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Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...

The NFL Draft then and now

The NFL Draft then and now

Pete Rozelle laid the foundation of the NFL goliath we know today with his vision. Yet, not even the late, great commissioner could have foreseen the NFL Draft growing into an annual Oscars-like production.A half-century ago the event was so simple Rozelle stood at a chalkboard...

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington will discuss his journey from segregation to open doors of opportunity at Michigan State at the College Football Hall of Fame for Black History Month.The two-time All-American wide receiver was invited by the National Football...

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Players say things in the optimism of the preseason that can be blamed on youthful enthusiasm. But in the aftermath of a ravaged season, such comments can be reviewed as a red-in-the-morning warning that they were out of touch with an approaching storm.Turn back the clock to...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...

Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing

Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing

Click here for the my appearance on The Drive with Jack-- GAME OF THE CENTURY discussion, 7 pm (reception at 6 pm)  Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Conrad Hall (near Hubbard Hall). Admission is free but University Archives requests registration to monitor the turnout at Conrad Hall's...

Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Imagine if O. Henry was a football fan crafting modern-day twisting short stories on the game’s legends. Notre Dame’s Coley O’Brien provides a captivating narrative.It starts with his dramatic role in the 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century and continues through...

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

To understand how the Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century was unlike any other with the grand moniker, start with the collective talent that fueled the chilly afternoon on November 19, 1966.Then move on to the controversial 10-10 tie. ... Click here for the rest of...

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

A half-century after the final whistle, the Notre Dame and Michigan State players no longer feel compelled to debate the final moments of their 1966 Game of the Century. They like their place in history despite the controversial 10-10 tie.There certainly was acrimony afterward,...

The Biggest Game of the Them All

The Biggest Game of the Them All

This is part of series leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during homecoming week on Oct....