Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a trip down memory lane to revisit yesteryear moments in Washington football history. From jaw-dropping plays to nail-biting finishes, Washington football has provided its fans with countless memories throughout the years. Today, we turn our attention way, way back to November 17, 1935, when the Boston Redskins were supposed to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. So what unfolded on that historic day?
Each #FlashbackFriday, we’ll uncover performances and milestones that are part of the franchise’s storied history. So, grab your virtual time machine, fasten your seat belts, and get ready to embark on a captivating journey through the annals of franchise history. Let’s relish in the nostalgia, as we honor the past and pay tribute to the legends who’ve donned the burgundy and gold.
On This Day
Boston Redskins — Philadelphia Eagles —
Date: November 17, 1935
On November 17th, 1935, there was a very rare NFL occurrence. The game between the Washington Redskins – who were then the Boston Redskins – and the Philadelphia Eagles… did not happen.
Are you wondering why it is the Flashback Friday, instead of some other game that happened on November 17th?
Because it really is a very rare happening for the NFL. In fact, there hadn’t been another regular season game cancelled until this past season and the Damar Hamlin tragedy. On January 5th, 2023, the NFL cancelled the Cincinnati Bengals versus Buffalo Bills game that had been stopped on January 2nd when Hamlin was seriously injured. In doing so, it was the first game to be cancelled in 88 years.
The game between the Redskins and the Eagles was supposed to take place in Philadelphia, but it never happened due to snow and rain.
According to the Boston Globe on November 18th, 1935:
REDSKINS AND EAGLES KEPT IDLE BY WEATHER
PHILADELPHIA, NOV 17 — Rain and hail prevented the Boston Redskins and philadelphia Eagles from meeting in the return national Professional League football game at the Phillies’ ball park today.
Coach Eddie Casey and his squad of players arrived at noon after a bus trip from New York. Heavy rains put the gridiron in a deplorable condition. All the sideand other lines were washed away.
Pres Bert Bell of the Eagles waited until 1:30 to call the game off. It is not likely to be played later owing to both teams being out of the Eastern championship race.
As the article predicted, it was not postponed and re-scheduled. Both teams just played one game less than everybody that season. Here are the final NFL East Division standings:
As you can see, the Redskins and Eagles finished the year having played eleven games to everyone else’s 12 games.
So there may not have been a game on November 17th, 1935 but it is certainly an interesting part of Washington’s history.
And hopefully a suitable selection for Flashback Friday.
Thank you for joining us as we step back in time and celebrate the rich heritage of Washington football. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the team, this series aims to ignite your passion and deepen your appreciation for the remarkable moments that have defined our beloved franchise.
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