SOURCE: Washington Post
100 years of football history through artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame
SOURCE: Christianity Today
by Paul Putz and Hunter Hampton
America's obsession with football is nearly as old as the game itself.
by Luther Spoehr
The "Father of Football" and the "crisis of masculinity."
by Julie Des Jardins
Today one could argue that the very size and convoluted nature of the NFL rule book is proof of football’s imperfection, but Walter Camp, the father of football, saw this development as progress.
by Michael Beschloss
For a president who never made the front line of his college squad, football played a surprisingly large part in Richard Nixon’s life.
“No one has bothered to tell this story,” Mr. Greenberg said. “So I said, we’re telling the story through them, and their families.”
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
by Jonathan Zimmerman
We need to think long and hard about why we're putting so many kids at risk to subsidize a league that's already awash in money.
SOURCE: New York Times
Football used to be seen as the testing ground for leadership. Not so much anymore.
by Howard P. Segal
Gordon Gee and Dale Lick. Credit: OSU/U.Maine/HNN staff.Cross-posted from the Bangor Daily News.As has been widely reported in recent days, the president of mammoth Ohio State University, Gordon Gee, has been forced to resign his position because of comments he made “off the record” back in December that were only recently reported by the Associated Press. Speaking about why Notre Dame University not been invited to join the Big Ten Conference (now consisting, of course, of ever more than ten schools), Gee lamented that “you just can’t trust those damned Catholics” to do whatever was needed to join. Gee also criticized the University of Louisville as an allegedly inferior academic institution.
On May 28, 1888, Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin in Prague, Oklahoma. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe—an Olympic champion and football and baseball star—was perhaps the greatest all-around athlete America has ever produced. Nearly a year following his death in 1953, his widow transported his body to a small Pennsylvania hamlet that agreed to rename itself in his honor. Now amid a family feud, Thorpe’s two surviving sons are seeking to re-inter his remains on tribal lands in his native Oklahoma, and a federal judge has ruled in their favor....
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