Author: The Game Before the Money

Players remember the Ice Bowl on its 50th Anniversary

  NOTE: Painting by Robert Hurst   Epic. Iconic. Mythical. Legendary. These words often get watered down and overused describing sporting events, but in the case of the 1967 NFL Championship – known as the Ice Bowl – those adjectives land appropriately upon a frozen Lambeau Field on December 31, 1967. The Packers won the […]

A Brief History of … Houston and the Super Bowl

“When you’re talking Houston, you’re talking Super Bowl” – a paraphrased quote from the “Houston Oilers #1,” fight song of the late-1970s, aptly describes this week as Super Bowl 51 descends upon the Bayou City. Super Bowls and Houston have rarely walked hand-in-hand. The Oilers won the first two American Football League championships before the […]

Thinking Out Loud: The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Oilers Rivalry

  The privilege of working with the Luv Ya Blue era Oilers for We Were the Oilers led to a lot of research and subsequently much thinking. If memory serves me correctly, a lot of the talk around the Dan Pastorini for Ken Stabler trade between the Oilers and Raiders pointed out that “Stabler’s beaten […]

 

“We Were the Oilers, Luv Ya Blue!” — film to celebrate 1978-79 Houston Oilers

We are excited to announce our first video documentary, We Were the Oilers — Luv Ya Blue! Filming began last weekend, and former Oilers Dan Pastorini, Willie Alexander, Billy Johnson (aka Billy “White Shoes” Johnson), Robert Brazile, Andy Dorris, Gregg Bingham, Mike Barber, and Ed Biles were interviewed. The film looks to run as a one-hour episode […]

Thinking Out Loud: Ray Rice Announces He Would Donate NFL Salary

Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice announced today that he’d donate his entire NFL salary should a team sign him for the 2016 season. Rice admitted he deserved the criticism he received after well-publicized domestic violence charges. The charges, although later dismissed in court, forced Rice out of the National Football League. Rice states his offer […]

University of Texas to host “Real Stories of the NFL,”featuring The Game Before the Money

The University of Texas Odyssey Free Lecture Series welcomes “Real Stories of the NFL” on Monday, June 13, in Austin, Texas. The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL author Jackson Michael will moderate the event. Two former NFL players have been announced as panelists, both football legends on the University […]

The Game Before the Money at Tucson Festival of Books

The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL will be featured strongly at this week’s 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Come visit with author Jackson Michael and pick up an autographed copy of The Game before Money. 2016 Tucson Festival of Books The Game before the Money events: Author Pavilion – Central, […]

Thinking Out Loud: 3 Thoughts on Super Bowl 50

Writers spewed reactions immediately after Super Bowl 50, but I let things stew a bit. The outcome didn’t surprise me, so I didn’t have much to sort out. I also don’t care for sensationalized stories, so forgive me for taking time to jot down a few post-game thoughts. Peyton’s Place   Peyton Manning played terribly. […]