New Series: 50 Seasons in 50 Weeks
The National Football League was created in 1920 as the American Professional Football Conference. The actual birth of the NFL was August 20, 1920, when owners voted in Canton, Ohio to approve the formation of the new league. Using this date, this would mean that the league turned 50 years old in 1970, 75 years old in 1995, and so forth.
Instead of using those dates, however, the league has had a somewhat odd tradition of celebrating anniversaries by the number of seasons, not by the dates. Thus, the league celebrated its 50th season in 1969 and its 75th season in 1994.
The Dallas Cowboys were officially “born” on January 28, 1960, when NFL owners at a meeting in Miami approved a new franchise in Dallas and awarded the franchise to Clint Murchison, Jr. Consistent with the NFL’s anniversary celebrations, the Cowboys have celebrated their 25th and 40th seasons in 1984 and 1999, respectively, even though the Cowboys turned 25 years old in 1985 and 40 years old in 2000. As noted in an earlier post, the Cowboys will celebrate their 50th season in 2009.
Last off-season, this blog featured a series on the greatest players organized by their jersey numbers, which provided a context to summarize every player in team history up to that point. Beginning one week from today (on January 28, the 49th anniversary of the team’s formation), this blog will begin to feature a long series entitled 50 Seasons in 50 Weeks. A few ideas for blog entries include the following:
- A summary of each game in team history;
- A summary of every draft;
- A summary of every roster, including the starters for each season;
- Year-by-year trivia.
If there are any other ideas, please leave a comment. The final week of the series will begin on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, with that week’s focus on the 2009 Cowboys. Hopefully, we will have more optimism about the Cowboys then than we do now.