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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

On the Road Again. . . and Again and Again

Coach Jim Haslett was understandably unhappy about that "home game" his New Orleans Saints lost at Giants Stadium (in New Jersey, of all places).
The Saints are based in San Antonio, Texas, at least for the rest of this season. But they'll play only three games there. They'll also play four so-called home games at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. But, since they'll practice all week in San Antonio and then fly to Baton Rouge, those won't feel like home games.
"I don’t think anybody has ever traveled to 13 games," Haslett commented. But he was wrong about that.
The 1926 Duluth Eskimos played 13 NFL games on the road. While they were at it, they also played 16 exhibition games, 14 of them on the road.
The Eskimos squeezed those 29 games into a 117-day period. That's a game every four days, on average. During one eight-day stretch, they played five games in five different cities, from St. Louis to New York.
How'd they do? Respectably. They finished over .500 in the NFL with a 6-5-2 record and, overall, they were 17-9-3.
You can read a much more detailed account of that long road trip here, on my website.