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Monon Bell is "Larger-Than-Life Small-School Rivalry"

Monon Bell is "Larger-Than-Life Small-School Rivalry"

November 9, 2018

Also: Tickets; Telecast Information; Pre-Order DVD

IMG 0460"No. 20 Wabash (8-1) will host DePauw (4-5) at 1:07 p.m. [Eastern time] Saturday in the 125th Monon Bell, a larger-than-life small-school rivalry which will be televised on Fox Sports Indiana," notes an Evansville Courier & Press preview of tomorrow's game. "While we may have only a passing interest in the rivalry here in Southwestern Indiana, the Monon Bell’s colorful and historic past is well worth reflection," writes Gordon Engelhardt.

 Wabash, located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, is just 27 miles up U.S. 231 from DePauw, located in Greencastle. The Little Giants lead the series, 61-54-9. They play for possession of Monon Bell (pronounced MOE-non), a 300-pound locomotive bell from the Monon Railroad, which the Wabash and DePauw players would ride to the game way back in the day. The hit 1904 play, The College Widow, and its subsequent film adaptations, were loosely based on the rivalry. The Monon Bell was introduced as a traveling trophy in 1932."

The article recaps some of the famous Bell thefts, including the 1965 incident recapped in the "Monon Memory" posted below.

Engelhardt notes, "You get the idea. It's fun and a little bit nuts – all the makings of a good rivalry. There was even a song written about it, [The Ballad of the Monon Bell] written in 1985 by Jim Ibbotson, a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (famous for Mr. Bojangles) and a 1969 DePauw graduate." (at right: the cover of the sheet music for the rivalry's ditty; Ibbotson sang on and arranged the song's recording -- it was actually written by Nancy Ford '57 and Darel Lindquist '68)

Access the article -- headlined "Small schools, big rivalry: 125th Monon Bell game between Wabash and DePauw" -- at the newspaper's website.

An Inside Indiana Business piece posted this afternoon is available here.

The front page of yesterday's Indianapolis Star sports section featured a lengthy story on the 125th Monon Bell Classic, which included lots of history from the rivalry.  Read more here.

Indianapolis Monthly also carried a feature on the DePauw-Wabash matchup.

The 125th football game between DePauw and Wabash kicks off at 1:07 Saturday afternoon (Eastern time) in Crawfordsville.  Some tickets are still available via this link; the contest will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest Plus and nationally on FOX College Sports Central, in addition to FOX Sports Indiana.  Additionally, the battle for the prized Monon Bell will be streamed nationally to all users of the FOX Sports app, FOX Sports GO app, and at FOXSportsGO.com (stream here: https://foxsports.onelink.me/SY6x/c61a8688).

A DVD of the 125th Monon Bell Classic will be created and will include the entire 2018 game, season highlights for both teams, photo galleries, and many other extras.  The disc can be pre-ordered here.

All 124 games to date are commemorated in video vignettes known as "Monon Memories."  Created by DePauw's Ken Owen '82, the clips can be found here and on YouTube.

DePauw students gathered for a pep rally on campus this morning (picture at right). A brief video is embedded below.

Source: Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press