Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rutgers Spring Football Game 2009



It was about 80 degrees and cloudless, we had on our sunblock, shorts and sandals....and all we could say is "RU ready for some football"? It was time for the annual "Scarlet and White" intrasquad football game that drew close to 16,000 Rutgers fans to a game in Piscataway that didn't count...but was a dry run for the season, not just for the team but for the fans as well.

For the record, the Scarlet beat the White, 31-3 with new quarterback Dom Natale throwing for 187 yards, 11 of 19, and one touchdown. Folk hero in training Joe Martinek rushed 19 times for 79 yards and three touchdowns, and speedster Tim Brown had five catches for 116 yards. RU head coach Greg Schiano might have a good kind of problem...where to play freshman Mohammed Sanu, the four star defensive back who had four catches for 43 yards and a TD as a wide receiver.

But for the fans, the day was really all about getting the tailgate gear out of the garage, gassing up the grill, and getting your appetite whetted for the 2009 season, now a mere 142 days away . This is where we, the Loyal Sons (and Daughters) of Rutgers start counting the days until the first REAL game against Cincinnati on September 7th. You know those ladies who start their Christmas shopping in July with HSN and QVC? Those crazy "Countdowns To Christmas" when its 97 degrees outside?

Well, that's what spring football is to the bonafide football junkie...its the countdown to our "most wonderful time of the year". Sure, I love summer as much as the next guy. But I'm one of these crazies who'll watch every minute of next week's NFL draft, and mark my calendar until the NFL camps startup in late June. Spring football is the dry run....the beginning of the countdown...and the appetizer that has to last you until late summer.

I like baseball as well...in fact I love baseball...but I love it differently. Maybe in the way Laurence Olivier said he loved his...."food" in SPARTACUS; sometimes he preferred oysters, and sometimes he preferred prawns.

I guess that means I must be a latent "bisportsial".

For more info on the Rutgers Spring Game click here.











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