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Uni Watch DIY Project: NFL Team-Logo Paper Footballs!

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Hello! Paul here, taking a rare mid-August turn at the helm while Phil enjoys a well-earned day off. I’m happy to report that everything remains fine here at Uni Watch HQ, where all three inhabitants remain healthy and well. Hope the same is true for your household.

So: Back in early July we ran a guest entry from DIYer Kevin Cearfoss, who told us how he makes sensational 3D team logos. As Kevin and I were working on that piece, he showed me a bunch of photos of his memorabilia collection, and one of them in particular caught my eye. It was the photo shown above, featuring a bunch of triangular paper footballs adorned with hand-drawn NFL team logos. He told me he’d made them when he was a kid.

I just about flipped. Like a lot of people my age — and, I’m guessing, lots of Uni Watch readers — I spent countless hours playing paper football as a kid, mostly in my junior high cafeteria. My friends and I would play throughout our lunch period. At home, I’d practice making field goals across the length of my bedroom, trying to beat my own record.

If you’re not familiar with paper football, you clearly led a sad, deprived childhood it involves a sheet of paper folded into a triangular “ball” (there’s a video tutorial on how to do this here), with a tabletop serving as the “field.” There are many different variations on the rules, but the way we played was like this: You and your opponent sit at opposite sides of the table. When you have possession, you have four downs to hit or push or flick the ball down the field (but never slide it — that’s not allowed). If it falls off the opposite edge, that’s a touchback and your opponent takes possession.

The object is to get one corner of the ball overhanging the edge of your opponent’s side of the table — that’s a touchdown. Then you get to try an extra point by standing the ball on one of its corners and “kicking” it with your fingers while your opponent forms a set of goalposts with his or her fingers. (Our cafeteria rules also allowed for a player to attempt a field goal on fourth down, although I’ve since learned that many people played under rules that do not allow that option.)

The game is popular enough to have its own Wikipedia entry, and there are also lots of paper football YouTube videos. This one is short and simple — a good introduction for beginners, or a good refresher/nostalgia lesson for people who haven’t thought about this game in a few decades:

I was already fairly into sports logos already around the time I was playing paper football in junior high, but for some reason it never occurred to me to draw NFL team logos (or anything else) on our footballs.

In retrospect, though, it’s so obvious and perfect. Some of Kevin’s logo renderings were better than others, but they all had that spark of youthful inspiration that makes for a great childhood uni project. I particularly liked how he handled the Bengals, giving the football the same all-over stripe treatment that the team uses for its helmets.

And although I didn’t realize this at first, it also turns out that Kevin went the extra mile — or, in the more literal sense, the extra eighth of an inch — by including helmet striping along the edges of the footballs, a brilliant detail that would never even have occurred to me. Check out his Falcons and Dolphins balls, for example:

How awesome is that?! He included that same edge detailing for any team whose helmet design included center striping at the time.

I wanted to learn more. So after we ran the blog entry about Kevin’s 3D logos, I interviewed him about the paper footballs. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

Uni Watch: Let me start with this: What do you call this game? Like, paper football? Tabletop football? What is your name for it?

Kevin Cearfoss: Paper football.

UW: When did you start playing it?

KC: I would say seventh grade, 1985.

UW: And who would you play with?

KC: Just friends at school.

UW: Were you usually the guy who made the footballs? Or did everybody do that?

KC: I would say everybody did it. I was good at it, but everybody did it.

UW: Did you, like, take a certain satisfaction in it? Like, did you have a method of folding it to get it just right, and tucking in the last fold, and all that?

KC: I would say that I preferred a thicker football, as opposed to, you know, a flimsy, taller one. I liked them compact so I could really get a good flick on it.

UW: When you kicked it or flicked it, would you be hitting the broad, flat side of the football, so it was sort of like an arrow pointing down, or would you have it sort of facing forward and hit like the spine of it?

KC: The spine.

UW: So the flat part — the part where you drew the logos — you wouldn’t be hitting that part.

KC: I could do that. But I wouldn’t do it in game play. I would just do it to show off.

UW: Would you and your friends sometimes have, like, field goal kicking contests, just to see who could do it the farthest, instead of just having a regular game?

KC: Sure.

UW: At what point did you start adding the logos to the football?

