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NFL players send message to Trump in national anthem dispute        ABC News        25 September 2017

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLLDZE_Jhys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch

scored in the fourth quarter of Seattle’s 36-16 victory

over the Packers in Seattle.

 

Credit Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

 

 Sports | Seahawks 36, Packers 16

Seahawks Trounce the Packers to Begin Their Title Defense

By KEN BELSON        NYT        SEPT. 5, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/sports/seahawks-trounce-the-packers-to-begin-their-title-defense.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broncos cornerback Tony Carter

breaking up a pass intended for Matthew Slater.

 

Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

 

Manning Reclaims the Biggest Stage

By BILL PENNINGTON        NYT        JAN. 19, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/sports/football/broncos-manning-bests-patriots-brady-for-a-super-bowl-berth.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bay Packers Sam Shields (37)

breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints Devery Henderson

during the first half of their NFL football game Sept. 8 in Green Bay, Wis.

 

Mike Roemer/Associated Press

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture > 2011 NFL season kicks off        September 14, 2011

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/09/2011_nfl_season_kicks_off.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Celebrating on the field

Quarterback David Carr #8 of the Houston Texans

celebrates while running for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins

at Reliant Stadium October 1, 2006 in Houston, Texas.

 

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d80195814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL > Photos

Best of the 2007 Preseason

IRVING, TX - AUGUST 09:

Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys

runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts

during a preseason game at Texas Stadium

on August 9, 2007 in Irving, Texas.

 

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d8016a8ce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Best of the 2007 Preseason

 

CHICAGO - AUGUST 25: Garrett Wolfe #25 of the Chicago Bears

is tackled by Hannibal Navies #55

and Marcus Hudson #23 of the San Francisco 49ers

during a preseason game at Soldier Field

August 25, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

 

The bears defeated the 49ers 31-28.

 

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d8016a8ce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American football / football

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/03/
691081227/poor-students-more-likely-to-play-football-despite-brain-injury-concerns

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/
539198429/study-cte-found-in-nearly-all-donated-nfl-player-brains

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/07/
469516399/an-emotional-peyton-manning-says-goodbye-to-football

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/04/
465421757/quitting-the-gridiron-when-football-runs-through-the-family

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/04/
445789566/why-play-football-2-views-on-the-game-from-those-who-know-it-best

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/27/
sports/football/patrick-risha-a-son-of-football-calls-his-mother.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/16/
opinion/the-coldest-yard.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/
sports/pop-warner-football-limits-contact-in-practices.html

 

 

 

 

pro football

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2006-12-19
-nfc-playoff-chase_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

college football

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/02/
541110800/ara-parseghian-giant-of-college-football-sidelines-dies-at-94

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/10/
455462047/a-deep-rooted-history-of-activism-stirs-in-college-football

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/
sports/ncaafootball/what-made-college-ball-more-like-the-pros-73-billion-for-a-start.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/
sports/ncaafootball/james-street-65-dies-led-longhorns-to-national-title.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/games/2006-12-20-
poinsettia-bowl_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-11-16-
coaches-salaries-cover_x.htm

 

 

 

 

college football > coach > Ara Parseghian

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/02/
541110800/ara-parseghian-giant-of-college-football-sidelines-dies-at-94

 

 

 

 

college football > coach > Bo Schembechler

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/bigten/2006-11-17-
schembechler-obit_x.htm

 

 

 

 

coach

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/02/
541110800/ara-parseghian-giant-of-college-football-sidelines-dies-at-94

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/
upshot/the-worst-4th-down-decisions-in-super-bowl-history.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBC Sport > American football

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/american_football/default.stm

 

 

 

 

New York Times > Pro football

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/
sports/football/broncos-manning-bests-patriots-brady-for-a-super-bowl-berth.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/
sports/football/amid-cacophony-defense-lifts-seattle-to-the-super-bowl.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/
sports/football/l-c-greenwood-member-of-steel-curtain-dies-at-67.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/
opinion/bruni-pro-footballs-violent-toll.html

 

 

 

 

Carolina Panthers

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/07/
super-bowl-50-denver-broncos-defense-overwhelms-carolina-panthers

 

 

 

 

Denver Broncos

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/07/
465875417/super-bowl-50-a-live-blog-in-haiku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/06/04/
616966091/president-trump-rescinds-invitation-to-super-bowl-champion-philadelphia-eagles

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/
sports/super-bowl-patriots-eagles.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/
sports/eagles-super-bowl-champions.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/03/
582876687/despite-colorful-history-eagles-fans-call-psychotic-reputation-overblown

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/
sports/football/chuck-bednarik-famed-football-tough-guy-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giants

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/
sports/football/super-bowl-resilient-giants-edge-patriots-to-win-super-bowl-xlvi.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/
sports/football/philadelphia-fans-celebrations-eagles.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/
sports/football/27giants.html

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/sports/profootball/nationalfootballleague/
pittsburghsteelers/index.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/
sports/football/l-c-greenwood-member-of-steel-curtain-dies-at-67.html

 

 

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/seattle-seahawks 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/patriots-win-super-bowl-xlix-defeating-seahawks.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/
sports/seahawks-trounce-the-packers-to-begin-their-title-defense.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/
sports/football/amid-cacophony-defense-lifts-seattle-to-the-super-bowl.html

 

 

 

 

