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Sunday, November 26, 2006

There's no finer example of why I love college sports than this...















The man with the sword is Rutgers' senior fullback Brian Leonard, and for those unfamiliar with his story, you can learn all about him here. It's a lengthy, but excellent read.

So Todd A and I went to the Rutgers-Syracuse game yesterday. As the Knights rolled over the Orangemen in front of a packed stadium on a glorious, sunny afternoon in Piscataway, I thought about how great this season must be for the Rutgers' seniors, a few of whom were freshmen on the 1-11 squad in 2002. To be enjoying such a successful season, playing in front of large, noisy crowds, has to be extremely gratifying. Particularly for Leonard, who set the Rutgers' career scoring record with a TD late in the game, and for whom "Bri-an Leo-nard" chants were repeatedly heard throughout the day. Hearing 40,000 people chant your name just has to feel good.

After the game, the Rutgers players and coaches assembled in the end zone near the band to sing "On the Banks of the Old Raritan." But one player was missing - Leonard, who was at midfield, in the middle of an interview. So Schiano went and grabbed him and took him to the drum major podium, where Leonard led the band, players and fans in the alma mater, with the game ball in one hand and a sword in the other.

I didn't even go to Rutgers, and I found it to be a spine-tingling moment.

REALLY good times.

Not good times ... Brent Musburger. What an assclown. Had he called Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn "courageous" one more time during Saturday night's ND-USC game, it's quite probable I would have thrown a shoe at the television. What was so courageous about Quinn's performance? Did he donate a kidney five minutes before the game?

I find that highly unlikely, but perhaps I should do a little research to make sure he wasn't out rescuing kittens or putting out fires or something...

2 Comments:

  • At 11/27/2006 8:07 PM, Blogger todd a said…

    It was a pleasure heading to the tilt with you.

    The early line has come out....Ohio State a 5 point favorite vs. USC.

    Get your championship gear now.

     
  • At 11/28/2006 9:13 AM, Blogger jersey girl said…

    The pleasure was mine.

    And I'm sure UCLA is enjoying that.

     

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