Vintage Pro Football Teams

Providence Steam RollersLong before the Patriots won championships for New England it was the Steam Rollers from Providence.  The Steam Rollers would be the only NFL team to play home games in the state of Rhode Island. They would win one Championship in 1928 before the team folded in 1933.

Staten Island StapletonsThe Stapletons were founded in 1915 as a local club football team but were admitted into the NFL in 1925. They would compete with other local New York City teams like the New York Giants and Brooklyn Football Dodgers. While the “Stapes” had success they couldn’t survive the Great Depression and had to fold in 1935.

Frankford Yellow JacketsThe First team to bring the state of Pennsylvania a professional football championship was the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1926. Not only did the Yellow Jackets win the championship but also won a record 14 games that season. This record wouldn’t be broken until the San Francisco 49ers went 15-1 in 1984.

Cleveland BulldogsThe Cleveland Bulldogs have a short but very controversial history. Before 1933, a championship game did not exist in the NFL, so the team with the best record was considered champion. In 1924, a 7-1-1 Bulldogs squad was handed the Trophy over a Chicago Bears team that went 6-1-4 and beat the Bulldogs.

Boston YanksMost people would agree the Nickname “Yanks” doesn’t sound right in a city like Boston. Team owner Ted Collins went with Yanks in hopes of someday moving his team to Yankee Stadium. In 1950, Collins dream came true when he relocated to New York and started playing home games in the historic Yankee Stadium.

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Nebraska-Omaha’s Rise to Hockey Royalty

When taking a look at this year’s Frozen Four participants one school looks a little out of place. Boston University started its Varsity Hockey program in 1918, and in 1926 and 1929, respectively, hockey programs started up at Providence College and the University of North Dakota. At the University of Nebraska Omaha the varsity hockey program is turning 18 years young this year. UNO might not have the pedigree of Providence who the Mavericks take on in the semi-finals but they have proven themselves over the last 6 seasons under Coach Dean Blais. Coach Blais came to the Mavericks after winning multiple national championships at college hockey powerhouse North Dakota.

Taking the Mavericks to their first Frozen Four is one of many steps to put UNO’s hockey team on the map. Next season Coach Blais will open the year in a brand new 7,500 seat arena to showcase how far the program has grown. The first step, though, is beating a talented Providence team who was only a game away from the Frozen Four last season. For the Mavericks to reach the championship on Saturday they will need a monster game from the nation’s best goalie Ryan Massa. Massa has an NCAA-best .939 save percentage and is backed by an outstanding defense. Can UNO bring home their first NCAA hockey championship or will they fade away on the big stage?

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Temple’s Comeback Season

For the Temple Men’s Basketball team it would be very easy to get upset with how the regular season came to an end. After going 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference and having an overall record of 23-10, Temple’s bubble was burst on Selection Sunday. The conciliation prize was the #1 overall seed in college basketball’s second tier tournament, the NIT.  For most teams the letdown of getting this close to the big dance would ruin a season but when it comes to the 2014-15 Owls, it’s another achievement! With a 26-10 record going into tonight’s Semi-Final against Miami the Owls have posted the best turnaround (+17 wins) of any team in the country this season. Now Temple has its chance to win a third NIT title in school history while playing in The World’s Most Famous Arena!

Point Guard and leading scorer Sheldon McClellan will lead Miami into Madison Square Garden to take on Temple’s veteran Guard combo of Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey. Will Cummings has been the catalyst in Temple’s comeback season and is red-hot in NIT play, averaging 22 PPG. A post season win against a formidable ACC opponent will not only prepare the Owls for the NIT Championship but will give them major momentum moving forward into next season. The winner of tonight’s contest will play the winner Old Dominion and Stanford on Thursday night.

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