New York Times > College football

https://www.nytimes.com/section/sports/ncaafootball 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/
sports/ncaafootball/alabama-routs-notre-dame-in-title-game.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/
sports/ncaafootball/bob-chappuis-football-player-rescued-in-world-war-ii-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

flag football

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/
sports/16flag.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Football League    NFL

http://www.nfl.com/home

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/national-football-league

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/18/
558460284/nfl-and-players-meet-but-punt-on-anthem-controversy

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/17/
558390590/former-green-beret-and-nfl-player-talks-about-take-a-knee-protests

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=fLLDZE_Jhys - 25 September 2017

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/10/
542562923/he-took-a-knee-on-the-field-in-protest-now-he-has-no-team

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/
539198429/study-cte-found-in-nearly-all-donated-nfl-player-brains

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/15/
470513922/in-a-first-nfl-executive-admits-football-is-linked-to-brain-damage

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/02/07/
465841229/a-year-on-did-nfl-anti-domestic-violence-efforts-work

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/07/
462289741/nfl-confidential-anonymous-player-on-why-he-loathes-the-league

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/
sports/football/ed-sabol-nfl-films-founder-dies-at-98.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/
sports/football/junior-seau-famed-nfl-linebacker-dies-at-43-in-apparent-suicide.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/
sports/football/kris-jenkinss-view-of-life-in-the-nfl-trenches.html

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

2011 NFL season kicks off        September 14, 2011

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/09/
2011_nfl_season_kicks_off.html 

 

 

 

 

NFL history

http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1869-1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New England Patriots / The Patriots

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/02/
582433027/patriots-success-encourages-larger-than-life-expectations

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/
sports/super-bowl-score-patriots-falcons.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/patriots-win-super-bowl-xlix-defeating-seahawks.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-12-29-
patriots-giants-perfection-gamer_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

safety > David Russell Duerson        1960-2011

 

four-time Pro Bowl safety

who won Super Bowls

with the Chicago Bears and the Giants

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/19/
sports/football/19duerson.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quarterback

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/
sports/football/ryan-hilinski-tyler-suicide-quarterback.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/10/
542562923/he-took-a-knee-on-the-field-in-protest-now-he-has-no-team

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/07/
469516399/an-emotional-peyton-manning-says-goodbye-to-football

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/03/
465273284/super-bowl-50s-quarterbacks-so-talented-and-so-different

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/
sports/football/the-matrix-of-manning.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/
sports/football/super-bowl-joe-flaccos-precision-typical-of-elite-quarterbacks.html

 

 

 

 

halfback

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/
sports/ncaafootball/bob-chappuis-football-player-rescued-in-world-war-ii-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

lineman

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
obituaries/forrest-gregg-dead.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/
sports/football/winston-hill-durable-lineman-for-jets-is-dead-at-74.html

 

 

 

 

linebacker

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/
sports/football/junior-seau-famed-nfl-linebacker-dies-at-43-in-apparent-suicide.html

 

 

 

 

receiver

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/
sports/football/george-sauer-jets-receiver-and-rebel-is-dead-at-69.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/
sports/ncaafootball/alabama-routs-notre-dame-in-title-game.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/
sports/football/welker-drop-and-brady-safety-led-patriots-miscues.html

 

 

 

 

gridiron

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/04/
465421757/quitting-the-gridiron-when-football-runs-through-the-family

 

 

 

 

on the gridiron

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/27/
sports/football/patrick-risha-a-son-of-football-calls-his-mother.html

 

 

 

 

on the sideline

 

 

 

 

in the endzone / end zone

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/
sports/football/super-bowl-for-jacoby-jones-trip-home-and-2-trips-into-end-zone.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/
sports/football/10saints.html

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d8016a8ce

 

 

 

 

drop

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/
sports/football/welker-drop-and-brady-safety-led-patriots-miscues.html

 

 

 

 

score a touchdown

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/
sports/ncaafootball/alabama-routs-notre-dame-in-title-game.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/
sports/football/10saints.html

 

 

 

 

tackle / tackle

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/primary-strength-of-seahawks-no-1-defense-their-secondary-falls-apart.html

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d8016a8ce

 

 

 

 

fan

 

 

 

 

win

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/patriots-win-super-bowl-xlix-defeating-seahawks.html

 

 

 

 

defeat

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/patriots-win-super-bowl-xlix-defeating-seahawks.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Fans of the NFL

 

A Raider fan gets ready

before the Oakland Raiders take on the Philadelphia Eagles

in the AFC-NFC Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

at Fawcett Stadium on August 6, 2006 in Canton, Ohio.

 

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d80144fe8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Fans of the NFL

 

A fan of the Oakland Raiders

watches his team as the Oakland Raiders

host the Detroit Lions at McAfee Stadium on August 25, 2006

in Oakland, California.

 

Photo by David Paul Morris /Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d80144fe8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Fans of the NFL

 

A fan shows his support

as the Seattle Seahawks play against the Arizona Cardinals

at Qwest Field on September 17, 2006 in Seattle, Washington.

The Seahawks won 21-10.

 

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d80144fe8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Photos > Fans of the NFL

 

A Green Bay Packers fan watches them play

against the Buffalo Bills on November 5, 2006

at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

Buffalo won 24-10.

