Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The last Keep-Calm-And-Chop poster of 2014

It's time to #ChopUNC on the day after Christmas in Detroit to bring this first Big Ten season to a fitting end.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Once again, no one named "Rutger" is associated with Rutgers...

... so the correct possessive form of our university's name should therefore be Rutgers', not Rutger's.
But congratulations to Rutgers' Gary Nova anyway for winning this week's Manning Award Quarterback of the Week honor from the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook page.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Video Highlights of Yesterday's Maryland Game

You won't see many defensive highlights here until the very end of the video, but there are a lot of explosive offensive plays starring Nova, Carroo, Grant, Patton, Martin, and Hicks.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Exceeding Expectations

This is not where Maryland and Rutgers were expected to end up in the Big Ten pecking order at the end of this, their inaugural season:

Maryland Chopped

If you missed today's Maryland game, be sure to look for the replay on BTN, or find someone who has it on their DVR, or at least watch the highlights online.
The Rutgers (lack of) defense was painful to watch in the first half, but the offense was steady throughout and Gary Nova acquitted himself excellently in his last regular season game as a Scarlet Knight. The comeback from 25 points down at 35-10 to win by 41-38 was impressive and historic and the perfect way to end this inaugural Big Ten season.
It's also not a bad way to begin a rivalry with an I-95 neighbor.
Or to silence all the negative nellies on Twitter.

Someone should get a game ball for whatever was said to the defense during halftime.

Great Film on the Rutgers/Princeton Cannon Wars

How long will it take before Maryland or Penn State establishes a rivalry with us as deep as the one between Rutgers and those pretentious rich assholes in orange?

Knights, Tigers, and Cannons. Oh My! (2012) from Zack Morrison on Vimeo.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Throwback Uniforms from the 'Nineties for Saturday's Maryland Game

The Maryland Agricultural College (which became the University of Maryland in 1920) fielded its first football team in 1892.

The 1892 Maryland Agricultural College football team with their bowler-hatted overlord.
The 1891 Rutgers football team had a shady-looking guy in a black suit and bowler too.
This will be the last in a series that began during this inaugural Big Ten year with early photos of  Michigan's football team and continued with Ohio StateNebraskaWisconsinIndiana, and Michigan State,

Unlike some of the other Big Ten matchups this year, these teams have a little bit of history between them; the Scarlet Knights' all-time record against the Terrapins, 4 wins and 5 losses, needs to be evened up this week.

Keep Calm and Chop Maryland

I was in a television- and internet-free zone almost all weekend, but I see from the score that things didn't work out too well for the Scarlet Knights in East Lansing. I'm not sure I'll watch if it's re-run this week on BTN or dig back into my Twitter timeline to confirm that the whiny side of the Rutgers fan base was out in full force on Saturday afternoon.

The only goal this week is to go 1-0 against Maryland and finish the regular season with a 7-5 record that no one would have predicted for our first season in the Big Ten.
Here's this week's poster:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Last Saturday's Halftime Show at R House

For those of you who weren't there (or for those of you who were waiting in line through halftime for a hot chocolate or a urinal), here's the joint patriotic appearance of the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights and the Indiana University Marching Hundred on video:

I'm sorry this home season is over so early, but I hope we see this kind of joint appearance again soon, like when Ohio State comes to Rutgers Stadium next year.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Throwback Photo for Our Next Opponent, the Michigan Agricultural College.

As with Rutgers changing its name from Queens College after the Revolutionary War made that royal name politically incorrect, our next football opponents have had some name changes too. In 1855, the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan was founded; in 1861, it became the State Agricultural College; in 1909, the Michigan Agricultural College; in 1925, the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science; in 1955, the Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science; and finally, in 1964 it became plain old Michigan State University.

In the tradition we started in this inaugural Big Ten year with MSU's big brother Michigan and continued with Ohio StateNebraskaWisconsin, and Indiana, here's a photo of the 1915 Michigan Agricultural College football team.
The 1915 Michigan Agricultural College football team.

The 1917 Rutgers College football team.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It's Michigan State Week.

It was a fun win against Indiana at R House today, but now it's time to concentrate on our next opponents, the Michigan State Spartans.

Here's the BeatVisitorDotCom poster for the week: