Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Volleying the ball with Campbell

Weekend road trip is all business

Saving our national pastime

Millenium Moment

Millenium Moment

Defining the weekend tradition

Late at night, right before you go to bed, do you ever wonder why football is called football, when there's a minimal amount of kicking feet involved?

The game of football evolved in the United States in the 19th century as a combination of rugby and soccer. While the game was played for several years, it wasn't until 1869 before the first official match was held between Princeton College and Rutgers College. At the time, the game's skills resembled those of soccer, thus the name "football."

Over the years there have been many changes to the game.

In 1880 the line of scrimmage replaced the rugby scrum, which introduced the quarterback as a major player in the game. At the same time, tackling rules were made more lenient to add excitement to the game.

Professional football officially began in the 1890s. Although it initially encompassed one league, it was eventually divided into the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference, which led to one of the greatest sport spectacles in the world – the Super Bowl.

–Sean Maraj

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