Steelers expect to improve, even after winning Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers have heard all the explanations why they won the Super Bowl.They got hot at the right time. They got the breaks, especially with the officiating and injuries to opposing stars such as Carson Palmer. They didn’t have to play the Patriots, the team that had beaten them twice in four years for the AFC championship.

steelers-super-bowl-XLHow about this explanation, one that several Steelers suggested: Maybe they were the best team in the NFL when they won the Super Bowl. And how about this prediction, one they willingly offered: Maybe they will be even better this season.

“I feel like we definitely were the best football team,” linebacker Joey Porter said.

To Porter, the Steelers’ only true loss last season was to Indianapolis in the regular season, a defeat they made up for by beating the Colts in the AFC playoffs. Two overtime losses, to Jacksonville and Baltimore, came with Tommy Maddox at quarterback – and he was No. 3 on their depth chart when the season ended. They also lost close games at home to the Patriots and Bengals, but they won twice in Cincinnati.

“I do hear stuff, and it’s like a smack in the face,” linebacker Larry Foote said Tuesday. “We were just playing the best ball at the right time. I mean, isn’t that the goal of every team, to be playing the best ball at the end of the season? So it doesn’t make sense to me when I hear analysts say, `Oh, they just got hot at the right time.’ ”

Steelers Super Bowl OddsThe Steelers made an unprecedented run as the No. 6-seeded team in the AFC, winning three road games in as many weeks before beating Seattle 21-10 in the Super Bowl. Because they were judged to be a one-season anomaly rather than the real deal – despite their 25-6 record over the last two seasons – they don’t always hear their name mentioned among the primary contenders this season.

“(The Patriots’) Tom Brady is out there, (the Colts’) Peyton Manning is out there, and they would be logical picks – and they can keep on doing that,” Foote said. “But we’re going to be ready when we step on that field, against anybody.”

The Steelers had most of their primary players signed to multiyear contracts, so they did not have to tear themselves apart to stay under the salary cap – as many Super Bowl winners have had to do. They lost one starter on offense (WR Antwaan Randle El) and two on defense (DE Kimo von Oelhoffen and S Chris Hope), plus longtime star Jerome Bettis, whose loss may be the greatest of all because of his leadership.

Still, with so many players entering what should be the peak years of their careers, the Steelers think they could easily be better than they were last season. They are relatively young, too, with only two starters on offense older than 29: Ward (30) and center Jeff Hartings (33).

pittsburgh steelersThe oldest starter on what was the NFL’s No. 4 defense last season is linebacker James Farrior, who is 31. Cornerback Deshea Townsend and Aaron Smith are 30.

“I mean, we definitely are a lot more confident on defense, but we got to put the work in,” Foote said. “We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the players who can get it done, so this is all about upstairs. Did we get smarter this year? Can we eliminate our mistakes and just come out flying?”

The biggest change on defense finds former Redskins safety Ryan Clark replacing Hope at free safety. All-Pro strong safety Troy Polamalu is worried about Hope’s departure, wondering if it is possible to develop the same instinctive relationship with another safety that he had with Hope. Hope signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent.

betting on footballPolamalu often lines up at different positions on nearly every play, to change the angles the Steelers’ pass rush takes at quarterbacks and to keep opposing offenses guessing what pressure they will bring. To have this kind of flexibility, Polamalu needs the other safety to react to what he is doing, often with no warning.

From what Foote sees, that hasn’t been a problem so far in training camp.

“Yeah, that’s going OK,” Foote said. “Troy’s got to be a little more vocal – I think Chris Hope was a lot more vocal. But the safeties we have are vocal – Ryan Clark, Tyrone (Carter), Mike Logan – so Troy will be able to do his thing.”

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NFL preseason predictions are a joke

Detroit Tigers BetsThe biggest story in baseball this year is what? The Detroit Tigers? Welcome to the NFL, where there is a Detroit Tigers-caliber turnaround every season. Except, of course, in Detroit.

“People always ask me to critique this team, tell me what your record is going to be, are you going to make the playoffs?” said Ted Thompson, Packers general manager. “Who really knows what’s going to happen? I think it has a chance to be a pretty darn good team, but we’ll see.”

You laugh. You say, “Weren’t the Packers 4-12 last season?” Yes, they were. And no, I don’t think they’ll win or participate in Super Bowl XL.

