For Ephs who are a little rusty on Williams-Amherst lore, skeptical Division I fans, or ESPN producers looking for storylines, I’ve tried to assemble here the most interesting resources discussing the Eph-Jeff rivalry, and about Williams football, generally.

First, posted stories on the rivalry in 2000 as well as this past July. Chris Fowler today added a great story in anticipation of the GameDay event.

In October, 2006, the Boston Globe featured a fantastic slide show titled “one fall day” which featured photos of the Ephs’ thrashing of the Middlebury Panthers. Also in 2006 (which must have been an especially beautiful football autumn), featured Williams in a fantastic series of “tailgate nation” photos.

Last fall, the New York Times published a nice story on Williams’ preparation for the Amherst showdown. In 2002, the Times published a more controversial story on the backlash against Williams’ football (and general athletic) success.

Back in 1995, leading up to the infamous 0-0 tie suffered on an essentially unplayable field, the New York Times published a series of articles on the lead-up to the Williams-Amherst game: see part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.

Here is another NYTimes article, this one from 2001, discussing the tradition of joint Amherst-Williams telecasts at sports bars around the country.

If you are really bored, browse some of the NYTimes’ pre-1900 game recaps, many of which are immensely entertaining. My personal favorite: “with the flying wedge.”

Williams sports information maintains a page of “Eph legends,” featuring interesting stories of individual participants in the rivalry.

Finally, returning to the present day, be sure to watch the Ephs’ football preview show for a detailed look at Saturday’s matchup. The North Adams Transcript has a feature on the excitement surrounding gameday, and will have a game preview tomorrow. Williams alum Peter McEntegart has already posted about the game on his Ten Spot blog on, and he promises more tomorrow.

To make a long story short, go Ephs!

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