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August 31, 2009
With the NFL season ready to kick off, it might behoove us to ask.
When did the madness start?
Coincidentally, on this very day in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1895. When quarterback John Brallier got $10 to play for Latrobe against the Jeanette Athletic Association.
Although, some maintain William "Pudge" Heffelfinger started it all three years earlier when he became the first player to get $25 for expenses from Allegheny to play a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
Till then, playing the game for money was strictly dishonorable.
Modern day football owes its origins to rugby.
Students at Harvard competed in a violent two-fisted game, played on the first Monday of each school year in what became known as "Bloody Monday."
It was clearly what you didn’t send your boys to Harvard for.
Enter, eventually, Walter Camp a football coach at Yale, who came up with a few rules.
He cut the number of players from 15 to 11, laid down the size of the playing field as 110 yards, introduced a system of downs and added a scoring system.
Meanwhile, professional football was roaring into the 20's with a handful of teams, barnstorming around the country with colorful names like the Canton Bulldogs, Pottsville Maroons, Frankford Yellow jackets, and the Duluth Eskimos.
It wasn’t until 1933, that the National Football League formed with 10 teams, led by George Halas of the Chicago Bears.
Under his direction, the Bears became the first team to hold daily practice sessions, analyze film, place assistant coaches in the press box during games, and broadcast on the radio.
Historians point to the 1958 New York Giant, Baltimore Colt game that not only changed the way we view professional football, but created the football "widow."
Today, as we approach the NFL opener September 10th, the good news and the bad news for men is that a recent study shows that more woman are becoming football fans— and want to share every moment.
“Do they get three downs or four?"
Originally, football was a vehicle for moral improvement, reflecting America's values like teamwork, individual effort, manliness, and integrity.
Well, you can't win them all.
George Will, a devoted baseball purist, says, “football combines the two worst features of America—violence interspersed with committee meetings.”
The mistake, I think, is analyzing it, instead of enjoying this basically primeval sport for what it is.
"A wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions," as Heywood Hale Broun put it, "without going to jail for it."
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