Friday, May 20, 2011

Another debt to TR 

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:


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri May 20, 04:49:00 PM:

Pretty funny. But Eliot's skepticism about the "scholar athlete" was prescient.  

By Blogger Stephen, at Fri May 20, 06:07:00 PM:

‘Three cheers for Harvard and one for Yale’.....and none for Princeton. To be ignored is the unkindest cut of all.  

By Anonymous Ignoramus, at Sat May 21, 12:55:00 PM:

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?  

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