Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It has been suggested that we all head to bars to watch the game on something called ESPNU, but wouldn't it be better if they could just play all the games in Rutgers Stadium? I've got a couple of seats there.
ESPNU actually is on the Rutgers cable system, so they'll be showing the game in the student centers, but up in Storrs they're really mad at the virtual cable blackout just when their team has been nationally ranked for the first time in its history.
Greg Schiano probably put this in its proper perspective though: "If we're 8-0, we're not on ESPNU," he said. "You make your own bed." (quote taken from Aditi Kinkhabwala's Scarlet Knights Newzer)
FUCK the Huskies.
The St. Louis Rams are winless. Let's win one for Brian.
In the good news department, though he will miss the rest of the season and post season, Kordell Young is off crutches and will begin running again soon, according to one of his teammates.
Huck the Fuskies.
Though the season is far from over and a sweep of the next four games could put the Knights in a very respectable bowl game, is anyone else more than a little bummed that we only have one more home game at R House on November 17th against Pittsburgh at which to try to pull up our tailgating grades? Where did the season go?
And what exactly does Andrew Reed find so distasteful about being herded like cattle to board a shuttle bus that takes 45 minutes to move 3 blocks on its way back to the parking lots at the RAC at the end of the game? Do other schools do it any differently?
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Willie was silent on reasons for the failure of the Knights against the Mountaineers today (for the 13th straight time)
Except for rare flashes, we as fans let our team down at the Stadium today. Many of us, maybe using this famous statue on the mall as our role model, or letting our spirits be drowned by the driving downpour that continued through most of the first half, didn't give our team the vocal support they deserve.
Also, I think the all black uniforms are probably bad luck. Ditch 'em.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
for Mike Teel, 18 October 2007 (click to enlarge)
- This Saturday's game is about much more than just saving some porch furniture from the torches of celebrating Mountaineer fans.
- This Saturday's game is about more than avenging last year's triple-overtime loss that kept the Knights out of the Orange Bowl.
- It's about more than the dozen straight losses and the fact that Rutgers will never be taken seriously as a Big East power until they show they can do more than almost beat the Mountaineers.
- The importance of this Saturday's game is simple. It's not about 2006 or 2004 or 2001; it's about the 2007 season, where the Knights once again have their fate entirely in their own hands. If they win this game and the rest of their Big East games, they win the Big East (period); the team that beat them, Cincinnati, already has two losses. If the Mountaineers were to win on Saturday, they would still need help from another Big East team to beat the USF team that owns the tiebreaker against them.
- (And Please Be Sure to Read This Entry in The Bastard Sons of Pinfall Marks, a WVU fan blog with an inquiring and open mind [until the first snap on Saturday])
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
- Bastard Sons of Pinfall Marks
- Let's Go Drink Some Beers
- WVMountaineer Sports
- The Mountainlair (dormant since 9/26/07)
- We Must Ignite This Couch
- Play Like Your Couch Is on Fire
Let's remember to show our hospitality on Saturday. Cheer real loud whenever their offense is out there trying not to get thrown for a loss.
Go Knights! (Save some innocent porch furniture from the torch!)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Déjà vu, or Didn't We Just Rush the Field on a Thursday Night After Beating a Team Ranked in the Top Three?
Two days ago, it was too much to hope that we would see a repeat of last November's Louisville game, but the defense that showed up and shut the door on Grothe in the second half was just as impressive as the defense that shut down Brohm a little less than a year ago. There may have been a smidgen less unrestrained joy and surprise on the faces of those who rushed the field, but maybe it's because we're becoming more and more sure of our Knights' ability to defend R House against any and all comers (that means you, you 'neers; see you in a week!).
