The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

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The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by Brilad » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:36 pm

This was annoying even at the time and even years later, it seems unfathomable.

It reached it's low point in our school when John White burst through to score a try, only to run under the posts, throw the ball down theatrically to the floor, and then prance around like a censored doing a celebratory 'touchdown' jig, much to the bemusement of the games teacher.

Then there were the outlandish coats. Many of my school chums felt it necessary to show their support for the miami dolphins etc, despite us being something like 6000 miles away from the place - as sported by Craig Charles in the excellent 'Ghostwatch' programme.

Thankfully, it's all just a memory now...


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Post by merman » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:56 pm

A very blinkered view. I was heavily into American Football back then, even playing it at school in a PE lesson (just touch football, no proper blocking/tackling).

Sorting out the bookshelves this weekend I found a stack of Super Bowl souvenir programmes from the early 1990s, and my Official NFL Records & Facts Book - which I actually bought with a book token earned as a school academic prize. (One friend got The Cure Songbook, another got Monty Python Just the Words!)

I've not watched as much in recent years, but still enjoy the sport. The real pity is that the collective bargaining agreement that brought in free agency (and greater competition) has come to an end, and at the moment a union strike could mean the cancellation of all the matches, including the international series match due to be played at Wembley.
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Post by the_hawk » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:59 pm

I guess the grid-iron fad has faded a bit in recent times as the kids these days can watch over commercialised overpaid pampered sportsmen running round a field a bit closer to home these days. :wink:
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Post by jdanddiet » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:05 pm

blimey I hope PSJ doesn't see this
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Post by thingonaspring » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:14 pm

to be fair, to those who aren't outright fans... it wasa bit of a fad that was really big all of a sudden in school (well, mine as well as the OP's by the sounds of it), and then disappeared just as quickly. everybody was picking teams to "follow", based mostly on how those terrible looking jackets looked etc. couple of my friends even played for a local team, but that didn't stick around long either.

no offence to anyone, it's not my cup of tea, and it never was either :D

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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by Crunchy » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:28 pm

If you weren't there at Wembley in '91 to see the London Monarchs batter the Barcelona Dragons 21-0 to lift the World Bowl then consider yourself a part-timer.

Half time entertainment by the Crown Jewels cheerleaders too. The number of non-mingers among them was easily as high as three. Chunky girls but enthusiastic.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:44 am

American Football > British Football.

I'm not a follower (I don't really watch any sports) but I don't mind a spot of American Football, its far more interesting a game than soccer.
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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by psj3809 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:08 am

Hmmmm !!!!

Back in the 80's when it first arrived it was so different, i remember one of the first American Bowls at Wembley and the crowd cheering everytime the guy punted the ball which was laughable as thats not an 'exciting moment'. But over time the fans started to know a ton about the sport. It was sad when Channel 4 lost the rights but Sky have done a great job with lots of live games every weekend.

The NFL is still very popular, instead of a crappy friendly preseason game they have one real regular season game a year at Wembley. Plus good point by Crunchy, for a while in the early 90's the World League of American Football was huge with the London Monarchs, however poor attendances shut the league down for 3 years and then it came back as an all europe affair, the germans loved it and had huge crowds but by this time the Monarchs were poor attended and gimmicks such as getting the Fridge to play for them (When he was well past it and terrible) annoyed the hardcore fans. The WLAF actually shot themselves in the foot though by tricking the tabloids. Ellery Hanley who was huge in rugby at the time said he was going to try out for the WLAF and was pictured at training camp, huge photos on the back pages of the tabloids, at the end of the day it was a publicity stunt and one which backfired as the tabloids seemed to mostly ignore the league despite getting 60,000 in their first season at Wembley.

Still NFL Europe helped produce a Superbowl winning QB in Brad Johnson (Tampa Bay) and most famously Kurt Warner (Rams/Cardinals) and Jake Delhomme (Panthers) led his team to the Superbowl. All 3 played in NFL Europe and in interviews say how good it was for their career. But by this time fans had moved on, they didnt want meaningless preseason games at Wembley, they didnt want to see backup/3rd string players in NFL Europe, they wanted the real thing and its great theres a proper game at Wembley every year.