 

Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images.

http://www.nfl.com/photo/photo-gallery?chronicleId=09000d5d80144fe8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pro football        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/games/2006-12-23-
chiefs-raiders_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/games/2006-12-16-
cowboys-falcons_x.htm

 

 

 

 

coach

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/cards/2007-01-01-
green-firing_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dallas Cowboys

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/23/
572974168/dallas-cowboys-fan-facilitates-dialogue-over-anthem-controversy

 

 

 

 

The Miami Dolphins

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/games/2006-12-25-
jets-dolphins_x.htm

 

 

 

 

The New York Jets

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/games/2006-12-25-
jets-dolphins_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touchdown

 

 

 

 

quarterback

 

 

 

 

defense / defensive

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/02/
sports/football/primary-strength-of-seahawks-no-1-defense-their-secondary-falls-apart.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the second quarter

 

 

 

 

in the second half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rusher

 

 

 

 

cornerback

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/
sports/football/seahawks-richard-sherman-is-much-more-than-just-talk.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/niners/2007-03-02-
clements_N.htm

 

 

 

 

safety

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/niners/2007-03-02-
clements_N.htm

 

 

 

 

TCU

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/games/2006-12-20-
poinsettia-bowl_x.htm

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas Bowl

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/games/
2006-12-21-las-vegas-bowl_x.htm

 

 

 

NFC

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2006-12-19-
nfc-playoff-chase_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi (L)

celebrates after his fourth quarter interception,

alongside teammate and linebacker Jarvis Green,

on a pass thrown by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovon McNabb

during Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida February 6, 2005.

 

Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters

 

Brady Leads Patriots to Third Super Bowl Win in Four Years

R

Sun Feb 6, 2005        10:43 PM ET

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7550869

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patriots fans tailgating outside Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Roberto Schmidt/Agence France-Presse

 

PATRIOTS 24, EAGLES 21

The Dynasty Is Official

New York Times        7.2.2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07/sports/football/07thegame.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelo Mancuso of Williamstown, N.J.,

voicing his support for the Eagles.

 

Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

 

PATRIOTS 24, EAGLES 21

The Dynasty Is Official

New York Times        7.2.2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07/
sports/football/07thegame.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Eagles fan showing his true colors.

Pierre Ducharme/Reuters

 

PATRIOTS 24, EAGLES 21

The Dynasty Is Official

New York Times        7.2.2005

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/07
/sports/football/07thegame.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of a warrior:

The photographer Robert Riger famously captured

a mud-splattered Gregg in 1960.

 

Credit Robert Riger/Getty Images

 

Forrest Gregg, Iron Man Lineman for Lombardi’s Packers, Dies at 85

NYT

April 12, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
obituaries/forrest-gregg-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alvis Forrest Gregg    1933-2019

 

one of the N.F.L.’s greatest offensive tackles

and a key figure on Coach Vince Lombardi’s

five Green Bay Packer

championship teams of the 1960s,

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
obituaries/forrest-gregg-dead.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
obituaries/forrest-gregg-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/13/
610396047/heroic-but-he-s-no-hero-revisiting-football-great-jim-brown

 

 

 

 

Arthur Louis Powell        1937-2015

 

star receiver for the New York Titans

and the Oakland Raiders

of the American Football League in the 1960s

and a persistent voice protesting the segregation

encountered by the pro football players of his time

(...)

After his rookie season in 1959,

when he was a reserve defensive back

and a kick returner

for the Philadelphia Eagles of the N.F.L.,

Powell refused to play in a 1960 preseason game

against the Washington Redskins in Norfolk, Va.,

upon learning that the Eagles’ black players

would not be given rooms at the team’s hotel.

 

Because Powell’s black teammates

did not join in his boycott,

he feared that it would effectively end

his N.F.L. career.

 

Soon afterward,

he signed with the A.F.L.’s Titans,

the predecessors of the Jets,

and teamed with Don Maynard

in a brilliant pass-catching combination.

 

When the Titans faced the Houston Oilers

in a 1961 preseason game in Greenville, S.C.,

and housed their black players

at a run-down hotel in a black neighborhood,

Powell again staged a one-man boycott.

 

After he joined the Raiders in 1963,

racial issues arose once more.

 

The Raiders scheduled a preseason game

with the Jets in Mobile, Ala.,

where the seating would be segregated,

and Powell and three black teammates

raised objections with Al Davis,

the team’s coach and general manager.

He moved the game to Oakland.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/sports/art-powell-78-receiver-who-fought-racism-dies.html


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/
sports/art-powell-78-receiver-who-fought-racism-dies.html 

 

 

 

 

Oail Andrew Phillips        1923-2013

 

colorful Texan

who served as head coach

of the Houston Oilers for six years

and the New Orleans Saints for the next five

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/
sports/football/bum-phillips-colorful-football-coach-dies-at-90.html

 

 

 

 

 

Fletcher Joe Perry        1927-2011

 

San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame fullback

who was one of the first black stars

in modern professional football

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/
sports/football/26perry.html

 

 

 

 

 

quarterback and place-kicker > George Frederick Blanda        1927-2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/
sports/football/28blanda.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Seau,

Famed N.F.L. Linebacker,

Dies at 43;

Suicide Is Suspected

 

May 2, 2012

The New York Times

By GREG BISHOP

and ROB DAVIS

 

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Behind the police tape, a white coroner’s van sat in front of a garage on the 600 block of South The Strand. It waited to collect the body of Junior Seau, a linebacker among the most feared in N.F.L. history, father to three teenagers, son to the mother who wailed long and loud on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, according to the Oceanside Police, Seau’s girlfriend went to the gym. When she returned, she found Seau in a bedroom, a gunshot wound to the chest, a revolver found near his body but not a note. He was 43.

The police are investigating Seau’s death as a suicide, Lieutenant Leonard Mata said, adding that they do not expect to finish the investigation until next week.

