Pre-Order 2017 Monon Bell DVD and Save; 18 Other Games Available
October 12, 2017
It's one of America's oldest and most storied college football rivalries, and the 124th football game between DePauw University and Wabash College is bound to create memorable new storylines as it has since the series began in 1890. Once again this year, players, parents, alumni and fans are invited to order a limited edition commemorative DVD that will capture all of the excitement of the 2017 Monon Bell Classic and a load of extra features.
Beginning today, advance orders of the DVD care being accepted 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.
Only 300 copies of the 2017 DVD will be manufactured; each college will have 150 to distribute. Reserve your limited edition disc, which will be professionally replicated, by accessing an online order form. (at left: the cover of the 2016 Monon Bell DVD)
The game itself will be played Saturday, November 11, at DePauw's Blackstock Stadium. Nearly 9,000 tickets are available for the game and are going fast; order information is available here.
For the first time, FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Indiana will televise the battle for the Bell, and the game will also be available via the FOX Sports GO app. Telecast information, which was announced last week, is detailed in this announcement.
The DVD will include the FOX Sports telecast as well as season highlights for both teams, 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 Ballad of the Monon Bell; and other extra features. (at right: the 1995 Monon Bell Classic was played in snowy conditions)
The DVDs are jointly produced by the two colleges, and this will mark the 22nd game to be pressed to disc. Also available are the DVDs of the 1977, 1984, 1993, 1994 and 2000-16 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited and the 1994, 2000 and 2006 games are sold out; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date).
Order the discs here.
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 60-54-9 lead. Since the Monon Bell entered the rivalry in 1932, Wabash leads, 41-38-6. (at right: photo from the 1939 Monon Bell Classic)
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. In both 2015 and 2013, ESPN's College GameDay included the Monon Bell in its coverage.
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." (at left: an image from the 1994 game, televised by ESPN2)
Previous telecasts have been aired on ABC, AXS TV and ESPN2 (a screen grab from the 1994 game on ESPN2 is seen at left)
All 123 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.
Access DePauw's Monon Bell Web page here.
The Tigers are 5-0 on the season and travel to Denison for a game this Saturday, October 14. Get the very latest at the football program's web page.Back