Friday, May 27, 2011



Once flag football was a serious thing for the college boys of Pierce College. Games were played regularly between clubs. Matches between the fraternities, and in the case of this photograph between chapters of the local Fraternity Phi Delta Psi were serious matters. Few people came to watch the games, but that mattered little. What did  matter was the experience.
The best game that I saw at Pierce was played right after it rained. The Fraternity boys were covered in mud, shirts torn, a black eye and even a dislocated shoulder. On the way to the emergency hospital, the fellow with the damaged shoulder said to me that he had "never had so much fun in his life".

Phi Delta Psi - Beta Chapter Flag Football Players
Pierce College - Fall 1960
Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jerry Berns  2009 - refer to photo number 2829 - click on image to enlarge.

1 comment:

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Shirley O'Malley Blakesley commented on your link.
Shirley wrote: "From 1972 to 1974 I was a regular at the games played by XXX, Sig Delts, and/or Epsilons. I had to be careful not to cheer too much so I wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. One time a guy got ahold of a back pocket instead of the flag and he ripped the back of my friend's shorts off. I was laughing & clapping, so my friend presented the scrap of material to me as if it was a trophy. All of the guys on the other team got MAD! I don't have any pictures, but I have a lot of great memories."