ShutterButtonDecember 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

ShutterButton: Penn Men Had Balls

For five brief, beautiful years between 1908 and 1913, the Freshmen and Sophomore classes would face off every October and prove their manliness by grabbing onto a giant inflatable ball. The rules and scoring of the Penn Push Ball Fight (clever) varied every year, but the basic gist remained the same: Form a crowd and push a ball on top of each other. Shockingly, general boredom and the fact the we had to import our balls from Penn State resulted in the Push Ball Fight being replaced by the fan favorite, Flour Rush. We just can’t make these things up…

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By Old Man Button on December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

It was war back then! No one plays sports to win anymore. There’s too much sportsmanship.
If a game of push ball didn’t end in fight, then it wasn’t push ball!

By Button Historian on December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Little known fact, the guy on the right was the first Jew ever admitted to Penn.

By Fred on December 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I remember that panda in the flour rush gif. He was in my intro to computer science class but I’m not sure he even spoke English. Affirmative action at its worst.

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