If Ickey Woods hadn’t danced for Cincinnati, I’m not sure I would have cared much about football in the late 1980s. The Ickey Shuffle captivated the entire city as the team marched to the Super Bowl.
Introducing the 1988 NFL Most Valuable Player, Boomer Esiason. Norman Julius led the Bengals to the Super Bowl while leading all quarterbacks in passer rating and ten other offensive categories. Despite the heartbreaking loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII, Boomer beat out Randall Cunningham, Roger Craig, Mike Singletary, Warren Moon, Keith Millard, and Herschel Walker for the Associated Press MVP Award.
Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times in his 13-year career for the Bengals.
If you are sick and tired of buying shirts and ties and other cliché gifts for Christmas, FIKI Sports could be a perfect solution. If you have a sports fan on your shopping list that you haven’t found the perfect gift for yet, you can get MLB, NFL, or NCAA-themed Tabletop Football set for him or her. Pictured above is the Cincinnati Bengals edition, with logos appearing on both the 5×7 “field” and the stitched leather football.
I previously wrote about the Reds set, and the rules haven’t changed since then. The field is slightly different, showing the football markings rather than a baseball diamond, but everything else retains the same dimensions.
Without a doubt, these games will bring back memories of sitting in study hall, flicking and kicking the notebook paper football back and forth. It makes a perfect gift for those who are looking to give something a little different this Christmas.
While trying to find a Turk Schonert football card (and failing…do any exist?), I made an interesting discovery. I stumbled across this article on boston.com mentioning Schonert, and displaying this non-Schonert card, which looks like a 1987 Topps issue, but there are some small differences.
Underneath the team banner, there is a small strip that says “1000 Yard Club,” and the Patriots logo is shown in a circle in the bottom right corner. I have never seen a card like this before, and I hate not knowing stuff, so I started scouring the internet for information. A Google image search for “1987 Topps Stanley Morgan” produced two main results: Morgan’s 1987 base card with a different photo, and Morgan’s 1987 glossy 1000 Yard Club insert card with the same photo as the card to the right. Surely no one went to all the trouble to switch out the photos, add a strip under the team name, and add the team logo to the front of the card, did they?
In 1987, Topps released a set of American football cards for the UK market with these variations and a slightly smaller size. There were only a few cards per team (88 cards total) and some of the cards do feature the same photo as their North American counterparts, while others trade out the regular photo for the glossy insert photo. The card backs are different as well, showing only the previous year’s statistics, facts about the player, and some information about the game of football. For instance, Rueben Mayes‘ card educates the UK collector about the “power sweep” play.
You can pick up a complete set on eBay for only $69.99, or hand-pick your favorites from sportlots.com; many of them can be had for as low as eighteen cents plus shipping (click on the “football” radio button and search for “1987 Topps American/UK”). Had I made this discovery a week ago, I would have purchased the four Bengals included in the set: Boomer Esiason, James Brooks, Cris Collinsworth, and Tim McGee.
But no Turk Schonert.
I feel a “fun card” coming on.
After recording one sack in each of the last three seasons, Frostee Rucker has brought down the opposing quarterback three times already this year. Not bad for a guy named after a Wendy’s dessert.
(Yes, I know it’s spelled differently. Just go with it, OK?)
Another Twitterer (@cjcochart87), Colin Cochart was an undrafted free agent when the Bengals signed him in 2011.
The Oakland Raiders brought in one of Carson Palmer‘s old buddies, signing former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Will it be enough to bring Palmer back to his former glory? Will Whose-your-momma start racking up receptions once again? He tied for the league lead in 2007 with 112, but last season in Baltimore was pretty dismal. Only time will tell if these old friends can reignite their careers on the west coast.