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Really Old CFB Fan is Not Impressed with Myles Jack

After UCLA’s win over Washington on Friday night, Twitter exploded with praise for UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who punched in four rushing touchdowns and earned 60 yards against the Huskies.

Indeed, Jack’s following has risen to cult-like levels, inspiring some hilarious reactions such as this one (OK, that’s us, but still).

Of course, not everyone is impressed. And by “everyone,” I mean this one guy who lived through World War II and “emailed” UCLA beat writer Jack Wang with the following note:

OldGuyLadies and gentlemen – this was faxed to Jack Wang.

So basically, the argument against the Myles Jack hype is that, about 70 years ago, football players used to play both offense and defense, back when there weren’t enough players and resources for separate units. Y’know, the good ole’ days where helmets and masks weren’t a thing and the passing game was non-existent. Way back when football was a real sport, back in the “mid-Thirties,” guys had their noses broken and people were running a 6-2-2-1 defense, whatever that is.

Never change, college football fans.


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  • Duane Linstrom

    There were plenty of prospective players before there was two platoon football. When I played in the 1950s we had 125 players out for the team. The coach suited up 25 of us, and we played both ways. We didn’t wear face masks or mouth pieces, and one way to identify a football player was by his missing teeth. Back when Sammy Baugh and Bob Waterfield played both ways the quarterback was fair game always on defense, and until the play was over on offense. Quaterbacks called their own plays. We played the same kind of defense all the time. When the other team tried to use audible signals, after a couple of plays it was usually easy for the defense to figure out the play the quarterback had called. My father-in-law said when he played in the 1930s a substitute that came into the game was not allowed to say anything in the huddle until he’d been in the game for a play, and the referee listened in to the huddle to make sure he said nothing. That said, I think the players today are bigger, faster, stronger, and the game is much more entertaining today.