Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sure, Macalester is famous for being a college in the midwest that isn't either State-run or Bible-oriented. Mac has a great reputation, and for good reason. But certainly, dear student, you have noted that certain squads in the athletic department have been, well, not impressive, shall we say?

Yeah, sure, the soccer team has been impressive for a decade and a half (mad ups, Coach Leaney). But when will other Macalester teams be noticed by the national press? Oh, dear, dear, silly reader. It has already happened.

Have you not seen ESPN's top 10 list of worst college football programs ever? Macalester is there, and right near the top!

Between 1974 and 1980, the St. Paul, Minn., school lost 50 games in a row. The Scots' worst season probably came in 1977, when MIAC rivals Concordia Moorhead -- yes, the Concordia Moorhead Cobbers -- beat them 97-6, scoring 14 touchdowns to set an NAIA record that still stands (Cobbers kicker Kurt Christenson scored 13 points on extra point kicks alone). Also in 1977, Macalester set a Division III record by allowing 59.1 points per game. The losing streak ended in dramatic fashion: Kicker Bob Kaye put a 23-yarder through the uprights with 11 seconds remaining in an early September 1980 contest as the Scots beat Mount Senario College.

Um, we've come a long way, right? And wherever Bob Kaye is, what do you say to hoisting a drink to his 23-yarder? Thanks Bob Kaye, without you, that streak could have been 20 years longer.


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