Friday, December 18, 2020


It's time I added something to the 1993 Playlist, and well past time I mentioned the Smashing Pumpkins on this blog. Their enormously successful album Siamese Dream was released in 1993 and immediately became the soundtrack of my junior high school experience. 

I had this poster on my wall on and off for 25 years. It finally bit the dust this summer.

I can make the case for just about any track off this album - and I might tap this well again sometime in the near future. For today I'm going with "Mayonaise" which was declared the defining Smashing Pumpkins song by The Ringer's rock writer Rob Harvilla. 

If you're wondering why Billy Corgan would call a song "Mayonaise" I present to you his song-naming process. This is from one of the 'behind the scenes' videos produced at the time (Vieuphoria I think?) and I'm going from memory here, but it's something like this:

Say you have a song about a chandelier

and the chandelier gives off light

and the light is the color red

and red reminds you of the color you're not supposed to wear in front of a bull

so you name the song "Cow"

And here's a reaction video I found while searching YouTube for this track. Do you watch any reaction videos? 

This will probably be my last post of 2020 here at The 1993 but I've got big plans for this blog in the new year. Til then, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, December 5, 2020

QBs of 1993

NFL Week continues here at The 1993 with a look at the year's starting quarterbacks.

There are a few in particular that had special significance to my interest in the NFL and football card collecting.
Let's start in the AFC:

Jim Kelly - Buffalo Bills 

Started all 16 games in 1993

Led the Bills to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance

Hall of Famer

this 1993 Upper Deck card is in my collection


David Klingler - Cincinnati Bengals

Started 13 of 16 games in 1993

6th overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft

Career record of 4-20 as an NFL starter

this 1993 Upper Deck card is in my collection 



Vinny Testaverde - Cleveland Browns

Earned starting job mid-season after Bernie Kosar was released

Last starting quarterback of the original Browns and first starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens

this 1993 Topps card is in my collection 


John Elway - Denver Broncos

Started all 16 games in 1993

Led NFL with 4,030 passing yards

Hall of Famer and current Broncos VP/GM

this 1993 Fleer Team Leader card is in my collection



Warren Moon - Houston Oilers

Started 14 games for the Oilers in 1993

1993 was Moon's last season in Houston; he was traded to the Vikings in April 1994

Hall of Famer

this 1993 SP card is in my collection



Jeff George - Indianapolis Colts

#11 started 11 games for Indy in 1993

Talented but enigmatic passer was traded to the Falcons in March 1994

this 1993 Select card is in my collection



Joe Montana - Kansas City Chiefs

Legendary leader of four-time champion 49ers was traded to Kansas City in April 1993 after missing nearly two seasons with an elbow injury

Led the Chiefs to their first ever appearance in the AFC Championship game

Hall of Famer

this 1993 SP card is in my collection 

The Montana trade was huge news at the time, even though he was 37 and coming off a major injury. His presence alone made the Chiefs instant contenders, though he didn't quite have enough left in the tank to win a fifth Super Bowl.

Jeff Hostetler - Los Angeles Raiders

Started 15 of 16 games in 1993

Signed with Los Angeles after serving seven seasons as Phil Simms' backup with the Giants

Led the Raiders to their final playoff appearance in Los Angeles

this 1993 Topps card is in my collection


Scott Mitchell - Miami Dolphins

Started seven games in 1993 after Dan Marino was sidelined with an achilles injury

Parlayed his brief tenure as Dolphins' starter into a fat free agent contract from the Detroit Lions

this 1993 Bowman card is not in my collection



Drew Bledsoe - New England Patriots

1st overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft

Started 12 games as a rookie

Led the NFL in passing attempts three straight seasons from 1994-96

this 1993 Stadium Club card is in my collection


I was in sixth grade when the Patriots drafted Drew, and I remember talking about the new-look Pats with a friend at school. They were a laughingstock at the time, but with Bledsoe and Bill Parcells on board (plus a slick new uniform) it really felt like they were turning things around in Foxboro.

Boomer Esiason - New York Jets

Started all 16 games for the Jets in 1993

Long Island native was traded to New York in '93 after nine seasons as Cincy's signal-caller

He's still the last quarterback to win a playoff game for the Bengals

this 1993 Score card is not in my collection

My brother is a lifelong Jets fan and I bought him a Boomer Esiason jersey for Christmas in either 1993 or 1994. He bought me a Dan Marino jersey for Christmas around that time.

Neil O'Donnell - Pittsburgh Steelers

Started 15 games in 1993

Lowest interception rate of any starting QB in 1993 (1.4%)

Led Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl in 1995, their first since the 1970s

this 1993 Classic Pro Line card is not in my collection


Stan Humphries - San Diego Chargers

Started 10 games in 1993 (John Friesz started the other six)

Led the Chargers to their first - and only - Super Bowl appearance in 1994


this 1993 Fleer card is in my collection



Rick Mirer - Seattle Seahawks

2nd overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft

Started all 16 games as a rookie

Was sacked a league-leading 47 times in 1993

this 1993 Stadium Club rookie card has been in my collection since 1993

I was excited about Mirer when he was drafted. I invested in his rookie cards and even bought a replica #3 Seahawks jersey early in his career.

