Tag: college football

Kodachrome Memories #4: Miami (OH) University Homecoming, 1953

Kodachrome Memories #4: Miami (OH) University Homecoming, 1953

Photography
This fantastic set of slides is reportedly from  Homecoming Weekend festivities for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As you would expect the marquee event of the celebration was a college football game. In this case it's the Redskins against in-state rival Ohio Bobcats, locally known as the Battle of the Bricks. The date on these slides is marked as 1954, but since the rivalry game that year was played in Athens I'm guessing this is actually 1953. That would put the date for this game as October 24, and is a game that ended in a 7-7 tie. There are no actual photos of the game here, but plenty from what look like pregame and perhaps halftime festivities. Also included are shots of a parade probably held on the campus and a few shots of the campus itself. Miami alumni are prominently
Vintage College Football Sheet Music (1890s – 1930s)

Vintage College Football Sheet Music (1890s – 1930s)

Football Friday, Sports
While most of my Football Friday posts focus on the National Football League, I don't want to forget the college game. After all, that's where American football got its start -- and where it was most popular up until about the mid 20th century. So for something a little different, I've pulled together a gallery of vintage college football sheet music covers, most of which feature timeless school fight songs. Why sheet music, you ask? Honestly, I have no idea. But you know I love old ephemera, so that's all the reason I need really. "The Victors" is the fight song of the University of Michigan. "On Iowa" is one of three fight songs currently used by the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, along with "Iowa Fight Song" and "Roll Along Iowa." ...
Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

Back to the Future: What Else Happened on November 5, 1955?

History
The date is burned in the brain of legions of Back to the Future fans -- November 5, 1955. It's the day Marty McFly arrived in Hill Valley of the past in Doc Brown's DeLorean from October 26, 1985. But aside from the events shown in the film, what actually happened on that autumn day when Michael J. Fox went back to the future? Let's look at the day that was Saturday, November 5, 1955. Entertainment The #1-selling song in the U.S. was "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams. The #1 album in the U.S. was Love Me Or Leave Me (soundtrack) by Doris Day. The #1 best-selling books in the U.S. were Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (fiction) and Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (non-fiction). #3 on the fiction list? The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, baby! The Honeymooners e
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days or so:  You've read endless commentary on the Miami University football booster scandal involving Nevin Shapiro, why not read the original investigation by Charles Robinson? (Yahoo! Sports) A very cool photo gallery by Natsumi Hayashi, the "levitating girl" from Tokyo (Geekologie) Will Google+ be able to unseat Flickr as the premiere destination for photographers on the web? (TechCrunch) A fascinating gallery of photographs taken by the East German Stasi (secret police) during the Cold War era. (Conscientious Extended) You'd swear this article on the role of police patrols and the impact of broken windows in a neighborhood wasn't written almost 30 years ago, it's so relevant (The Atlan
The word cloud of Robert Burton’s letter to Jeff Hathaway

The word cloud of Robert Burton’s letter to Jeff Hathaway

Sports
For those who haven't heard of Robert G. Burton, he's the winner of January's Douchebag of the Month award.  Burton, who has donated millions of dollars to the University of Connecticut football program and whose name adorns their athletic complex, was most displeased with the recent hiring of head coach Paul Pasqualoni. That's pretty standard I guess.  Boosters get pissy all the time when a coach gets hired/fired, or some other decision is made that they don't agree with.  But Burton took it a step further, firing off a rambling, boastful, and just plain obnoxious six-page letter to UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway. The letter itself (excluding attachment notices and other miscellaneous text) is more than 1,700 words long.  So here's the word cloud for it, which pretty much sum
8 things I miss in sports

8 things I miss in sports

Sports
CNNSI ran an interesting piece this week called "25 Things We Miss in Football", and while it hit on a few things I would definitely have in my own list (Al Davis as a genius, well-dressed coaches, and the Orange Bowl played in the Orange Bowl) there are naturally some missing items.  So to rectify that I'm going to list the things I miss not just in football, but in sports in general.  Let's take a look! 1. Helmet/Bullpen Carts:  I miss helmet and bullpen carts for a few reasons.  One is the pure fun and novelty of the concept.  I mean, the notion that a professional athlete needs motorized assistance to travel a few hundred feet is laughable on its face.  Still, despite all the cynicism of our modern age I have to think there's room in peoples' hearts for sweet rides like this or this