Title: MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY: The Worst
Team in College Football?
Author: Jeff Rasley
Year Published: 2012
Summary: Was this ragtag band of precocious
intellectuals the worst, or the most courageous, team in college
football? From 1892 until the 1930s the legendary Monsters of the
Midway dominated college football. The
University of Chicago team was coached by the most successful
coach in college football, Amos Alonzo Stagg. However,
in 1929 Robert Maynard Hutchins, who viewed athletics and
especially football as a waste of resources, became president of
U of C. He forced Stagg out after the 1932 season. In
1939, at Hutchins urging, Chicago dropped out of the Big Ten and
killed its varsity football program.
now, it's 1969 and football is back. The resurrection of Chicago
football hasn't brought the Monsters back to life. The team
plays more like the lab mice of the Midway. The new Maroons are
called the worst team in college ball by People Magazine. But
this under-sized and outnumbered team is also compared to the
hero of Troy courageously facing Achilles. They lose game
after game. Yet, guys whose IQ is greater than their weight
refuse to give up their mission to win one for their old coach,
Wally Hass. Wally's goal is to win one more game before he
retires which would make his 100th victory as a coach.
The book is
inspired by the author's experience of playing on the resurrected
University of Chicago Maroons a/k/a the Monsters of the Midway.