Random Image Dump #6: Super Sunday Edition

The Super Bowl always reminds me of my father. He loved football. Oh, he had a healthy cynicism when it came to the multibillion dollar behemoth known as the NFL. I inherited that from him. He could compartmentalize though, tuning out the troubling aspects of the sport and the league long enough to enjoy the extraordinary athleticism on the field.

My dad played football in high school, which you’d never know because he never talked about himself much, but he was very good. I tried to play for one year in junior high school and was not very good (I’m good these days at tossing the pigskin around with my son, but hoops is my game, always will be). I loved my dad, so I loved watching games with him when I was a kid, before I really understood how the game worked. I loved the colorful uniforms (the midnight blue and silver Cowboys jerseys and the star on their helmets were early favorites). I marveled at the logos (an early indicator that graphic design was in my future).

So when I think of football today, I always associate it with things most people probably don’t even think about, like the aesthetics of uniform and logo design (which have both taken a nosedive since their glory days in the 1970s and 1980s). Most of all, I think about my dad. He died seven years ago. My eight year old son has taken an interest in watching the playoffs this year, which makes me smile (he loves the Bengals jerseys and unique, tiger-striped helmets—he has great taste in aesthetics already). We don’t care all that much about who wins or loses, though. It’s about time spent together. Fathers and sons. The cycle continues.

Walter Payton, “Sweetness.”
North Dallas Forty (1979) is probably the most scathing indictment of the pro game ever put to film.
My father, like most red blooded, straight males, was not immune to the charms of cheerleaders.
John Elway and the Denver Broncos broke the hearts of Cleveland Browns fans in the AFC Championship Game, January 11, 1987. I watched this overtime classic with my dad.
Commissioned art for the NFL in the 1970s was absolutely gorgeous.
Keanu Reeves and Brooke Langton being all cute together in the fun comfort movie The Replacements.
If you know this selection screen is from 1991’s NES game Tecmo Super Bowl then you probably spent as many hours as I did playing it until your fingers ached.
Whitney Houston set the gold standard for sporting event national anthems before Super Bowl XXV, January 27, 1991. I watched with my dad as his New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills, 20-19.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the absolutely beautiful Silver Linings Playbook. Go Eagles!

8 thoughts on “Random Image Dump #6: Super Sunday Edition

  1. Lovely post Michael, It’s touching to read your memories of your dad, and the new memories you’re making with your son. I still watch football with my old man. That’s Rugby League football, with six downs instead of four, and no blocking or forward passes.
    I haven’t watched the NFL in years. I used to follow the Packers in the 90s, in fact I’ve still got a Brett Favre bobblehead, and a couple of his #4 jerseys. The American jerseys are far superior to European sport shirts, with their tacky designs festooned with sponsors logos.
    I like the way the NFL teams rarely change their uniforms, although I don’t know why Tampa Bay dropped the creamsicle orange and the Errol Flynn inspired Buccaneer, for the pewter and red and skull and crossbones. I love the old Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers powder blue uniforms too. Enjoy your Superbowl Sunday!

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    1. Thank you so my pfriend. It’s nice to make and have these memories with our dads, isn’t it? And you named two of my all time favorite uniforms! The Bucs’ creamsicle unis are a work of art, and those Chargers powder blues are gorgeous. I think the Bucs ditched the creamsicles because they associated them with a couple decades of (mostly) futility. A real shame though, because they are far superior to the pewter and red look.

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  2. Keanu Reeves was in a football movie? Had no idea!

    This is a wonderful post, the way you’ve included images from football’s past, and also your involvement in the sport with your father and your son.

    Here’s to the Big Game today – may the best team win!

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