Friday, November 9, 2007
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Weston Field hits the big time
ESPN's College Gameday is going to your humble blogger's alma mater, Williams College, for tomorrow's broadcast. This reason is the 122nd playing of the Williams-Amherst football game.
To celebrate, ESPN.com has two stories on the rivalry. One tidbit from Chris Fowler:
Some of the early games reportedly were just glorified brawls between students. In the infamous 1928 edition, Amherst coaches dressed one of their own in a Williams uniform and sent him onto the field to confuse their rivals. Officials detected the ruse and forced the player to strip off his uni in full view of the amused fans.Lauren Reynolds' story, however, has the better anecdotes about off-the-field stunts:
The rivalry is not confined to the players and coaches, however. In the long history of the rivalry, some of the most memorable moments have taken place off the field. Amherst students have accused their Williams counterparts of stealing back the books Moore took with him nearly two centuries ago; a few years ago, Williams' band presented Lord Jeffs supporters with a bill for $1.6 million in late fees for those same books.Go Ephs!! posted by Dan on 11.09.07 at 02:38 PM
a few years ago, Williams' band presented Lord Jeffs supporters with a bill for $1.6 million in late fees for those same books.
It's nice to see the Marching Moo-Cow Band is still at it. Back in my junior year, Amherst prevented us from marching at halftime at the Williams-Amherst game held in Amherst that year by hiring a high school band to march instead.
So we sabotaged them by marching in along the 50-yard line to intercept them, playing the theme to "Mission Impossible", which, being in 5/4 time, hopelessly threw them off their nice safe Sousa march.
The kids in the high school band thought it was hilarious, but the adults were all livid. It wasn't Amherst College Security, but actual Amherst Town Police, hands on holsters, that (in some cases physically) threw us off the field.
I think that was the same year that four of us drove down the night before and spray-painted "LORD JEFFS EUNT DOMUS" on the street leading to the stadium...
Go Ephs!posted by: Bryan Lovely '86 on 11.09.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]
Just a bunch of snot-nosed, runny-arsed rich punks with nothing better to do with their free time. (Full disclaimer: I was turned down by both schools during my admissions process and had to go to a PUBLIC university. Oh, the shame...)posted by: Useless Sam Grant on 11.09.07 at 02:38 PM [permalink]
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