Saturday, May 26, 2007
But all's well that ends well, as some bard once said. The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers now have a Big East Tournament Championship to go along with the season championship they shared with St. Johns. Now it's on to the World Series.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Rutgers beats Louisville for the second time in one day, and moves on to the Big East tournament final
Not to jinx anything, but are other fans of the Knights starting to get the feeling that something fundamental has changed? Doesn't it seem that the teams are feeding off the recent successes of each other, from the Louisville (football) game and the Texas Bowl to the women's basketball Big East championship and appearance in the NCAA championship game?
And Go Knights!
This 12-10 baseball victory just wrapped up a few minutes ago in Coney Island.
Now they will have to play Louisville again at 5 this afternoon (and beat them again) in order to advance to the Big East tournament final against either UConn or USF. The Knights deserve a tournament championship to go along with their regular-season Big East crown.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Click here to keep up on all the 2007 preseason polls.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Doesn't anyone remember how unattractive the Scarlet Knights' helmet was the last time it included an "N.J." in the 1990s?? If not, here's a picture.
This old design definitely ranks lower than the profile of a knight's head that was on the helmets in the 1970s, or the "Rutgers" with a dagger for a "t" that immediately preceded the current helmet. And the current block R is the best. It's the simplest and strongest helmet identifier that the Knights have ever worn, at least in the humble opinion of this alumnus and blogger. It's not an opinion shared by New Jersey legislators with too much time on their hands. The following comes from an article on Newsday.com today:
An Assembly committee Thursday approved a resolution requesting Rutgers redesign that "R" logo to include the letters "NJ," a move designed to give the state credit for recent successes at the school, and make it as synonymous with New Jersey as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, jokes about smelly refineries and "The Sopranos."
Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan said it's fitting that Rutgers display its affiliation to New Jersey. [...] "I just think this is the kind of thing we should encourage." Diegnan displayed a suggested new logo that would place the letters "NJ" in the slanted part of the lower "R."
And if there's an "R" and an "NJ" on the new logo, won't that be pronounced "orange"? Isn't there already another Orange team in the Big East? ... and another orange team just down the road in New Jersey?
Why introduce any confusion when Rutgers finally has a nationally-recognized logo? This is recognition that was earned on the field and the court. Rutgers owns the letter R until someone takes it away from us. If the legislature would like to help the State University of New Jersey, then they should restore some budget cuts!
Leave the block R alone!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
"Really Mom, I'm just buying it because there are Rutgers football players featured inside!" wasn't an excuse that we got to use too often when we were younger.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Others of us are well aware of the fact that Rutgers was also the site of the first intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee competition (again between Rutgers and Princeton) on November 6, 1972.
Today in the "Virtual Worlds" gaming section of Wired.com, there's a commentary about a non-virtual game played with real players, goals, and wiffle* balls and bats. The sport of Wiffle* Hurling [video] was invented by a Rutgers MFA student, Tom Russotti, as an exercise in Aesthletics, but it seems to be screaming for its first intercollegiate introduction. Only two questions need to be answered before that can happen:
- Does Princeton have a team yet?
- And which team is going to be forced to wear the sombreros?
*Both spellings, Wiffle Hurling and Whiffle Hurling, seem to used currently, so search on both if you want to learn more.
The NCAA will have to decide whether or not to retain the h before it becomes a big-time sport and the TV dollars start rolling in.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
- Rutgers 971
- Connecticut 963
- Syracuse 958
- Pittsburgh 948
- Louisville 947
- Cincinnati 941
- West Virginia 924*
- University of South Florida 910*