Next time you are in a heated football discussion with a stranger or enjoying a ice cold Natty with your buddies watching a game and you decide to play the “my hometown is better than your hometown” showdown, I have your trump card if you are from
In this day in age, it is remarkable for a coach to last 10 years in a program as a head coach. Dwight Beede lasted 35 at YSU, tallying a record of 175 -146-20 . Sure Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden have proven that coaches can go from being once great football minds with dominant teams to mere recruiting mascots trying to outlast each other to get cheap wins under their belt (congrats to Joe Pa by the way for winning that eternal struggle). But neither of these college football titans, or most coaches before them, has given the game of football a bigger contribution than good ol’ Dike.
In the early days of American football, a penalty on the field was signaled by either a whistle or a horn blown by the officials. This method worked just fine for the people on the field, the only problem was that anyone watching wouldn’t know there was a penalty until after the play was well over. Enter the infamous yellow penalty flag. It was
Oct. 17, 1941 was the first use of the penalty flag, Youngstown State Penguins vs.
“I always disliked the fish horn signal, figured it was a nuisance, irritating to the ears”
So prior to the game he told the officials:
“Do me a favor boys, instead of using the horns, try dropping these flags on violations. The fans never hear the horns. Besides it’s just an experiment.”
Well, that “experiment” lead to what we have all grown to love one minute and despise the very next. After gaining momentum around
So the next time you need a good trump card in the football version of 1-Up’s-
Source for quotes and dates: http://www.ysu.edu
This has been a special guest post by Jeff Moore