This time I take the DeLorean to many timelines in "The World of Football" with podcast host and football historian, Rand Snow. You may have read or heard some of his work before, and if you did, you very well may know how much of a Detroit Lion's fan he is. So yes, as a diehard Lion's fan myself, this episode does tilt a little bit that way. Don't worry though, we get into so much football history, the episode ended up going over an hour. Below are a few of the topics we discuss:
His experience at the most recent Professional Football Researcher's Association Convention (listen to episode 203 of The World of Football for a more in-depth rundown of the events
The meat and potatoes of the interview revolved around the most recent issue of the Coffin Corner, a bi-monthly publication from the Professional Researchers Association - Randy had an article make the front cover, titled "10 Things You Didn't Know About the Detroit Lions"
Randy has visited numerous graves of football legends throughout his years. We discussed some of his most cherished, the reason behind it, and even where he's taking my DeLorean if he could spend a day with one person from the graves.
There's so much more I can't include it all. You'll just have to listen to hear all the neat stories Randy shares
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What do I know about The World of Football? Plenty. I have traveled quite a bit over the years and I've experienced many aspects of the football world first hand.
I saw my first NFL game in 1975 at the age of 16 when my brother took me to a Detroit Lions game. The Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers that day, 13-10. It was the first season that the Lions played in the Pontiac Silverdome.
I played high school football in 1976 at Maple Valley High School in Vermontville, Michigan. At 115 pounds, I was the third-string offensive center for the MV Lions. I was terrible as a player, but I was, and always have been, a huge fan of the game.
In 1983, I attended my first United States Football League (USFL) game, also at the Pontiac Silverdome. The Michigan Panthers defeated the Chicago Blitz 17-12. In 1985 I flew out to Arizona from Michigan to see Doug Flutie and the New Jersey Generals play Doug Williams and the Arizona Outlaws. Arizona won the game, 31-13. (I was young and single at the time and could afford to do crazy stuff like that)
I went to my first Canadian Football League game in Toronto in 1994, again to see Doug Flutie play. This time he was playing for the visiting Calgary Stampeders. Calgary beat the Toronto Argonauts, 52-3 at the SkyDome.
In 2000, I attended my first Arena Football League game. The Grand Rapids Rampage lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Storm 74-54, but I had such a great time that night that I was hooked on the game. I became a Rampage season ticket holder the very next season.
In 2003, I began covering the Rampage for the website, ArenaFan.com. I also attended my first National Indoor Football League game and my first arenafootball2 game that year. The NIFL game was in Fort Wayne, Indiana between the Fort Wayne Freedom and the visiting Tennessee Riverhawks. The af2 game was in Kentucky between the Louisville Fire and the Quad City Steamwheelers at Freedom Hall.
Also in 2003, I got to see Doug Flutie play in person yet again. This time he was the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers in a game at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions. San Diego won the game, 14-7.
In 2005, I added two more indoor leagues to the list of games that I attended, the Atlantic Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football. The Fort Wayne Freedom had jumped to the UIF when I saw them for the second time and I also took in an AIFL game in Ohio between the Canton Legends and the visiting Johnstown Riverhawks.
In 2006, I covered the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League for the website, OurSportsCentral.com. In 2007 and 2008 I covered the Kalamazoo Xplosion of the Continental Indoor Football League (formerly the GLIFL). I also covered the Fort Wayne Fusion of arenafootball2 in 2007, the Fort Wayne Freedom of the CIFL in 2008 and 2009, and the Fort Wayne Firehawks in 2010.
Along the way, I have also attended countless pee-wee, high school, college, and even Women's football games.
I have also written articles for AmericanChronicle.com (2006-2011) and Yahoo! Voices (2011-2014). I was a member of the Arena Football League Writer's Association from 2005-2008 and 2010 and have been a member of the Professional Football Researcher's Association since 2010. In order to combine my love of football with my love for the military, I ran Operation Gridiron Airlift from 2008-2010, which accepted donations of new and used footballs and sent them to U.S. troops serving overseas.
Welcome to my world, The World of Football.
THE FOOTBALL HISTORY DUDE BACKGROUND
The Football History Dude is a show dedicated to teaching NFL fans about the rich history of the game we all know and love. I’m your host, Arnie Chapman, and I’m just a regular dude that loves football and is a nerd when it comes to learning about history. I created this show to share the gridiron knowledge nuggets I gain from researching various topics about the history of the National Football League. Each episode I welcome you to climb aboard my DeLorean to travel back in time to explore the yesteryear of the gridiron, and yes, that’s a reference to the Back to the Future Movies.