Seau would be the second former N.F.L. player to commit suicide in the past two weeks. Ray Easterling, a safety for the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s and a plaintiff in a high-profile lawsuit against the N.F.L. over its handling of concussion-related injuries, died on April 19 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In February 2011, the former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest, saying in a note that he wanted his brain donated to the study of football head injuries.

As word of Seau’s death spread through the city he long called home, the crowd swelled outside the police tape, fans clad in Seau jerseys and San Diego Chargers caps, carrying flowers and lighted candles and homemade signs.

At 1:17 p.m., or roughly four hours after Seau’s girlfriend called police, after officials said they performed “lifesaving efforts” on an unconscious Seau in his bedroom, dozens of family members and friends surrounded the coroner’s white van. The back door opened. Seau’s body was placed inside. As the van inched slowly down the street, through a crowd that numbered in the hundreds, Seau’s mother, Luisa, threw her hands in the air and screamed.

“Seau’s last ride,” one onlooker noted.

“I don’t understand,” his mother said.

Outside the house with the brick front and chairs upstairs on the deck pointed at the nearby ocean, they tried to make sense of Seau and what happened and could not. Here was a linebacker who played 20 seasons in the N.F.L. for three teams, who made 12 Pro Bowls and went to two Super Bowls and was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here was a man who grew up here, played college ball close by at Southern California, starred close by with the Chargers for much of his professional career. Here was a man who never really left the place he came from, who directed many of his philanthropic efforts in the community where he grew up. Here was a man with three teenage children: a daughter, Sydney, and two sons, Jake and Hunter, at least one of whom was at the home Wednesday.

To those assembled, a crowd that included people who went to Seau’s barbershop and stopped him to chat in local restaurants, this is how they wanted to remember Seau, how they want him to be remembered, too. To Miles McPherson, a former Charger, longtime friend and pastor at the Rock Church, “Junior was superman.” When McPherson said that, heads nodded across the crowd.

The subject of Seau and how he changed or not in recent years appeared to make his friends uncomfortable. They knew that Seau sustained minor injuries in October 2010 when he drove his sport utility vehicle off a beachside cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., where it landed some 100 feet below the roadside.

Earlier that day, Seau was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Reports at that time said Seau’s live-in girlfriend told the police Seau assaulted her during an argument.

Friends and the police declined to speculate about Seau’s relationship with his girlfriend. They preferred to focus on the positive, and many kept coming back to the images that remained, like Seau, dressed perpetually in flip flops and board shorts, talking about surfing.

The last time Shawn Mitchell, the Chargers’ chaplain, saw Seau, it was when the team inducted him into its Hall of Fame. That was in sharp contrast from when Mitchell visited Seau in the hospital after the crash, when Mitchell said Seau sat with tears streaming down his face, grateful to be alive. A “mishap,” Mitchell called the incident.

Seau began his career with the Chargers in 1990 and was traded to Miami in 2003. After three injury-plagued seasons, the Dolphins released him. He signed a one-day contract with the Chargers in August 2006 to announce his retirement. Four days later, he signed with the New England Patriots and played for the 2007 team that went undefeated in the regular season and lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.

His last season in the N.F.L. was 2009. He finished his career with 1,524 tackles, 56 ˝ sacks and 18 interceptions.

The N.F.L., the N.F.L. Players’ Association and each of the three teams Seau played for released statements on Wednesday. All said they were deeply saddened.

“Of all the players I’ve been around, he’s the one who makes you most proud,” said Bobby Beathard, once the general manager of the Chargers. “It’s just sad. It’s hard to believe that now there’s no Junior.”

Family members gathered in front of the house Wednesday, singing songs and praying. Children burst into tears. A makeshift memorial sprouted in front of the house, with flower bouquets and candles and a sign that read, “We will miss you.”

Later in the afternoon, another van pulled up in front of the house, to take Seau’s mother from the scene. Two relatives helped her inside as she told the crowd she appreciated how so many of them loved her son.

Junior Seau, Famed N.F.L. Linebacker, Dies at 43; Suicide Is Suspected,
NYT,
2.5.2012,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/
sports/football/junior-seau-famed-nfl-linebacker-dies-at-43-in-apparent-suicide.html

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1 U.S.C. 35, No. 5 Ohio State 3

Trojans Leave No Doubt

About Who Is No. 1

 

September 14, 2008
The New York Times
By PETE THAMEL

 

LOS ANGELES — As college football scripts go, this potential blockbuster never would have made it to the big screen.

When No. 1 Southern California met No. 5 Ohio State in the first marquee event of college football’s regular season, the much-hyped matchup turned into a big-time bust.

In U.S.C.’s 35-3 mauling of the Buckeyes before 93,607 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the characters were too familiar, the results too predictable and the lack of drama too obvious.

Coupled with Georgia’s hard-won victory over South Carolina on Saturday, the Trojans established themselves as the best team in the country and the favorites to win the national title. After losses to Stanford and Oregon kept them from the Bowl Championship Series title game last season, the stars have realigned in Troy.

“Tonight, it didn’t matter who we were playing,” U.S.C. Coach Pete Carroll said.

The underwhelming performance by Ohio State was the third consecutive time it imploded on college football’s biggest stage. Twice in the past two national title games, the Buckeyes self-destructed. This performance will probably give them the hook from the national title race, to the joy of college football fans outside the Big Ten who have built up a resentment toward the Buckeyes because of their big-game foibles.