Cleveland Browns Super Bowl BetsBut check out this conversation in 1999: Beat writer for expansion Cleveland Browns to colleague in St. Louis: “Hey, I’ll see you this fall when the Browns are in town.”

Colleague in St. Louis: “Yeah, at least the Browns will have one win this year. The Rams are terrible!” The Rams were 4-12 the year before. In 1999, they were 13-3 and won Super Bowl XXXIV.

“It is kind of funny how quickly things change,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “A year ago, nobody picked the Bears to win the NFC North. Except us, of course. We knew we could do it, even after we started 1-3. But until you do it, who is going to believe you?” The Bears were 5-11 in 2004. Last year, they were 11-5. Now, they’re so well-respected, the Vikings and Lions are copying their defensive scheme, the Tampa-2 – minus Brian Urlacher, of course.

Green Bay Packers Super Bowl BetsIn 2000, the Patriots were 5-11 and Bill Belichick was still a failure as a head coach. A year later, he trips over a bench-warmer named Tom Brady, wins the first of three Super Bowls in four years and punches his ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame the moment he retires.

So why can’t the Packers shock the league like that this year? The defense, which was respectable last season, will have as many as five upgraded starters, including veteran cornerback Charles Woodson and fifth overall draft pick A.J. Hawk at linebacker.

Offensively, if running back Ahman Green stays heathy and Brett Favre, the most experienced passer in league history, throws the ball to the right team, and…

“I say very little controversial things in the press,” Thompson said with a laugh. “So I’m not going to add anything to somebody’s bulletin board. I think every team in the division is improved. And because they were the runaway champions last season, and because they have such a dominant defense, I think you have to favor Chicago in our division. At least initially.”

Packers Super Bowl OddsThe Packers have 53 first- or second-year players out of 89 currently taking part in training camp. Who’s to say they won’t be good players? Rookie receiver Greg Jennings, a second-round head-turner from Western Michigan, would be pushing for the No. 1 job if he were in Mankato.

“I feel like he’s kind of a natural at what he does,” Favre said. “Sometimes, guys in their first or second year, they show up and make plays and you go, `Whoa, that’s why we drafted them.’ We have guys who can do that. But it remains to be seen what can happen.”

He’s right. Preseason predictions are a joke.

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Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward still one of hardest-working Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl OddsAs the Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, and fresh off a Super Bowl MVP performance, Hines Ward could probably ease into his ninth NFL training camp. But then he wouldn’t be Hines Ward.”I asked him the other day why he takes so many plays,” said newcomer Ryan Clark. “I mean, he’s already a superstar receiver. But he said he still has to work, still has to make the team every year. When you see a guy like that, a veteran leader, a Super Bowl MVP, there’s no reason why a free agent or a young guy can’t work hard every day.”

Ward reported to camp at 205 pounds, which he says is the lightest of his career. He stays after practice every day to catch passes from a machine – sometimes using just one hand to perfect his technique. He stays longer still to work out with rookie receiver Santonio Holmes.

Ward, a four-time Pro Bowler, just turned 30. Wouldn’t simply maintaining his level of play at that age be enough work?hines ward super bowl mvp“Technically, yeah,” Ward laughed. “But for me, that’s who I am. I’m very competitive.

“I’m not content with winning a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP. I think there’s a lot of room in my game I can always improve on and I won’t be satisfied. I want to hit that 10,000-yard mark for my career; I want to be mentioned right there along with Stallworth and Swann; and of course I want to go out and win another Super Bowl.”

Ward caught everything Ben Roethlisberger threw Wednesday night, the quarterback’s best practice yet. But if Roethlisberger is back, so is Ward.

Steelers Super Bowl OddsAfter averaging 95 catches for 1,124 yards each of the previous four seasons, Ward caught 69 passes for 975 yards last season. He did have 11 touchdown passes, just one off his career high, and moved into first place on the Steelers’ all-time receptions list.

“Even though I didn’t have great stats, I had a better year last year than I did the year I caught 112 balls,” Ward said. “What I had to do without a guy like Plaxico Burress on the other side, and to still put up double-digit touchdowns and up my yards per catch, I did the little things, converted third downs and made big plays when I had to. So for me, that counts way more than stats.”

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NFL Betting Power Rankings

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) This team gets better and more experienced at key positions every season. They have explosive talent, and tend to give the Colts all they can handle in the regular season. Expect good things from the Jags in 06. And they can play in the preseason as well, with a very solid second string.

