzy Kolber.

Two:  The infamous play in recent memory named the Butt Fumble.  On screen, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez runs into the butt of teammate Brandon Moore.  He dropped the ball, which was picked up by Patriots player Steve Gregory.  Gregory scored a touchdown because Sanchez ran face first to a butt.  Many parodies were created on the Internet.  I happen to believe this is the crowning achievement.  Bah gahd the play was retired by ESPN Not Top 10.   ESPN, the king of replay clips, didn’t want to broadcast it anymore

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