They Put Their Pants On One Side At A Time

     Another thirteen 'year pages' have been added to the database, and we are now up through 1986.  The first team season pages were also added to the database Tuesday, as the 2010 Packers and 2010 Steelers are now in the fold.  As soon as the 1987-2009 year pages are complete, our main goal by website launching, which is four days away, will be to have all of the 2010 team season pages in, as well as all of the 2010 weekly matchup pages done.  Then, after the website launches, we will gradually work on the putting in of previous seasons.
     Yesterday we explained briefly how the navigation of this part of the site will operate, perhaps today a brief tutorial here with a working example would be in order.  Leave this page open to follow along and do the following in a new window.  You can go to either the Packers or Steelers 2010 team season page, either by clicking either of those teams on the '2010 page' or the 2010 thumbnail on either the Pittsburgh or Green Bay team pages.  As these are the only two team-seasons completed yet, you'll notice by clicking any of the other thumbnails on these pages, you'll simply get the full-size view of the image.  When the site is complete, however, all thumbnail links will act as these two do.
     Scroll down on the team page to the bottom, you'll see the post-season games, and on the right Super Bowl XLV, which looks something like this picture to the right.  There are five things that can be clicked on here.  1.) The maroon arrow: Clicking on the image will naturally display a full-size image of the matchup.  2.) The blue arrow:  Clicking on the opponent's team name will take you to that team's season page.  3.) The purple arrow:  Clicking on the result of the game (i.e. "W, 31-25") will take you to the box score of the game.  4.)  The green arrow, which isn't active yet, will take you to all the games played that week [or in the case of the Super Bowl, all of the postseason games.] 5.) The red arrow: Clicking on the "vs" (or "at" in the case of away games) will take you to the team-vs-team historical matchup pages, which we'll talk about in a moment.
     You'll notice that below the game is the date and time of the game, as well as announcer information.  Our website historian, Tim Brulia, was one of the researchers who contributed to the compilation of this announcer data at another website.  This announcer information goes all the way back to 1950.  You'll also notice the box score data at only goes back to 1940.
     A feature which will take some time to implement will be the team historical matchup pages.  We have completed one, the Packers-Steelers, as a sample. On the team page, at the Super Bowl thumbnail, if you'll click the "vs" you will be taken to this page.  These pages do take a lot of time to compile, therefore our plan is to roll these out by the time each matchup next occurs, therefore by Week 1 2011, we hope to have in the database Packers-Saints, Falcons-Bears, Browns-Bengals and all of the other matchups scheduled for that week.  Therefore the last of the inter-conference matchups, those that occurred last year, AFC North vs NFC South, etc., will be the last to be added to the database, as these teams aren't scheduled to meet again until 2014, however, we may get them entered sooner if possible.

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     Tuesday's discussion around here focused on the late 1960's San Francisco 49ers pant colors.  The shade of gold (not "yellow" gold, but actual "gold" gold) has been up for debate.  Apparently the 49ers, from 1964 through 1969 had "two-toned" pants.  The front was one shade of beige-gold, and the back was a different shade.  If you'll notice in this picture, particularly looking at the kicker's plant leg, you see the difference.   The front was "kinda satinny" and the back was more like a khaki spandex, but without the shimmer.  Does anybody know the reason/purpose for these two-toned pants?
     Initially we weren't going to include this information, feeling that it may lead to some confusion, however, in the interest of accuracy, we have decided to add this, and we have indicated the color difference in the database as in the image to the right.  This, I believe, clearly conveys the fact that there is a difference in the shade of color of the front and back sides of the pants.
     While researching this, however, we came across a couple pics of John Brodie (below) which indicate they were still wearing these pants in games in 1970 and 1971.  (The picture on the left is from November 8, 1970 against Chicago, and the picture on the right, we believe to be from October 10, 1971 versus Los Angeles at home.)  So that's our next order of business on this matter, determining exactly when they stopped wearing these pants.

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     One more item of business, here is a artistically (debatable) colorized version of the 1942 Redskins-Dodgers New York Times pic we discussed yesterday:


  1. In the signed Brodie photo, if it's '71 it can't be at San Francisco. 1971 was their first season at Candlestick, and artificial turf was waiting for them when they arrived.

    I'm loving this blog! I suspect I'll be spending quite a bit of online time here.

  2. Tom,

    Glad you like it! We made the fix.

  3. The two-tone pants, as I recall, was common in the 80's. Most teams that wore non-white pants had a shiny side and a matte side. One team that particularly sticks out to me was the Cowboys (though I despise them, they were on TV all the time, so aside from my Bears, a white pants team, they were one that I noticed). I am surprised this feature started in the 60's. Or that the 49ers did not do it in the 80's since they did it in the 60's.



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