Now let's look at the starting quarterbacks for each NFC team:

Bobby Hebert - Atlanta Falcons

Started 12 games for the Falcons after signing with the team in the off-season

Earned his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1993

Was mentioned in an episode of Seinfeld

this 1993 Pro Set card is not in my collection

Jim Harbaugh - Chicago Bears

Started 15 of 16 games in 1993

Has the third-most career passing yards in Bears history

Currently the head football coach at the University of Michigan

this 1993 Pacific Prizm card is not in my collection


Troy Aikman - Dallas Cowboys

Started 14 games for Dallas in 1993

Led the Cowboys to their second consecutive Super Bowl win

Hall of Famer

this 1993 Collector's Edge card is in my collection 

Rodney Peete - Detroit Lions

Started 10 games for the NFC Central champions

Lions' second-leading rusher in 1990 and 1991

Married to actress Holly Robinson Peete

this 1993 Fleer card is in my collection


Brett Favre - Green Bay Packers

Started all 16 games in 1993 (and 1994, and 1995, and 1996, and 1997...)

Led Green Bay to their first playoff appearance and win since 1982

Hall of Famer

this 1993 SP card is in my collection 



Los Angeles Rams - Jim Everett 

Started nine games in 1993 (someone named T.J. Rubley started the other seven)

Led the NFL in touchdown passes in 1988 and 1989

Traded to the Saints in March 1994

this 1993 Upper Deck card is in my collection


My wife was a big Jim Everett fan in the late '80s-early '90s. She was psyched when the Rams beat the Giants in the 1989 playoffs.


Jim McMahon - Minnesota Vikings

Started 12 games for Minnesota in 1993

Threw as many touchdown passes (9) in his starts as backup Sean Sailsbury did in his four starts

Until researching this post I had no recollection of his Vikings tenure

this 1993 Stadium Club card is in not my collection



Wade Wilson - New Orleans Saints

Started 14 games for the Saints in 1993

Atlanta's backup in 1992, he switched places with Bobby Hebert in the off-season

Earned a Super Bowl ring as Troy Aikman's backup with the 1995 Cowboys

this 1993 Pro Set Power card is in not my collection



Phil Simms - New York Giants

Started all 16 games in 1993

MVP of Super Bowl XXI is the second-leading passer in Giants history

Retired after the 1993 season

this 1993 Collector's Edge card is in my collection 



Bubby Brister - Philadelphia Eagles 

Started 8 games for the Eagles (Randall Cunningham started four)

Was Pittsburgh's starting QB from 1988-1990

Earned two Super Bowl rings as John Elway's backup in Denver

this 1993 Topps card is not in my collection 



Steve Beuerlein - Phoenix Cardinals

Started 14 games for Phoenix in 1993

Won a Super Bowl as Troy Aikman's backup with the 1992 Cowboys

First starting QB in Jacksonville Jaguars history

this 1993 Fleer Ultra card is not in my collection



Steve Young - San Francisco 49ers

Started all 16 games

Led the NFL in passer rating and touchdown passes in '93

Hall of Famer and two-time NFL MVP

this 1993 Playoff card is not in my collection

Craig Erickson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Started 15 of 16 games for Tampa (Steve DeBerg started one)

Set career highs for passing yards and touchdowns in 1993

Also started 15 games for the Bucs in 1994

this 1993 Upper Deck card is in my collection

Mark Rypien - Washington Redskins

Started 10 games in 1993 (Rich Gannon started four)

MVP of Super Bowl XXVI signed with Cleveland in 1994

His nephew Brett Rypien started for the Denver Broncos earlier this season

this 1993 Collector's Edge card is in my collection

Do you have any memories or favorite players from the 1993 season? Are any of these names unfamiliar to you?

Thanks for reading!




Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Hound Dogs and Stallions

The NFL began discussing expansion to a 30-team league in 1990. The two new teams would have debuted in 1993, but the decision was postponed until the 1993 season. Five cities were in the running to land an expansion franchise.

As you probably know, Charlotte and Jacksonville were the winners. The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars debuted in 1995. Baltimore became an NFL city again a short time later, when Art Modell brought the (former) Browns into the Beltway. But what of the two franchises that never were?

The Memphis group included representatives from the Elvis Presley estate, which explains why the team would have been called the Hound Dogs.

St. Louis lost the Cardinals in 1987 and attempted to lure the New England Patriots with a new domed stadium in 1994 but Robert Kraft wouldn't let them leave Foxboro Stadium. The Los Angeles Rams took the bait instead, after the St. Louis group had been passed over for an expansion team in 1993.

The expansion St. Louis franchise - and the relocated Patriots - would have been called the Stallions

The name and logo are too similar to the Denver Broncos but the color scheme is interesting.It looks sharper on a hat:

Wait a second... this team never existed. How are there hats?

By 1997 every one of these cities had an NFL team, though Memphis was just a temporary stop for the Houston Oilers on their way to Nashville. The Rams spent 21 seasons in St. Louis before moving back to Los Angeles in 2015. Makes you wonder if they'd have stayed in L.A. the whole time had the NFL owners voted to give St. Louis an expansion franchise. 

Instead Jacksonville was awarded an NFL team, which was surprising due to their modest market size and lack of pro football history relative to the other cities.
There are no plans to add any more teams in the foreseeable future, though there is a slight chance that a struggling small-market franchise could relocate if their city does not approve a new stadium.

And which franchise is that, you ask? 

Why, it's those Jacksonville Jaguars.

If you were an NFL owner in 1993 and you could grant an expansion franchise to Jacksonville or St. Louis which city would you choose?


 Thanks for reading!