Friday, November 10, 2006
I am going to say....
I did not think Rutgers would win nor mount a impressive comeback. In case you missed it, the No. 15 Scarlet Knights stunned No. 3 Louisville 28-25 on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 44,111, the largest to ever watch Rutgers play at home.
Here is some info I found interesting this morning:
"Painted on the red brick wall in the north end zone of Rutgers Stadium are the words: "The Birthplace of College Football." The Scarlet Knights were a part of the first college football game played more than 137 years ago, a 6-4 win over Princeton in 1869."
"The Scarlet Knights have played in two bowl games and were largely considered one of the worst teams in the country. For longer than anyone in the New York metropolitan area can remember, Rutgers set the standard for football futility, going 0-11 in 1997, 1-10 in 1999 and 1-11 as recently as 2002."
I hope USC was watching and it is time for the SC football team to begin to believe that you can win at USC. After the game many Rutgers players commented that they are winning because they "believe" in the coach, the fans and the school. Several times this season, I feel we fell short or did not perform on a higher level because the mentality of the team has not fully changed. It is a fact we have had our share of 6-5 seasons and a 0-11 / 1-10 season in there. Yes, there have been bright spots in our history but those are few are far between. BUT to perform at your best you must think you are the best. Spurrier has the team on the right path but it takes the team to begin to believe that they can compete and win the SEC title. We did well last year, got some good recruits in this year and next but until the team begins to believe and "buy in" on the coaching philosophy.... the gamecock faithful will always be happy to see 6 or 7 wins each year.
I guess only time will tell....