Golden Football Magazine
March 31, 2014


In the East, college football is a cultural exercise …
On the West Coast, it is a tourist attraction …
In the Midwest, it is cannibalism …
But in the South it is religion …
And Saturday is the holy day.

Marino Casem, former AD and coach at Southern University

Coach Marino Casem

Young Bussey

Tiger Den

Profile: Young Bussey - I

LSU landed one of the most heralded athletes ever out of Texas.

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Saints Saga

He looks funny in white pants.

Joe Montana tried to preserve his un­blemished record in the Superdome, this time with a new team.

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Chiefs QB Joe Montana
Auburn exults

Seminole Sidelines

Memorable Game - Auburn 1990

Live by the Rooskie, Die by the Rooskie

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NFL Championship Game - 1947

Neither combatant had appeared in the title game.

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Cardinals-Eagles action
Championship game action

AAFC Championship Game - 1947

The New York Yankees got a second crack at the Browns juggernaut.

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Football Profile - Jimmy Taylor III

After the Packers lost the 1960 champion­ship game, Lombardi vowed it would never happen again.

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Lions-Packers 1960
What an Indian Can Do
Carlisle vs. Army, Lars Anderson (2007)
Dawn broke over the plains ... that surrounded the town of Lawrence, Kansas. ... On January 12, 1900, one thousand Indian students at the Haskell Institute Indian School stumbled from their bunks and rushed into the freezing midwinter morning ... Dressed in gray military uniforms, gray overcoats, and blue caps, the students lined up in formation outside a four-story dormitory. Moments later, they fastened their gaze onto the group of football players who emerged in the distance and pounded their way through the crunchy snow. Eleven-year-old James Francis Thorpe ... was one of the students shivering in front of the gray stone building at Haskell. Like everyone at the school, little Jim couldn't wait to meet the Carlisle Indians, who were quickly becoming larger-than-life figures to Indian boys and girls across the country.

Carlisle coach
Glenn "Pop" Warner

The football players marched closer. Thorpe could see that they were wearing blue military uniforms with yellow-lined capes. They were led by a stocky, power­ful-looking white man who exuded the au­ra of a leader - a general in command - who told his young men what to do, where to go. ... The Carlisle football play­ers were heroes, representing all that was possible for Indians, and now the young Indian's heart pumped with excite­ment as the team stepped closer.

Just twelve days into the twentieth cen­tury, the Carlisle football team was on the tail end of a historic journey. The Indians were returning to Pennsylvania after ma­king the first cross-country trip in the history of college of football. The University of California, seduced by the potential of a hefty payoff at the gate, had invited Carlisle to San Francisco for a post-season game to be played on Christmas Day, 1899. ...

Carlisle 1899 football team
1899 Carlisle Indians football team
The Carlisle players understood they were going into hostile territory, yet they voted in a landslide to take the long trip and become the first eastern team to play in the Pacific Time Zone. Warner expected the game to be bitterly contested - Cal had finished the season with a 7-0-1 record and had smashed Stanford, an elite team, 30-0 - but he was anxious to see how his wide-open style of play would match up with a team from North­ern California. As always, Warner was curious to test his methods in a new laboratory ...

To keep his squad in shape while on the three-week trip, Warner often had his players jump off the back of the train and run alongside it. ... When the train stopped, Warner usually found an open field where he could hold an impromptu practice. ...

On Christmas Day the Carlisle team jogged onto the football field at the Berkeley campus to play Cal in what had been dubbed the "East-West Championship" by sportswriters. An audience of 8,000 fans ringed the field ... The field was in terrible shape; it was covered in so much sand that Carlisle's Frank Hudson, who had been named an All-American by Walter Camp ..., had trouble drop-kicking the ball. The shape of the football itself also befuddled the players. It was fatter and heavier than the ones they had used on the East Coast ...

As the eighteen players emerged from the portal under the covered west­ern grandstand and ran into the crisp winter air, a few of them cart­wheeled onto the field. The crowd applauded loudly in approval. ...

Because the field was layered with sand, footing was treacherous and neither team moved the ball consistently on offense. With the score tied 0-0 late in the first half, Warner reminded his boys that they hadn't traveled all these miles ... to lose or tie. ... Warner implored them to win for one another and all the Indian people.

Then Carlisle caught the only break of the game. Cal had the ball on its 28-yard line when the Bears were forced to punt. After the kicker lined up in deep formation, the ball was snapped. But it sailed far over the head of the punter, who then turned and sprinted after the ball, which was boun­cing around the field. When the punter, Pete Kaarsberg, reached the ball at the four-yard line, he scooped it up and just as he turned around to run back up the field, bam! ... Bennie Pierce, one of the biggest players on the Carlisle team at 210 pounds, smashed into Kaarsberg. Pierce pushed Kaarsberg back ... into the end zone and then through it, tossing Kaars­berg into a low fence that sat a few feet behind the end line. Carlisle was awarded two points for the safety - the only score of the day. Carlisle won this unofficial East-West championship game 2-0. ...

Jim Thorpe at Carlisle
As soon as the boys at Haskell found out that the Carlisle Indian football team would be making an early morning stop at their boarding school, excite­ment buzzed through the campus ... Jim Thorpe had learned how to play the game only about a year earlier, but ever since he first stepped on the field, running with a football in his hand seemed the most natural thing in the world. Out on the field he felt unencumbered, content, and, most of all, special - sensations that little Jim hadn't experienced often in his short life. ...

After breakfast ... all the students moved into the chapel, where the Haskell school band and the glee club performed for the Carlisle football team. ... After the speeches were over, the students of the two schools mingled and talked as they walked through the school hallways. Dressed in their red turtlenecks with the C on the front, the Carlisle playes shared stories of the long trip to California and how they had beaten the boys from Cal even though they insisted on using a football that was almost as big as a watermelon. ...

Thorpe's eyes danced up and down at the Carlisle Indians. Here in the halls of Haskell, he was rubbing shoulders with the heroes of Carlisle. He was looking at his future, but not even Thorpe could have predicted how winding and peri­lous the road to Carlisle would be.

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