2013 Monon Bell DVD is Planned; Pre-Order and Save

2013 Monon Bell DVD is Planned; Pre-Order and Save

October 17, 2013

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As the 120th installment of the football rivalry between DePauw University and Wabash College nears, the two colleges are preparing to again produce a DVD of the Monon Bell Classic.  The 2012 battle for the Monon Bell will take place on Saturday, November 16, at DePauw University's Blackstock Stadium.  The disc will include the game itself, as well as an array of special features, and can be pre-ordered at a special "early-bird" price of $12; beginning November 16 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.

Reserve your limited edition disc, which will be professionally replicated, by accessing an online order form.

Only 300 copies of the DVD will be manufactured; each college will have 150 to distribute. (at left: front cover and spine of 2007 Monon Bell DVD)

Contents of the disc will include the AXS TV telecast presented in widescreen and enhanced for 16x9 televisions; photo galleries of this year's clash between the Tigers and Little Giants; a collection of hundreds of historic images dating back to the rivalry's early days; "Monon Memories" of memorable contests;  the always popular Ballad of the Monon Bell, a perennial favorite, and other extra features. Video Link [Download Video: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - 2007 Version" - 10,419kb] Audio Link [Download Audio: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - Stereo" - 2514kb].

This will become the seventeenth contest in the historic series to be captured on DVD. Also available are the DVDs of the 1977, 1993, 1994 and 2000-12 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited and the 2006 and 2010 discs are sold out; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date).

DePauw and Wabash first met on the gridiron in 1890.  In 1932, a locomotive bell from the a locomotive bell donated by the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railroad Company, also known as the Monon Line, was donated and became the winner's trophy each year.

In the all-time series, Wabash holds a 57-53-9 lead. Since the Monon Bell entered the rivalry in 1932, Wabash leads, 38-37-6. (at right: an image from the 1940 Monon Bell Classic)

This year's game will mark the ninth time AXS TV will provide live, high-definition coverage of the storied rivalry game, which will be played this year at DePauw's Blackstock Stadium on the newly-dedicated Nick Mourouzis Field.

The Monon Bell Classic was voted Indiana's best college sports rivalry by fans of ESPN, and is the subject of a new book authored by Tyler James '11, The Monon Bell Rivalry: Classic Clashes of DePauw vs. Wabash. The game is also noted in the DVD collection, ESPNU Honor Roll: The Best of College Football, as one of the nation's best annual clashes.

The Monon Bell was featured on CBS' Sunday Morning and has twice been spotlighted in Sports Illustrated. The annual DePauw-Wabash clash is also detailed in Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football, a book by Richard Whittingham. Indianapolis Monthly listed experiencing the game among "50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do" and the Indianapolis Star placed the rivalry on its "Sports Bucket List."

All 119 games to date are commemorated in video vignettes known as "Monon Memories."  Created by Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations at DePauw, the clips can be found here.