10 Years of Waiting, A Story of Jerseys

In a crossroad of a southern provincial road, there was an odd man setting at the passage, day after day. He was so old that passer-by almost could not recognize his age and his face, but there was one thing very conspicuous, that was a jersey wearing on his body. The jersey was broken so much, but the English letter NBA still be more than clear to read. The old man wouldn’t leave, neither accept any assistance from government or personal. He was stubborn, all day long people just heard his self-talking that, “ I will wait for you forever, then we can play basketball together…”

Before long, the old man was dead, the local government held a grave funeral for him in the military ceremony. Afterwards, people knew a great story from the old man’s diary. The truth is that, the old man was a solider served for nation for 10 years last century. And there was an unforgettable experience happened on him, that’s a story about a jersey.

According to his diary, 40 years ago, he was an ordinary dogrobber in army. At that time, the army he stayed was ordered to participant in a great battle in a strange country. The fight was very hard, he and his men were suffered a lot. Nobody knew how long could they persist for this meaningless war. Among them, there was a young man, same age as him, they all called the young man as “little Jordan” for that the young man loved basketball so much that he could hold his ball even in sleep. Little Jordan always told him that he wanted to be a professional basketball player after war, and all his dreams was to have one his own jersey. Affected by Jordan so much that he begun to play basketball after battle.

Soon later, they became best friends and promised for each other that they would join the NBA together after the term of service. However, in a fierce battle, Jordan was dead because of covering for him. But he never forgot their promise.

For 40 years, he just set in the crossroad and waited for his battle companion. He wore the jersey for Jordan could find him at one sight they met. After the old man’s death, the local government collected this jersey in to the museum as a symbol of freedom and friendship. And this is also the spirit of America.

Jerseys and Dreams

Everyone who loves basketball has a basketball hero in the heart! Just like the poem: I am the wind, flying on the boundless sea and sky, let the hero charm, bring you to the vast sky. But without the love for the jersey, maybe you will fall down in the dream track!

As a result, every basketball enthusiast must the lover of the jersey! Every basketball fan must have a good basketball jersey as his collections! Just like Michael Jordan—the legend of basketball, wearing the number 23 shirt of God , it is said he was able to reach such a high level all thanks to his shirt jersey! Wearing the No. 23 Michael Jordan shirt, then you can ride the court under his leading – Michael Jordan’s shirt, which will take you to a more vast expanse of heaven and earth! Even reaching the shores of dreams!

For every basketball fan, their love for basketball can be crazy. What would you think if you gave a basketball fan gift? Basketball, basketball shoes? It’s too vulgar! For dreams, just send him jerseys! For example, your friend loves the German tank Nowitzki and believe his charm is unstoppable. So I’m sure your friend’s love for you must be unstoppable once he sees Nowitzki’s No. 41 shirt! Think about that, in the course of basketball, let your friends’ enthusiasm like Nowitzki’s fire up! Put on the Nowitzki 41 shirt, just as there’s a leader Nowitzki in front of you, let you run in the basketball dream and get closer and closer to the dream of the other side! Then what are you waiting for?!

As a loyal basketball fans, what you need most is not a basketball, not shoes, but a jersey which has a number of your own idol! As long as you have an idol’s dress, you can say you are qualified to be your idol’s fan! If you don’t already have one, you should buy one as soon as possible!

For example, if your idol is Maddie, then you must not miss this Maddie No.1 shirt jersey! Wear it, special fabrics, high-tech processing, so that every pore of your skin feel more comfortable! Let your face glow, going toward the goal with Maddie’s senseless spirit and surging enthusiasm! Constantly surpass yourself! Continue to exceed the limit! Make a wing of dream for yourself to the future and sail to the other side of the ideal! Let your inner bud grow into the ideal big tree and bear fruitful fruit! What are you waiting for?

Modern era of NFL

In the 1970s and 1980s, the NFL solidified its dominance as America’s top spectator sport, and its important role in American culture. The Super Bowl became an unofficial national holiday and the top-rated TV program most years. Monday Night Football, which first aired in 1970, brought in high ratings by mixing sports and entertainment. Rule changes in the late 1970s ensured a fast-paced game with lots of passing to attract the casual fan.
The World Football League was the first post-merger challenge to the NFL’s dominance, and in 1974, successfully lured some top NFL talent to its league and prompted a few rules changes in the NFL. However, financial problems led the league to fold halfway through its 1975 season. Two teams, the Birmingham Vulcans and Memphis Southmen, made unsuccessful efforts to move from the WFL to the NFL.

The founding of the United States Football League in the early 1980s was the biggest challenge to the NFL in the post-merger era. The USFL was a well-financed competitor with big-name players and a national television contract. However, the USFL failed to make money and folded after three years. The USFL filed a successful anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL, but the remedies were minimal, and mismanagement (most notably, a planned move of its niche spring football season to a head-to-head competition in the fall) led to the league’s collapse.

