I was inspired by the most recent MGoBlog roundtable at WTKA to look into the 1925 football season, specifically the Northwestern game played at Soldier Field in what must have been horrible conditions. The story is well-told by Northwestern Wildcat Football.
The weather was so bad that only 20,000 showed up at the game, well short of the number of tickets sold. Northwestern actually punted on their first play from scrimmage, and Benny Friedman fumbled the kick. The ball was recovered by an NU player, who started running towards the end zone. But he was so caked with mud that he was tackled by NU's captain, Tim Lowry, on the 2 yard line. NU couldn't score a touchdown and so had to kick a field goal. Those were the only 3 points scored against Michigan that year.
The only other score of the game was a safety that NU took intentionally to avoid disaster. At the time, the team that took a safety got the ball back on their 30 yard line. The aftermath, as described by the book:
The rest of the game was a series of punts... Northwestern put all 11 of its players on the defensive line... Northwestern pulled off one of the biggest upsets in history. Yost was furious and played a major role later in getting the rules of football changes, so that a team that has suffered a safety must free kick the ball to its opponent. .....
After the game the Wildcat fans waged riots across Chicago, Evanston and on campus. Ecstatic students returned from Soldier Field and doused an abanadoned fraternity house with oil, setting the buildingon fire. By the time firemen arrived, students had thronged the fire and were chanting and singing wildly. The firemen turned their hoses on the rioters in an effort to calm them. The students overpowered the stunned firemen, took their axes and destroyed the fire hoses. Students also attempted to burn down what remained of Northwestern Field, but were turned back by waves of police. The mob moved into downtown Evanston and built a bonfire so large that the heat melted the overhead wires for the city's trolley system, sending the trolley supports crashing. The Evanston chief of police had to send in men armed with tear gas to disperse the fans.
Just was curious about the history of this esteemed website and I was wondering if there was some information on how/when/why it was formed?
Slow summer board, so ran across this and thought I'd share.
An archaeological team from Michigan, Tulane, and Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC), discovered the remnants of an old Spanish fort in North Carolina. The unearthed garrison is from the 16th century and predates the earliest English settlments (like Roanoke). The site is believed to be Fort San Juan, which is one of six such military outposts scattered across the Appalachian range. Long story short, these forts lasted a mere 18 months before relations with the native Mississippian tribe went South, and all forts were burnt to the ground. The Spanish didn't rebuild.
Not every day one can link to history.com. Enjoy.
Note, on the website the picture of the fort is credited to the University of Michigan.
The University of Michigan football team currently has 898 wins. This Saturday they attempt win for the 899th time against a fine conference opponent, the Fightin Illini of Illinois. Any thoughts about the game this week?
For your bye week reading: a history of the football field from Smithsonian Magazine: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/design/2012/09/how-the-football-field-was-designed-from-hash-marks-to-goal-posts/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20120930-Weekender.