The NFL clothes back in the 80's were funny to look back at, huge great ski jackets with logos which were the rage or converse trainers with logos. Dont know why Brilad seems so anti it. I cant stand cricket but wont create threads on how annoying it is to see it on tv. Yeah you had fans of Miami who lived miles and miles away, perhaps there should be a law then that youre not allowed to support any premiership teams if you live in India/Australia/China etc?

The NFL is still very popular (As i said thats why they have that NFL game every year) and I cant wait for the season to start September time. Nowadays i'm spoilt, years back i would listen to a crackly reception on Armed Forces Radio, now i pay about 140 quid for a season pass which means i can watch any game live on Sunday via my PC and the games are archived so i can watch others throughout the week.

Anyway sorry for waffling on, if you give american football a chance its a great sport and is full of strategy and not 'just big blokes wearing padding hitting each other' as idiots seem to suggest.

But granted, it was the 80's but those big NFL ski jackets at school would look very funny all these years later.
merman wrote:I've not watched as much in recent years, but still enjoy the sport. The real pity is that the collective bargaining agreement that brought in free agency (and greater competition) has come to an end, and at the moment a union strike could mean the cancellation of all the matches, including the international series match due to be played at Wembley.
To be fair this strike has really annoyed me , you've got tragedies like the one in Japan and then you have at the same time these multi-millionaire football players wanted even more money. The salary cap is a great idea (and one the premiership should have) and having free agency is 'good' in a way (Just like the Bosman in the premiership) but its frustrating seeing your team draft players, train them year after year and then lose them for nearly nothing as they cant afford to keep all these young players. But the premiership badly needs a salary cap.

It looks like the strike will be over in the next week or so, it 'shouldnt' affect preseason much but its been a boring offseason with no trades/signings etc.
Crunchy wrote:If you weren't there at Wembley in '91 to see the London Monarchs batter the Barcelona Dragons 21-0 to lift the World Bowl then consider yourself a part-timer.

Half time entertainment by the Crown Jewels cheerleaders too. The number of non-mingers among them was easily as high as three. Chunky girls but enthusiastic.
Great shout, i remember that 1991 season, in the second game that year a homegrown player scored a touchdown late on in a game at Wembley which was a huge moment. That final was excellent with QB Stan Gelbaugh and K Phil Alexander. Phil Alexander was playing in front of 80 people at Wokingham Town (My hometown which i used to go and watch) and the next minute hes in front of 60,000 people at Wembley kicking. Amazing story.

There was one cheerleader, HUGE chest, apparently shes an actress now as they had a 'where did they go?' feature on the cheerleaders ages back in one of hte papers.

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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by Sir Hilary Bray » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:49 pm

Didn't Oz from Auf Wiedersehen Pet buy his son a Miami Dolphins jacket? :lol:

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Post by Sureshot » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:30 am

How couldn't you get caught up in the US Footie craze with gems like this.

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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by psj3809 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:24 am

Ha ha i remember the Glasgow Diamonds. In the mid-late 80's there were a ton of american football teams in the UK, all amateur but had a ton of spirit.

Very funny video

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Post by merman » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:26 am

A mate of mine used to play for the Newmarket Harriers, went to see a match once. The Newmarket fans (including myself) disputed a call, the head umpire threw a flag and called the Harriers for a "noise violation", penalising them 10 yards. Very unfair! :evil:
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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by djcarlos » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:39 am

I was well into NFL for about two years... I went to the States in 1994 and bought a load of NFL trading cards with an album.....don't think I've looked at them since!

Reckon they're worth anything?
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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by Alarm » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:46 am

NFL never made a mark at my school. I didn't (and still don't) know anyone in the UK who watches it.

About the closest I got to it was reading a review of Gridiron on the Speccy, enjoying two-player Cyberball in the arcade and sort-of-enjoying one of the John Madden games on the SNES.

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Re: The NFL 'craze' of the mid 80s to early 90s

Post by lanky316 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:40 pm

Still feels weird to read the title and see it referred to as a fad and craze from 20 years ago when it's bigger now over here but there we go! PSJ put up a nice piece so not much to really add from there!
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