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Cap'n's Cabaret #111: Are ya' Ready for Some Football?

Strap into your pads, grab a pigskin, and gear up for some good ol' American Football!

Yes, the Cabaret is putting aside our posh threads and gettin' sporty. With radio broadcasts and newsreel distribution bringing the games home to fans the nation over sports is now a form of mass entertainment. So it's high time the Cabaret grabbed a pennant and cheered for the home team!

And today, it's the growing field sensation of football!

The American version, that is; not to be confused with Soccer or Rugby or Austrailian Rules.

Yes, football is exploding off the college field, and who better represents the gridiron gladiators than the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame? [pictured above, image via U of Notre Dame archives] 

Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, is dominating the field. And that domination is largely because of the aforementioned Four Horsemen: quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller, and fullback Elmer Layden. Under the leadership of coach Knute Rockne, these guys plow through defensive lines like a tank through trenchworks.

And speaking of army metaphors, let's catch a newsreel of them in action against the Army team from West Point Military Acadamy:


 

Smash!

 But there's more: once again folks are talking about doing football as a profession!

Yes, folks, a professional football league, the American Professional Football Association, to be exact*.

The APFA now features 14 teams sure to go down in history as the names everyone associates with professional football; teams like the Wheeling Stogies, West Buffalo, the Canton Bulldogs, the Pitcairn Quakers, the Columbus Panhandles, the Moline Universal Tractors, the Muncie Flyers, All-Buffalo, the Toledo Maroons, the Decatur Staleys, the Chicago Cardinals, and the Cleveland Tigers!

And rumors have it that none other than the great Jim Thorpe is signing up with the Bulldogs!

If you don't know Jim Thorpe, turn off your wireless and go visit your library. He's the ultimate threat: runner, kicker, offense, defence...Jim can do it all!

 So keep tuning into the Cap'n's Sports Report, folks!

 

Now, our cocktail, the Brown University, named for a school with a great football program of its own.

This drink was introduced to us by Brown U. football alumni and Rose Bowl veteran Fritz "the Human Torpedo" Pollard, who led the Bruins to countless victories during the war and who breaks front lines like he breaks racial barriers.

 

Brown University Cocktail:

[image from esquire.com]

  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whisky
  • 1 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

 Stir over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

  

* Now known as the National Football League (NFL)!

 

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