Ray Rice's Mom & a Fan, 18 October 2007. Ray's mom had no doubt about the outcome on her way into the Stadium last night, posing and chatting with all of her well wishers. The trick plays and Tiquan Underwood receptions were great and exciting, but the heart of the offense was Ray Rice and his 181 yards. To do this against a defense that hadn't allowed anyone to gain 100 yards against them in the last 14 games (since Ray gained 202 yards against them last year) showed that there was nothing "fluky" about this win against the #2 team in the country. Ray had averaged 180 rushing yards in his previous two games against this Bulls team and he matched his average almost exactly. He was also an active and effective blocker, helping to keep Mike Teel from being sacked by this sack-happy line, when he wasn't carrying the ball. He may not have gotten a touchdown yesterday, but you'll start seeing Ray's name in Heisman discussions again, especially next Saturday at noon, when he takes the field opposite Pat White and Steve Slaton.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
We've got to get those people in the center seats (you know the ones I mean, the sections that actually have red aluminum backrests) up off their rears and making some eardrum-shattering screams while the Knights are on defense tonight. Really, is being 85 and having been a season-ticket holder since 1955 (the year before the University of South Florida was founded, and 42 years before they had a football team) any excuse for not acting like a maniac and hollering yourself hoarse at a game of this magnitude.
The least they can do is participate fully in the antiphonal R and U screams, and learn to chant the following at the correct point in The Bells Must Ring after each score: R U rah rah! R U rah rah! / Hoo-rah Hoo-rah Rutgers rah! / Upstream Red Team / Red Team Upstream / Rah Rah Rutgers Rah! Let's show the bullfans wearing green and gold what real football tradition looks and sounds like.
Does this feel exactly like the anticipation leading up to the Louisville game last November 9th, or what? I don't know how I'm going to make it through the next six hours.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
He's not a starter, but true freshman safety Joe Lefeged won Big East defensive player of the week honors for his play last Saturday even though he has left the coaches of Syracuse and Maryland crying about his hard hits on their quarterbacks.
What's so amazing about the hit shown above is the way the ball squirts out. The sack was so arresting that no one (other than a couple of alert RU linemen) seemed to even notice the ball. The cameras and directors during the game only seemed to notice that RU had recovered the ball as an afterthought.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Déjà vu, or Didn't We Just Have a Team in the Top Three Playing in Rutgers Stadium on a Thursday Night?
The school whose most famous alumnus invented the Sledge-O-Matic® for squirting watermelon juice on ponchoed audience members is bringing the youngest team in college football to The Birthplace of College Football this Thursday for yet another nationally-televised ESPN game between the Knights and a team ranked in the top three.
We know that what happened against the #3 Louisville Cardinals last year is a real possibility against the #2/#3 USF Bulls this year, but it's important for those of us in the stands to do our part as well!
By the way, Gallagher will be unsheathing his Sledge-O-Matic® just down Route 18 from Rutgers at Monmouth University in West Long Branch on the 19th, so maybe he'll be at the game on the 18th, inspiring the Bulls and Bullfans with his antics. Of course, Gallagher graduated from USF in 1969 -- 28 years before his alma mater played its first intercollegiate football game (and 100 years after Rutgers and Princeton played the first) -- so he may not even know his old school has a team.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I wish he were still doing it for the Scarlet Knights.
There definitely was a time when the closest successful football program to New York City was four hours away in western New York State (closer to Canada than to the Empire State Building) rather than 30 miles away on the Turnpike, but that time may be over. Games like tomorrow's are important in establishing the prominence of the Scarlet over the Orange. This is important not just for the bragging rights and the color of the light filters on the Empire State, but because Rutgers needs to continue winning the New York recruiting wars for the future Brian Leonards and Ray Rices (both of whom could easily have been wearing Orange).
Monday, October 8, 2007
Now that we've all forgotten what he said on April 4th about the very young and talented women of Rutgers whose only sin was making it to the televised NCAA finals, ABC is free to prove that it can support racism and sexism for profit just as much as its identical siblings CBS and NBC.
But, of course it won't come to that, since this is only a rumor, and ABC (and its corporate overlord, Mickey Mouse), would never allow this to really happen.
That being said, this season isn't over. This important month isn't over. October could easily end with the Knights in a position much higher in the polls than "Other teams receiving votes".
