I woke up this morning to the news that one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was involved in a shootout overnight, with wounds later killing him in a local hospital. Suspect 2 is still on the run and hopefully he is captured soon enough.
I cannot imagine the fear running through the citizens of Watertown, Massachusetts as this all plays out and hopefully most are staying safe this morning. But the heavy gunfire exchanged last night meant bullets flying all over, and some entered homes of innocent bystanders, including this one that struck a calendar. The image of a bullet hitting a wall in a person’s home is somewhat striking, but at the same time I couldn’t help but notice the vintage program art from the calender depicting the 1956 meeting between Oregon and Colorado.
Oregon was a member of what was then called the Pacific Coast Conference. This conference pretty much laid the groundwork for what is now the Pac 12, although the conference officially disbanded in 1959 in light of a massive scandal we should really dive in to more later. Colorado was a member of the Big 7, which eventually became the Big 8 (which then subsequently merged with members of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12). The game would be the season opener for both teams, with Oregon winning by a score of 35-0 in Boulder.
But college football history and art is nothing but an afterthought right now. Police are on a manhunt in the streets of Boston and the surrounding towns. Hopefully this comes to the apprehension of one of the men responsible for the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Stay safe Boston.