It’s almost March, and college hoops are heating up. It’s time to start doing your prep work before the NCAA Tournament bracket takes shape.
Now you know things never go as planned, that’s why we lovingly call it March Madness. So before the bracket gets published and you sketch your tournament winner down keep in mind one of the more epic tournament upsets in the history of March Madness, the 1985 Villanova Wildcats.
We stumbled across this bracket during a recent research trip to the University of Kentucky. The 1985 Tournament was one for the ages as the Villanova Wildcats authored an improbable Cinderella story. The Wildcats, who were an eight seed, defeated a one seed in Michigan, a five seed in Maryland and a pair of two seeds in UNC and Memphis State. They capped off their historic run by defeating the Georgetown Hoyas, the defending champions and the overall number one team, for the National Championship. Villanova became the lowest seed to win the tournament.
So study up in these last few weeks of college hoops because this year the bracket will more than likely be shaken up!
Ever wonder what happened to some of the teams that are no longer around?
Let’s look at a few NHL teams that just up and left the city where they were established.
We will start with the Hartford Whalers, who were originally known as the New England Whalers. They played their first game in the WHA on October 12, 1972. The Whalers joined the NHL in 1979 after the WHA folded. On April 13, 1997, the Whalers played their final game. So what happened to them? Well, as a result of not being able to get funding for a new arena the Whalers moved to North Carolina and became the Hurricanes.
Like the Whalers, the Quebec Nordiques were established as one of the original WHA teams in 1972. They also joined the NHL in 1979 after the WHA folded. The Nordiques remained in existence up until the 1994-1995 season where they lost to the Rangers in the playoffs. Did you know that after that playoff loss the Nordiques moved and became the Colorado Avalanche, winning the Stanley Cup in their first season?
That brings us to the Minnesota North Stars, who entered the NHL during the first era of expansion in 1967. The Stars had some success while in Minnesota, reaching the Cup finals twice, losing both times. After the 1992-1993 season, the North Stars became just the Stars and moved way south to Dallas, Texas.
So there you have it, the Whalers, Nordiques and North Stars are all still in existence, just in a different location and under a different name. Interestingly enought, these three teams never won a Stanley Cup in their original city. However, they have all hoisted it in their new cities under their new names.
We are getting ready for tomorrow nights Original Six matchup in Chicago between the Blackhawks and the New York Rangers.
Check out these 1966 game day programs that we have in our archives. These two teams have been going at it since 1926!!
Who is going to take this classic matchup?
On the morning of December 19, 1948, heavy snow layered the streets of Philadelphia. It was a Sunday, and the beloved Eagles were scheduled to play the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL Championship Game. The players made their way to Shibe Park, which sat just north of City Hall in the Swampoodle section of the city. Upon their arrival they were called out to the field to remove the snow heavy tarp from the infield of the baseball cutout.
After much debate, the game began and the heavy snow continued to fall. The Eagles fans remained in their wooden seats, cheering on their team. The great Steve Van Buren notched the games only score on a 4th quarter touchdown run. It was the first NFL title for the Eagles, who lost the previous year to the Cardinals.
This year, the Super Bowl will be held at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Will snow play a factor? It’s a possibility!!
This past week our Design Team was making moves in China. First off, Hong Kong.
While shopping in Hong Kong they’re were looking for new ideas and perspective to bring home, and inspiration for future 47 Brand fabrics, fits, and finishes.
After hoping on the Zhu Hai Ferry, the team made their way to mainland China finalizing the 2015 Spring/Summer line, shopping the open market, and of course eating some amazing home-cooked Chinese food.
By the time they got home, the Spring 2015 line was complete and ideas for the next collection are already taking shape.
Bet you can’t wait to see what kind of new hats and knits we have on tap.
Talk about getting a head start. All thanks to China.
This week, our research team travelled to Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While there we spent time touring the museum and viewing the displayed artifacts that tell the story of the origin of Professional Football.
The majority of our time was spent in the Ralph Wilson Jr. Research Center where we met with members of their archival team.
We were given the opportunity to dig through all sorts of research material to help aid in the development of our up and coming NFL collection.
We are grateful to the staff at the Hall of Fame as we look forward to piecing together this collection.
Saturday served as a day of remembrance as we reflected on the events of December 7, 1941. It was on that morning, that the Empire of Japan executed a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. The devastating attack took the lives of 2,402 Americans and injured over a thousand more.
Americans were experiencing a typical Sunday in December when President Roosevelt received word of the attack. There were even three NFL games in action. The Chicago Bears, who finished the season as champions of the NFL, faced off against the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey Park. The New York Giants, who were honoring their star running back Alphonse Leemans, played the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The third game was played between the Redskins and Eagles in Washington, DC. Each game was interrupted with an announcement calling all military personnel to report to their units. The following day, President Roosevelt addressed the nation, officially issuing a declaration of war.
So as the final month of the NFL season gets underway let us not forget the sacrifice made by those who have served and currently are serving our country.
It is the final day in November and the holiday season is upon us. It is the time of year when peace is extended and rivalries are forgotten. That is unless you follow college football where this weekend rivals square off for yearlong bragging rights. These match ups are what make college football so great and many have BCS implications. One of the more significant games is in the state of Alabama where Auburn and Alabama clash in what locals have tabbed the Iron Bowl.
These two schools first met in 1893 and have played a total of 77 times. This year, as the state divides, Auburn looks to play spoiler to a perfect Alabama season. So sit back, grab some leftovers and peacefully enjoy this great weekend in college football.
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