I was going to sit here today and blog about the University of Georgia's group of receivers for the 2010 season, until I found this gem on About Them Dawgs blog.
Just scroll down on the side of the page and you'll see a YouTube link to see actual video from the Georgia vs. Yale game played on Oct. 12, 1929 in Athens. The main significance of this tape is that it captures the first game played at Sanford Stadium. For those that know their history, the Bulldogs played games prior to that at Herty Field on the north campus, now more well populated on game day with tailgating.
Anyway, a couple really neat things stuck out about this video to me in just the first couple of minutes. First, it lends credibility to the fact that players were all relatively small back then. I bet the defensive linemen weighed no more than a buck seventy-five.
You'll also notice the first play from scrimmage is a single-wing carry. Today, the kids are calling that the Wildcat formation.
Away from the action, it's interesting to note that a short wooden fence was standing where the famed hedges guard the field of play. Also, a large number of fans are just siding on the side of the field watching the action.
During the parade portion, pay attention to the railroad tracks down the middle of what I believe to be Broad Street. Those are definitely not there anymore.
Have fun. Watch it. Share your thoughts.
As a lifelong Dawgs fan, this is some pretty cool stuff. Just seeing the beginnings of what has grown to be one of the strongest southern programs in college football is a treat.
And isn't it interesting that what folks now are calling 'new formations' and 'experimental' are actually just throwbacks to the early days. The wildcat looks to be over 80 years old.
Does this mean that the modern football coach/player could take a lesson from those old fogies back in the day?
Are there really any new formations and approaches to the game, or are football minds simply recovering what has been lost to time?