Trivial Pursuits: What Replaced the Rose Bowl?

December 29, 2009 ( - In 1902, the Tournament of Roses Association decided to enhance the day's festivities…by adding a football game. 

In fact, that was the first national, post-season, collegiate football game, with Stanford University taking on the University of Michigan.  It didn’t turn out to be a very exciting game – Stanford lost 49-0 (and gave up in the third quarter). 

In fact, that lopsided result was so discouraging that the Tournament gave up on football in favor of what? 


Roman-style chariot races. Thankfully they changed back to football in 1916 and the rest is football history.  You can read more about it at