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Indiana – Purdue: The Beginning of The Old Oaken Bucket

Replaced in 1960 by the Hoosiers’ current field, the dedication of Indiana’s first Memorial Stadium also witnessed the inauguration of one of football’s great historic rivalries – The Old Oaken Bucket. Not that this was exactly the first game between … Continue reading

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97 Years To Go 125 Miles

You knew that there was going to be bad blood between these two schools when they first met on George Washington’s birthday in 1893, and couldn’t even agree on what season they were playing in!  Alabama counted it as a … Continue reading

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When Chicago Was A Powerhouse, But Red Grange Was Their Master

Many or most Illinois fans have undoubtedly heard of the great Red Grange’s performance against Michigan in 1924, when he first became a household name. On the October afternoon that dedicated Illinois Memorial Stadium, the Galloping Ghost thoroughly destroyed an … Continue reading

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One Of Gridiron’s Greatest Rivalries – Huskers vs. Sooners

For a perfect example of how too much money can corrupt a sport, it’d be hard to top the ending of the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry.  Casting aside 98 years of  blood, grit, and history for the sake of a bigger TV … Continue reading

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When The Wildcats From Evanston (Not Lexington) Were Kings For A Day

If there’s ever been a football program in the past 50 years that’s had a Rodney Dangerfield “no respect” problem, it’s the Purple People from Evanston. The Wildcats were once perennial proud contenders in the Big Ten Conference, feared from … Continue reading

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Before Duke, There Was Trinity . . .

And before there was Wallace Wade Stadium, there was Hanes Field, a cozy little venue that was also the longtime home of the Durham Bulls, tucked behind the Broad Street wall on what is now known as East Campus. This … Continue reading

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‘You Could Hardly Tell The Army Mule From The Navy Goat’

The Cadets and the Middies have now met 112 times on the gridiron, but with all due respect to contrary opinions, no game in this series has ever topped the epic struggle that these two unbeaten juggernauts staged in 1926.  … Continue reading

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