U.S.C. used the stage to showcase the latest in its long line of stars. The junior quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 17 of 28 passes for 172 yards and 4 touchdowns. The sophomore tailback Joe McKnight followed up his dazzling Rose Bowl performance by rushing for 105 yards on 12 carries.

“When he has time and a little bit of space, anything can happen,” Sanchez said of McKnight.

Ohio State played without its injured star tailback, Chris Wells, but the Buckeyes’ biggest problem was that they could not get out of their own way.

Todd Boeckman’s second-quarter interception that resulted in Rey Maualuga’s 48-yard return for a touchdown epitomized an error-filled day for Ohio State. The touchdown gave U.S.C. a 21-3 lead and rendered the rest of the game a formality.

It also offered the definitive image of Boeckman’s long night, because he had a perfect angle to push Maualuga out of bounds. Instead, he appeared tentative, uninterested in making the tackle, and was driven to the turf by two Trojans. Boeckman finished 14 of 21 for 84 yards and two interceptions.

Much as Louisiana State’s had in the national title game in January, U.S.C.’s pass rush exposed Boeckman’s lack of mobility. When he is forced to move around, he transforms from a solid quarterback into a major liability.

And if his poor performance was not enough, Boeckman will probably find himself mired in a quarterback controversy when he returns to Columbus. The freshman Terrelle Pryor, the nation’s top quarterback recruit last season, moved the ball much more effectively than Boeckman when he was intermittently mixed in for more than a dozen snaps. Along with just how far the Buckeyes will drop in the polls, the other question hovering around them will be when Coach Jim Tressel will supplant Boeckman with Pryor, who finished 7 of 9 for 52 yards.

“The big-game setting was not too big for him,” Carroll said.

After leading at halftime, 21-3, the Trojans poured it on in the third quarter. They outgained the Buckeyes, 135 yards to 2, and Sanchez lofted two touchdown passes to Damian Williams, from 24 and 17 yards. Williams was so open in the end zone on the second touchdown that he could have done a cartwheel while the ball was in the air and still caught it.

“He caught it like a punt,” Sanchez said.

The game had all the familiar trappings of a U.S.C. home game, right down to the lopsided final score. The game-time temperature was 74 degrees. From the parking lots jammed five hours before the game to the four-jet flyover before the kickoff, the evening had a red-carpet feel.

Ohio State actually led, 3-0, and moved the ball efficiently in the first half, mixing Pryor and Boeckman on its scoring drive. But the Trojans took the lead, 7-3, on a dazzling play from an old-school position. The fullback Stanley Havili caught a 35-yard pass with his fingertips, making Tressel sound like a prophet.

“Their fullback is one of the best receivers you’ll ever see,” Tressel had said Tuesday in a news conference.

Tressel saw plenty more superlative plays on Saturday. Just as it was in Ohio State’s title game flops against Florida and Louisiana State, the Buckeyes’ early lead became nothing but a curious footnote.

And much as it had in those games, Ohio State repeatedly shot itself in the foot. Two false-start penalties stymied the Buckeyes’ opening drive.

Ohio State’s signature penalty came when a holding call on Ben Person nullified a Boeckman touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie. Earlier in the drive, Ohio State had appeared to earn a first-and-goal from the 3 until that play was nullified by another holding penalty. A touchdown on the drive would have cut the lead to 14-10. Instead, Ryan Pretorius missed a 46-yard field goal.

That was the last time the game was competitive, and the old plot lines quickly re-emerged. U.S.C. is again the unquestioned best team in the country. And Ohio State melted down on college football’s biggest stage.

    Trojans Leave No Doubt About Who Is No. 1, NYT, 14.9.2008,
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/sports/ncaafootball/14usc.html

 

 

 

 

 

College Football

No. 3 Missouri 36, No. 2 Kansas 28

Missouri Hands Kansas Its First Loss

 

November 25, 2007
The New York Times
By THAYER EVANS

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 24 — After No. 3 Missouri’s 36-28 victory against No. 2 Kansas on Saturday night, Tigers fans proudly made the No. 1 sign with their index fingers.

For the first time in team history, Missouri could be exactly that when the Bowl Championship Series standings are released Sunday after the Tigers won the Big 12 North title and the latest game in this heated border rivalry on a frigid night before 80,537 rowdy fans at Arrowhead Stadium. Top-ranked Louisiana State lost Friday.

Missouri (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) could also top the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1960, when it held the spot for a week.

“It’s great,” Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel said of a possible No. 1 ranking. “It’s good. I don’t know what you want me to do. I’m not going to jump up and do a backflip. I can’t do that.”

The freshman wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said: “We’ve got all the right pieces. Now, you’ve got to put the puzzle together. We’re almost done putting that puzzle together.”

The Tigers will next play No. 10 Oklahoma (10-2, 6-2) Dec. 1 in the Big 12 Championship game in San Antonio. Last month, Missouri lost at Oklahoma, 41-31.

Kansas (11-1, 7-1), which entered the game ranked eighth nationally in defense at 300 yards a game, gave up 519 yards of offense to the Tigers.

“Missouri’s offense is really talented,” Kansas Coach Mark Mangino said. “They pitch and catch very well.”

In front of a national television audience, the Missouri junior quarterback Chase Daniel made a strong case to be considered for the Heisman Trophy by completing 40 of 49 passes for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“This guy is special,” Pinkel said of Daniel. “I’ve said this for a year and a half. America got to see today how special he is. What a remarkable competitor.”

This season, Daniel has thrown for 3,951 yards and 33 touchdowns, and has thrown 9 interceptions.

