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The Rutgers Targum publication of that era gives an account of the game, which I quote in part:
"On Saturday, November 6,1869, Princeton sent 25 picked men to play our 25 a match game of football. The strangers came at 10 o'clock and brought a good number of backers with them. After dinner and a stroll around town, during which stroll billiards received a good deal of attention, the crowd began to assemble at the ball grounds. Previous to calling the game the ground presented an animated appearance. Grim looking players were silently stripping, each one surrounded by sympathizing friends. While around each captain was a little crowd, intent upon giving advice and saying as much as possible.... "
The Targum sized
up the game in these words: "To sum up, the Princeton men had the most
muscles, but didn't kick very well, and wanted organization. They evidently
don't like to kick the ball on the ground. Headlong running, wild shouting and
frantic kicking and goal tenders marked the contest.... "
?To a similar challenge from Rutgers, SI replied in its first 19TH HOLE (Aug. 30, 1954): "They may have been dying for dear old Rutgers in that game with Princeton ... but they were playing soccer" even though someone may have broken the rules by running with the ball that day in 1869. American football evolved from Harvard's adaption of the Rugby football game and rules: 15 men to a side, an egg-shaped ball, the drop kick and ball carrying, although "the little crowd around each captain intent upon giving advice and saying as much as possible" undoubtedly was pioneering today's quarterback clubs.—ED.
If it ever does, it should be over pro football's dead body.
The inevitable conclusion was that if anything ever happened to kill the public fascination for college football...then the pros would have to go back to sandlot dimensions.
What other sport or business has ready-made stars, big names, spectacular performers created for them over a four-year incubating period as does pro football? The pros are on the biggest gravy train in the country today.
They don't spend a penny teaching or promoting kids like Alan Ameche, Ralph Guglielmi, George Shaw, et al. They merely meet in. New York, or Cleveland or Detroit and draft the names off a big board. Publicity-wise, there is nothing like it in sports.