KC: I’m not sure how I got started doing that. You know, I just liked to draw logos on helmets and that kind of stuff, and at some point I started doing it on the paper footballs. I’m pretty sure I did it at home, not at school. And I did the full set.

UW: You mean you did all, what was it, 28 NFL teams at that point?

KC: Yup, 28 teams.

UW: What did your friends think when they saw these team-logo footballs? Did they think that was cool?

KC: You know, Paul, I don’t know if anyone has ever seen them other than my sister or my mom.

UW: Oh! So you wouldn’t like bring them to school to play with them with your friends?

KC: Oh, no.

UW: You say that like you’re aghast at the very notion of it! Was it that you didn’t want your friends to touch your beautifully rendered footballs? Or were you worried they’d think it was too nerdy and you’d be embarrassed, or what?

KC: You know, I was nervous somebody would clip ’em.

UW: So this was something you kept for yourself, not a show-and-tell kind of thing. Except you mentioned your sister..?

KC: Yep. She’s told me that when I die, she doesn’t want anything else but those footballs.

UW: What did what did you use as the basis for the logos? There was no internet yet, so did you have books about football that showed the logos?

KC: I would say probably no on the books. Lunch box and school binders.

UW: The binder had helmet logos on the cover of the binder or something like that?

KC: Yeah. So you went and copied those. Or, you know, did your best. I still have my one binder that I used as my fantasy football notebook before the internet. I’d keep all my notes in there.

UW: The paper footballs I’m looking at in these photos you sent, are these the original ones you made in seventh grade?

KC: Yeah, that’s it.

UW: Did you ever make more, or was it just this one batch?

KC: Just that one, yeah.

UW: Have any of them ever been used in a game of paper football, like maybe with your sister?

KC: I would say not in a game, but definitely I flicked them. The Browns one can travel. If I had to make a shot, life or death, the Browns paper football is the assassin.

UW: Why do you think that one flies the best?

KC: Don’t know. It just does.

UW: But you’re not suggesting that it’s because it’s solid-orange and doesn’t have a logo..?

KC: No, no, nothing like that. I hate the Browns, actually. But that stripe on there, that looks good.

UW: Who’s your favorite team?

KC: The Steelers. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh.

UW: Okay, so how do you feel about the way your Steelers football turned out?

KC: It’s not my favorite.

UW: Did you ever have the impulse to do it over? I’m looking at it now, and you didn’t give yourself much space to execute the logo there. Like, you could’ve made the white circle bigger, you know what I’m saying?

KC: Right, right.

UW: But had you never thought, “Let me try that again, start over”?

KC: No. You know, I did it and it was just kind of out of my system and I moved on.

UW: How long would you say the whole thing — all 28 teams — took you?

KC: Couple of weeks. Less than a month.

UW: What sorts of pens or markers did you use?

KC: I think those were Crayola markers.

UW: Are the designs all two-sided? Like, the same thing on both sides?

KC: Yes — other than the Steelers, of course.

UW [cracking up]: Of course, of course. That is awesome. Do you display them in any way?

KC: They’re on the mantle with the belt buckles and the helmet phone and the helmet lamps. An active place of honor. But they’re not in a shadowbox or anything like that. I do like putting them in the correct divisions. For some reason, I like doing that. I’ve done that several times.

UW [laughing]: I wouldn’t know anything about that kind of impulse myself.

KC: Right, right.

UW: Do you have kids?

KC: I have two step-kids.

UW: Do they play paper football? Are kids still doing that today?

KC: No, they are not. They’re not interested in anything like that. It’s Netflix or PS4

UW: Now, there are some current NFL teams that did not exist when you originally made these. Have you had the impulse to do one for the Panthers or the Jaguars or anything like that?

KC: Nah. These are the teams they had when I made them.

UW: So they’re a product of their era — nice. I think that wraps us up, at least in terms of my questions. I have to say, though, that this is completely awesome. Are you even aware of just how awesome this is? Like, have you ever seen anybody else who did this, who made their own team logo paper footballs?

KC: Nope.

UW: Me neither!

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That’s it — except for this: Shortly after Kevin and I did our interview, I received a thank-you card from him in the mail. Tucked inside were two mini paper footballs for the 49ers — my favorite team:

How nice is that? Thanks, Kevin! It’s been a privilege to share another one of your projects here on Uni Watch.