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Odds9. Pittsburgh Steelers (12/1 to win the Super Bowl) Before Steelers fans send us hate mail let’s explain why they check in at number 9 in our betting Power Rankings. They’re going to be heavily favored in the lines as the champions, which means they may struggle to cover ATS even though they win the games. Teams always seem to play their best against the defending champs, and this season will be no exception. We honestly don’t think they’ll repeat as Super Bowl champs, and there could be a lot of value in betting against them in early regular season games.

8. New England Patriots (7/1 to win the Super Bowl) The Patriots are still a formidable team, and they have a pleasant schedule thanks to their anemic division (excluding the Dolphins, see below). This is a team that will not offer a lot of betting value, however, because casual gamblers love to take the Pats regardless of the spread. Don’t fall for that trap, and tread carefully with this team, even if they do seem a lock for the playoffs.

New York Giants Super Bowl Odds7. New York Giants (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) We expect great things from this team, and particularly from Manning. But they play in a tough division and we would be surprised to see any NFC East team emerge with a record better than 11-5. That being said, the Giants are the team to beat in this division, and are legitimate contenders for the NFC Championship this season.

6. Carolina Panthers (12/1 to win the Super Bowl) This is a team that has improved in the offseason adding another weapon in Keyshawn, albeit an incredibly annoying one. Still, they have to compete in a very tough division and that alone prevents us from ranking them any higher. A lot of experts think they can make it back to the Super Bowl. We see them falling short, but still putting up good regular season ATS results.

Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl Odds5. Indianapolis Colts (6/1 to win the Super Bowl) Edgerrin who? The Colts will still win big in the regular season thanks to very talented running backs who look even better when the entire defense is worrying about Manning and some of the best receivers in the game. can they win the Super Bowl? Possibly, although they aren’t good betting value at only 6/1 based on their many postseason flameouts.

4. Denver Broncos (14/1 to win the Super Bowl) Broncos can win with anyone at running back and almost anyone at QB (and Plummer qualifies as “almost anyone”) because they are superbly coached. They also get a very weak AFC West this season compared to last year’s brutal three-way dogfight. Chargers are weaker, and Chiefs haven’t improved, so look for the Broncos to light it up this year, at least in the regular season.

bet-seahawks-super-bowl3. Seattle Seahawks (12/1 to win the Super Bowl) This team returns most of the talent that got them nearly all the way last year, plus they have a soft schedule because they play in a pitiful division. Oddsmakers might make them heavy chalk but this is a team that should still win 10+ games this season, and could easily win 9 or 10 ATS.

2. Miami Dolphins (16/1 to win the Super Bowl) We’re swinging for the fences with this pick. The Dolphins should be excellent betting value this season, starting with the futures market to win the AFC East. If Culpepper is fit for the entire season that is, if he isn’t all bets are off. But he will rebound in Miami, and Ronnie Brown is ready to emerge as one of the best backs in the league. This is also the last chance for a number of defensive stars to get to the Super Bowl. They will make the playoffs, and they should be bet on to cover spreads in the regular season.

1. Chicago Bears (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) The Bears won their division last year without a functional QB (all apologies to Orton). When you have a defense like that you don’t need one. All the starters on defense return, and the draft made it an even stronger unit. Add to that two QBs who can play and you have the best betting value in the league. This team has no opposition in their own division, and will not be beaten by big margins in any games that they do lose. 25/1 is also a big price to win the Super Bowl – we’re not saying that they will win, only that those odds will come down a lot during the course of the season, making it a good value futures bet right now.

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Preseason NFL Betting Power Rankings

TEN NFL TEAMS IN THE MIDDLE…

Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Odds20. Kansas City Chiefs (16/1 to win the Super Bowl) A preposterous price to win the Super Bowl for a team that looks unlikely to get to the playoffs this year. Trent Green cannot get it done at that level, although we do like the new coach. Herm will make them tougher, and maybe they will play a little D but still not enough to convince us.

19. Atlanta Falcons (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) Remember this isn’t a typical power rating system, it’s based on betting value not on predicting straight-up results. This is a popular team to bet on, but can they deliver the goods with ATS wins? We think not, because their division is brutal, and the Panthers and Bucs are both superior this season. One note about this team: Bet on them in the preseason as their backup QB (Schaub) is a money-maker when he starts against other reserves.

