Friday, November 18, 2016

There is still time to save the season...

A whole host of disappointments of the 2016 Rutgers Football season will be forgiven and forgotten if the Scarlet Knights come out on top of The (top ten) Team From Pennsylvania visiting R House tomorrow night.

See you there.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hoosier Daddy?

The Knights are a two touchdown underdog to the Big Ten team we have never lost to? I have a better feeling about today's game than I've had in a while, especially after the close game at Minnesota two weeks ago and the bye last week. This should be a totally different Rutgers team on the field at noon.

See you there.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yesterday's First Home Game Was Fun

I won't be at R House be next week (my daughter-in-law will be in my seat for New Mexico, so everyone better be polite!), but my wardrobe is cleaned and ready for Iowa.

Friday, September 9, 2016

13 Hours Until the First Home Game

Tomorrow morning will be the first morning of 2016 with football fans filling the parking areas around Rutgers Stadium for the first game of the year against Howard. Here's the poster:

Friday, September 2, 2016

The First BeatVisitor Poster of 2016

Now that the season is upon us tomorrow, it's time to keep an old BeatVisitor dot com tradition alive with this first Keep Calm and Chop poster for Rutgers' first meeting against the University of Washington in Seattle. Let's announce the start the Chris Ash era to the rest of the Big Ten with an unexpected win against a ranked (#14/#18) Pac-12 opponent.

Anyone have old "Huck the Fuskies" buttons or t-shirts left over from the UConn days?

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?)