Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wee bit of history
I know nuffin about football, but found this little tidbit of Pennsylvania's sports-related trivia interesting.
During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles.
I'm plagiarizing this from Wikkipedia (oops, I wasn't supposed to tell you that):
"Steagles" is the popular nickname for the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. The teams were forced to merge because both had lost many players to military service due to World War II. Officially the team was known simply as the Eagles (without a city designation), the Eagles-Steelers, or the Steelers-Eagles. (The NFL never even registered "Steagles" as a trademark.) However, the official NFL record book refers to the team as "Phil-Pitt."
And if you have the time to go over there, you'll see some mighty funny moments in several sports, some of which I can actually name. The sports, I mean. My favorite one is the very last picture, and I'm guessing the sport is soccer, but I really don't know.