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Knute Rockne’s Whistle
Nfl air horn
“Win one for the Gipper!” – Ronald Reagan

Origin

Knute Rockne

Type

Whistle

Effects

Increases coordination and discipline in large groups

Downsides

Requires continual self-promotion to keep active

Activation

Blowing during a training session

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Olympia-776BC

Aisle

708444-8123

Shelf

341509-2815-446

Date of Collection

November 8, 1977

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OriginEdit

Knute Rockne coached the University of Notre Dame to become one of the most successful football teams in American history, with a tremendous 105 wins over 13 seasons. He experimented with new formations, catching opposing teams off guard for touchdowns. The forward pass, a quarterback must-have now but illegal move in the 20s, became a standard play for his team to score yards.

Rockne recognized the growing popularity of college sports, and advertised the team through every medium. Papers, broadcasts and sponsorships allowed the team to become famous in their division and make trips to tournaments. Budding writers found support in Rockne’s papers, given advice by the man himself. When Rockne was killed in a plane crash, the sheer scale of mourners matched those of a president.

EffectsEdit

Increases the cooperation of people in large, formalized groups (i.e. companies and teams). People behave more as a synchronized unit rather than obstacles, accomplishing greater feats than normal. The wielder must always be capitalizing the group’s successes loud and wide in public, otherwise the newfound unity will disappear.

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