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Like father, like son: Back in June, I mentioned that I’d picked up this sweet 1970s NOS Majestic jersey on eBay, and also mentioned that the seller had several more available. Longtime reader Jimmy Lonetti, who runs an excellent baseball glove repair operation with his son Don, snapped up two of the shirts and had a local embroiderer do some ace chain-stitching. The names on the front are nice, but wait until you see the back:

Oh, man — outstanding! And I have to say, those thick yellow collars and generously cut sleeves look a lot better on bigger guys like Jimmy and Don than on a little fella like me. Nicely done!

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Bow-wow-WOW: Reader Jake Graham is a vet. He was wearing his Uni Watch mask to work the other day and decided to spread the Uni Watch love to an accident-stricken pooch. Okay, so the visual effect is more Packers than Uni Watch, but still — very cool. Thanks for taking care of our four-legged friends, Jake!

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Start ’em young: Theoretical T-shirts are one thing, but how about a theoretical onesie? That’s reader Timmy Donahue’s son, who was born earlier this year. “Perfect for a baby born in Queens,” he says.

If you’d like to talk about this — or any of the theoretical adult apparel — shoot me a note. I’m always happy to discuss!

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Is that a zucchini in your pocket or are you, like, REALLY glad to see me?: The Tugboat Captain came home from her vegetable garden yesterday with a county fair-worthy zucchini. Amazing! Now if only I liked zucchini….

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All sorts of updates: The Uni Watch Tequila Sunrise Mask has been a big hit! ProLook Sports made 500 of these masks for us (at no cost!), and this week we’ve already sold nearly 300 of them, with all Uni Watch proceeds — over $1,500 so far — going to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Thank you! If you’d like to get one (or more than one!), you can order them here.

A few other notes:

• We’ve now sold through about half of the 500 Uni Watch trading cards. Either five or six of the signed cards are still remaining (sorry, I’ve lost count). You can order yours here.

• I’m once again down to my last chain-stitched winged stirrup patch (at least until I order more). Who wants it? Now sold out!

• We’re down to the last 20 Uni Watch Key Rings. I will probably not be restocking these — when they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re available here.

• Speaking of those last few items: If you order any combination of two or more trading cards, patches, key rings, or seam rippers, you can save on combined shipping. Contact me for a quote.

• There are about 50 August pins and about 40 July bobble-pins remaining. (The September pin will launch on Sept. 1.)

Uni Rock, blah-blah, winged stirrup tee, blah, Brooklyn Branches tees, blah-blah-blah.

My thanks, as always, for your consideration.

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: Great trivia moment: No. 89 had never been issued to a big league player in a regular-season game — until yesterday, when Yankees P Miguel Yajure suited up in that number. It was the last number from 0 to 99 not to have been issued. Yajure didn’t get into yesterday’s Yanks/Rays game, so for now No. 89 still has not been worn in a game (from multiple readers). … Last night, Pirates IF Erik González wore socks that depicted the Roberto Clemente Bridge (from Ben Teaford). … Speaking of the Buccos, Pirates P Derek Holland placed cutouts of comedian and actor Rob Schneider throughout PNC Park (from Mike Chamernik).

NFL News: The Chiefs will no longer allow fans to wear Native headdresses or red face paint at home games. They’re also reviewing the chop and the pregame beating of a war drum. … The Eagles wore autism-awareness practice jerseys yesterday. They’ll be auctioned off in support of the Eagles Autism Foundation (from Jason Morgans and Sam McKinley). … It was reported last month that New Era is pulling out of its naming rights deal for the Bills’ stadium. With no new naming partner in sight, the Bills announced yesterday that the facility will now be known as Bills Stadium (from Chris Howell). … Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette seems to be still wearing his LSU pads, and also taped a $100 bill to them (from Mason Cantrell). … Bengals QB Joe Burrow used an NFL100 towel during camp yesterday. Burrow is, of course, a rookie and never played during the NFL’s 100th season (from Timmy Donahue). … Here’s a cool article about the first time the Packers wore their “G” helmet logo back in 1961 training camp (from Kary Klismet). …  Yesterday, Kurt Rozek said he saw the old Seahawks logo in a burning log. Today, Harry F. Higgins says he sees it in this piece of driftwood. … The NFL and its fantasy partners are updating their terminology to avoid slavery-associated language. … Lions DB Tracy Walker will wear a memorial helmet decal this season for his cousin Ahmaud Arbery, the Black jogger who was shot and killed by two White suburbanites in Georgia earlier this year. Walker will also wear Arbery’s name on his cleats (thanks, Phil).

