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Happy Hundredth Season NFL

September 13th, 2019 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Fall brings many things to New Hampshire. It brings fall foliage, maple syrup, and apple and pumpkin picking. More importantly it means the start of football season. This football season in particular is special; it’s the 100th season of the National Football League. The NFL has been many shapes and sizes over those 100 years, for instance the league started with only 14 teams and there now are 32. There have been 53 Super Bowls, the most recent between the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams. The sport has dealt with many on the field and off the field scandals but despite that NFL games still draw massive crowds both to the stadiums and to watching on TV.

The NFL started in the 1920 as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio. It started with only 14 teams: Akron Pros, Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldog, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Tigers, Cleveland Tigers, Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Detroit Heralds, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, and Rock Island Independents. The American Professional Football Association was renamed the National Football League in 1922 and faced steep competition between rival organization throughout, especially from the American Football League. The National Football League and the American Football League would eventually merge in the 1960s and 1970s with 26 teams that would eventually grow into the 32 that we know today. The 32 teams are divided into two conferences with 16 teams in each conference, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Every year the champions of each conference compete in the Super Bowl to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This season’s Super Bowl, Super Bowl 54, will be on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

I’ve been a New England Patriots fan for practically my whole life. I rarely ever miss watching a Patriots game. I love watching football on Sundays with my family and friends. I am no football expert. I can’t analyze every play like the pros but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. There’s still nothing like getting dressed up in football jerseys, sitting in front of the TV and watching some football. The NFL Season kicked off on September 5th with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots started their season on September 8th with a 33-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  1. All the way: My Life in Four Quarters
  2. Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football
  3. Belichick: the Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
  4. Big Game: the NFL in Dangerous Times
  5. Guts and Genius: the Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came to Dominate the NFL in the ’80s
  6. In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty
  7. Mind and Matter: a Life in Math and Football
  8. NFL: 100 Years
  9. Shula: the Coach of the NFL’s Greatest Generation

NFL Schedule

New England Patriots Schedule

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 8 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 2: @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.)

Week 3: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 22 (1 p.m.)

Week 4: @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 29 (1 p.m.)

Week 5: @ Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 6 (1 p.m.)

Week 6: vs. New York Giants, Thursday, Oct. 10 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 7: @ New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21 (8:15 p.m.)

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 27 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 9: @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 3 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 10: Bye Week

Week 11: @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 17 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 12: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 24 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 13: @ Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 1 (8:20 p.m.)

Week 14: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 8 (4:25 p.m.)

Week 15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 15 (1 p.m.)

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills, Dec. 21 or 22, TBD

Week 17: vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 29, (1 p.m.)

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