Friday Afternoon Follies: Football

I’m not suggesting that it’s folly, but I understand there’s going to be a football game against Texas A&M this weekend. This sort of thing has been going on for a very long time, although I think autograph scandals add a relatively new twist. Here’s a program from the first time we did this. Note that the game was played at West End Park, a bigger venue than Rice Field at the time.

A&M football program 1914

There’s not much of interest inside, but I did enjoy this ad on the back cover.

A&M football program 2

Bonus: 1938. Look how well behaved the band was.

RiceA&Mgame1938

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13 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: Football

  1. CH says:

    From an Aggie blogger earlier this week: “I have no beef with you, Rice. I just wish you were bringing the MOB this year. Did we not give y’all enough material to work with? WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM US?”

  2. effegee says:

    Having been a student when the band transformed into the MOB, I find the MOB much more entertaining if not so “we’ll behaved”.

  3. effegee says:

    Make that “well” … iPhoned again.

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      effegee,
      Your mistake was exactly why we INSTITUTE people had to take a spelling test in the brutal days of yore.

      You KIDS had it too easy.

      • effegee says:

        I send my iPhone for the test! The manual typewriters we had in aught-69 had their own set of problems but RE-spelling what I typed wasn’t one of them. 😉

  4. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    “… manual typewriters …”?
    Did you ever hear of a #2 pencil and a Big Chief Tablet?

  5. Grungy says:

    There are far too many bodies on the field in that photo to be the Rice Owl Band of 1938.
    I’ve always been led to believe that the Rice Bands struggled until the late Sixties to even create a block of 96 without help.
    I count about 160.
    Eight sousaphones?
    That might be the FTAB saluting the Owls, but it’s not the Rice Owl Band (unless there are a LOT of ringers).

  6. grungy1973 says:

    Also, the 1938 A&M game was supposedly played in College Station, so it’s unlikely that Rice *traveled* with a huge number of ringers.

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