The Official Rutgers 1000 t-shirt contest

May 1, 2008

Get the details here.

When given lemons make lemonade. That’s the guiding idea here, where we are on the hunt for mirth amongst the boosters — and there is plenty of it for close readers.

Particularly fertile threads for contestants to mine include:

o Randy Edsall=Judas

o Your favorite Rutgers writer is

o I need your help…writing a paper on Rutgers football

o Daily Record Anti-stadium editorial

o Don’t Count on the stadium being finished

o The Official Rutgers 1000 t-shirt contest

Are submissions from other sites eligible? You bet. Hardcore players will mine for paydirt at Scout and also on the Star Ledger boards and here.

Boosters are funniest when they are amongst themselves and your mission, should you choose to play, is to go on an anthropological hunt for true specimens of booster “logic.”

We will post good entries from time to time over the next month, so start submitting early…and often.


(Im)perfect together: Football and academics

March 10, 2008

Fifty-fifty. That’s the chances of a Rutgers football recruit sticking with the program and actually achieving a degree, according to a probing story in the Star-Ledger. Here is what the piece reports: “according to federal filings, Rutgers’ graduation rate, which measures how many players actually end up getting their degrees within six years, averaged 46 percent the past four years, lowest in the Big East Conference. The national average for football teams was 56 percent. The Rutgers football team’s rate this year was lower than 64 percent of bowl-bound schools, including East Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Boise State.”

You might be asking, haven’t we heard so much about Coach Schiano’s exemplary scholastic assistance programs?  Indeed you have, just as you also heard so much about morality from New York Governor Spitzer.  Sometimes, alas, words just are words and when RU sports zealots are involved loud sounds alone suffice.