College/High School Football News: Reader @willchitty4 spotted spur merit decals for South Carolina in a hype video for the forthcoming season, but Paul checked with the school and was told that no helmet changes are forthcoming.

Hockey News: Reader Zvi Dubin made a Rangers logo out of jellybeans, and it’s now hanging in his living room. Well done!

 

NBA News: A small adjustment to the Raptors’ logo has leaked via an NBA draft cap. … The Clippers are seeking a record price for their new arena’s naming rights. … New logo for FIBA’s EuroLeague Women competition (from Kary Klismet).

Soccer News: The local authorities in Marseille have banned wearing Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey and colors ahead of PSG’s appearance in the Champions League Final. Olympique Marseille and PSG are rivals in Ligue 1. … Clean-looking black-and-gold away kits for Dutch giants AFC Ajax. … Bristol City has some pretty bright keeper kits, inspired by Danish keeper kits of the early ’90s, also designed by Hummel (from Gabriel Hurl). … Our own Jamie Rathjen provides us with a handful of new kits for English clubs: Queens Park Rangers’ new home and away, Watford’s away, and Arsenal’s seemingly American Psycho-inspired away. … New kits for Slavia Praha (from Ed Żelaski). … New home kit for English third tier side AFC Wimbledon (from Aled ap Harry). … The following are all from Kary Klismet: New kits for Dynamo Kyiv of the Ukrainian Premier League. … Renderings have been unveiled of a new 60,000-seat soccer stadium to be known as the Xi’an International Football Centre in Xi’an, China. … Puerto Rico has revealed a new name and logo for its top-level soccer competition while also releasing plans to build new environmentally friendly, earthquake and hurricane-proof stadiums to help with its goal of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Lots of detailed renderings in this link. …

Grab Bag: The University of St. Thomas has a new athletics logo after moving from the NAIA to NCAA Division III (from Kary Klismet). … New logo for Lenoir County, North Carolina (from Andrew Hoenig).

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What Paul did last night: Although I’ve been absent from the blog, the daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ ritual has continued apace. Last night was unusual, because the parking spot in front of our house was vacant and remained vacant — like, for at least half an hour. That’s unprecedented!

We’ve noticed that some of our regular characters — people who walk by us on a fairly consistent basis — have started to walk on the other side of the street. Maybe they just want some variety amidst the mind-numbering daily sameness of the pandemic. On the other hand, some of these people have always seemed a little uncomfortable acknowledging us — a forced nod, a grudging wave — so maybe, we speculated yesterday, they’re now avoiding us.

If so, I wouldn’t blame them. Some passers-by clearly enjoy seeing us each day, just as we enjoy seeing them — there’s a nice sense of ritual about it. But I realize that some people may be trying to clear their heads, or they want to be anonymous/invisible, or they’re just not particularly sociable by nature, or whatever. For those people, our daily presence on the porch may seem annoying, like we’re observing them, or talking about them, or projecting our own assumptions onto them (all of which, in fact, we are).

Just goes to show that even something as simple as sitting on your porch each evening can have some interesting social and emotional dynamics. One more thing that the pandemic has cast into higher relief.

As always, you can see the full set of Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos here.

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It’s been fun to reclaim the site for a day, but Phil will be back at the helm on Monday, and for the rest of the month. I’ll still be popping in here and there, and my annual Uni Watch College Football Season Preview will be running on InsideHook next Wednesday, Aug. 26 (assuming that the season hasn’t been completely Covid-scuttled by then). Have a great weekend, and stay well! — Paul

58 comments to Uni Watch DIY Project: NFL Team-Logo Paper Footballs!

  • Phil Hecken | August 21, 2020 at 8:28 am |

    OMG. Yeah, I played Paper Football in grade school and jr. high. No one ever decorated the “balls” though. In fact, a few guys ended up putting plastic or scotch tape around them (with just a bit of an air pocket inside) which made the balls slide just a bit better and was certainly much easier on the middle finger for kicking field goals.

