Wells, Chester Caesar (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume X, Number 3 (December 1912)
Anderson, Charles Thomas
Our three championships, pp. [unnumbered]-12
Wisconsin's first touchdown against Minnesota, 1912 OUR THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS By Charles Thomas Anderson, '14 IN THE twenty-four years that the grid- iron sport has held the stage at Wiscon- sin, its career has been a succession of ups and downs. Seated on the pinnacle of fame, the Badger team on two occassions has rested for a short hour, possessor of the elusive crown, but no sooner have the eyes of her contenders been raised to the peak, than the other side of the apex sinks away, and she is on the long slide into the pit ready for the fight up the next incline. And, as could be expected, the years spent in the upward fight are many times the number of those spent on the hither side, for the contenders are many, but the taste of reward is for one. How- ever, in spite of the long periods that Wis- consin has been one of the contestants, that spirit that has more than once lifted the school out of the ordinary, and that spirit which wrote the song, "On Wisconsin," has been present and has been the force which twice has proclaimed the Cardinal team victors of the West and now for a third time gives them a sup from the covet- ed cup. Back in the latter part of the eighties, when football entered the West, became the ruling sport at a number of schools, was talked up at Wisconsin by a few innovators, and finally launched with the appearance of a team in 1889, the effort necessary to gain a championship was not the mountain work that it is now, for the sport was in its infancy. But nevertheless, the climb was long, and although many good years were gone through in the next decade, the deceptive goal always faded away and re- mained for the next generation, when the curtain was drawn at the end of the season.
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