San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Odds18. San Diego Chargers (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) This team could go either way – they could be surprisingly competitive or they could be awful. That doesn’t amount to much of a prediction, does it? Okay here goes. They’ll surprise early on ATS but oddsmakers will get their number later in the season. The team has a great running game and a solid defense, and NFL teams with that combo can survive inexperienced QBs.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) No longer a powerhouse team, but they can still hang with the best. They’ll need to be good to keep up with a very menacing division. In the right spots this team can be bet on because they should bounce back from a dreadful 05 campaign.

St. Louis Rams Super Bowl Odds16. St. Louis Rams (66/1 to win the Super Bowl) Life is going to be okay in St. Louis without Mike Martz. This team has potential from a betting point of view. They’re clearly the second-best team in their division, have weapons on offense, and are tough at home. Sleeper material.

15. New Orleans Saints (80/1 to win the Super Bowl) We don’t like the head coach appointment but the combination of Brees and Bush might make that hire a non-issue. They’re not going to be a great team but they’ll play a lot better than an 80/1 shot and that means they could be betting value to cover games (they don’t need to come out winning, they just need to keep them close).

Jacksonville Jaguars Super Bowl Odds15. Jacksonville Jaguars (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) This team gets better and more experienced at key positions every season. They have explosive talent, and tend to give the Colts all they can handle in the regular season. Expect good things from the Jags in 06. And they can play in the preseason as well, with a very solid second string.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) An overexposed team – they are clearly talented, but you might not get the right price on their games this season. Also, they have players with physical and emotional question marks, and only time will tell if they should be ranked any better than middle of the road.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25/1 to win the Super Bowl) Chris Simms is legit, and if he stays healthy the Bucs are going places. Not an easy division or schedule, but they can definitely make a lot of waves in the upcoming season.

Baltimore_Ravens12. Baltimore Ravens (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) The team can go far if McNair remains healthy, but that’s a huge question. He’s the most beat up dude in the league, and hasn’t been able to practic for three years due to many, many injuries. He’s tough though, and a good fit for a tough team and coach. They could be a surprise contender if they catch a few breaks.

11. Dallas Cowboys (14/1 to win the Super Bowl) It doesn’t matter if you have TO running flashy routes if your immobile QB is lying prone on the ground. They need the world’s greatest O Line to protect Bledsoe and they don’t have it. They also have a soft running game, which means they can’t rank in the Top 10. They are #1 for media attention, though.

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NFL Preseason Betting Power Rankings

THE DIRTY DOZEN…

Here are 12 teams to avoid like the plague when betting on the NFL. Or, to flip this around, here are 12 teams to bet against this season because they are overvalued and unlikely to cover…

Tennessee-Titans-Super-Bowl-Odds32. Tennessee Titans (125/1 to win the Super Bowl) No favors in their division, and no QB of worth this year (Young not ready, Volek will never be ready) means this is a team facing a very bad season. Bet against them, especially on the road.

31. Buffalo Bills (100/1 to win the Super Bowl) Another team with QB woes but they have holes at a lot of key positions as well as a poor signing for their new head coach. Expect nothing from them, and like it.

30. Green Bay Packers (80/1 to win the Super Bowl) We’re excited to see Favre play another season. That means the Packers play in featured TV games all season long where they have no chance of winning. He should have retired 2 years ago when he could still play. Beat up this team against the spread all season long.

29. Cleveland Browns (80/1 to win the Super Bowl) Charlie Frye is the answer, well then the question must be why do the Browns suck year in and year out? This is a team that will play poorly this season, you can count on it.

sexy 49ers girl28. San Francisco 49ers (150/1 to win the Super Bowl) The glory days are long gone and nothing remains but fool’s gold. Move along people, they need another year at least before they can be bet on with confidence.

27. Minnesota Vikings (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) Are you kidding? They should be 100/1 to win the Super Bowl – they’re useless with a drug addict at WR and a geriatric QB. At least the team knows how to party, but do what they do and lay whenever you have the chance.

26. Oakland Raiders (80/1 to win the Super Bowl) More derelicts of society than you can shake a stick at. Wait for them to tank to 2-6 and then bet against them, because with Brooks in the saddle this team knows how to quit early and often.

25. Detroit Lions (80/1 to win the Super Bowl) No team is managed as poorly, and this season their chances looks slim to none with Kitna and McNown as their QBs. They’re in a weak division, which is their only positive.