Asked whether his play Saturday night was worthy of a Heisman, Daniel said: “I’ll let you all take care of that. I’m just playing football and trying to win football games.”

Trailing by 14-0 at halftime, Kansas took the second-half kickoff and drove deep into Missouri territory before quarterback Todd Reesing was intercepted at the Tigers’ 11 by Castine Bridges, who returned the ball 49 yards.

After the interception, Missouri covered 40 yards in a seven-play drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Jimmy Jackson for a 21-0 advantage with 10 minutes 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

The teams traded touchdowns before Kansas scored its second touchdown on Reesing’s 5-yard run with 13:02 left in the game. Missouri kicker Jeff Wolfert’s 43-yard field goal a little more than three minutes later made the score 31-14, allowing the Tigers to remain as the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision to score at least 30 points in every game this season.

Kansas pulled to 10 points behind after a 10-yard Reesing touchdown pass with 8:28 left in the game, but the Tigers scored on another field goal by Wolfert. Reesing then threw another touchdown pass, but the Jayhawks could not recover their onside kick with about two minutes left.

Missouri scored the game’s final points on a safety with 12 seconds left, setting off flickering camera flashes throughout the stadium.

The stakes of Saturday night’s game were perhaps the biggest of the 116 meetings between the teams. The annual game is the second most-played rivalry in the bowl subdivision, behind Wisconsin-Minnesota.

The Tigers opened the scoring with 29 seconds left in the first quarter. Facing fourth-and-goal, they lined up in a shotgun, five-wide receiver formation from which Daniel passed to tight end Martin Rucker for a 1-yard touchdown at the Missouri end of the stadium.

Afterward, Daniel jumped up and down, swinging his arms upward to pump up the frenzied Tigers fans.

Kansas, which entered the game having only trailed for 27:15 this season, advanced into Missouri territory for the first time on the second play of the ensuing drive on Reesing’s 39-yard pass to wide receiver Kerry Meier that went to the Tigers’ 26.

On the next play, Reesing underthrew wide receiver Dexton Fields at the Tigers’ 2 and was intercepted. It was Reesing’s first interception in 213 passing attempts, dating to last month’s Kansas State game.

The Tigers converted the turnover into Daniel’s second touchdown of the game, a 11-yard pass to wide receiver Danario Alexander for a 14-0 lead with 9:21 left in the second quarter. On the play, Daniel scrambled for 12 seconds and received a key block from an offensive lineman right before he threw the ball.

Kansas rebounded on its next possession and drove to the Missouri 16. From there, Scott Webb missed a 33-yard field-goal attempt, his kick hitting the right upright with 6:26 left in the second quarter.

After the miss, Mangino calmly walked over to his offense on the sideline and began raising his right hand, which held his game plan, as if to tell his players to keep their heads up.

After a Missouri punt, Webb missed another field goal, this time wide left from 45 yards with less than 90 seconds left in the second quarter.

Webb’s misses would have made a difference against a Missouri team that could be the Associated Press poll’s fourth new No. 1 this season.

    Missouri Hands Kansas Its First Loss, NYT, 25.11.2007,
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/sports/ncaafootball/25kansas.html

 

 

 

 

 

Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32

Appalachian State Stuns Michigan

 

September 2, 2007
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The New York Times

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 1 (AP) — Dexter Jackson sprinted through the secondary early in the first quarter, taunting nearly 110,000 Michigan fans by putting a finger over his lips en route to the end zone. Nearly three hours later, he got the desired result and the Big House was silent: Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32.

Julian Rauch kicked a 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to put the Mountaineers ahead of the Wolverines and Corey Lynch blocked a field goal in the final seconds to seal a jaw-dropping upset that may have no equal.

“I told them to be quiet — we’re going to be out here all day,” Jackson said, explaining the gesture he used after scoring a 68-yard touchdown. “We’re playmakers. They were talking trash on us, now we’ve gotten them back.

“It was David versus Goliath.”

Mike Hart, Chad Henne and Jake Long, Michigan’s threesome of offensive stars who put off the N.F.L. and returned for their senior season to chase a national title, never saw this coming.

Coach Lloyd Carr did not, either, after tweaking his contract to possibly pave the way for this to be his last season on the sideline. Carr looked ashen as the upset unfolded, and did not sound much better when he finally arrived at his postgame news conference.

“I’ve never been part of a loss that wasn’t miserable,” he said.

Appalachian State made up for a slight size disadvantage with superior speed and, perhaps, more passion.

The Mountaineers, the two-time defending champions from the former Division I-AA, were ahead of Michigan, which has more victories than any college program, by 28-14 late in the second quarter, before their storybook afternoon seemed to unravel late in the fourth quarter. Hart’s 54-yard run with 4 minutes 36 seconds left put the Wolverines ahead for the first time since early in the second quarter.

One snap after the go-ahead touchdown, Michigan’s Brandent Englemon intercepted an errant pass, but the Wolverines could not capitalize and had their first of two field goals blocked.

Then Appalachian State drove 69 yards without a timeout in 1:11 to set up the go-ahead field goal.

Henne threw a 46-yard pass to Mario Manningham, giving Michigan the ball at Appalachian State’s 20 with six seconds left and putting the Wolverines in position to win it with a field goal.

Lynch blocked the kick and returned it 52 yards to the 18 as the final seconds ticked off. His teammates rushed across the field to pile on as the coaching staff and cheerleaders jumped with joy.

“We’re still sort of shocked,” Coach Jerry Moore said after being carried off the field by his players.

