Monday, March 31, 2008

It's not the same game. Have you dug into the SI Vault yet?

I did a little browsing around in the newly-free Sports Illustrated Vault this afternoon looking for Rutgers football history, and one of the first things I found was this little paragraph from November 27, 1961 issue, when the undefeated Scarlet Knights were ranked by SI at number 3 in the East.

"Rutgers remained unbeaten, mostly because of defensive play by Quarterback Sam Mudie. While Colgate pushed the supposedly inviolable Scarlet Knights around scandalously, Mudie ran back intercepted passes 52 and 38 yards for touchdowns. He plunged a yard for another and passed 35 yards to End Bill Craft for a fourth as Rutgers won 26-6."

So why isn't Mike Teel out there intercepting passes and running them back for touchdowns?? Football in the Noughties is nothing like football in the early Sixties.
Have fun browsing around in sports history yourself.

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