Like any general statement, a disclaimer is usually required and we’ll offer one here.
To quote what somebody once said in 2016: “They’re bringing crime. They are rapists and some, I assume, are good people.”
Not anyone from any other country.
These are people who live only 65 miles away.
Rutgers’ fans are definitely not bringing crime or rapists but the some of them being good people certainly applies.
Joe, who posts here regularly, seems a decent-enough person but I will make this GENERAL statement.
Rutgers’ fans are without a doubt in my 40-plus years of experience the most obnoxious fans of all frequent Temple opponents.
The disclaimer usually is some not all, but we’ll modify that.
Most, not all.
There I said it.
There are a couple of comparisons that come to mind. They remind me of Mets fans in bad seasons who still think their team is pretty good when they stink. They are the Mets’ fans who are yelling in your ear about how great the Mets are for seven innings at CBP and the ones who get up and leave when Chase Utley hits a bases-clearing triple in the eighth.
And they always think they are better than Temple, even in the many years they were not.
I first encountered that attitude as an undergrad carrying a transistor radio and hearing a couple of clowns on the Rutgers’ pre-game show.
“Let’s face it,” the analyst told the play-by-play guy, “Rutgers should beat Temple every year.”
“Who the hell do they think they are?” I thought out loud.
Temple won that game, 41-20.
A pretty satisfying day against a team that beat Tennessee that year, 13-8.
Another satisfying day came a few years later when Bruce Arians’ Temple team won at RU, 35-30. That RU team beat Penn State and still another great but wet night came after Temple was kicked out of the Big East for “non-competitiveness” and won at RU, 20-17. Cap Poklemba kicked the winning field goal and Tanardo Sharps only seemed to run for 8,000 yards (really, 215) in the rain. The Owls as a team ran over to the Big East logo and danced to “T for Temple U” on it.
After spending the pre-game tailgate with Joe Klecko and my friends Nick and Sharon, who graciously invited me to their tailgate, the post-game beers never tasted better. Geez, that was 19 years ago. Hard to believe, Harry.
That was the fourth-straight year Temple beat RU but RU remained in the league and Temple was kicked out.
No fan base “smells themselves” quite like Rutgers and, since they sit pretty close to the toxic waste dump that is North New Jersey, it’s not a good smell. I’m quite OK with living in the nation’s first World Heritage City instead.
Check this out.
Rutgers claims a “national championship” in 1976 and that’s laughable since Pitt was also 12-0 that year. Temple lost to Pitt, 21-7, that year and Penn State, 31-30. It’s there in writing on the official Rutgers’ sports website: “National champions 1869, 1961 and 1976.”
Don’t know much about the first two, but I was around in 1976.
The teams Rutgers beat that year?
Navy, Bucknell, Princeton, Cornell, UConn, Colgate, Lehigh, Columbia, UMass, Louisville, Tulane and Colgate.
The Navy team RU beat that year, 13-3, lost to Pitt, 45-0.
But, yeah, let’s claim a national championship year.
Typical of Rutgers and its fans, who all think they should smoke Temple not only this year but from the beginning of time.
Not sure where they are getting that from but if any fan base deserves a slice of humble pie on Thursday night, it’s that one. Hopefully, the coaching staff that is 5-2 against the Big 10 doesn’t forget to bring the whip cream.
Monday: Finally, Game Week
Friday: Game Analysis