Appalachian State has won 15 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation. The Mountaineers are favored to win the Football Championship Subdivision, but they were not expected to challenge a team picked to win the Big Ten and contend for the national title. No Division I-AA team had beaten a team ranked in the Associated Press poll from 1989-2006, and it is unlikely that it happened after Division I subdivisions were created in 1978.

“Someone said it might be one of the big victories in college football,” Moore said. “It may be the biggest.”

    Appalachian State Stuns Michigan, NYT, 2.9.2007,
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/sports/ncaafootball/02michigan.html

 

 

 

 

 

Lamar Hunt, 74,

Football Pioneer,

Is Dead

 

December 14, 2006

Filed at 3:00 a.m. ET

The New York Times

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

DALLAS (AP) -- Lamar Hunt, the pro sports visionary who owned the Kansas City Chiefs and came up with the term ''Super Bowl,'' died Wednesday night. He was 74.

Hunt, a founder of the American Football League and one of the driving forces behind the AFL-NFL merger, died at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas of complications from prostate cancer, Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said.

Hunt battled cancer for several years and was hospitalized the day before Thanksgiving with a partially collapsed lung. Doctors discovered that the cancer had spread, and Hunt had been under heavy sedation since last week.

''He was a founder. He was the energy, really, that put together half of the league, and then he was the key person in merging the two leagues together,'' said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Hunt's neighbor. ''You'd be hard-pressed to find anybody that's made a bigger contribution (to the NFL) than Lamar Hunt.''

Carl Peterson, the Chiefs' president and general manager, called Hunt ''arguably the greatest sportsman of this last half-century, although he never sought fame or recognition for the improvements and changes he brought to the world's sports institutions.''

''His was a creative, constructive and loving life not nearly long enough and we will likely never see one like it again,'' Peterson said.

The son of Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, Lamar Hunt grew up in Dallas and attended a private boys' prep school in Pennsylvania, serving as captain of the football team in his senior year. His love of sports led to his nickname, ''Games.''

Hunt played football at SMU, but never rose above third string. His modest achievements on the field were dwarfed by his accomplishments as an owner and promoter of teams in professional football, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer and bowling.

Hunt's business dealings were also the stuff of headlines. Hunt didn't need to make money -- his father was an oil wildcatter who was often referred to as the richest man in the world. But he tried to build on his father's wealth.

Along with two brothers, Hunt tried to corner the silver market in 1979 and 1980. Their oil investments also soured in the 1980s. Some estimated the family's losses in the billions.

Hunt also suffered setbacks in the world of pro sports, but overcame them.

When NFL owners rebuffed Hunt's attempt to buy a franchise and move it to Dallas, Hunt -- ignoring his father's advice -- founded the AFL. He owned one of the AFL's eight original teams from the inaugural 1960 season, the Dallas Texans.

The Texans, however, struggled in head-to-head competition with the expansion Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Convinced that both franchises would suffer as long as Dallas remained a two-team city, Hunt moved the Texans to Kansas City in 1963.

''I looked around and figured Kansas City could be a success,'' he told The Associated Press. ''By our fourth or fifth year, we started to succeed. The Cowboys of course did very well too.''

Hunt realized his dream of becoming an NFL owner after the two leagues reached a merger deal in 1966.

In 1967, the Chiefs lost the first AFL-NFL championship -- it was then called the World Championship Game. Three years later, the Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings for the title.

By then, the championship game had been christened the Super Bowl. Hunt came up with the name while watching his children play with a SuperBall.

In 1972, Hunt became the first AFL figure to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and each year the Lamar Hunt Trophy goes to the winner of the NFL's American conference.

Hunt long campaigned to let teams other than Dallas and Detroit play at home on Thanksgiving Day. To honor his effort, the NFL scheduled a third game on the holiday this year -- in Kansas City. Hunt missed it, though, because he was in the hospital and couldn't get the game on TV.

Hunt remained interested in the day-to-day operations of the Chiefs but was never known as a meddlesome owner.

''On Sunday nights after a game, he would always call,'' Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. ''It would be about 9:30 or 10 o'clock and the phone would ring and I knew it was Lamar. He always said, 'Am I bothering you?'

''Is he bothering me? What a great man, as humble a man as you will ever meet.''

For several years, Hunt also owned the minor-league baseball Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs, but his 1964 effort to bring major league baseball to the Dallas-area failed. Eight years later, the Washington franchise moved to suburban Arlington and became the Texas Rangers.

In 1967, Hunt was one of 10 original founding partners in the Chicago Bulls basketball franchise. He was the last remaining original owner.

Also in 1967, Hunt started the first organized effort at a pro tennis tour with World Championship Tennis, and in 1968 he helped bring pro soccer to the United States with his Dallas Tornado of the old North American Soccer League.

More recently, Hunt and his sons owned Hunt Sports Group, which manages Major League Soccer franchises in Dallas, Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio.

In 1969, Hunt tried to buy Alcatraz, the island in San Francisco Bay that once housed a federal prison, and develop it with a tourist park and shopping destination. The idea died amid local protest.

Hunt created Worlds of Fun, a $50 million amusement park, and Oceans of Fun, a $7 million water recreation park, in Kansas City. He opened a pro bowling arena in Dallas -- actress Jayne Mansfield was the opening-night draw.

Hunt was part of H.L. Hunt's ''first family'' -- the wildcatter had 15 children by three women. Despite huge losses in the silver and oil markets, family members kept much of their wealth protected by elaborate trusts, and their names have long dotted lists of the wealthiest Americans.