    We played the “four down” version (no field goals) and also a version where it was just one down. That led to a lot of turnovers but also improved our skill set (you only get one shot, you better have that ball stop *just* slightly over the edge).

    Great memories — thanks for sharing. If *only* we had thought to decorate the balls!

    • iain | August 21, 2020 at 9:07 am |

      Super-great post. We played a version using quarters rather than paper footballs. The wikipedia entry that you linked to includes this as a variation played in Connecticut in the 1950s. Does anyone else remember this variation? It can’t just have existed in 1950s Connecticut and the suburbs of Toronto in the 1980s

      Wikipedia also has an entry for Penny Football (soccer) which we also played although I think we called it hockey. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_football

      • Jet | August 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm |

        We also played the version with a quarter. You had two chances to get it resting on the edge, overlapping. You slid it with your thumb. Then the obligatory extra point with your opponent holding his pointer and pinky fingers as goalposts against the table.

        -Jet

        • Joel Keller | August 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm |

          Along with looking sharp, the original UW masks also happen to be the most comfortable cloth masks I own. Looking forward to getting the Tequila Sunrise version. Also may get those masks in other patterns if they’re available (the site that makes them does custom masks. It not sure if they sell generic ones).

    • AlMaFi | August 21, 2020 at 9:25 am |

      I remember some close calls where it was like “is that really hanging over the edge?” When several judges could not tell from the aerial view, you get a book and carefully scrape it along the table edge and watch for movement.

      As compelling as a close first down that requires the chains to be brought out.

      • JohnMark | August 21, 2020 at 9:32 am |

        This! Our lunch tables had slightly curved edges so it got testy haha.

      • Phil Hecken | August 21, 2020 at 9:32 am |

        I remember some close calls where it was like “is that really hanging over the edge?”

        Yep. We used a finger — and of course there were some of us who would bend the finger ever so slightly backward to as to not *move* the football even though it was over the edge. This led to 3rd party officiating. LOL. Great memories.

        • Jerg | August 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm |

          Sliding a finger along the edge of the table was also our method. Football had to move upwards in order to count. I’m not sure if it was a rule or just habit, but we always used 2 fingers to push the football. Flicking was only allowed for field goals.

    • RobYaz | August 21, 2020 at 1:29 pm |

      I played paper football in high school and definitely decorated my footballs with 49ers and Raiders logos! Too bad I didn’t have the forethought to hold onto those footballs =/

      Great post today!

  • Dave Fetterman | August 21, 2020 at 8:36 am |

    I feel like, for when you include some new merch info, you should use a “Uni Merch” logo in the same script.

  • MJ | August 21, 2020 at 8:37 am |

    1. “Bills Stadium”? I guess it is asking too much of the Pegulas to go back to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
    2. The Arsenal clash kits are supposed to resemble the marble hallways at Highbury but yeah, it looks like blood spatter.
    3. Zucchini, baked with parmesan cheese or grilled, is delicious. Even got the kids on board.

    • Tom | August 21, 2020 at 11:33 am |

      We have a kitchen tool that turns a zucchini into noodles. Had them last night with a bit of red sauce. A nice alternative to the ubiquitous pasta noodles.

    • Chance Michaels | August 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm |

      Pretty sure that the Bills don’t want to use “Ralph Wilson Stadium” because they don’t want anyone to get too attached to the new name.

      And as an Arsenal fan, really rubs me the wrong way that the club wants to celebrate an historic stadium… that they abandoned.

  • Dumb Guy | August 21, 2020 at 8:46 am |

    Had to use your chest for a “net” when kicking paper football field goals. If one ball went sailing across the room the cafeteria monitor/lady would surely confiscate said ball and shut down the league for the day!!

    Also, love the logos, but those football seem TINY!

    Lastly, short field gold were kicked with the long edge of the ball on the table (instead of the point). Why? Who knows? Just to mix it up a bit I guess.

    • Dan | August 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm |

      D&J jerseys are cool. What is wayyyy cooler is their workshop…all those gloves, the new lace, and all the memorabilia. Love the starting lineups in the windows, the bobbleheads, and the vintage pennant on the wall. The kicks soccer one was interesting as well. And this is comimg from a white sox fan. Still hate those damn piranhas…

  • Richard Cliffton | August 21, 2020 at 8:52 am |

    What great memories! We played paper football at lunch and after school all the time!

