November 6, 1869 -- First college football game played.
"To watch a football game is to be in prolonged neurotic doubt as to what you're seeing." -- Jacques Barzun.
Sully had a theory that Americans’ lust for this idiotic game was explained by their shrinking attention span. Six seconds of actual play, sandwiched in between interminable stretches of players standing around while a crew of crazed announcers—were they on steroids, too?—told viewers what they’d just seen and what they were just about to see, was the perfect diversion, or religion in many cases. -- Chapter 36, The Misforgotten.