Monday Morning Quarterback – The 65 Yd Pass

Monday, oct. 19, 2014

oct. 18, 1942_65-yd pass

To call Chicagoans dedicated sports fans is like saying elephants and whales are big animals. While my father rooted for the Yankees, he didn’t care enough to actually attend a game. My mother grew up in southern New England so maybe Boston teams would have interested her. Anyway, she was more of tennis fan.

But Chicago was a kind of command-central for football, especially college football, to such an extent that the Sunday paper placed the box featuring the previous day’s football scores above its War Situation summary:  Notre Dame beat the Iowa Preflight Seahawks 28 to 0 while Army trounced Columbia 34 to 6. Wisconsin beat Great Lakes 13 to 7 despite a successful 65-yard pass by Great Lakes. (The p.31 photograph above illustrated the play).

What the well-dressed young man wears to a football game.

What the well-dressed young man wears to a football game.

Were you looking for the right clothes to wear to a game? On page 2 Maurice L Rothschild offered “reversible finger tip coats and jacket for young men. To this day, a unique feature of Chicago is the existence of sports bars dedicated to a particular team. No matter where you are from, no matter whom you root for, you can share the experience of cheering your team on with like-minded fans.

Chicago is only place I have ever seen purple icing in the grocery stores. Why? The Northwest Wildcats, of course! Although a founding member of the Big Ten, University of Chicago — the original “Monsters of the Midway” — dropped football in 1939 and is now a Division III team. Maybe that’s why I’ve never see maroon icing.

No letters today.

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