"Early Bird" Pre-Orders of 2014 Monon Bell DVD to Receive Special Bonus

"Early Bird" Pre-Orders of 2014 Monon Bell DVD to Receive Special Bonus

October 5, 2014

Also: Tickets Now Available; DVD Order Form

The limited edition commemorative DVD of the 121st Monon Bell Classic, which will be played November 15 in Crawfordsville, is now available for pre-order. The disc -- a joint production of DePauw University and Wabash College -- will include the game itself, as well as an array of special features that celebrate the football rivalry and its rich history. Beginning today, the DVD can be pre-ordered at a special "early-bird" price of $12; on game day the price will increase to $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.

Those who order before November 1 will also receive -- free of charge -- a DVD of the 1993 game, which was the 100th played for the Monon Bell (while supplies last).  Featuring play-by-play by the voice of the Indianapolis Colts, Bob Lamey, the disc contains appearances by a number of beloved figures from the two colleges' past, as well as features celebrating the rivalry's centennial. There is no need to put a copy of the '93 disc in your online cart, it will be added to all orders automatically.

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

Only 300 copies of the 2014 DVD will be manufactured; each college will have 150 to distribute.

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. Audio Link [Download Audio: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - Stereo" - 2514kb].

This will become the eighteenth contest in the historic series to be captured on DVD. Also available are the DVDs of the 1977, 1993, 1994 and 2000-13 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited and the 2006 disc is sold out; the 2008 package is a two-DVD 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. (at right: the cover of the 1959 game day program)

In the all-time series, Wabash holds a 58-53-9 lead. Since the Monon Bell entered the rivalry in 1932, Wabash leads, 39-37-6. 

This year's game will mark the tenth time AXS TV will provide live, high-definition coverage of the storied rivalry game, which will be played this year at Wabash.

Tickets for the contest went on sale to DePauw fans on September 6.  Details can be found in this article.

The Monon Bell Classic was voted Indiana's best college sports rivalry by fans of ESPN, and is the subject of a 2013 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. On the morning of the 2013 Classic, ESPN's College GameDay included the Monon Bell in a look at great college football rivalries.

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 120 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 and on YouTube (three of the "Memories" are embedded below).

Access DePauw's Monon Bell Web page here.

The Tigers are 3-1 on the season after defeating Denison University yesterday.  Get the very latest at the football program's web page.