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Each episode of “When Football Was Football” will take the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Your host, Joe Ziemba, will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!

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Each episode of “When Football Was Football” will take the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Your host, Joe Ziemba, will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!

    120,000 Witness High School Football Game in 1937!!!

    120,000 Witness High School Football Game in 1937!!!

    When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
    EPISODE SUMMARY
    On this episode of “When Football Was Football,” we’ll take a break from covering professional football and journey back to 1937 for a celebration of one of Chicago’s most prominent annual sporting events: the Prep Bowl. Each year, the high school season in the city would conclude with the enormously popular clash between the champions of the Chicago Catholic League and the Chicago Public League. Things have changed over the years, of course, but for decades the Prep Bowl easily garnered one of the largest attendances of any sporting competition in the United States.
    Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this episode here.
    WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
    Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.
    Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy
    When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL
    Music for the episode - https://www.purple-planet.com/

    • 20 min
    In The Beginning: An NFL Interview With Joseph T. Sternaman

    In The Beginning: An NFL Interview With Joseph T. Sternaman

    When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
    EPISODE SUMMARY
    And, you may ask, who is Joseph T. Sternaman?
    Sternaman was more commonly known as Joey Sternaman during his professional football playing days from 1922 through 1930. As such, Joey was actually the very first quarterback of the Bears when the team incorporated in Chicago in 1922. He was also the head coach of the Duluth Kelleys in 1923 as well as the player/owner/coach of the short-lived Chicago Bulls in 1926 when that team was a member of the original American Football League. And, for a short time, he was also a part-owner of the Chicago Bears!
    Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this episode here.
    WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
    Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.
    Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy
    When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL
    Music for the episode - https://www.purple-planet.com/

    • 15 min
    1948: The Last Hurrah of the Chicago Cardinals

    1948: The Last Hurrah of the Chicago Cardinals

    When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
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    Row One - the vintage shop for sports history fans!
    EPISODE SUMMARY
    Cardinals’ fans are familiar with the long, sad story concerning the current championship dry spell for the club that has now stretched into its 76th year. That will be 76 years this fall without an NFL title, the longest such streak in the National Football League, as well as in all professional sports! On this episode of “When Football Was Football” here on the Sports History Network, we’ll travel back to 1948 when the Cardinals franchise achieved its most successful regular season. And, what a season it was!
    Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this episode here.
    WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
    Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.
    Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy
    When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL
    Music for the episode - https://www.purple-planet.com/

    • 21 min
    SHN Presents: NO NONSENSE, OLD SCHOOL WEIGHTLIFTING HISTORY - SHN Trailers

    SHN Presents: NO NONSENSE, OLD SCHOOL WEIGHTLIFTING HISTORY - SHN Trailers

    NO NONSENSE, OLD SCHOOL WEIGHTLIFTING HISTORY is presented by the Sports History Network, the headquarters for sports yesteryear.
    ABOUT SHOW:
    My name is Mark Morthier, and I host yesterday’s Sports on the Sports History Network. As many of you know from reading my articles and listening to my podcasts, I am not only an avid weightlifter but a fan of the sport as well. I’m excited to share my newest adventure, a show dedicated to promoting weightlifting, while also looking back at some weightlifting history. I’ll share some of my own stories and interview weightlifters from both past and present.
    I competed in Olympic Weightlifting from 1981 to 1989 and powerlifting from 2011 to 2019. Although I wasn’t what one might call “a naturally gifted lifter,” I managed to clean & jerk 140 kilos/308 lbs at 179 lbs body weight. In my later years, I achieved a 600-pound deadlift and a 431-pound front squat in my mid-fifties. Although I was more successful in powerlifting, setting New Jersey and New York State records in Masters Competitions, I’ll always consider myself an Olympic Weightlifter. I’ve also written a book on weight training titled No Nonsense, Old School Weight Training, which is available on Amazon.
    NO NONSENSE, OLD SCHOOL WEIGHTLIFTING (Amazon affiliate link)
    I hope that you will enjoy the show, and please leave a comment or offer a suggestion. And if you’re an Olympic lifter, past or present, let me know if you’d like to set up an interview, and I’ll do my best to have you on the show. Stay strong and God bless!

    • 2 min
    Dick Tracy and the Chicago Cardinals

    Dick Tracy and the Chicago Cardinals

    When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
    EPISODE SUMMARY
    Long before we could watch football games on our phones, or talk with our friends using our wrist watch, there was Dick Tracy. On this episode of “When Football Was Football,” we’ll visit the original Dick Tracy, a crime fighting cartoon character whose fame achieved world-wide status thanks to a rather large former lineman from the Chicago Cardinals. We’ll also visit with an enormously successful punt returner for the Cardinals whose brief career, and small stature, in the NFL has been largely forgotten, but whose story remains an inspiration.
    When you encounter an NFL player named “Tiny,” your expectations for the story behind that nickname intensify. Was he a big man, or rather a smaller player? Sometimes, nicknames can often go both ways…
    Read the entire episode blog post and check out some other cool info regarding this episode here.
    WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
    Each episode takes the listener back to the very early days of the National Football League. Author Joe Ziemba will share a forgotten or lost story from one of the NFL’s two oldest teams: The Bears and the Cardinals. Team championships, individual exploits, or long-buried items of interest from the earliest years of the NFL will be dusted off and resurrected for the listener. Not for the football faint-of-heart since these programs will document when the struggling Bears nearly went out of business or when Cardinals’ players earned $15 a game and were proud of it! It’s NFL history—with a twist!. See Joe's books below.
    Cadets, Canons, and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy
    When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL
    Music for the episode - https://www.purple-planet.com/

    • 18 min
    SHN Presents: Gridiron Greats Magazine Podcast - SHN Trailers

    SHN Presents: Gridiron Greats Magazine Podcast - SHN Trailers

    When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
    NETWORK SPONSORS
    Row One - the vintage shop for sports history fans!
    HIGHLIGHTED SHOW
    I am Chad Cain your host of One Guy with a Mic Presents: History of Dingers and Dunks. I am going to be bringing the history of baseball and basketball to life. For every one of you that doesn’t know anything about the history of baseball or basketball, this is your place to learn.
    If you know some knowledge about baseball and basketball this is your place to know more. If you have more knowledge than others around you this is your safe space. I can always learn from each and every one of you as well.
    Learn more about the show on the Sports History Network.

    • 1 min

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