24. Washington Redskins (20/1 to win the Super Bowl) This is a good team in a tough division. A real tough division, where someone has to be disappointing. We look for big seasons from the Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles so that leaves the Redskins sucking hind tit in terms of betting results.

Houston-Texans-Super-Bowl-Odds23. Houston Texans (150/1 to win the Super Bowl) Their odds of winning a championship might as well be a bazillion to one. Consistently disappointing team with a hugely overrated QB (when will Carr get some of the blame for this pitiful franchise). Great move to ignore Bush for those who want to bet against these losers.

22. New York Jets (125/1 to win the Super Bowl) They would be higher in our ratings in terms of worst teams, but they play in a very weak division and might stumble along to some surprising covers. This team is set up to fail, however, with no strengths.

21. Arizona Cardinals (33/1 to win the Super Bowl) Always picked as the “surprise” team of the year, and they always bomb. This year will be no different with another overpaid, overhyped RB and no QB until Leinart takes over. The end of Green’s coaching tenure, and all five fans of the franchise will be devastated.

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The NFL in Europe

super bowl betsNFL Europe was the NFL’s endeavor to spread American Football to whatever is left of the world. While the game never sincerely grabbed force in whatever is left of the world NFL Europe assumed an imperative part in creating more youthful players who were not yet prepared for the NFL. Initially established in 1991, the NFL wanted to utilize the NFL Europe as a venturing stone to joining the worldwide games market. While the NFL had turned into the most well-known games League in the US it had not achieved the sort of worldwide attractiveness that games like Baseball, and Basketball had come to revel in.

In its first incarnation it was known as the World League of American Football, or the WLAF. There were 10 unique groups which sought a spot in the World Bowl. Six of the groups were American, three were situated in Europe, and one was Canadian. The NFL Europe neglected to create generous enthusiasm toward Europe, or the US, and in 1993 the League pulled the attachment on the operation.

sexy-nfl-chicksIn 1997 the NFL restored the thought for NFL Europe, notwithstanding they deserted the thought of utilizing it to positively take advantage of the world business sector, and re-imagined it as a developmental group. The NFL chose to utilize strictly European groups, instead of utilizing American groups within the group.

The NFL Europe had six groups, which played what added up to 10 standard season games. The six groups existed in a solitary division, and rather than a playoff arrange the World Bowl contenders comprised of the two groups that held the best standard season records.

One of the greatest issues experienced in the later days of NFL Europe was a consistent demeaned of unsteadiness. A few of the first groups collapsed, and needed to trade by different groups. A few groups had inconvenience discovering home stadiums to play in, and the season was frequently given the ax by the FIFA World Cup which utilized a few of the stadiums.

betting on footballIn 2007 the NFL Europe was formally disbanded. NFL official Roger Goodell expressed that that it was the “best business choice”, as the alliance had reported misfortunes close to 30 million dollars for every season. Goodell thanked fans for their backing of the attempt, yet expressed that the NFL might require an alternate approach to take advantage of the universal market, and create new players.

Since the end of NFL Europe the NFL has made restricted endeavors to take advantage of the European market. A solitary standard season diversion is played in London consistently, and there has been some exchange of facilitating a Super Bowl in London. The NFL still plans to discover somehow to get to the European market, how that will be carried out has up in the air.

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Few cools facts you didn’t know about NFL

sexy-football-fanNFL fans are everywhere and they would definitely love to know some cool facts that they didn’t know about the sport. If you are such a fan, this article is for you. From this article, we will let you know few cool things that you didn’t know about National Football League.

Have you ever thought what the last segregated NFL team was? Well, the answer is the Redskins. In the year 1961, 13 out of 14 teams were desegregated up to a certain extent. As a result of this, several featured black players were on rosters. The Washington Redskins is recorded in history as the last all white NFL team that existed. At that time, they were the worst team which had a record of 5 wins to 30 loses. Even though the team owner George Marshall refused to desegregate the team, he was forced to do it because of the weak performance.

sexy-dophins-fanAccording to the NFL rulebook, forfeit takes place when a particular team refuses to take part in a game. In that kind of a situation, the other team will get the opportunity to become a winner with a score of 2 – 0, if they are willing to take part. Have you ever thought why they get two points? It is because two points are the only scores that you can find in the league that are not credited to a single player.

