Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Live Radio Broadcast of a Football Game in 1921

Ten things not to do

 

This week marks the anniversary of the first live radio broadcast of a football game in 1921. The game was played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The announcer was Harold W. Arlin of radio station KDKA. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers beat the West Virginia University Mountaineers by a score of 21 to 13. (Not much has changed there. This rivalry began in 1895, and so far, the University of Pittsburgh has won the meeting more times than West Virginia University. It is called the Back Yard Brawl since the two schools are only 70 miles from each other.) I think we ought to go to the game rater than listen on the radio. Well, bring the radio along too. It might be fun to see how close the announcer describes the real action. As usual, there are rules to follow, so we don’t create a tear in the time continuum. Take this list with you.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Live Radio Broadcast of a Football Game.

10 If you are at the game, do not think you can listen to the broadcast on streaming audio via iHeart Radio. If you do, at best those around you will be too interested in the game to notice your cell phone. At worst, the usher will spot your phone and ask you to follow him. (For heaven sakes, Jacquez don’t go. You really want to explain that you are from the year 2019? There will be a padded room reserved for you.)

9 If you are at the game, do not tell Tiny the WWF Champ and hot dog vendor that his hot dogs are old. If you do, at best he will think you said cold and will laugh at the joke. At worst, Tiny who just left his self-esteem support group will think you are criticizing him. (No matter what you say, Jad you are in for an overhead pinwheel and body toss just as if you were in the ring. The landing on the bleachers, however, is not going to be as soft as the ring.)

8 If you are at the game, do not wear your Mountaineer coon-skin cap while sitting in the Pitt section. If you do, at best a kindly person behind you will ask you to remove it. At worst a not so kindly person behind you will remove it. (There you have it, Jadrein. Your hat is back and filled with who knows what liquid. No, don’t drink out of your hat you idiot. You have no idea what that is even though it looks like beer.)

7 If you are at the game, do not suggest to the fans to burn a sofa when they get home to Morgantown. If you do, at best WVU is ahead at the time. At worst, the fan will think you are a Pitt fan. (You see, Jael WVU fans only burn sofas when they win. That big guy with the red eyes and WVU shirt thinks you are mocking him.)

6 If you are at the game, do not suggest to the Pitt fans that the game be played next year in Morgantown. If you do, at best they will laugh at your joke. At worst, they will think you are a WVU fan. (The first game of the rivalry was not played in Morgantown until 1963. Is it any wonder these Pitt fans are now crowd surfing you to the exit, Jafari?)

5 If you are at the game, do not bring your Mountaineer musket into the stands. If you do, at best most of the fans will clear out. At worst, you will come face to face with several Pitt fans all dressed as panthers. (What are you going to do now, Jagmeet. The way they are growling they seem to be serious.)

4 If you are at the game, do not tease Roc the panther. If you do, at best Roc will be used to it. At worst, Roc has made up his mind to bite the twelveth person who teases him. (Not so good news, Jahi. The eleventh just left.)

3 If you are at the game, do not sing the WVU fight song if you don’t know the words. If you do, at best the noise will drown you out. At worst, your fellow WVU fans will come to the realization you are different. ( Lucky for you, Jahnu you now get to see the game from the parking lot.)

2 If you are at the game, do not try to find a plug for that old Philco radio. If you do, at best you burn a lot of calories. At worst, someone will eventually come to believe you sole the radio. (Hauling it up and down the stadium stairs made you look very much out of place, Jair. Maybe you should just park it in the clubhouse. Wait, there’s a plug.)

1 If you are at the game, do not start quoting stats of the various players. If you do, at best people will move away from you. At worst, they will think you are from a different planet. (In the 20’s hardly anyone paid attention to the stats, Jaison. It was a matter of win or lose. All those yards gained rushing and passing as well as turnovers were blurred by actually watching the game instead of a talking head.)

63 comments

  1. Even though you ragged on the Mountaineers, I enjoyed this John! 🙂 Let’s go Mountaineers! I’ve seen those sofas burning. 🙂

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    1. Aw. Not rag just pulling the fan’s leg. (Don’t forget the Producer is a grad of WVU.)

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      1. I remember! Did she ever go watch the students burn Sunnyside? 🙂

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      2. I might have seen her! 😉

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      3. You would then go to Marios for a fish bowl.

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  2. A good bit of fun to kick off the week. Thanks, John 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony.

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  3. #1 drives me nuts even today. When the person you’re speaking too begins to fall asleep, it’s time to stop spouting numbers.

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    1. Hahaha. I agree.

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  4. Roc the panther had me laughing out loud. The burning sofa thing must be, uh, interesting. Thanks for a great Top Ten post, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie for letting m know you liked it.

