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Before it was normal

The University of Chicago celebrates the 40th anniversary of the return of football

Originally Published: October 21, 2009
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

The Monsters of the Midway don't look so big up close.

It's 7 p.m. on a Tuesday, and the Monsters, actually the University of Chicago Maroons, are going through their first practice of the week. It's a routine duplicated around the country and the sounds are like Beethoven for any football fanatic.

The Hyde Park campus is mostly quiet as students prepare for midterms. But on this field, where whistles blow, coaches bellow and players yell the directives ...

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