Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 8, 1971 · Page 8
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

Alton, Illinois
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Friday, January 8, 1971
Page 8
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A-8 Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, January 8, 1971 Who's tougher? Fans or athletes? PRETTY girl faces cold rain, wet scats, and view of field obstructed by umbrellas but sbe'll slay to tbe end. American sports breed a type of fan as rugged as the athletes that they pay to watch. Basketball fans leave their warm homes to face raging snow or rain storms to congregate at gym nasiums to cheer on their teams. Baseball followers turn their backs on home air conditioning to watch a game in 100 degree heat. Hockey, soccer and even chess and bridge tournaments all have their brave adherents. But of all these, football fans are most often called on for unbelievable sacrifices. Once the professional Green Bay Packers and Dallas played to a large crowd in 15-rlegree below zero weather. But one does not have to travel to Wisconsin to see such loyalty demonstrated. The photos on this page show the faithful gathering for a football match between Alton High School and Wood River High School at Alton Public School Stadium during the recent season. It was a chilly, rainy and blustery day but American fans would accept hardship even greater than that to watch teams compete for glory—even at a non-professional level. BAREHEADED specta- ors (above) reaches compromise with rain while on either side of him watchers have gone under cover. MAYBE it's freezing. Young lady watches twin hazards; (1) possible ice; (2) the inaxie coat. SHIVER, shake shudder! Ice cold rain under laws of physics finds its way down exposed necks, (below) Promoted Photos by Island Heppner WARNUP team takes time out from place in stands to get hot coffee and then back they go to their rugged post. YOU CAN'T yell "Down in Front" to an umbrella. Spectators must stand (above) and look over a mushroom field of rain gear. NOT exactly an igloo but the architectural outline* are there (left). DROPS KEEP FALLING ON HEAD

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