A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 02, 2013
“Knocking on the door” (close to a score)

A football team that is “knocking on the door” of a touchdown has the ball deep into the opponent’s territory, usually within the 20-yard line or the 10-yard line. The “door” is the end zone. “Dartmouth had been knocking on the door of a touchdown or at least a goal from the field” was cited in print in October 1924.


5 November 1923, Biddleford (ME) Daily Journal, “Biddleford High Outclassed Bridgton Academy and Won 19 to 7 at Prospect Park,” pg. 3, col. 3:
The Biddleford team showed more strength than the score indicated, as they were knocking on the Bridgton door late in the first half, and withonly a yard to go for a first down a Bridgton forward pass was intercepted.

26 October 1924, The Sunday Herald (Boston, MA), “Eddie Dooley is hero as Dartmouth gets 6-0 victory over Harvard,” sec. 2, pg. 1, col. 7:
Already, you know, Dartmouth had been knocking on the door of a touchdown or at least a goal from the field.

2 December 1934, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Colgate Tactics Used To Produce Dramatic Finish,” pg. 2, col. 6:
The Bengals came right back after that and were knocking on the door.

5 October 1941, Boston (MA) , “Army Scales Citadel, 19-6, In Blaik Debut,” pg. 30, col. 6:
The Cadets were knocking on the door of another tally when the game ended.

Google News Archive
29 November 1942, (Wilmington, DE), “Middies Take Over Army, 14-0,” pg. 24, col. 3:
Just before the eriod ended, thanks to a 43-yard run by Ben Martin, Navy was knocking on the door again, reaching the Army three.

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3 November 1946, Eugene (OR) , “Colorful Gaels Trounced 46-20” by Dick Strite, pg. 6, col. 3:
Before the opening quarter ended the Bruins, after another pass interception, were knocking on the door from the Saint 8-yard line.

Google Books
More Strange But True Football Stories
By Zander Hollander
New York, NY: Random House
1973
Pg. 69:
With only two minutes gone in the final period, the Rams are knocking on the door.

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“Braggin’ rights”
By Bill Cromartie
Atlanta, GA: Gridiron Publishers
1978
Pg. 156:
Sparked by a Pettus run of 17 and a tremendous catch by Lauder of a Wood pass, Auburn was knocking on the door with a first down at the Alabama two.

Google Books
The Line Formation
By Pat Flynn
St. Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press
2006
Pg. 197:
The Armadillos were knocking on the door all third quarter but only came away with a field goal, and now it’s Hope’s chance to steal the ball game.

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Red Zone
By Tiki Barber and Ronde Barber with Paul Mantell
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
2010
Pg. 49:
Early in the fourth quarter, they marched eighty yards on the ground, and were knocking on the door again with third and goal to go from the eight yard line.

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Believe:
My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life

By Eric LeGrand and Mike Yorkey
New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers
2012
Pg. ?:
We fell behind 17—13, but we were knocking on the door at the 6-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, November 02, 2013 • Permalink