    We made ours with NFL designs too but nothing nearly as intricate as these. I guess it must have been third grade for us since we had a plain silver one for the Seahawks so that would have been 1976.

    Love the footballs and starting my day with these memories makes me happy!!

  • Ian Lee | August 21, 2020 at 8:55 am |

    Completely unrelated to the lede this morning (although I did enjoy it very much, very well done!), but one time I was gardening for community service and my best friend found *two* giant zucchinis. She’s on the shorter side and these suckers were almost as big as she was!

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | August 21, 2020 at 9:16 am |

    Logo made of jellybeans. I mean, it’s literally a better use of jellybeans than eating them, so that’s cool. But I hope bugs don’t get in the frame and eat the project, because then you’d have a prima facie bug problem in the home!

  • Chris | August 21, 2020 at 9:26 am |

    Man I haven’t thought about paper football in years. Not only are those designs awesome, but to still have them 35 years later is a treasure.
    I played at school some, but mostly what I remember was playing at casual eateries with my dad. He would fold the receipt into a football and we would play while we waited for our burgers. Good times, happy memories.
    Anyway, I’ve got a seven year old. Time to teach him paper football and enrich his childhood.

  • Sit Ubu Sit | August 21, 2020 at 9:39 am |

    Re: paper football.

    I used to go for distance rather than play on a table top. I used a ramp from a Kenner SSP car set as my goalposts.

    I think the longest field goal I ever made was with a paper football made from one sheet of 8 by 11 paper, but what I did was to curve the football so that when I flicked it with the long side on the ground, it would rotate parallel to the ground and get some lift in mid-flight. I think I managed to get a football through the goal posts from 23 feet.

    I also experimented with a paper football made from a half sheet of lined paper. When I flicked it with the long side facing me and just the point of the football on the ground, I think I made one from 20 feet. It was hard to get elevation using that technique.

  • Greg | August 21, 2020 at 9:41 am |

    Just a correction on the Chiefs bit in the ticker, the linked article says, “Face painting that is styled in a way as to imitate Native American cultures and traditions is also prohibited.”
    Presumably fans could wear red face paint to the game still, in the same manner a Cardinals or 49ers fan would be able to?

  • Jay | August 21, 2020 at 9:58 am |

    You misspelled “racists” as “suburbanites”

    “Lions DB Tracey Walker will wear a memorial helmet decal this season for his cousin Ahmaud Arbery, the Black jogger who was shot and killed by two White suburbanites in Georgia earlier this year.”

  • Ryan H. | August 21, 2020 at 9:59 am |

    Shout-out to Pete Vigeant in the football video! We grew up in the same town. I’m the same age and went to elementary school with one of his brothers. Pete was also my boss at a day camp one summer. Small effin world.

  • Brent | August 21, 2020 at 10:04 am |

    I made paper footballs with SWC logos on them. We would play for keeps though. I’d lose one and make another. A few kids made Cowboys and Oilers though. I remember I made a Texas Tech football that was better than the others. I hadn’t thought of them since 1987 maybe? Thanks for the memory. Good article today.

  • Derek | August 21, 2020 at 10:05 am |

    Paper football! Excellent game. Super cool story.

    Two things:

    1. There are people who kick the *flat* side of the ball? Never even considered that as an option. Always kicked the spine.

    2. In shop class in high school I made a custom paper football field out of wood, complete with removable goal posts. It had little feet so you could put in on any table and have a standardized playing surface. I used a wood burner to add in yard line numbers, a Dolphins logo at the 50, “Dolphins” in one end zone and “Jets Suck!” in the other end zone haha, after marking them in freehand with a pencil. It was much lower quality than I envisioned it, but it was neat (my 3-D Heat logo I did from a pattern came out much better). I wonder if it’s still at my parents house/garage somewhere, don’t think I ever got a picture of it when it was new.

  • Clarybird | August 21, 2020 at 10:12 am |

    Anyone notice that the Majestic jerseys that the Lonetti boys are sporting are slightly different? If you look at their blue back panels, you’ll see that Dan’s is wider than Jimmy’s where it meets the collar. Meaningless, I know.
    And doesn’t their glove repair shop look like a little slice of heaven? Man, I’d love to just sit in there and shoot the shit with ’em, someday.
    Well done, gentlemen.

