Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Football at Ground Zero
wildest football game ever: the "Atom Bowl," on New Year's Day, in Nagasaki, 1946, played right on a killing field. With star players from the U.S. From my book, Atomic Cover-up. Excerpt: "More than 2000 turned out to watch. A band played the fight song, “On Wisconsin!” The rules were changed from tackle to two-hand touch because of all the glass shards remaining on the turf. Press reports the next day claimed some Japanese observed the game—from the shells of blasted-out buildings nearby."