2001 saw the establishment of the XFL, an attempt by Vince McMahon and NBC, which had lost the NFL broadcast rights for that year, to compete with the league; the XFL folded after just one season Unlike the WFL and USFL, the XFL had no impact on the NFL’s rules or franchise locations (its attempts at innovations were often ridiculed, though one innovation, the above the field Sk ycam  which originated in the XFL, became a regular part of NFL telecasts), but a few NFL players used the XFL to relaunch their careers.

The United Football League, which began play in 2009, had originally planned to take a direct challenge to the NFL with NFL-comparable salaries and teams in New York City and Los Angeles, but the UFL never did play in those cities (an ostensibly New York team played in Long Island and New Jersey), cut back its salaries, and instead opted for a complementary approach with teams in cities such as Las Vegas, Sacramento and Omaha; after four years, the UFL folded due to massive financial losses. Numerous other leagues have attempted to form over the years, but none have succeeded in having any level of competition comparable to the NFL (most never made it to their first game).

Development of NFL team

In league meetings prior to the 1933 season, three new teams, the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds and the Eagles, were admitted to the NFL. Then teams were then in the NFL and, at George Preston Marshall’s urging, with Halas’ support, NFL was reorganized into an Eastern Division and a Western Division. In the Eastern Division were the Philadelphia Eagles, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Boston Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the Western Division were the Chicago Bears, Portsmouth Spartans, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and the Cincinnati Reds. Furthermore, the two owners convinced the league to have the two division winners meet in a NFL Championship Game.

By 1934, all of the small-town teams, with the exception of the Green Bay Packers, had moved to or been replaced by teams in big cities, and even Green Bay had begun to play a portion of its home schedule in much larger Milwaukee for more support (a practice they continued well into the 1990s). In 1941, the corporate headquarters moved from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago. During the early years of the league, rather than coming up with original team names, many NFL teams simply chose the name of the Major League Baseball team in the same city. Thus the Pittsburgh Steelers were the “Pittsburgh Pirates” for the first seven years of existence and other teams such as the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Washington Senators and Buffalo Bisons all represented the NFL at one time or another.

An annual draft of college players was first held in 1936. The first televised NFL game was on October 22, 1939 in a game the Eagles lost 23-14 to the host Dodgers at Ebbets Field. It was during this era, however, that the NFL became segregated: there were no black players in professional football in the United States between 1933 and 1945, mainly due to the influence of George Preston Marshall, who entered the league in 1932 as the owner of the Boston Braves. Other NFL owners emulated Marshall’s whites-only policy to mollify southern fans, and even after the NFL’s color barrier had been broken in the 1950s, Marshall’s Washington Redskins remained all-white until forced to integrate by the Kennedy administration in 1962.  Despite his bigotry, Marshall was selected as a charter member of the NFL-inspired Pro Football Hall of Fame, primarily for the numerous innovations (fixed schedules, separate conferences and championship games) Marshall encouraged during his time in the league.

History of Natiinal Football league

The National Football League (NFL) was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) with ten teams from four states, all of whom existed in some form as participants of regional leagues in their respective territories; it took on its current name in 1922. The NFL was the first professional football league to successfully establish a nationwide presence, after several decades of failed attempts. Only two teams currently in the NFL, the Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Cardinals (now the  ARIZONA Cardinals), are founding members. The Green Bay Packers, founded 1919 (joined the NFL in 1921), is the oldest NFL franchise in continuous operation with the same name in the same location.

League membership gradually stabilized throughout the 1920s and 1930s as the league adopted progressively more formal organization. The first official championship game was held in 1933. The NFL stopped signing black players in 1927 but reintegrated in 1946 following World War II. Other changes followed after the war; the office of league President evolved into the more powerful Commissioner post, mirroring a similar move in Major League Baseball. Teams became more financially viable, the last team folding in 1952 and the league absorbing teams from the briefly more successful All-America Football Conference in 1950, two of which survive to the present day. By 1958, when that season’s NFL championship game became known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the NFL was on its way to becoming one of the most popular sports leagues in the United States.

The rival American Football League was founded in 1960. It was very successful, and forced a merger with the older NFL that resulted in a greatly expanded league and the creation of the Super Bowl, which has become the most-watched annual sporting event in the United States. The league continued to expand to its current size of 32 teams. A series of labor agreements during the 1990s and increasingly large television contracts has helped keep the league one of the most profitable in the U.S., and the only major league in the U.S. since 1990 to avoid a work stoppage that resulted in the loss of regular-season games.

Football was first professionalized in 1892, when William Heffelfinger and Ben “Sport” Donnelly each received a large sum of cash to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association of the Western Pennsylvania Senior Independent Football Conference. Through the 1890s and the early part of the 20th century, professional football was primarily a regional sport, with most informal circuits centered around a single state or region with only limited play outside state lines.