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      1. My pleasure, John.

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  5. Stats was the perfect pick for # 1. I tend to “glaze-over” when announcers start giving stats.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, GP

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  6. That old radio reminded me of one my parents owned in the 1940s. They probably bought it in the 1920s. Sadly, it didn’t make it through the 1940s. They were more a piece of furniture than a radio. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Like the first TV’s the furniture look was important. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  7. It’s hard to believe we are closing in on the 100th anniversary of the first live radio broadcast of a football game!

    The only good thing I can say about Pitt is that Dan Marino came out of that program. Which is actually a very good thing. Those Jackie Sherill teams were a lot of fun.

    Thank you for bringing the funny to Monday. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it.

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      1. As per, big guy. 😉

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  8. Sounds like there was a bit of a rivalry! I’ll leave my coonskin cap at home. 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. It has been a big rivalry. Thanks, Susie.

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  9. This time of year a coonskin cap and burning sofa might be welcome. As long as they don’t make me sit on it.

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    1. Hahaha. Yes, it cooled down here. Only 82 right now.

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      1. We’re looking at 28 later this week.

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      2. Yikes. We had a low of 68 and I needed my jacket.

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      3. It’s been 65 in the house all week. Have to turn on the furnace soon.

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      4. The joys of the North West.

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  10. My favorite is #1. Even now, sometimes I have to hit the Mute button when the announcers become too partial to the team I’m not rooting for!

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  11. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I burst out laughing at #9. “self-esteem group”? OMG! Great list and a great reminder about time and how fleeting it really is. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen

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  12. As a WVU grad, I’m embarrassed I didn’t know this. And I’ve also witnessed the burning of the sofas, lol.

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    1. My wife is a WVU grad as well.

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  13. I’ve got a sofa that I’m thinking of donating to the cause!

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    1. There you go. Just address it to Mountaineers, Morgantown, WV.

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    All good advice, John. Some of it can still apply.

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    1. I think so, Denise.

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  15. Thia game is always hard for me, John, since I graduated from both schools. I knew what the game was as soon as I saw the title. I didn’t know it took so long to play a game in Morgantown. I am familiar with couch burning…let’s just leave it at that (but WVU won in 1975). We used to always take our radios to Forbes Field for baseball games, so we could listen to Bob Prince on KDKA. You had to feel bad for the park announcer, but Bob Prince was the best.

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    1. Great story, Dan. Thanks.

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      1. Forbes Field brings back the best memories, going to a ball game with my dad.

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      2. Great memories too.

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  16. I never could understand the joy of listening to a game on the radio – of any sport.
    I’ll take the live version any day!

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    1. When I lived in California my next-door neighbor had a ball game on the radio in his backyard while he grilled. I must say there was something very peaceful about that.

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      1. When you put it that way, it changes the whole dynamic. There is a peaceful nostalgia to that indeed.

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      2. Yeah, it was annoying at first then became something I looked forward to hearing. It was like all is right with the world.

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      3. I believe. Kind of like listening to Christmas stories on the radio. My father always loved to listen to a special show.

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  17. Time travel or not, some things never change. You could apply most of these to a certain rivalry you’re even closer to, now. Have you decided whether to go with “Hook ‘Em” or “Gig ‘Em” yet?

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    1. It is like this. My wife is a WVU alum, I’m a Michigan State and Notre Dame alum, Daughter is a Baylor alum. There is no room for either a hook or a gig. Thanks, Linda. 😀

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  18. Wonderful John.. and will bear all of those in mind.. and it reminds me of those photographs that they claim are not faked, where someone in the crowd in 1650 had a new samsung mobile or a wristwatch… padded cell for sure.. in the blogger daily later.. hugs

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    1. Thanks, Sally. BTW that was me. 😂

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      1. Okay…looks like it is too of us for that padded cell…..xx

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      2. Ha haha. Right you are.

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    1. Thank you , Sally

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  19. Wow, almost 100 years of football radio. Who knew? I’m a huge NFL gal fan. Fun post John. 🙂

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    1. What team do you die for?

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      1. My pet team are the Saints 🙂

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  20. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Thanks for the laughs, John. I wasn’t around in 1921, but I sure remember listening to a lot of sports broadcasts on the radio when I was a kid. (Jack Buck with the St. Louis Cardinals, in particular. His son is now doing football games on Fox.) I remember lying in bed, flipping the radio around, and holding my hand over it to try and improve the reception—all this while trying not to get discovered by my parents for staying up too late. Good memories!😎

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    1. I have similar memories. Van Patrick was the Detroit Tiger play by play announcer

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