As some of you know, NFL was born in the year 1920, but did you know that it was created inside an automobile showroom? The legendary meeting took place in Ohio along with the participation of owners from four major leagues in the country. From the meeting, they came up with the decision to form a common league and named it as the American Professional Football Association. In the year 1920, the teams had to spend 100 US dollars to obtain their membership. Few years later, the name was changed to National Football League.

sexy-nfl-saints-fansThere are some football fans who wonder about the meaning and origin of the 25 stars that they can see in the NFL logo. However, these details are still unknown. This logo was created during 1940 and the above mentioned facts are still unknown to the fans. In addition, the fans are not in a position to watch the videos of the first ever Super Bowl because their video tapes are not available. The finals of the first Super Bowl took place between Kansas City and Green Bay and the video tapes did not sell out even at that time. CBS was responsible for capturing these videos and they held the broadcast rights for the videos for few years. However, they have misplaced the video tapes now, making it impossible for the fans to enjoy those moments.

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Facts to consider before purchasing NFL jerseys

If you are an NFL fan, you would want to purchase a great jersey for you or to give it to a friend as a gift. With the development of technology, online shopping stores have come, making it easy for the fans to purchase the jerseys they want. However, you need to keep several things in your mind before purchasing these jerseys. From this article, we will let you know about few of the points that you need to consider.

Different types of NFL jerseys are available for the people who live in the present world. Out of them, the authentic jerseys are more expensive than other ones and they are made out of the best quality material. If you prefer quality than the price, this is the ideal choice available. Authentic jerseys are made from the best ingredients because they are specifically designed to match with the quality of jerseys worn by NFL players. They have all the graphic including numbers and will last for many years.

People in the present world also have the ability to purchase customized authentic NFL jerseys. You can simply select the number of the player that you want to appear on the jersey and the manufacturers will make your order ready within few days. These customizable jerseys have a huge popularity among fans, even they are expensive than others.

If you are not in a position to afford an authentic jersey, you can go for a premier one. It is the best alternative available for the authentic jerseys at a lower cost. However, you cannot expect the best quality in these jerseys. In addition, you can find many replica cheap jerseys at cheaper prices in the present world. However, you should not go for this, unless you really cannot afford the original ones.

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The history of NFL

Unlike other sports, NFL doesn’t have a big history that runs of centuries. Instead, it is equipped with a history of few decades that is filled with many ups and downs. The birth of NFL happened during a late night meeting that took place at Hupmobile Auto showroom in Ohio during 1920. In this meeting, 4 of the leading Ohio football clubs got together in order to discuss about forming a single league for American football. This meeting gave life to the American Professional Football Associated, which operated under a set of pre-defined rules. Two years later, the name of the associated was changed to National Football League.

Akron_football_1920These four football clubs sensed the need of expanding NFL in order to make it a more popular and productive. Therefore, they conducted meetings with several other pro teams in Great Lakes region. NFL in 1920 was quite different from what we see today. Those first franchises included Canton Bulldogs, Akron Pros., Dayton Triangles, Cleveland Indians, Hammond Pros, Columbus Panhandles, Rochester Jefferson’s, Muncie Flyers, Buffalo All Americans, Rock Island Independents, Detroit Heralds, Chicago tigers, Racine Cardinals and Decatur Stanley’s. Unlike these days, the games were played as a small town league with the participation of few hundred fans.

Throughout the past few decades, new teams joined the league at a dizzying speed. This enhanced the fan base at a rapid pace, which enhanced its popularity in a great manner. Even though you cannot find the above mentioned teams in the modern world league, you can find The Green Bay Packers, who joined one year after the formation of the league. Racine Cardinals and Decatur Stanley’s also lasted until recent past, but they were forced to change their names to Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears as a result of relocations.

footballAs mentioned earlier, NFL had to face several ups and downs throughout its journey for over nine decades. At the initial stage, they focused on large eastern cities and small Midwestern towns. When they became popular in those areas, they focused on expansion in urban areas. They took a wise decision to expand the league to urban areas in the right time because it enhanced the stability through enhanced attendance. They had to face many issues with cultural relevance and financial viability. Some of those issues can even be seen nowadays. However, most of the financial issues have been solved since it is one of the most money making sports available.

Those days, baseball was recognized as the national pastime of Americans. Baseball icons such as Babe Ruth had the ability to fill huge stadiums with thousands of fans. However, that popularity and attention passed gradually to NFL throughout the history. Now, many people prefer NFL than baseball in America. This popularity is increasing day by day and the entire league definitely has a better future.

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