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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football$
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Roger R. Tamte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041617

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041617.001.0001

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More than a Game

More than a Game

38 More than a Game
Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football

Roger R. Tamte

University of Illinois Press

Camp has a philosophy about sports competition and broadcasts it in his Collier’s column, among other places, in an openly preachy style: compete to the limit of your ability, but whatever the outcome, in the words of a Thackeray poem, “Be each, pray God, a gentleman.” A gentleman, Camp said, enters a contest committed to do his best, does not cheat, is courteous, and never insults a loser. But the growth of American college football introduces complications for such an ideal—large numbers of spectators pressure their team to win, some of them with little regard for sportsmanship; coaches are under personal pressure to win; players are glorified in an ever more spectacular event. In an effort to control some aspects of the spectacle, the New York Thanksgiving Day game is moved to the college campus, and under the Camp-Brooks agreement Harvard and Yale agree to play their contests on campus.

Keywords:   Sportsmanship, Gentleman, Spectacle, Spectators, Coach, pressure to win, games on campus

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