• 20Dec

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    The NFL (National Football League) was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. Originally founded with ten teams from four states, all of whom would participate in regional leagues in their localities; its name was changed to NFL in 1922. It is credited to be the first professional league to establish itself nationally after a few failed attempts. Currently, only two of the founding members, namely Decatur Staleys and Chicago Cardinals have remained in the association. The Green Bay Packers are the only to have remained loyal to their location.

    The first official championship game of the NFL was held in 1933. During the initial years, membership remained unstable. One of the franchisees, The New York Football Giants, joined the league in 1925 and moved to Detroit in 1934 and changed to the Lions.

    The Association itself went through several name changes. Its headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. It has stuck to its current name, National Football League.

    Some of the original teams representing Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit are no more with the league. They have been replaced however with newer franchisees.

    The championship awards were given rather in an unorganized manner. Some teams would play more or fewer games than others, hence awarding the championship to those who had the best win-loss record didn’t make for a good practice. A tie-breaker in 1921 decided who the winner is; it was followed by a disputed title in 1925 and an unscheduled indoor playoff game in 1932.

    In the year 1933, three new teams namely, the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds and the Eagles, were admitted to the NFL prior to the start of the season. That took the count to ten. Since then the league has expanded to more than 30 teams. For weekly action that you cannot get anywhere else, the online bookmaker industry offers odds on everything from winning the game to over/under, points per quarter, etc. However with 100s of places to look to, take a look at this bet365 review to get you started on to the journey of taking your love the NFL to new heights.

    At the behest of George Preston Marshall, the league was reorganized into an Eastern and Western division. The Philadelphia Eagles, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Boston Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Pirates constituted the Eastern division while the Chicago Bears, Portsmouth Spartans, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and the Cincinnati Reds made up the Western. In addition, Mr Marshall convinced the two division winners to meet in a NFL Championship Game.

    The NFL originally had players of various origins – native American, Asian American and African American. However, in 1927, all Black players were moved out with no explanation. The pool of talented Native Americans began to dry up. George Marshall allegedly used pressure to keep the teams all-White but that was only one of the reasons. Internal politics, cronyism and rising intolerance towards Blacks were other reasons. During the war crisis, with much of the talent away from home fight the World War II, talented Black players were passed up in favor of players who were physically unfit.

    Integration occurred later with many teams recruiting Black players, forced by the venue administration. In 1941, the corporate headquarters of NFL relocated from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago. A competitor by the name of American Football League rose in 1946. During Bert Bell’s tenure, the headquarters shifted to Philadelphia but on his death was moved back to Manhattan.

  • 03Oct
    Categories: Japan Comments: 0

    Display Fake Food

    For the first time visitors in Japan, many of the things seem weird since the country somehow maintains a veil of mysticism. But one thing that must intrigue the foreigner tourists in Japan is that Japanese plastic food display. You can see them anywhere-either in front of the restaurants, or in the display cabinets, sometimes presented on the little tables by the door or in the showcases of stores. Every time you will visit the Japanese restaurants, you will always come across these life-like food replicas.

    Though this fake display food is especially meant for the foreigners who visit Japanese restaurants in order to simplify the procedure for choosing their menu, but these are enormously used in everywhere in Japan. Such Japanese plastic food is called sampuru and you can find every kind of food samples ranging from plastic pizza, salads, soup, beer, curry, sushi, everything. Visitors both foreigners and Japanese use these prop food as the menu before they enter into a restaurant. Actually, this is an art- the Japanese art of display fake foods. Let’s have a look how the Japanese Sampuru is being used in several ways.

    1. Okonomiyaki

    The okonomiyaki is actually a popular Japanese seafood combo. The okonomiyaki sampuru displays the raw ingredients that are presented with the grilled pancake. In this seafood combo you will get the raw asari (a little clam), ebi (shrimp) and ika (squid). Though these ingredients can be cooked in tow popular styles such as Kyoto style and Hiroshima style, but don’t attempt to cook these real-like ingredients as these are only made of plastic.

    1. Lunch set

    You can also find sampuru in the way of a lunch set plate which is popularly found in an o-bento. Like the real lunch set, here also sampuru lunch set will be presented with Naporitan which is actually Japanese pasta with ketchup based sauce, egg, gomai (spinach with miso and sesame dressing), sandoicchi (sandwich) and potato salad and stir fry with gobo root (burdock root). The entire set is favorite for the kids and therefore keeps the kids away from the replica food. Otherwise, they will try to consume this plastic food.

    1. Dessert

    You can also find artificial food in the form of desserts that look most appetizing as well as appealing to you. You will also find chocolate, strawberries with the combination of other fruits in the sampuru desserts.

    1. Souvenirs

    As a tourist, you may not be satisfied only with the display of these food props until you are not taking anything with you as a souvenir. Sampuru are meant not only for displaying in the windows of eateries, but also in the form of souvenirs such as cell phone charms, key chains, pen drives, and attached to purses. These souvenirs are especially popular in Tokyo’s Kappabashi-dori (kitchen town). You can also find then almost all souvenir shops in Japan.

    1. Sauce display

    The excellence of sampuru is not limited in displaying several Japanese foods, but also different forms of presenting them. Therefore, in some cases, you will find the plastic food display as pouring sauce all over your food.

    Thus, you will explore every form of food in Japanese sampuru in your gastronomic journey through Japanese food. Here lies the artistic creativity of Japan.