Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Began Today

I think I've written here before that I'm not a football fan. I'm only a Rutgers Football fan. So when a certain UPS package is waiting by the front door when I get home from work on a warm August evening, I know the season is also on the doorstep.

2016 began today.

And a New Magnet for 2016.

Monday, August 8, 2016

RU in AC

As a Rutgers alumnus and fan, I love this picture accompanying "Trump, the Bad, Bad Businessman" by Neil Barsky that just appeared in The New York Times.

The workers could have removed the letters of this obscenity from the side of Trump Plaza Casino in any order, so I have to believe that someone enjoyed leaving a large scarlet RU on this wall, even if only temporarily.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

President Obama at Rutgers Today

This historic moment at Rutgers Stadium is worth memorializing here.

The great address to Rutgers Class of 2016 was streaming online in a few places, but we can't expect to see any full speech on television this year unless it is being delivered by Donald Trump.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The crowd at the ball game by William Carlos Williams

The crowd at the ball game by William Carlos Williams : The Poetry Foundation: The crowd at the ball game / is moved uniformly / by a spirit of uselessness / which delights them--


I don't know why, but these lines from New Jersey's greatest poet simply seemed appropriate today for a blog about the state university's sports teams. Click the link above to read the whole poem.

Friday, February 12, 2016

"...Rutgers in the Ivy League..." -- Malcolm X

I was surprised in my morning reading to come across this sentence on page 287 of the current Ballantine paperback edition of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
"I had spoken at well over fifty colleges and universities, like Brown, Harvard,
Yale, Columbia, and Rutgers, in the Ivy League..."

It would be one thing if this were a new book, or if it were the error of a single author, but the Autobiography has been consistently in print and selling in large quantities since 1965 and it was written by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, with professional editors, and there have been lots of opportunities for someone to correct the simple fact that Rutgers is not (and has never officially been) in the Ivy League.

For much of the nation, the name of the State University of New Jersey does not seem out of place in that list; as long as we don't get too successful in sports, the name will continue to look comfortable there.

(It was a decade before my time, but does anyone remember seeing Malcolm at Rutgers?)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Looking Forward to 2016.

2015 ended inauspiciously yesterday when Rutgers tried to sit on an early first half 31-10 lead over Maryland rather than play until the end of the game, with the inevitable result.

2016 began today when President Barchi fired Athletic Director Julie Hermann and Head Coach Kyle Flood. I won't say anything bad about either of them here, but I will say whom I'd love to see on the sidelines when football season starts again, so here's a poster and video meant to be seen by our brand new Athletic Director Pat Hobbs:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Keep Calm For The Seniors On Their Day at R House.

Leonte Carroo announced that he's definitely playing during his last chance to take the field at Rutgers Stadium this Saturday, so let's send him off with a victory (even if that means that Kyle Flood might have to think about switching from Laviano to Rettig at QB at some point earlier than the waning minutes of the fourth quarter).

We'll see you there to see off Carroo and the rest of the Seniors. We don't Fear The Turtle!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Obligatory Weekly Optimism...

Even though Rutgers has a perfect lifetime record against the team in Maize and Blue, we're not feeling especially sanguine about beating the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Saturday with our current QB and coach. But this is not the place for negativity, so here's your weekly Keep Calm and Chop poster for Michigan week.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The message is simple...

The teams and states are very evenly matched; the team colors are similar and even the current occupants of our Governors' offices are pretty even on both the Asshole and 2016 Presidential Loser scales.
Should never be allowed to wear
Rutgers Scarlet colors (or white pants).
Did not graduate from Wisconsin
(or anywhere else).
So, Keep Calm and Chop Wisconsin. The Knights have just one job this week.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Same Message Every Week During Rutgers Football Season...

...even when, or especially when, we're playing the number one team in the country at R House in front of a national television audience in prime time on Saturday night on ABC: