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Boston Breakers in the NFL...?


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Hi guys,

I don't post here too often anymore but I found this pretty interesting, and I wanted to share it.

I was looking around on my fantasy hockey site on CBS Sportsline and glanced at an NFL advert on the side of the page. I looked again, and noticed the helmet of the player in the advert...

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If it looks familiar to you, it should. It's the helmet of the Boston/Portland/New Orleans Breakers of the defunct USFL. Here's a shot of the helmet, courtesy of LogoServer (not remote linked, however):

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There's nothing to this I'm sure, but I find it interesting that the NFL approved an advert using an old helmet from the USFL.

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could have been a stock photo from an advertising company or somethiing. It's weird, but not too unbelievable that it could have fallen through the cracks.

Also, I guarantee there are a large number of designers and web developers that work for sports teams and companys that are not fans of sports in the least amount. they could have thought "its football right?" Then the art director just didn't notice right away.

Either one of those is my opinion.

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That looks like the photo that is used on just about every Best Buy/Circuit City/department store TV ad you ever see. I don't have a picture of it, but if that is the one, the player isn't actually wearing a Breakers uniform. He is wearing a Breakers-style helmet (and maybe not in the right colors, but I can't recall) with a maroon/purple jersey with stripes that were different from those worn by the Breakers. Does anyone have a shot of this somewhere?

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The USFL is used WIDELY on media if you look closely. Just about any commercial that shows a football game will show the USFL. Watch for it. I was not aware of it much in print, but here it is. My guess is noone has the rights to the images anymore so they are in the public domain.

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I've also seen commercials using old Arena Football League footage. Most noticable is the old New York CityHawks.

As well as the Grand Rapids Rampage - there was a Best Buy commercial that featured blurry/almost recognizable Rampage football action.

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The fact that the Breakers seem to be the most-used of the old USFL teams in print ads and such re-affirms one thing for me:

That was one original and sweet-looking helmet design.

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Anyway, anyone here who collects trading cards has used binders and pages to store their cards. I've noticed that Ultra Pro uses that same photo to represent a football card.

Isn't Ultra Pro pretty much the only seller of sleeve pages for cards? I have a couple of old boxes of Ultra Pro pages here at home, and at one time, the company was endorsed by everyone's hero, Jose Canseco. :D

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No, it wasn't.  That much I know for sure.  Last time I checked, a company called "Halcyon Daze" (or was it "Halcyon Days") held rights to most USFL footage.

I can confirm this. I have a football follies tape (a la NFL films) with nothing but USFL footage from Halcyon Days.

Apparently they also made these other tapes:

Pro Football: The Lighter Side (the tape I have)

Pro Football Funnies (cover has New Jersery Generals vs. Stars)

Major League Baseball Funnies

Baseball Funny Side Up

NHL - Hockey The Lighter Side

NHL Super Dooper Hockey Bloopers

Pro Basketball's Hoops Bloops

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Another place to see rampant use of these is any of the NFL pre-season yearbooks(Street & Smiths/Athlon's/Lindy's),where you will see them in almost every sportsbook ad,ads for upcoming memorabilia conventions,and ads for equipment such as knee/ankle/compression braces.If anyone has a random yearbook laying around it's almost a sure bet you'll see either the above photo or the other most popular one,which features a running back facing the left in a uniform similar to the Memphis Showboats.

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