A "Liitle" College Football

By - January 14, 2007


There really is nothing like being home sick, well except for the sick part that is. I was under the weather all last week and had been meaning to talk a bit about some of the great television I got to watch. Nowadays work intrudes on most of my days off in one way or the other and even when I call in sick, I generally end up doing some work from home but still there’s plenty of lying on the couch and rerun watching. As a kid sick days were generally spent watching The Price is Right, Press Your Luck and maybe an episode or two of Lavern and Shirley but no matter how much time I had there was always a gap around noon when I would take a nap or be forced to watch Across the Fence a local show in Vermont that had the entertainment qualities of ground beef.

In 2006 there is no need for a nap because I now have close to 300 channels at my finger tips. One morning I found myself watching back to back episodes of Little House on the Prairie and even got a little college sports for my trouble. In this particular episode Albert is the star player on a Walnut Grove football team coached by the great and legendary Pete Ellerbee. Early on in the episode we learn that Ellerbee was a star at Rutgers and played against Nels Oleson (he of Oleson’s Mercantile) who rode the pine at Princeton. Now we all know, okay maybe not all of us but some of us or maybe just me that Princeton and Rutgers played the first ever college football game back on November 6, 1869. Since LHP took place in and around the 1880’s it is plausible that Nels and Pete played in that inaugural game. Of course as with any Little House episode there was a moral to this story. Seems Coach Ellerbee had trouble relating to his young son in any way other then talking football and since his son was bad at football that made for a tough situation. Albert, being the star of the team becomes his adopted son until he forces him to play through broken ribs and draws the ire of Charles who walked right out on the field and stopped the game in order to have Doc Baker take a look at him. Turns out young Albert was one good hit away from a punctured lung and, this being 1880, certain death. He ends up quitting the team and in doing so shows Ellerbee the error of his ways. It was heartwarming and informational for any college football fans that might have been watching.

Posted by at 10:38 PM on January 14, 2007
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