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A Motley Crew of Enthusiasm: Sprint Football Returns

With a new year, comes a new weight limit. For those of you that don’t already know, sprint football is an institution like no other. If you love the action of football and the relatable stress of losing weight, then buckle your seat belt because you’re in for the ride of your collegiate sports-viewing life. With all the same rules of NCAA college football, the only difference is the 178 lbs. weight limit. Formerly 172 lbs., this new weight limit ushers in an entirely new breed of sprint football athletes. Bigger and stronger, and still the fastest sport in the Northeast. Now, for all you sprint football purists (I know you’re out there) who aren’t yet sold on this weight, I assure you that the game’s truest purpose remains the same: a chance for the undersized athlete with an oversized heart to prove his skill.

That ideal was never more on display than at this year’s alumni game. Ever wonder what it would be like to see a motley crew of twenty-five to fifty-five year-olds take on a team of collegiate athletes? Well look no further, because the 2017 sprint football alumni game had that and more. Households were torn apart as fathers very much past their primes lined up against their sons. Every year, the spring football alumni once again grace Schoellkopf Field for what many wives and children hope will be the last time. This year’s game was a true spectacle of sport and camaraderie. The game began with a roar as “The Fossils” jogged briskly out onto the field trying to avoid calf cramps. With only two injuries requiring surgery, this year’s game was a complete success.

Coming off a year in which its record dipped below .500, the Big Red (of Little Red, if you’re into puns) hope and expect to up its win total this season. The team begins its march to the first annual CSFL Championship game on September 22nd against the upstart program at Caldwell University. In what should be an electric atmosphere, the Big Red faithful will pour into Schoellkopf Field at 7:00pm. If you can’t make it to the game, be sure to watch it on the Ivy League Digital Network. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a season to remember.


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