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RE: Y.A. Tittle, RIP
(10-15-2017 08:45 PM)JRsec Wrote:  
(10-09-2017 09:06 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  Y.A. Tittle, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who was a two-time All-SEC player at LSU, died today at age 90.

I remember going to an LSU game a couple years ago and seeing him in the stands. It amazed me that someone who was the MVP of the 1947 Cotton Bowl, was still attending ball games.

RIP ...

Remember the money was so lousy when Tittle played that the main reason those guys played is because they loved and lived for it.

When the Benjamins became the motivation the game changed, and that is why you don't see many of today's big stars returning and just sitting in the stands. Most want to be on the sideline where they get interviewed and seen because it helps them get endorsement deals past their prime.

Yes, and also the college amenities are a lot more now. Tittle was interviewed by the local BR paper a year or so ago, and he said when he went to LSU games today he was amazed at the sheer size and scope of the spectacle.

When Tittle played there in the 1940s, Tiger Stadium was a 46,000 seat horseshoe with an open north end zone. He was quoted as saying that during his day "we had nothing like this", referring to the stadium and crowd size, athletic facilities, fire works and other entertainment razzle dazzle, Mike the Tiger's habitat, the pageantry, etc.

I saw the same thing this past weekend. I attended a conference at Ohio State and my hotel was right across the street from Ohio Stadium. And like Tiger Stadium, when you view it from the outside, it's almost like seeing the rock strata at the Grand Canyon - you can see how the additions have been built on top of each other over the years, down to the concrete remnant of the original much smaller bowl from 90 years ago.
(This post was last modified: 10-16-2017 09:25 AM by quo vadis.)
10-16-2017 09:20 AM
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