What else do the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers have in common? Both have posted winless seasons, but for both of them, it was an 0-10 season 64 years ago when the teams were merged into one due to a manpower shortage during WWII. When the teams lock horns a week from Sunday, it will be in stark contrast to the 1944 season.
With many players off to military service during World War II and in an effort to reduce travel and other costs, the Chicago Cardinals and the Steelers merged their human and financial resources. Phil Handler of the Cards and Walt Kiesling of the Steelers were co-coaches. Three games were played at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field and two at Comiskey Park.
The team’s official name was the Card-Pitts, but when opponents started walking all over them, sportswriters began referring to them as “the Carpets.” Fittingly, they ended the 1944 season with an 0-10 record after taking a 49-7 beating from the Bears in their final game.
So in Super Bowl XLIII, we’ll see a match up of the old “Carpets.” It’s interesting because if the Eagles had won last week, it would have been another reunion of sorts too, bringing back the 1943 “Steagles”.
This got me to thinking, what teams could we combine for a new team name today?
Buffalo Bills + Cincinnati Bengals = “Bungles”
Pittsburgh Steelers + New Orleans Saints = “Pitt Stains”
New Orleans Saints + Buffalo Bills = “NO Bills”
Seattle Seahawks + Detroit Lions = “Sea-Lions”
San Francisco 49ers + Washington Redskins = “4-skins”
Baltimore Ravens + Seattle Seahawks = “Bal-hawks”
San Diego Chargers + Arizona Cardinals = “Charge Cards”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers + Carolina Panthers = “Tam-Pans”
Cincinnati Bengals + Kansas City Chiefs =” Cin-City”
Dallas Cowboys + Green Bay Packers = “Cow-Packers”
Dallas Cowboys + Chicago Bears = “DA BEARS!!!”
What did I miss? Love you to see your ideas in the Comments.
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