Colts just might host a parade for 2014 AFC runner-ups

Runner-up: the competitor that does not win first place in a contest; especially one that finishes in second place.

Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk:
I thought the headline was from The Onion, and that the image was the product of fairly rudimentary PhotoShop skills.

I was wrong on both counts.

The Colts have placed in the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium a banner that declares them “2014 AFC Finalist.”

It is a tradition in the National Hockey League for the team that represents the Eastern Division to not touch the Prince of Wales trophy. The team that represents the Western Division will not touch the Clarence Campbell trophy. The only significant post season trophy for the NHL is the Stanley Cup. The 35 lb. bowl will only have the names of the winning team engraved.

Final - NFL Title Game December 8, 1940

Chicago Bears (8-3-0) 21 7 26 19 73
Washington Redskins (9-2-0) 0 0 0 0 0

Stadium Griffith Stadium
Roof outdoors
Surface grass
Attendance 36,034

1st Bears Bill Osmanski 68 yard rush (Jack Manders kick) 7 0
Bears Sid Luckman 1 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick) 14 0
Bears Joe Maniaci 42 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick) 21 0
2nd Bears Ken Kavanaugh 30 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick) 28 0
3rd Bears Hampton Pool 15 yard interception return (Dick Plasman kick) 35 0
Bears Ray Nolting 23 yard rush 41 0
Bears George McAfee 34 yard interception return (Joe Stydahar kick) 48 0
Bears Bulldog Turner 24 yard interception return 54 0
4th Bears Harry Clarke 44 yard rush 60 0
Bears Gary Famiglietti 2 yard rush (Joe Maniaci pass from Solly Sherman) 67 0
Bears Harry Clarke 1 yard rush (pass failed) 73 0

Team Stats


First downs 17 17
Rush-yards-TDs 53-381-7 15-5-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 7-10-138-1-0 20-51-226-0-8
Sacked-yards 0-0 0-0
Net pass yards 138 226
Total yards 519 231
Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-1
Turnovers 1 9
Penalties-yards 3-25 8-70

The Washington Redskins did not hang a banner on the flagpole to commemorate the losing efforts of the 1940 squad. The 1968 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes lost to the University of Houston Cougars on November 23, 1968, 100-6. Tulsa did not hand out gold stars for the defensive players to stick on their helmets in holding Houston to an even 100 points. A member of the Tulsa defense was Dr. Phil McGraw, TV Psychologist.

I think Dr. Phil’s experience that long ago evening in Houston may have been the real reason he settled on psychology as a major and went on from there to help Oprah and finally – to get his own television show. If that is what happened, please don’t blame UH for running up the score on Tulsa. – Blame the Cougars for driving Dr. Phil into our daily lives on television.

Rather than go to the White House like the Super Bowl champs, the Indianapolis Colts can appear on Dr. Phil. Please check your local listings for the time in your area.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. .

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