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When Football Was Football - Sports History Network EPISODE 19, 1st February 2021
1947: Last Cardinals' Championship

1947: Last Cardinals' Championship

When Football Is Football is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear.


Back in 1947, the team was still in Chicago and was taking advantage of a talented crop of returning veterans along with some promising rookies—including the great Charley Trippi—to push for the crown in the competitive western division of the NFL. Since there was no Super Bowl, the championship game would pit the winners of the eastern and western circuits against each other in a battle to secure the overall NFL championship. However, for the Cardinals, the real prize would be the opportunity to conquer their heated rivals—the Chicago Bears—for the western crown. The winner of that game would then face the eastern champs on December 28.

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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.

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