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New York Giants quarterback Charlie Conerly (#42) looks to pass as the Baltimore Colts end Gino Marchetti (#89) applies pressure during the 1959 NFL Championship game at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore, Maryland 12/27/1959 (Image # 2069 )

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NFL, the National Football league, There are still believe it, or not there is still a hand full of teams from the old NFL, pre 1970 NFL-AFL merger who have never won a super bowl, and there are some shockingly never made an appearance.  Lets have a look first at all the NFL teams who were in the NFL prior to 1970

 

Lets have a look at who was in the NFL in 1969;  these are teams who have never won a Super Bowl. The Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Theses are teams that joined the NFL, at various times through the 1940’s, and 1950’s, and 1960’s; with the Lions joining the league in 1930 being the oldest.


Now shall we take this a step further, shockingly even more, some of these teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl. We have the Cleveland Browns, and the Detroit Lions. The interesting thing about the old NFL. The Browns, Lions, and Eagles have all won NFL championships, in the 1950’s and 60’s, which were played in cold northern cities out doors in the snow, not a very pretty sight, but since the super bowl era, the Lions, and Browns never made it past the NFL championship, and only the Detroit Lions have never made it to the NFC championship in the post NFL championship era. You know very sadly no one cares about the old NFL. The Lions have actually won 4 NFL championship 1935,1952,1953,1957 if only they were called the Super Bowl back then.




The NFL championships have gone largely forgotten. The Detroit Lions with there 4 championship wins, and beating the beating Cleveland Browns in 1957 with there final appearance in an NFL title game, but nobody care or remembers outside of Detroit. The old timers can fondly remember those 1950’s wins with the flamboyant Bobby Layne years wining 3 of those championships. If they were Super Bowls we would remember them, but since pre-Super Bowl they are totally forgotten.




Its only fair to add the AFL, which was formed in 1959, and launched in 1960; These original AFL teams have never won a Super Bowl. The Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers now the Tennessee Titans, The San Diego Chargers, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Since the Titans records are part of the old Oilers, they have won two AFL championships, 1960, and 1961; with the Chargers winning a AFL championship in 1963; although all these are great accomplishments, but with the inception of the Super Bowl, again totally forgotten, as if they were never played.




This as if Major League Baseball’s National league being the senior circuit as it’s called didn’t play a world series until 1946, and both leagues had separate championships. The American league had there, National league with theirs, since they were separate leagues. Then in 1947 boom all merged up, and the world series begins, and those great Yankees championships with Ruth, DiMaggio, and Gehrig forgotten, can you imagine, but the American league was formed early enough in 1901, with the first World series in 1903; with the Boston Americans, and The Pittsburgh Pirates, with any National league championships befroe ’03 pretty much long forgotten.


Where was the first NFL Super Bowl played, the Los Angeles Coliseum

We got the picture, so with the new expansion teams. There are still newer franchises who have not won a Super Bowl. There are the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers,  and I strongly believe, as long as the Lions been in the NFL, these new teams will win the big Super Bowl for sure.




Here’s a bit of NFL trivia, there are two teams who have the longest drought since appearing and winning there perspective Super Bowls. The Jets winning Super Bowl 3; in 1968 beating the favorite Baltimore Colts, and the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl 4 in 1969 beating Joe Kapp, and his Minnesota Vikings, both these teams have not only not won another Super Bowl. The Chiefs nor the Jets haven’t even been back since. Which is amazing, this should tell you how hard it is to win. As the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the first championship in the city since the 1964 Browns. The Brown, and Indians do have hope. The championship era was very big very big fan turn out, and televised, also the AFL

 

 

 

who was the first super bowl mvp

 

What Network is televising the Super Bowl. You will find the big game on CBS this year. With Phil Simms, and Jim Nantz. I like these guys. They have been together for years calling games. Phil Simms the color, and Nantz one of the best at play by play.

How much is a 30 second ad the the Super Bowl, it’s 5 million dollars. The reason the Super Bowl is the biggest of all sports championships. It’s one game, no best of 5, or 7; just playoff rounds to get there.

Where is the Super Bowl played this year, In Santa Clara,CA at Levi’s Stadium. The home of the San Francisco 49ers. Which is a ball field that’s been around only a few years, and the first time the big game will be played there. I lived in Sunnyvale as a kid in the late 60’s which is just around the corner.

Who were the first Super Bowl teams. The Green Bay Packers, and The Kansas City Chiefs. This is when both teams were in totally separate leagues. The Packers in the NFL, which was the original league, and KC in the new AFL, that just been around for 6 years.

When did the the NFL and AFL merge. The both leagues became one officially in 1970; with The Baltimore Colts winning the first Super Bowl in the post merger era. We had the Baltimore Colts defeating the Dallas Cowboys 16 to 13

 

Who performed the first Super Bowl National Anaheim. University of Arizona, University of Michigan Marching Bands & UCLA choir.

 

will smith oscar bound

 

Will Smith will not win an Oscar, probably never. He fits into the category of Tom Cruise. He has to decide on making big movies all the time, and occasional small Oscar worthy film, or what. In Hollywood you really can’t have it both ways. Ask Tom Cruise, or you could have asked Paul Newman up until he finally won in 1987 at aged 61 for The Color Of Money.

I’m not taking anything away from Mr. Smith, he is the most money earning black actor on the planet, and did the right thing in picking his projects. Frankly if it was me, show me the money too. Now its crunch time, and actors in his same spot want that Oscar, to show there fans. I can really act, and I’m not just an action adventure guy. What really helps when they play real people, on top of that with an accent. These things help, but don’t guarantee Oscar gold.

Will Smith has played real people in the past, and was passed up by that elusive gold statue. He was nominated for best actor for Ali 2002, and The Pursuit Of Happyness in 2007; and passed up for both. I didn’t think both performances were Oscar worth in the first place. I think Will over acted in both of these movies, Happyness being really the best performance. They were very good, but not good enough. I think an unknown actor should have played Ali, and would have won, since Ali himself was a larger than life person that was still living, and everyone knows who he is plus hes still very relevant.  Like Al Pacino in the Godfather, even though, Michael Corleone was a fictional character, but the gamble paid off, by Coppola betting on an unknown actor against Paramount honchos wishes.

I like Will Smith, he is a good actor, he’s what the doctor ordered for African American Cinema. We need a dozen Will Smith’s out there making big Hollywood money that are black, male or female we need them desperately. If he never wins an Oscar, we still have a very good actor, with great memorable performances. He should not fill to bad if he never wins, maybe he dose not care either way who knows. I will tell you he’s in a great company of male stars. Who have never won an acting Oscar, but are still legends, and with a list of great iconic performances.

We have Kirk Douglas, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, John Garfield, Montgomery Clift, Steve McQueen,Dana Andrews, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, now that’s unbelievable hes been nominated 8 times. Albert Finney nominated 5 times no wins. These two not for acting Clint Eastwood, or Robert Redford. They both won for directing. Some have more than one. Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy, Melvin Douglas,Fredric March, Jack Lemmon  Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Marlon Brando,and then Daniel Day-Lewis, with an amazing 3 Best Actor Oscars. The Academy award is like winning the Super Bowl. All you really need is one.

 

Will Smith got his star in show business as a rapper.