Counting pro football, Hunt has been inducted into eight halls of fame, including ones for soccer and tennis as well as the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Business Hall of Fame.

Hunt is survived by wife Norma, children Lamar Jr., Sharron Munson, Clark and Daniel; and 13 grandchildren.

------

AP Sports Writer Doug Tucker in Kansas City, Mo.,

contributed to this report.

Lamar Hunt, 74, Football Pioneer, Is Dead,
NYT,
14.12.2006,
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-FBN-Obit-Chiefs-Hunt.html

 

 

 

 

 

For Top 2,

Grief Adds to Lore

of the Big Game

 

November 18, 2006

The New York Times

By PETE THAMEL

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 17 — In this part of the country, when college football fans speak of The Game, there is no need to clarify that they are talking about the annual matchup between Ohio State and Michigan.

But none of the teams’ 102 previous meetings have held as much importance as the game Saturday, with Ohio State ranked No. 1 and Michigan No. 2 for the first time in series history. Both have 11-0 records, and the winner is assured a spot in the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January.

Anticipation for the game is so high that it halted ballot counting for a Congressional election and prompted Michigan to send members of the campus police here to ensure the safety of its fans.

Then, with a little more than 24 hours to go before the game, Michigan’s renowned football coach, Bo Schembechler, died.

Schembechler, 77, had missed a doctor’s appointment Thursday to give his former team a fiery pep talk. On Friday morning, he went to tape his weekly television show at WXYZ-TV in Southfield, Mich., and collapsed. A doctor at the hospital where he taken said the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

In a telephone interview, the former broadcaster Keith Jackson called the timing of Schembechler’s death “absolutely spooky.”

Schembechler’s 194-48-5 record makes him the university’s leader in victories, and the complex that houses the football team’s offices bears his name. His teams won or shared 13 Big Ten Conference titles, played in the Rose Bowl 10 times, and had 117 players drafted by National Football League teams.

Ohio State will hold a moment of silence for Schembechler before the game. A punk band based in Columbus known as the Dead Schembechlers — its name prescient and unintentionally macabre — said it would disband in honor of the coach after playing at a Hate Michigan Rally on Friday.

On Monday, Schembechler showed the feistiness that defined his 21 seasons as Michigan’s coach. He told reporters: “I don’t care who it is — there’s no rivalry that compares with this. This is the greatest college football rivalry there is.”

Typical barometers of the scale of a college football game include money spent on tickets, the number of opposing fans who travel to the visiting city and the quantity of alcohol consumed at bars near campus.

But the decision made by the Franklin County Board of Elections to delay the counting of more than 18,000 absentee and provisional votes in the Congressional election for the 15th District may reset the standards.

The Republican incumbent, Deborah Pryce, leads her Democratic challenger, Mary Jo Kilroy, by more than 3,000 votes. The first day that those ballots can be legally counted is Saturday.

“When it comes down to it, they would have a mutiny on their hands if they tried to make Franklin County Board of Election workers work on the Saturday of The Game,” said Randy Borntrager, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, stressing his final two words to accentuate this contest’s unofficial title.

Pryce apparently does not mind either. After all, she will be attending the game.

“She cares about two things this weekend: winning her election and making sure Ohio State beats Michigan,” Pryce’s spokesman, John DeStefano, said. “Whichever order they come in, it’ll be quite a celebration when both happen on the same weekend.”

In Michigan, the tributes to Schembechler began hours after his death. Numerous former players, coaches, friends and Michigan administrators appeared at a news conference to pay tribute to him.

“Bo Schembechler was a second dad for me,” said Jamie Morris, a former Michigan running back, who later left the room in tears.

Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said, “No one represented Michigan tradition better than Bo.”

Schembechler was known for demanding discipline and perfection and for his gruff demeanor. His Michigan teams were known for their grinding style with a tough defense and a strong running game.

Schembechler had a history of health problems. He had the first of two heart attacks in 1970, on the eve of his first Rose Bowl. Schembechler had two quadruple-bypass operations. Last month, he had a pacemaker implanted after he felt ill during a taping at the same television station.

Few felt the death as much as Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr. A longtime assistant for Schembechler, Carr appeared subdued as he led his team through a brief walk-through at Ohio Stadium on Friday. He did not stop to address reporters; Michigan players also did not speak to the news media.

The death of Schembechler dimmed the excitement somewhat in this football-crazed city as it braced for the game. Hundreds of campers were already parked outside Ohio Stadium, but aside from a few zealous fans, the Michigan players encountered little noise as they left the team’s charter buses.

Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel released a statement, saying, “Bo Schembechler touched the lives of many people and made the game of football better in every way.”

Even the members of the Dead Schembechlers paid their respects by replacing their name on the marquee of the Newport Music Hall in Columbus with the words “God Bless Bo.”

A band spokesman told The Detroit News that all the proceeds from their concert at the Hate Michigan Rally would go toward charity.

The band’s Web site crashed Friday afternoon because of heavy usage. Earlier in the day, a statement was posted on it saying: “The band is crushed to learn of the death of Bo Schembechler. We named this band after Coach Schembechler to honor him as the face of Wolverine football.”

And while the timing of Schembechler’s death adds more lore to the rivalry, it remains to be seen whether it will become the Wolverines’ defining motivation for the latest installment on Saturday.

“I’m sure there’s a little extra ginger in Michigan as they get ready to play this game,” Jackson said.

 

Nick Bunkley contributed reporting

from Southfield, Mich.

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