*** A&M Football/WWI Film Brainstorm ***

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Potential dialogue for that final scene:

Setting: Pregame speech before 1919 season opener (inside Aggie locker room):

  • BIBLE: Men, we have all been through a lot since we last stepped onto the gridiron. Compared with our long trip to Europe, this is but a child's game we're playing...

(looks around room at the by-now-familiar faces of the veterans of the 1917 season and 1918 war) (pauses longer on the faces of our protagonists)

  • BIBLE: Now, we may not know much about the future, but we know two things. No one can top what we did in 1917 - undefeated and unscored upon in eight games just doesn't happen, men. You willed it into being, and I can't expect any more from you than that.
  • BIBLE: We also know that what we went through in Europe won't ever happen again. It truly was the war to end all wars. Thank God that's behind us.

  • BIBLE: Now go out there and show the nation what Fightin' Texas Aggies are all about. Strive for perfection, and make your families proud!

VOICEOVER: Bible was wrong on both counts - - in less than 20 years, the world was at war again, and less than 4 months later, the Aggies had done the unthinkable - bettered their 1917 team results with a record of 10-0, once again, UNBEATEN and UNSCORED UPON.
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Just to give a little feel for the era this is happening and maybe provide some background or B footage
Audio Radio broadcasting at this time wasn't out yet, however there was an amateur radio club on campus and a Ham Radio transmitter in Bolton Hall. I have seen both where our 1919 and 1921 tu games were the first radio broadcast of a college football game anywhere. Creative liberties gives us 1919. Now this radio broadcast was MORSE Code based since voice based radio wasn't out yet. So the students and faculty developed a code for simple plays. Ie: T" represented Texas, "A" Aggies, "B" ball, "Y" yard line, "FP" forward pass, "G" gain, and "L" loss. So "TB A 45Y" translated to "Texas ball on the Aggie 45 yard line." You could even maybe incorporate some flashback scenes of a Morse code operator on the battlefield under fire, going back to his operator job in the press box. This era is fascinating to me.

Or Imagine a student , dirty with a cigarette hangin out his mouth, trampling thru a muddy campus field laying down a wire from cable reel. He is going from the press box all the way to the 3rd floor of Bolton Hall getting ready for our big game. An option for opening credits?


http://www.brazoscountyhistory.org/sites/default/files/EarlyFootballBroadcast.pdf
TCTTS
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Wow, this would be awesome. GREAT little nugget.
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jeffk said:

Also, TCTTS - can we get at least a passing mention to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918? One of the scariest disease outbreaks of recorded history and it never gets any mention.
Knew a man who was at A&M then. At a meeting they were asked if anyone had

experience working at a funeral home as they needed help . 5 0r 6 including my friend

volunteered .

He said he helped bury ALL of these volunteers! FLU !
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meatsweats said:

Just to give a little feel for the era this is happening and maybe provide some background or B footage
Audio Radio broadcasting at this time wasn't out yet, however there was an amateur radio club on campus and a Ham Radio transmitter in Bolton Hall. I have seen both where our 1919 and 1921 tu games were the first radio broadcast of a college football game anywhere. Creative liberties gives us 1919. Now this radio broadcast was MORSE Code based since voice based radio wasn't out yet. So the students and faculty developed a code for simple plays. Ie: T" represented Texas, "A" Aggies, "B" ball, "Y" yard line, "FP" forward pass, "G" gain, and "L" loss. So "TB A 45Y" translated to "Texas ball on the Aggie 45 yard line." You could even maybe incorporate some flashback scenes of a Morse code operator on the battlefield under fire, going back to his operator job in the press box. This era is fascinating to me.

Or Imagine a student , dirty with a cigarette hangin out his mouth, trampling thru a muddy campus field laying down a wire from cable reel. He is going from the press box all the way to the 3rd floor of Bolton Hall getting ready for our big game. An option for opening credits?


http://www.brazoscountyhistory.org/sites/default/files/EarlyFootballBroadcast.pdf
Of course, that same student could be pictured in an interspersed one-year 1918 flashback to him laying down communication wire on the western front of WWI, with similar imagery. That would also be a way to have the student body represented in addition to the football team. Could even be one of the main characters that's followed in both settings. Outstanding.
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Rip Collins played on the 17 team - "pronounced by many to be the best kicker alive " per yearbook.

Averaged 62 yds in one game - there is a picture of his extra point - drop kick !

I played in 10th grade against his son- saw these sky high punts in warmup and couldn't

believe my eyes . He later tried out at A&M but only made B team.

Rip '17 became Sheriff of Travis County - 60s probably.
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Bible always seemed an enigma to me with his success at A&M but then known for Nebraska and Texas... seems like going to war with his team would've been enough to keep him here so now I'm even more intrigued by his departure.

and the "they shall not pass" puts me straight to Monty Python and the Holy Grail - probably the only movie I've seen in the double digits
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Just saw this, but after reading through the last 6 pages it's definitely an interesting idea.

Given the time period and character development lines postulated, I think I have the perfect movie title:

"Legends of the Fall Football Seasons"

Be awesome if the main protagonist had a rival on the Baylor team he hated....
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Dana X. Bible wrote a book that you can get used on Amazon for between $20-$30. It might have some insight into his personality and philosophy on life. I'm not sure.

Championship Football: A Guide for Player Coach and Fan


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One step ahead of you...

Rex Racer
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Ha ha! Nice!
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TCTTS said:

One step ahead of you...


Are you the one that gave it a 5 star review ?
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Ha, not me. Strangely enough, my mom, of all people, had this copy for years. I come from a big Aggie family, with a deep Aggie history, and my parents and my grandparents have always had tons of Aggie books and what not all over their houses. This was one of them, and she gave it to me years ago when I first brought up the idea of this project.
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