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College Football Hoax 1941 In the autumn of 1941 many football fans began following the exploits of Plainfield (NJ) Teachers College. Too bad the school and its football team didn't really exist. It was an elaborate hoax that fooled hundreds of newspapers--even the New York Times' sports department--and thousands of college football fans. Stockbroker Morris Newburger and radio announcer Alexander (Bink) Dannenbaum concocted the idea of a mythical college football team. Using the name 'Jerry Croyden,' Newburger telephoned the New York City newspapers while Dannenbaum phoned the Philadelphia papers with fantastic stories of Plainfield's lopsided victories over nonexistent schools. With the newspapers printing Plainfield's scores week after week without question, Newburger and Dannenbaum got bolder. They began writing creative press releases about the new football powerhouse. One release praised Plainfield's star runningback, a 'full-blooded Chinese-American' sophomore named Johnny (The Celestial Comet) Chung. Chung's amazing abilities on the gridiron were credited to the handfuls of wild rice he ate during huddles. The Teachers' offense operated out of an innovative 'W' formation in which all the linemen but the center faced backwards. Colorful Hopalong Hobelitz was named as Plainfield's coach. Six weeks of spectacular Plainfield victories raised speculation that the team might secure a bid to a coveted bowl game. Curious journalist Red Smith of the Philadelphia Record journeyed to Plainfield to find the college. Of course, there wasn't one. Their fraud exposed, Newburger and Dannenbaum confessed--but only after Jerry Croyden issued one final bogus press release. It announced Plainfield was forfeiting its remaining games because Chung and several other players were declared academically ineligible after flunking their exams.
Tags: Plainfield  Teachers  College  football  hoax 
Added: 12th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Manager Ralph Houk passes today at age 90 Ralph Houk, who guided the powerhouse New York Yankees of the early 1960s to two World Series championships during his 20 years as a big league manager, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Tags: Manager  Ralph  Houk    New  York  Yankees  World  Series    Yogi  Berra  and  Bill  Dickey  George  Steinbrenner 
Added: 22nd July 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart
Raymond Scott Quintette - Powerhouse - Hit Parade Tags: Raymond  Scott  Quintette  -  Powerhouse  -  Hit  Parade  Bugs  Bunny   
Added: 17th March 2011
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Posted By: pfc
Super Bowl XXXI 31January 26 1997 Green Bay Packers Tribute It had been nearly three decades since Vince Lombardi's powerhouse Packers ruled the NFL. But the wait was finally over when Green Bay's loyal fans were rewarded in 1996 as the Pack stormed to the league's best record en route to Super Bowl XXXI. The Win comes back to "Titletown USA" by bringing the Lombardi Trophy back home.They beat the New England Patriots 35-21
Tags: Super  Bowl  XXX  31January  26  1997  Green  Bay  Packers  Tribute 
Added: 17th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31

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