Does anyone else out there actually watch the ESPYs? Somehow I manage to get sucked in every year despite already knowing who won what (not that it isn’t predictable already) since ESPN usually aired it on a 4 day tape delay and would usually spoil the results on their website and on ESPN itself. This year is different though. They are actually airing the show live tonight at 9 PM Eastern with Seth Myers serving as the host for the evening. I’m actually looking forward to it.
Of course the ESPY’s are always the perfect time to share one of the greatest speeches ever made. There aren’t many that have been that powerful and still draw tears each and every time you watch it like the one from North Carolina State Head Basketball Coach Jim Valvano at the 1993 ESPYs. If for some reason you haven’t yet seen it, you should stop what you are doing and go watch it now. Even if you have watched it in the past it really is one of those moments that will never get old.
The entire stadium booed at the end of the play because everyone wanted a horse collar penalty called here. There was a replay from another angle on the stadium big screen and again the crowd booed. When you watch the ESPN Feed….you can see why there was no penalty on the play. Summaiyah found this for me…..wait…..what was Summaiyah doing on ESPN.com?
What a night. 63-14. Need I say more? So right before heading to the game I made a pick for ESPN’s Streak for the Cash….and went with the over at 53. I told my brother at the time jokingly that it was going to be 44-10…..definitely wasn’t expecting this.
The night started with a bang with RU scoring less then 2 minutes into the game….and the intensity never stopped after that. Take the hit Britt lashed out on the last play of the first half for example with the score 49-0 at the time.
Hoping to get it from another angle….and possibly the ESPN clip but here is the hit that Britt laid out on some poor Louisville WR to end the first half. For those not familiar with RU Football, Kenny Britt is a WR and will be a 2nd round pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
Crazy play in the first half when everyone in the stadium thought there should have been a penalty…..turns out the refs were right in not calling one.
Rutgers has been on the other side of this score far too often over the years…..it was great to see this night. Gotta feel good for Mike Teel. I wanted to blog earlier about when is booing counterproductive but I’ll save that for another day but what a turnaround he had. Definitely a well deserved night. Glad I brought out the Teel Jersey for the first time on this senior night.
Can someone explain to me why people leave early when it is their team that is winning big? It has always bothered me. Why are you there if you don’t want to stick around to watch your team win?
Team Notes Rutgers’ 63-14 victory over Louisville was the Scarlet Knights’ sixth-straight win. It tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history to close out a regular season with the six consecutive victories. The win was also the Scarlet Knights’ fifth-straight BIG EAST victory, a school record.
It was the first home victory in the month of December since Dec. 7, 1878.
The 63 points scored was the most Rutgers has ever scored in a BIG EAST game. It topped the previous total of 62 scored in a 62-0 victory over Temple on Oct. 2, 1993. The 63 points were also the most scored in a game by the Scarlet Knights since the 1993 season, when RU defeated Colgate 68-6.
The 63 points was the most allowed by Louisville in a BIG EAST game.
The 49 first half points were the most Rutgers has ever scored in a half in a BIG EAST game and the 49-0 advantage was the largest halftime lead the Scarlet Knights have ever had in a league game in school history.
The 49 first-half point total tied for the third-most scored by a league member in the conference’s history.
Rutgers’ 98-yard, first-quarter scoring drive was the longest scoring drive of the season for the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers averaged 15.1 yards per play in the first half and finished the stanza with 468 total yards of offense.
The Scarlet Knights achieved a season-high 671 total yards, the most-ever by a Greg Schiano coached team at Rutgers.
Rutgers finished with a season-high 224 yards on the ground on 33 carries. The Scarlet Knights averaged 6.8 yards per rush.
I’ll have more to say about this game once I watch it again….but man. What a night!
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Loud cheers and a long ovation greeted Buckner, who occasionally dabbed at his eyes as he walked to the mound to throw out the first pitch. Former Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans caught his throw from the mound.
That is from the ESPN.com story. This is something that I wanted to see happen opening day 2005 but Buckner wouldn’t do it then. I have to go check this out on mlb.tv as soon as the archive for the game is up. For so long Buckner was one of the faces of the “curse”. That is quiet a burden on anyone and his anger at the Red Sox fans was somewhat understandable. So today he decided to forget all that and make his first trip to Fenway since ’97 when he was a coach with the White Sox. Will Steve Bartman get his day in Chicago one day?