Friday, May 20, 2011
In addition to his other legion accomplishments in the service of American greatness, we Americans owe a social, athletic, civil, and economic debt to Theodore Roosevelt that transcends measurement:
Big fan of Teddy. Didn’t know that he had saved football. Bully!
Back in his time, college football was quite close to today’s rugby. Yale’s Walter Camp “exploded” the rugby scrum into football’s line of scrimmage. Downs were already being used in Rugby League – an English working class semi-pro version of Rugby Union. The forward pass is the unique point of departure for American gridiron.
Trivia question: Which is the last nation to win an Olympic gold medal in rugby?