There are three games left in October. Two of them at home against teams that are currently ranked in the top ten.
- A win against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome next Saturday probably won't get the Knights back into the top 25 unless it's another week of carnage among the ranked (but a win, of course, is absolutely necessary).
- A win against #5/5 South Florida at home on the 18th on Thursday-night TV will definitely move the Knights back into the national rankings, maybe into the teens (assuming, of course, that RU had taken care of business against the Orange 5 days earlier).
- Following up a win over USF with a win against #8/9 West Virginia on the 27th would definitely have them ranked back in the teens with a good chance of taking the Big East crown (and the conference's BCS bowl).
This season is far from over.
(And since I started this entry by mentioning last season's success, I have to mention that last season's star, Brian Leonard, had 102 yards rushing on 18 carries & 33 receiving on five catches for the St. Louis Rams yesterday. If they had been winning rather than losing, maybe he would have had the opportunity to run even more at the end of the game. Go Rams! )
Sunday, October 7, 2007
In regard to Friday's posting, I just want to say that no part of last night's loss to Cincinnati can be blamed on the crowd. I didn't have a decibel meter, but I can't believe that the crowd wasn't at least as loud as the crowd at the Louisville game last November. There wasn't a person there who didn't realize the importance of every game this month.
Friday, October 5, 2007
"We went up there two years ago, and it was not a very good environment," said Bearcats senior safety Haruki Nakamura, recalling a 44-9 loss. "They're pretty brutal fans. Their student section is very proud of their program -- very loud, very hostile. I mean, it's one of those atmospheres we were yearning for at the University of Cincinnati."
"Pretty brutal." "Very proud." "Very loud." "Very hostile." Isn't this exactly the way we want every visiting player to feel about their visits to R house? Is there any reason we shouldn't cultivate the famous (or infamous) attitude demonstrated by the fans at a professional football field a little ways south of New Brunswick in Philadelphia? A lot is written in the national press about Rutgers being a satellite of New York City, but everybody who has ever gone to school on the banks of the Raritan knows that there's also a whiff of Philly cheese steak in the air in Central New Jersey. A number of us finished high school in South Jersey and rooted for the Eagles before we went to the school we sometimes called "Rutgers North" to differentiate it from its satellite campus in Camden.
The last time the Bearcats were in Rutgers Stadium in 2005, the atmosphere seemed fairly good-natured to me (& certainly not as brutal, loud, and hostile as it can sometimes become). It wasn't quite sold out. And there was only one student section in one corner of the Stadium. Now it's always sold out. And there is a second student bleacher section behind the goal line at what was the "open" end of the field until last November.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. And Go Knights!
Two fun facts from the Binghamton Zoo website: "... scent glands are located in such a position that as the animal moves through the trees, the gland drags on branches, leaving a trail of scent behind (the odor is said to be similar to that of popcorn). " & "Females' genitals are similar in appearance to the males."
Why did the University of Cincinnati pick this Asian racoon as its mascot? Was every other carnivore taken? (Actually, there's a good reason involving a player named Leonard "Teddy" Baehr in the UC Traditions section of this page from Buckeyeplanet.com where it is also pointed out the University of Cincinnati has the fifth oldest football program in the top division of college football, after only Rutgers, Michigan, Navy, and Minnesota).
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Check out the illustrated minutes of the latest secret Octonion meeting posted at "Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician", in which a mascot in scarlet armor provides the hearty liquid refeshments for a thirsty mascot in a coonskin cap.
Monday, October 1, 2007
- A win against #20/24 Cincinnati next week would move the Knights back up into the teens.
- A win against Syracuse on the 13th probably wouldn't do anything positive to their standing (but a loss to Syracuse would knock them out of the top 25).
- A win against #6/9 South Florida at home on the 18th on Thursday-night TV would move the Knights back up into the top ten.
- A win against #13/12 West Virginia would put them into all the BCS bowl discussions and solidify their place in the middle of the top ten.
- Losing any of these games would probably drop them out of the top 25. Losing any two of them would drop them out of the top 25 for the season.