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#21 metallidevils

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 10:57 AM

who's ready for homecoming??

RRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 12:08 PM

who's ready for homecoming??

RRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:24 PM

I know this probably won't be well received but I heard Mike and the Mad Dog reading some excerpts of this Star Ledger article which was about last week's game against Navy and it's kind of embarrassing.

And being that it is a Rutgers thread and all, I guess I'll post it:

http://blog.nj.com/n...ers_draw_a.html


Obscene fans at Rutgers draw a penalty flag
Posted by Mark DiIonno September 11, 2007 9:56AM
The play came late in the game, when Rutgers expanded its lead over Navy to a comfortable level after a tight three quarters.

Navy's Reggie Campbell took the kickoff and ran full speed ahead up the middle with all the force his 168-pound body could generate. Campbell, almost always the smallest and fastest man on the field, hit a wall of XXXL-sized scarlet jerseys and was slammed to the ground at the bottom of the pile. He got up slowly, limping off. This gutsy kid, a slotback who already spent three quarters being chased and tackled by gangs of defensive linemen and linebackers, all weighing at least 100 pounds more than him, was then given a dose of Rutgers' student section class.

''You got f---ed up. You got f---ed up. You got f--ed-up," they chanted.

Reggie Campbell is a senior. After graduation in June he has a five-year commitment to the American military, which, like it or not, is at war.

"This is how you treat people who may die for this country?" said Bill Squires, an Annapolis graduate (Class of'75) who was on the sidelines for the Friday night game in Piscataway and was shocked by the obscene chants directed at the Navy players and fans throughout the game. "It was the most classless thing I've seen."


Navy was booed and peppered with "You suck!" chants when they stepped on the field for both halves. Toward the end of the second half, Rutgers students in the new bleacher section began to serenade the adjacent section of Navy fans and uniformed Midshipmen.

''F--- you, Navy. F---you, Navy. F--- you, Navy."

"There were wives and small children up there," said Squires, an academic recruiter for the academy who has been to dozens of away games and never seen such contempt directed at his team. "Our Midshipmen reacted the way they were taught. They didn't respond, but the band started playing 'Anchors Aweigh' to drown them out. Me, I felt like going up there and smacking somebody. I was mad, and it bothered me all weekend."

Booing, cursing, chanting obscenities, unfortunately, are now part of the game day experience. It's easily been three decades since fans across the country in all sports began spending more time and creative energy jeering the visitors and officials than cheering the home team. Rutgers is far from the worst. They're not even the worst in New Jersey, not with the Jets' fans still in town. Still, every penalty against the Scarlet Knights is greeted with a chant of "a--hole, a--hole, a--hole."

And now that Rutgers is winning, the long-suffering, self-effacing adult fans are being drowned out by a new generation of weight-room bully boys in scarlet T-shirts and red face-paint, who, from the safety of their seats, belittle the guys down on the field who take the hits.

Now that Rutgers is big-time, the old-time academic-and adult-minded fans are being elbowed aside by gangs of frat boys thrusting their fists and faces into the rolling ESPN cameras. What was it your old football coach used to say? Act like you've been there before. Not in the RU student section.

"At one point, I thought, we defend this country for people like this?" said Squires, who lives in West Orange. "I wasn't embarassed as a New Jerseyan. I was embarassed as a human being."

It was so noticeable that Rutgers athletic director Bob Mulcahy called down to Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk yesterday to make sure there were no hard feelings, according to John Wooding, an assistant AD at Rutgers.

Some will excuse the behavior as kids just being kids, out to have a loutish, drunken good time. Spewing obscenities at the visiting team is just part of the fun.

But you'd hope our Jersey kids would be smart enough to make an exception for the service academies, especially the weekend before the anniversary of Sept. 11, their generation's own Day of Infamy. You'd hope they'd be sensitive enough to realize that some of those Midshipmen may soon be among the young American men and women fighting and bleeding and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Young Americans, the same age as those safe in the stands watching a football game with their faces and bodies painted red.

