Sport: The Scary Hens

Their official nickname is the Fightin' Blue Hens, but the University of Delaware's football teams are anything but chicken. Columbia found that out in 1955 when they invited the small-college team to Manhattan for a friendly scrimmage—and got clobbered 55-0. Two years later Colgate went to Delaware for another supposed tune-up, and the Hens scored the first eight times they had the ball.

The word on Delaware has been out ever since, but some teams have still had to learn the hard way. Last year, after being bludgeoned by the Hens for...

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