The Chicago Football Classic is a staple in Chicago sports, our city’s answer to Indianapolis’s Circle City Classic, Birmingham’s Magic City Classic and the dozens of other celebratory games and event-filled weekends put on by historically black College football teams every fall.
Held at the legendary Soldier Field since 1997, when Southern University defeated Mississippi Valley State 57-30, the CFC allows young alums and older alums alike of the involved schools along with other historical black colleges to come out to enjoy a nice early fall day in Chicago, interact with each other and watch football.
At the latest classic this Saturday rain met me and my radio partner Ken Davis as we made our way to Soldier Field for the clash between Morehouse College and Central State University. This was my third Classic and seemingly my third rainy Classic, but this one was special as for the first time, I was able to broadcast live from the game for Know1Radio.com where Davis and I do “D & Davis Tonight” each Monday and Wednesday. This was Ken and I’s first-ever live remote and I must say it went very well. We were able to sit and talk what was currently going on with sports, discuss the history of the Chicago Football Classic and engage with our live listeners.
As for the game, Morehouse came out hot and never looked back, defeating Central State 43-9 due to Central making a few inconsequential runs late in the second half. One of the most anticipated moments of every Classic is the Battle of The Bands, many times it rivals the actual football action. Central State’s Invincible Marching Marauders were very good but Morehouse brought the house down this year (still, Central State always has the bragging rights of being featured in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party). You could hear and literally see the buzz from all the fans regarding each band’s performance.
Overall, I had a great time at the Classic this year. I can say I was able to broadcast live from on the biggest events in Chicago sports in one of Chicago’s greatest venues while having a good time with Regal Radio’s extended family from Know1Radio and enjoying all the great people at Soldier Field.
The schools that play at the Classic are HBCUs and Chicago isn’t known as much as some other cities as being a hub for historically black college activity but every weekend the Classic comes around that changes more than a little bit. So if you have yet to enjoy one of these games make sure you put it on your schedule to go out and enjoy some football, music and good people at next year’s Chicago Football Classic!
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