  • Jon | August 21, 2020 at 10:31 am |

    My friend and I used to play “paper football” with an empty milk carton. I don’t remember what we did about field goals, it must have been touchdowns only.

    Paul, I’m wondering… has anyone objected to you taking their picture? Or asked what you were doing anyway?

    I could imagine it would be an interesting interaction.

    • Paul Lukas | August 21, 2020 at 10:46 am |

      Nobody has ever objected, and few have even noticed. I’m rarely taking a photo of anyone in particular; I’m just photographing the street scene in front of us. Sometimes someone is walking thru that street scene (or biking, or driving, or skateboarding, or roller-skating), sometimes not. Just a moment in time.

  • Elena Elms | August 21, 2020 at 11:23 am |

    Never heard of paper footballs. Maybe I’m too old, or it just wasn’t a thing where I grew up. We didn’t have a school football team. Everyone was more into college basketball or or major league baseball at school. My brothers weren’t much into sports. We sisters only cared about baseball.

  • walter | August 21, 2020 at 11:24 am |

    The University of St. Thomas has a new athletics logo after moving from the NAIA to NCAA Division III (from Kary Klismet).

    I hope the team continues to call themselves the Celts.

  • Paul Lee | August 21, 2020 at 11:33 am |

    “It was the last number from 0 to 99 not to have been issued. Yajure didn’t get into yesterday’s Yanks/Rays game, so for now No. 89 still has been worn in a game”

    HAS NOT been worn in a game?

    • Paul Lukas | August 21, 2020 at 11:40 am |

      Yes, thanks. Now fixed.

    • Chance Michaels | August 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm |

      I am still kind of stunned that there were THREE numbers that had never been worn in a major league game. Took 104 years to work through all of them.

      I’m guessing that was also news to a lot of other people in the game, or somebody would have grabbed them before 2020.

  • John H. | August 21, 2020 at 11:45 am |

    Fantastic paper football story! Kevin’s logo “balls” are absolutely tremendous.

    Here in Winnipeg we also played with quarters. We called the game Polish Football (no idea why) or Hangers. For field goals and extra points (converts) we would spin the coin and catch it between our thumbs. Then we would catapult it through uprights made by our opponent’s fingers. Great memories!

    • mike 2 | August 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm |

      Hahaha I was just thinking the same thing, came here to post it, and found your comment.

      You got a td by hanging the coin off the edge of the table, and the flip was the extra point. If you couldn’t score at least you might get your buddy in the eye.

    • Aled Thomas | August 21, 2020 at 6:55 pm |

      We used to do exactly this playing table rugby in the UK.

  • Block "O Canada" | August 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm |

    I too played paper football when I was younger. While I didn’t color the footballs, I would draw “laces” toward the top and also adorn it with stripes like you would find on a college football.

    During the summer my dad and I would go to a local A&W rootbeer stand that had some inside seating. After placing our order, we would grab a pack of A&W matches and use it as our football to play while we waited for our food. We usually had about ten minutes and whoever was leading when the coneys and onion rings arrived was the winner.

  • Jet | August 21, 2020 at 12:21 pm |

    Ask the Captain how she grew that zucchini! For the last 3 years I have been unable to defeat the squash vine borers decimating my plants! This year I put aluminum foil around the base and sprayed with BT (bacillus thurengiensis) and I even saw the red and black moth that lays the eggs but the bastards still got in somehow!!! AARRGGHHH

    -Jet

    • Paul Lukas | August 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm |

      The entirety of her response: “I put some seeds in the ground and they grew.”

      • Jet | August 21, 2020 at 12:38 pm |

        But of course… :P

        -Jet

    • MplsMike | August 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm |

      That’s how zucchini work. Either you get nothing, or you eat nothing but zucchini for a month.

  • JessMan | August 21, 2020 at 12:36 pm |

    Not even grilled zucchini? That’s the only way I like it

  • Ron Ruelle | August 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm |

    Paper Football should be an Olympic sport. FIGHT ME ON THIS! Also, rochambeau, belly flopping, log rolling, and arm wrestling.

    Also, Uni-Watch paper footballs anyone?

