Sunday, September 18, 2005

Macalester's national ill fame and local pride

It's official, ESPN ranks Macalester College football as the 2nd worse team of all time. And Mac students take a slightly perverse pride in this fact, along with having being voted a few years ago in the top 10 most godless colleges. But as far as the equations go for calculating quality of education, lack of football talent and disdain for religious devotion make for one hot liberal arts college.

Here's what ESPN has to say

"2. Macalester College (1974-80)
Between 1974 and 1980, the St. Paul, Minn., school lost 50 games in a row. The Scots' worst season probably came in 1977, when MIAC rivals Concordia Moorhead -- yes, the Concordia Moorhead Cobbers -- beat them 97-6, scoring 14 touchdowns to set an NAIA record that still stands (Cobbers kicker Kurt Christenson scored 13 points on extra point kicks alone). Also in 1977, Macalester set a Division III record by allowing 59.1 points per game. The losing streak ended in dramatic fashion: Kicker Bob Kaye put a 23-yarder through the uprights with 11 seconds remaining in an early September 1980 contest as the Scots beat Mount Senario College."

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