St. Louis is such a diehard baseball bastion, sometimes we natives have to remind ourselves of a basic reality: Football is the number one sport in North America. Some may rue that truth and some may cheer it; where you stand on that point says a lot about what you look for in a sporting contest. But in contrast to the endless spring, summer and fall of a long baseball season, football offers a compact handful of games, lending each one maximum import and excitement. Its surface violence aside, it’s a beautiful game of finely detailed strategy and high drama. The great American rite of autumn also has a fascinating history that’s detailed in a new exhibit called Gridiron Glory: the Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
. This traveling show compiles more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and irreplaceable documents culled from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections. Football fans need to find a hole in the defensive line of our busy daily lives and sprint to this exhibit, which opens Saturday, May 25, at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org
). Gridiron Glory
remains on display through Tuesday, September 3. Admission is $4 to $12.
May 25-Sept. 3, 2013