  • Rydell | August 21, 2020 at 1:25 pm |

    Slice the zucchini
    -dip into raw egg and flour each side
    -fry, after frying sprinkle parmesan cheese.
    Yum yum zucchini chips.

  • Chance Michaels | August 21, 2020 at 1:36 pm |

    Love that article on the first appearance of the Packers’ logo.

    I know I’m largely alone in this, but still don’t think Dad Braisher gets the recognition he deserves.

    • tosaman | August 22, 2020 at 11:26 am |

      You’re not alone. Seconded.

  • Smokin' Joe | August 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm |

    Love the paper football coverage, reminds me of my high school days!

    When I saw the Bucs helmet on the “NFL american conference” lunchbox, I thought it was a mistake, but sure enough, they played in the AFC West their first year, going 0-14! I had forgotten all about their one-year turn in the AFC.

    Made me think of Bucs coach John McKay’s famous quote from that season: “What do you think of your team’s execution coach?” To which McKay replied, “I’m in favor of it.”

  • Lindsay Resnick | August 21, 2020 at 2:08 pm |

    Proofreading: Tracy Walker is misspelled as “Tracey Walker” in the football section.

    • Paul Lukas | August 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm |

      Thanks, Lindsay. Fixed!

  • Dwayne Stern | August 21, 2020 at 2:24 pm |

    My mom used to make zucchini loaf – like banana loaf, but chocolate. Fabulous.

    • MJ | August 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm |

      I’ve had this. I was skeptical but it is delicious.

  • AJ Kane | August 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm |

    A coffee shop near me makes a zucchini cardamom muffin which is out of this world.

    I also make a summer pasta dish with zucchini, corn, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and onions–with plenty of butter and Parmesan cheese, of course.

  • Patrick in MI | August 21, 2020 at 7:06 pm |

    I was never much of a fan of zucchini either until my wife made mini pizzas with it. Slice it up, add pizza sauce, cheese and toppings (preferably with the pepperoni that curls up). Perfect for low-carb eaters.

    If the Cleveland Indians ever have fans again, will John Adams not be allowed to drum?

  • Too Tall Paul | August 21, 2020 at 7:55 pm |

    Always paper footballs. Never played with quarters. Only one down. At school we’d use the finger field goal goalposts but at home we used the big plastic field goal from Super Toe because we got so good at kicking the ball into each other’s faces. It was wider but required much more height which affected accuracy. We kicked both the spine and side of the ball. I preferred the side.

    We did play penny soccer on tabletops, too. Loved both games!

  • Jerry | August 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm |

    We used to use bottle caps

  • Joel D. Ford | August 22, 2020 at 7:42 am |

    We, like so many who have commented, played during lunch, breaks in class time, at home with siblings, etc. Did anyone ever play with two-point conversions? If you went for one, your opponent held their hands like goalposts, but if you went for two, they turned them downward with their fingertips on the table and the opening between the two hands — you then had one flick to go across the table and through the opening in order to convert. Added a little more intrigue to the scoring. Never thought about field goals on fourth down though.

    And using the fingers as the “line judge” — so many arguments!!!

    • Joel D. Ford | August 22, 2020 at 9:16 am |

      We also “kicked off” by having the football hang over our own end line and either hitting or flicking it from underneath to watch it flip up onto the table’s “field of play.” Had to hit it just right to get it a good distance without going too far (can’t remember what the penalty was for hitting it over the opponent’s side on a kickoff. . .).

  • Munch Suchland | August 25, 2020 at 2:44 pm |

    I’m a little late to the party but the paper football story is amazing! My younger brother and I would color the lines in the paper the same colors as our favorite teams; our hometown school, Ohio State, and the Browns for me and Bengals for him. But man, nothing this extreme. Amazing. We played as youngsters then just didn’t anymore. It caught on again in his Art Class in high school, they played all the time on the art tables!
    It reminded me of the “paper” footballs that were available in trinket machines. They were NFL licensed with logos and were made out of a foam/plastic type material. I don’t know when but I would guess early 90’s. Similar to this –
    http://www.raymondgeddes.com/68615-nfl-table-top-football?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7ZL6BRCmARIsAH6XFDKOwQnwv-gPT6_C0WfxsWoT9nIWzY_iP66JBLbzld4LLBtW69tObzwaAgX6EALw_wcB