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View Diary: "The Grand Old Man": Memories of a Famous Season. George Blanda and the 1970 Raiders (70 comments)

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  •  a bit of trivia... (6+ / 0-)

    Blanda was born in Youngwood, PA.  That part of western Pennsylvania has been referred to as the "gridiron breadbasket".  Johhny Unitas was born in Pittsburgh, not far away.  Joe Montana was born 26 miles from Youngwood, in Eagle, PA.

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 09:32:57 AM PDT

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    •  As well as Dan Marino and Don Strock. (6+ / 0-)

      Wonderful tribute to my all time hero.

      Thanks, Keith930!

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 02:42:58 PM PDT

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      •  And, oddly enough-- Don Strock did a Blanda-- (0+ / 0-)

        --impression several times in 1982; coming in for the Dolphins rookie QB David Woodley to win a handful of games-- for my 'Fins on their way back to the Super Bowl vs. Redskins.

        jw1

        “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” --Peace Pilgrim

        by jw1 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 10:52:11 AM PDT

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    •  Don't forget Joe Namath... (6+ / 0-)

      from Beaver Falls.

      I was a Steeler girl back in the '70s (probably will always be a Steeler fan, although I moved away) and, while I don't remember Blanda specifically, I remember the Raiders kicking our butts regularly back then.  It looks like the rivalry has been revived, though, so we'll see you on October 27th (when you'll probably kick our tails again).  Ben can't seem to get a handle on the Raiders.

      Enjoyable read, Keith, and, for me, it sort of underscores a pitfall of being an intensely partisan fan...I don't remember the great ones so much from the other teams.  Thanks for reminding us.

      •  the Steeler-Raider rivalry was epic (5+ / 0-)

        Butts were kicked all around, and I don't remember any team dominating the other while the rivalry lasted.  That's what made it such a good rivalry.  We were equals.  And equally hungry for the win.  It was always a toss up who would prevail.

        Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

        by Keith930 on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 05:21:30 PM PDT

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