Sunday, March 27, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Way back in 1978, the NHL allowed teams to start selling advertising space along the boards of their rinks. By the time I was a hockey card–collecting kid in the late 1980s, the trend had caught on. From snack foods to car manufacturers to banks to fast food restaurants, board advertisements really ran the gamut—and they still do.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
1973 Topps #312, Lyle Alzado
It's a young Lyle Alzado, looking big and bulky and not too happy that his picture is being taken.
Alzado took down quarterbacks on the gridiron, whereas this look-alike took down copious amounts of food in restaurants and other eateries.
A little more on Man v. Food: It ran on the Travel Channel from 2008 through 2012. Various online sources will tell you that Richman went 37-22 in the food challenges he took on. That's about a 60% win percentage. Not bad, even excellent when you consider the variety and absurdity of the challenges. (There was the 12-egg omelette with chili, hash browns, and biscuits. And how about a 4-pound burrito with a side of macaroni and cheese and a bowl of banana pudding?)
As for Lyle Alzado? The guy was a beast in his prime. He was a two-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champ in 1983.
Because Richman's challenges could be considered "playoff" games, I thought I'd whip up another custom card.
I just changed the heading from "NFC" to "MVF" (man versus food), and changed the team names and score.
So here's to a couple of terrors on the field of battle. And to another couple of custom cards finished.