Antedating of "Wishbone" (Football)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 8 11:48:18 UTC 2014

Thanks to Barry Popik for suggesting this as a good term to search in ProQuest's new Austin newspaper coverage.

wishbone (OED, 4., 1972)

1969 _Austin Statesman_ 23 Feb. D1 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Somehow, [Darrell] Royal feels, he hasn't projected the true picture of what his "wishbone" offense is like, probably because he hasn't gone around talking about what wide-open football his team plays as do some coaches.

Fred Shapiro

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