At the very least, you'd think the Rutgers students would have some appreciation for the effort the undersize Navy players put out. They aren't like the players from Louisville or West Virginia or some of the other ranked powerhouses Rutgers now finds itself among. They are what Rutgers was not so many years ago. Students first, athletes second. Except better.

The new Rutgers is a big-time football school, with all the hype and manufactured drama. Coach Greg Schiano leads his team through pregame Scarlet Walk, chest out, stomach in, looking every bit the general except without gold braids, epaulets and a full rack of medals. The band plays. The cheerleaders and dance team girls wave pompoms. The conquering heroes go past, eyes front. At game time, the scoreboard TV shows the team coming down the tunnel to a soundtrack from Armageddon. An Army helicopter chop-chops overhead (your tax dollars at work).

Football has always marched to a militaristic or tribal drum beat, to whip up players to greater levels of violence. The game is always likened to war by coaches, players, announcers and writers who haven't been to war.

But to Reggie Campbell and his Navy teammates, Friday night's game wasn't war. It was a game. War is around the bend.

They deserved better.

And that red on the faces of some Rutgers' fans wasn't body paint.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:37 PM

I've read enough articles on the subject, and my view has not changed - there was NOTHING wrong with the booing, and although the cursing was wrong, it's wrong for EVERY game, not just this one. Why is it OK to boo/curse other football teams, who I'm sure also have players who will help make the world a better place? Cursing publicly in front of families/kids is a wrong thing to do. But booing? It's not we are booing them personally. We're trying to make an environment as hostile as possible (while still hopefully keeping it clean) for the opposing team. And why not? They're trying to beat our football team. Cursing is wrong, but it's no more wrong than it was last week against Buffalo, although no one seemed to write about that. It's not like we're booing their choice to join the Navy, or booing the fact that they will one day be fighting for our country...just booing the fact that they, as football players, are trying to beat our team...it's nothing personal; it's just football.

Edited by metallidevils, 12 September 2007 - 09:38 PM.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:48 PM

Lets go Terps!! Beat those losers!
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:56 PM

edit: woops.

Edited by devilsfan26, 13 September 2007 - 06:57 PM.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 12:08 PM

Question out to Rutgers fans/students....

I am going to the game this weekend against Nor. State. I read that you can only tailgate 3 hours before hand. A group of us are planning to get there around 9 am. Does anyone know of a place to set up shop and tailgate that early or is the 3 hour rule just to keep tailgating to a minimum but actually allow it all day. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 11:10 AM

hmm..I'm actually not sure about that, I live on campus so I've never bothered to find out.

leaving for homecoming soon!
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:08 PM

wow just..total domination today. first half was fun, second half it was over.
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 10:44 AM

Wow, what a joke.

Did Rutgers really have to call three timeouts at the end of the half when it was 45-0?! :blink: I guess everyone affiliated with Rutgers isn't handling prosperity too well off-the-field :P
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 11:29 AM

i thought that was a very class-less move by schiano. I mean if you're playing a team like WV that could theoretically score 50+ points in the second half, then yes, try to score as much as possible. But against Norfolk? Don't do something like that.

I don't think it was that long ago that Syracuse took 4 knees with first and goal on the 1, because they were beating us so badly.
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 11:39 AM

i thought that was a very class-less move by schiano. I mean if you're playing a team like WV that could theoretically score 50+ points in the second half, then yes, try to score as much as possible. But against Norfolk? Don't do something like that.

I don't think it was that long ago that Syracuse took 4 knees with first and goal on the 1, because they were beating us so badly.

schiano's miami roots coming out for everybody to see.
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:14 PM

roll call for saturday's game?
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 10:29 PM

I'll be there as always

...that is until I get screwed over for the West Virginia game by this ridiculous ticket lottery. :angry:
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 01:23 AM

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 10:38 AM

I'm going to get this in in before the game starts while it is still tied. Go Terps!!!!!!
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 11:02 AM

TURTLE SOUP!!!
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 07:42 PM

Trauma game...
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 07:50 PM

i might be alone on this but my 2 main schools im looking at are seton hall and maryland. thusly -

LETS GO TURPS!

and :D they won.
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:22 PM

it's 'terps', tough guy.

also this game was an embarrassment
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