Never before in the history of the college foot-ball championship have the three leading teams been so evenly matched as this year. The Yales have made "rushing" and "tackling" their strongest point, while Princeton has in no previous season had a team in the field that played so well in "kicking" and "passing" as the eleven of 1882, while Harvard's team has tried to combine all four essentials. The experience of the season, however, goes to prove that the weight and muscle required to excel in rushing and tackling are the main essentials to success under the existing code of Inter-collegiate Association rules. And, by the way, it is worthy of note that the amendments made at the last convention of the association, which were intended to do away with the "block game" and to put a stop to foul play in tackling men either before or after they have the ball, have entirely failed in their object. Princeton played the block game successfully in the Harvard match of Nov. 18, and Yale indulged in foul tackling at the match of the 25th, the rules in both instances failing to check these objectionable features. The fact is, our colleges will never play a legitimate foot-ball game until they adopt a code of rules similar to those of the London Foot-ball Association. The existing rules tend to make the college game a mere wrestling match between elevens, instead of individuals, in which weight and muscle have greater influence on the result than strategic skill. This shows faulty construction in the rules of any game. - [Clipper.
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