Pre-Order the 2018 Monon Bell DVD and Save
October 8, 2018
Next month's battle for the Monon Bell will be the 125th in the historic football rivalry, and all of the action and back stories of the game will be commemorated in a limited edition commemorative DVD. Beginning today and continuing until kickoff on Saturday, November 10, the disc will be available at a special "early-bird" price of $10; on game day the price will increase to $14. 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 2016 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.
In addition to the FOX Sports telecast, the disc will include season highlights for DePauw University and Wabash College, and historic footage from the archives.
Tickets for the 125th Monon Bell Classic, which will be played in Crawfordsville, will be made available soon.
To date, 22 contests in the historic series have been captured on DVD, which is a collaborative production involving both colleges. The 2018 edition will again amount to a "digital yearbook" of the season for both teams. The disc will include the game 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. [Download Audio: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - Stereo" - 2514kb] (at left: the front cover of the 2016 DVD)
Also available, for $7.50 each, are the DVDs of the 1977, 1984, 1993, 1994 and 2000-17 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited and the 1994 game is sold out; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date).
Order them here. (at left: former head coach Nick Mourouzis poses with the rivalry's prize)
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 61-54-9 lead. Since the Monon Bell entered the rivalry in 1932, Wabash leads, 42-38-6.
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.
Over the summer, the Evansville Courier & Press listed attending the battle for the Bell among "Things Every Hoosier Should Do Before They Die," and the Indianapolis Star ranked the Wabash-DePauw matchup as one of the upcoming season's most anticipated games.
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)
All 124 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.Back