I hereby present these sheets of McDonald’s GameDay cards in honor of the 20th anniversary of that memorable 1993 Steelers team which went 9-7, finished second to the Houston Oilers – The Houston Oilers! – in the AFC Central and then lost in the Wild Card game to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Just to be clear, this is a commemoration of that anniversary and has nothing to do with the fact that I just unearthed these sheets from a box in the closet.
Do you know how long ago 1993 was?
In 1993, Los Angeles had TWO NFL TEAMS!
In 1993, the Cardinals were the Phoenix Cardinals, not the Arizona Cardinals!
In 1993, the Seahawks were in the AFC!
In 1993, the Cleveland Browns were the ORIGINAL Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens –
[pause while I spit on the ground]
– didn’t yet exist.
In 1993, the Tennessee Titans were still the Houston Oilers, and the Jaguars, Panthers and Texans were just a glint in Paul Tagliabue’s eye.
These sheets seem to have been issued for most, if not all, teams and they seem to be plentiful. Did I mention that these cards are from 1993? I think I may have.
As for the Steelers, hopefully (please, please, please) tonight’s game won’t be as dreadful to watch as last week’s game. And, since I’ve been working on filling in my Steelers team sets, I may show off some of my Steelers collection on each game day… If I can stay organized for the remaining 15 weeks. At this point, I’m not thinking playoffs. Prove me wrong, Black & Gold!