Boise State has a unique field and it will stay that way according to a book I read. The field is artificial turf and what makes it different is that it is blue in color. The book says it is the only blue field in college football and, due to a rule banning the use of any color other than green for fields, it will remain the only blue field in the game.
The Arkansas football program produced two coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, who won a NCAA title and a Super Bowl championship. Both won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys who were owned by another Arkansas product, a former player by the name of Jerry Jones. In addition, four men from the 1964 undefeated team went on to win a national title as a coach: Johnson and Switzer along with Frank Broyles and Johnny Majors.
Arnold “Pope” Galiffa tied for the most letters ever won at Army (I believe it was 11). I never saw his college stats until today. He led the Black Knights in passing three seasons in a row (1947-1949). Remember, passing stats back then are much different than in more recent years, but Galiffa was impressive enough to be featured on the front cover of a national magazine.
Stats: 1947– 22 of 49 for 295 yards; 1948– 44 of 95 for 701 yards; 1949– 50 of 97 for 887 yards. I believe there were many factors for the passing game not being as prolific as it later became including the fact that the ball itself was shaped differently making it more difficult to throw. The game has changed, but Galiffa, for his time, was clearly something special. There’s a story about when he fought in Korea and heaved a hand grenade a great distance, accurately taking out enemy positions. Reportedly, he could throw a grenade around 75 yards.
More on MLB strikeouts (see other blogs for original info on this topic): In 2018, 22.3% of all plate appearances resulted in a strikeout. I remember as a kid if a batter in a crucial spot struck out, to me it was a dramatic moment (especially if he took a called third strike–like maybe he froze on a curve or a beautifully placed fastball). Now K’s are so commonplace, I almost expect rallies or big moments to end with a whiff. The 22.3% is the highest in MLB history.
Plus, 33.7% of all plate appearances end in either a strikeout, a walk, or a home run. Everyone swings from the heels it seems. No wonder some fans are turned off by the lack of activity on the diamond–all the walks and K’s can become tiresome and the over abundance of homers waters down it’s dramatic input (I think). The 33.7% is also the highest rate ever.