Yearbook: Birmingham Southern

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birmingham Southern has its yearbooks digitized and available online.
The Birmingham Southern yearbooks featured are the Gold and Black, La Revue, The Pegasus, and The Southron, Southern Accent.

The yearbooks from 1907 and 1915-2009 have been made available online by the illustrious and praiseworthy Internet Archive.


Birmingham Southern has been playing football for a long time. In fact, as a school, BSC is the outcome of the merger of two colleges that have each been playing football for a long time. In 1918 Birmingham College and Southern University (Alabama) merged their schools. Birmingham College started playing intercollegiate football beginning in 1904 (they competed as Birmingham Coll. until 1916) and Southern University first fielded a team in 1909 (playing as Southern University likewise until 1916).

By 1918 both school and football team were 'Birmingham Southern' - and actually played two games in that lost season of World War I.

In addition to other small colleges, BSC used to get regular games against both Alabama and Auburn.

Like a number of other schools BSC de-emphasized football in 1940. Actually, in this case "de-emphasis" is too light a word - BSC dismantled their football team altogether.

Thankfully in 2006 they pulled it together and today they compete in the southern SCAC league (Div. III).

Enjoy this one - another good yearbook from Birmingham Southern.


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Early Walk up to Navy/Army

Being a Pitt football fan it is natural for me to be concerned with things like football uniforms and logos before I look at the game on the field. Some of Sal's recent notes triggered this weakness of mine. It looks like Army will have some sort of desert camo uniforms for the Navy/Army game.

Some Army players tested out desert-colored cleats, which it will wear as part of Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the Navy game.

With that important item addressed, Sal also notes Trent Steelman's condition at this point in the preparation for Navy.

 “Trent is one of the bubble guys,” Ellerson said. “We are hoping, maybe the second half of the week… My hopeis we are going to trot out there and Trent will get all the rust off Thursday and Friday and then come back on Sunday and be the guy.”

There is a nice Q&A with Coach E, Steve Erzinger, Max Jenkins and Andrew Rodriguez.

Coach E. Talks about everything from the team's situation;

"It's been a tough year. Tough schedule, injuries, you name it, we had it. We had some good days and bad days. But throughout that, these guys have stayed together and continued to improve. They've established a way to play. They're not going to blink. They're not going to quit on each other or what we're doing. I think we have a chance to be a better football team that we've been all year next Saturday and it's because of that effort. It's rooted in the message of these captains."

...to the game's location

"I think it's fitting and appropriate that this game is played in our nation's capital. We're closer to Annapolis than we are West Point, but our military establishments, our leadership, the community surrounding D.C., they appreciate us and what we represent. I suspect that it's going to feel like a home field for both teams. We have a longer bus ride than they do, but I think it's entirely appropriate that this game gets played here from time to time. Obviously, we love the history and tradition associated with playing in Philadelphia. That's time-honored. But there's a special connection between both of our institutions and our nation's capital. There is all kinds of symbolism associated with that."



Frankly, I'm just glad the academies aren't taking any more of Philly's dirty SWAPS proceeds (PDF) to play the game in PA. The further the USMA distances itself from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett the better.



Anyway, NavySports.com has Navy's game notes up.





Otherwise, Sal's chat is up, some pretty good off-week stuff there.




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On a Roll

This week I scored my second Blogpoll superlative in 2 weeks.

Swing is the total change in each ballot from last week to this week (obviously voters who didn't submit a ballot last week are not included). A high number means you are easily distracted by shiny things. A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says.
 
# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 The Unbalanced Line Army Black Knights ballot 108


Clearly an oversight, but there's no excuse for dropping the Ducks as I live 1 mile from Autzen Stadium. 


I try to take the Blogpoll seriously and my goal for the next week is to return to this blog to its inconspicuous natural state.



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Blogpoll Ballot Week 14

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Here's a look at my top 25 for week 14.

Last week I collected my second superlative in the Blogpoll rundown, this one another Wack Ballot Watchdog mention. I should say that the last time my ballot was brought into question the subject of my ballot simply finished the season undefeated and played for the national title.

Anyway, I'm just glad to have people talking about my picks. Don't like 'em?.. you can lobby for me to change 'em in the comments section below.



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