Limited Edition 2010 Monon Bell DVD Now Available for Pre-Order
September 17, 2010
September 17, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — It's one of America's oldest college rivalries, and they don't come any closer than the battle for the Monon Bell, in which the two teams are separated by just one game after 116 meetings. For the tenth consecutive year, a limited edition, commemorative DVD will be manufactured for fans the annual game between DePauw University and Wabash College. [Download Video: "2007 Monon Memory" - 7808kb]
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the 2010 Monon Bell Classic DVD, which will be produced and professionally replicated immediately after the November 13 game. Only 300 discs will be made; each college will have 150 to distribute. [Download Video: "2008 Monon Memory" - 411kb]
The set is available until November 13 for an early-bird special price of $12; after that date the price will be $15. A $4 shipping and handling charge will be added to each order, regardless of size, as well as 7% sales tax to orders shipped within Indiana. [Download Video: "1890 Monon Memory" - 4409kb]
Advance orders for the disc can be placed via this link. Also available are the DVDs of the 2001-09 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date; 2008 DVD cover seen at right). [Download Video: "1943 Monon Memory" - 6910kb]
DePauw and Wabash collaborate on the project each year. The two schools have also created DVDs of the 1977 and 1994 battles for the Bell. [Download Video: "1977 Monon Memory" - 6001kb]
"This is a special rivalry and these games are discussed, dissected and re-lived long after the scoreboard is turned off and the players leave the field," says Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations at DePauw, who masters the DVD. "For those who play in the game, their families, and the many fans who have great love for the history and traditions of this annual event, the disc is a keepsake of what is always a memorable day. The DVD also includes historical bonus features that underscore how special this series is." [Download Video: "1933 Monon Memory" - 6722kb]
"This project is a great example of how Wabash and DePauw -- who are fierce opponents on the football field -- collaborate on something that adds great value to the rivalry and has become a prized possession of fans," adds Jim Amidon, director of public affairs and marketing at Wabash College. "Those not affiliated with either school call the Monon Bell Classic the best-archived rivalry series in all of college sports. We have some great history, and the DVD allows us to save it so it can be shared, revisited and enjoyed for years to come." [Download Video: "1911 Monon Memory" - 2838kb]
The DVD of the 117th edition of the rivalry will feature the HDNet telecast presented in widescreen enhanced for 16x9 televisions; photo galleries of this year's battle for the Bell and a collection of historic images dating back to the rivalry's early days; "Monon Memories" of memorable contests; newly restored color footage of the 1961 Monon Bell game; and the always popular Ballad of the Monon Bell: [Download Video: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - 2007 Version" - 10,419kb] [Download Audio: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - Stereo" - 2514kb]. (at right: 1925 DePauw-Wabash game; [Download Video: "1925 Monon Memory" - 3788kb])
Voted Indiana's "best sports rivalry" by visitors to ESPN.com, the Monon Bell Classic is one of the nation's longest and greatest football rivalries. The November 13 game will be the 79th for possession of the Monon Bell, which was introduced as the winner's prize in 1932. After 116 battles between DePauw and Wabash, the men from Crawfordsville lead the all-time series, 54-53-9. DePauw has the advantage in games played since the Monon Bell was introduced as the victor's prize in 1932 by a 37-35-6 count.
Again this year, DePauw and Wabash will work together to stage alumni telecast parties across the nation where graduates and friends of the colleges can gather to catch up with friends and cheer on their favorite team. Learn about plans for your city and/or sign up to host a gathering by clicking here. [Download Video: "2000 Monon Memory" - 3239kb]
Access DePauw's Monon Bell Web page here.
A complete roster of "Monon Memories" -- 116 video highlights of all the past games -- can be found here.Back