Saturday marks a holiday of sorts: National College Football Day. On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton squared off in the first ever intercollegiate football game. According to UK Athletic’s site, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic created a holiday, held on the first Saturday of November, to mark the event.
Does the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic have that kind of power? I thought the President or Congress had to declare holidays. Clearly, I was wrong and quite frankly I couldn’t be happier. I think every bowl related organization should declare a holiday for their particular event. Maybe I could squeeze an extra day or two out of work. I mean, football is close to a religion, right? I need time off to celebrate the PapaJohns.com Bowl in solitude with a large Meat Lovers and a chalice of PBR. Seems appropriate.
The above picture is an artist’s rendition of the first game. I think it is fantastic. Charles Ingalls playing running back was a nice touch. Also, artists in the 1800’s clearly thought a lot of the average Ivy League male physique. Apparently, a large number of lumberjacks attended Rutgers back in the day. It is also awesome that they played with suspenders. If baseball uniforms have belts (not to mention old UK basketball uniforms) then why can’t football uniforms have suspenders?
Anyway, the holiday also has some charitable ties associated with it and more of that information can be found here. I’m off to find the most sincere college football field and wait for the Great Heisman to make an appearance. Happy National College Football Day everyone.