Monday, December 5

Life Is Football

On this day in 1815, the Earl of Home led the men of Ettrick against Sir Walter Scott and his team from Yarrow in a game of football. In honor of the match, which took place at Carterhaugh in Ettrick Forest, the great Scottish poet penned two songs to inspire his team--including these words which immortalized sports in literary history:

Then strip lads, and to it, though sharp be the weather,
And if by mischance, you should happen to fall,
There are worse things in life than a tumble in the heather,
And life is itself but a game of football!


Ethan Brandt said...

Great poem. Being a huge football fan I love it. Where could I find the rest of it or the other poem? Thanks!

gileskirk said...

Ethan: You'll probably need to find a collection of Scott's poetry--there are several in print. Just look for the "football" selection and it is likely that all the Ettrick verses will be included.

Ethan Brandt said...

I found some. Thanks.


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