The Ascendance of Gridiron Football (1883-1905)

The Ascendance of Gridiron Football (1883-1905)

By Allyn Freeman The two decades after the International Football Association’s rugby rules changes, gridiron football witnessed two parallel events that would significantly impact its future. The first was that the new five yards to retain possession produced a...
Walter Camp Transforms Rugby to Gridiron

Walter Camp Transforms Rugby to Gridiron

Walter Chauncey Camp, deservedly, earned the sobriquet “Father of American Football.”  Without Camp’s changing the rules of rugby, and his doggedness in lobbying the Rules Committee of the Intercollegiate Football Association (IFA) to vote for...
Cam Davidowicz: “We are feeling really confident right now”

Cam Davidowicz: “We are feeling really confident right now”

Last weekend’s 38-29 win over Rugby New York in Hoboken, New Jersey, would have meant plenty to all donning red, white and blue, but to Cam Davidowicz it brought up memories of the Boston-New York sports rivalries that he grew up watching. Born and raised in Essex...
USA Rugby In Decline (1880 to 1895)

USA Rugby In Decline (1880 to 1895)

by Allyn Freeman A magazine cartoon depicts two, tiny mammals peering out of foliage in the immediate aftermath of the meteor slamming into the Yucatan (Mexico) Peninsula sixty-six million years ago that eradicated the dinosaurs. One animal queries, “Hey, where...
Rise Of American Rugby (1876 – 1882)

Rise Of American Rugby (1876 – 1882)

By Allyn Freeman In 1877, a total of eight eastern colleges played rugby under the same rules formalized by the Rugby Union Code in England,  These schools numbered Yale, Princeton, Amherst, Harvard, Columbia, Rutgers, Stevens (NJ), and Tufts. The colleges in the...
Rugby in America – Harvard and Yale 1875

Rugby in America – Harvard and Yale 1875

by Allyn Freeman With the close of  the year 1874, Harvard could consider the past football-playing season a success as McGill University in Canada had introduced the new sport of rugby union to the college. Rugby arrived with its own set of codified rules...
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