Friday, December 17, 2010

What if Linfield Wildcat football used sideline play cards, too? Here's a guess.

Many football fans are familiar with the sideline play cards used by the University of Oregon team. What if the Linfield Wildcats used sideline cards, too? What would one of these "Cat Cards" look like? Here’s a Wildcatville guess.

  • 99W = Highway 99W runs through McMinnville.

  • Acorn = Linfield’s “Old Oak” (may it rest in peace) produced acorns as oak trees on campus. An acorn is part of Linfield’s logo.

  • Fox = Before it was Linfield, the college was McMinnville College. In 1922, Frances Ross Linfield gave the college property in Spokane, Wash., to the college. In gratitude the college name was changed to Linfield. Fox? One of the properties is kitty-corner from the historic Fox Theater in downtown Spokane. And, Fox also brings to mind Vic Fox, Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame member, who played football for the Wildats, 1954-1957.

  • Paul Durham = That’s a photo of the late Paul Durham, Linfield grad, former Linfield athlete, former Linfield professor, former Linfield athletic director and former Wildcat football coach. There's not enough room to list all the things he did for the college. His 1956 Linfield football team started “The Streak.”