A Complete & Irrelevant Breakdown of College Gameday’s Trip to Williamstown, Massachusetts
College Gameday is heading to Massachusetts this Saturday to cover the Division III match-up between the Williams Ephs and the Amherst Lord Jeffery Amhersts.
The folks at ESPN apparently decided that while Division III football might be obscure, it couldn’t be any worse than watching Nebraska or Notre Dame. This match-up is so big that it even has a nickname: “The Biggest Little Game in America.”
If you’re like everyone, you have no clue who these schools are. We’re here to change that. Read on, and learn more. Today, sports meets history!
We’ll start with the Amherst Lord Jeffrey Amhersts.
Amherst Lord Jeffrey Amhersts:
- The Amherst athletic program is the oldest in the nation.
- The school is named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, of course. Amherst is now best known for suggesting during Pontiac’s Rebellion that the Indians be given blankets infected with smallpox in order to exterminate them, making him one of the early pioneers of biological warfare.
- According to U.S. News & World Report, Amherst is the #2 liberal arts school in the country.
- Amherst was a sausage fest until 1975.
- Famous grads include: Calvin Coolidge, Burgess Meredith, Dan Duquette, and Willie Tanner (the fictional father on ALF)
- What the hell is an Eph? If you go by their mascot, your first guess would be a purple cow. That would be incorrect. The school is named after Ephraim Williams, who left his estate in support of founding the school after he got shot in the head during the French & Indian War. However, no portraits of Eph are available, so it is still possible that he was indeed a giant purple cow. It’s hard to camouflage yourself in battle when you’re a purple cow.
- Like Amherst, Williams didn’t admit men for most of their history, but went co-ed 5 years earlier, in 1970.
- Williams College is ranked as the #1 liberal arts school in the country. Take that, Amherst!
- Famous grads include: James A. Garfield, Elia Kazan, David Strathairn, Fay Vincent and George Steinbrenner.
It’s not often you see a match-up between two schools with mascots named after a singular person. In this case, we have Lord Jeffery Amherst vs. Ephraim Williams. Both served in the military, but while Amherst was showing take-no-prisoners mentality (literally – who wants a smallpox-infected prisoner?), Williams got shot in the head. Take Amherst in this one. If this football season has shown us anything, it’s that the most ruthless team always wins.
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