Newsflash! Rutgers fans boo entire 2nd half (Updated Fri 10:50am)


After booing on the kickoff of the second half of thursday’s game against North Carolina, Rutgers fans continued to boo on almost every play from scrimmage throughout the rest of the game. (Those fans that actually stayed and didn’t leave early to beat traffic)

RUTGERS!?! This is same program that was easily one of the worst programs in all of college football for decades prior to the last few years and with fans with credentials nowhere close to fans with these credentials. This is not hyperbole. This program was Duke-like in their futility. It sure doesn’t take long for fans to get ridiculously irrational with a little success.

As Ismael pointed out in our comments section, you couldn’t help but be intrigued with the manner in which the ESPN announcers first ignored the boos and later casually explained that the Rutgers fans expected greatness. REALLY? RUTGERS?! Not only do they EXPECT greatness; ESPN seems to feel as though this traditionally horrible program DESERVES to expect greatness.

I find ESPN’s position on this deplorable.

Does anyone remember ESPN’s broadcast of Clemson’s drubbing of NC State in Carter-Finley on a Thursday night in 2005? This was the game when the braniacs running the scoreboard decided it would be a smart idea to put a commercial featuring Chuck Amato’s on the scoreboard in the second half of another embarrassing performance by the Wolfpack. The boos that cascaded from the stands – OBVIOUSLY focused only on the coaches as opposed to the amateur athletes on the field – was met with immediate criticism and disdain from the ESPN announcers. Fascinating.

The sell-out State crowd booed once that night as loyal fans remained in their seats late into a 4th quarter to watch our team fall to a miserable 2-5 record; Rutgers fans booed their entire team for the entire second half as their fans started leaving early in the 3rd quarter to watch their team only fall to 0-2. Why the inconsistent judgement from the ‘world wide leader’? Back in 2005 the Charlotte Observer added this nugget to their reporting of the situation:

N.C. State has great football fans. It’s not easy to fill up a stadium on a Thursday night, when fans have to work and those from outside the area have difficulty getting to the game on time. But there weren’t many empty seats at Carter-Finley.

Don’t forget, this was the classic experience that was followed by Lee Fowler’s ridiculous “open letter” to fans isued on the Friday after the game; a move that was so unique that it was reported all over the country as evidenced by this report in San Diego where NC State gets about as much coverage as the island nation of Bumamba.

Of course, we all are waiting with anticipation to read the open letter from Rutgers’ Athletics Director that is surely to come later today.

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28 Responses to Newsflash! Rutgers fans boo entire 2nd half (Updated Fri 10:50am)

  1. GAWolf 09/11/2008 at 8:59 PM #

    They are red. We are red. Gulp.

  2. old13 09/11/2008 at 9:41 PM #

    Yes, but I’m sure that their’s was an intelligent BOO, not a lunatic BOO! BTW Here’s one for you, Foulup – BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  3. leewolf 09/12/2008 at 12:39 AM #

    Nobody likes to see an anemic offense. But the media here has to treat NC State fans like we are the first group to ever boo a terrible performance. I wasn’t among those that booed on Saturday but I don’t blame those that did.

  4. Ismael 09/12/2008 at 12:40 AM #

    what was nice was how ESPN explained it, that their fans expected greatness!! REALLY?

  5. Ismael 09/12/2008 at 12:59 AM #

    when the espn cameras panned the crowd i don’t think i have ever seen someone give the finger except tonight when they were winning 3-0 no-less

  6. Scooter 09/12/2008 at 6:05 AM #

    Anyone think Greg Schiano is kicking himself for not bolting after their season two years ago? Ray Rice was their bread-and-butter. Without him…

  7. Pack92 09/12/2008 at 6:56 AM #

    So much for my prediction. The holes looked good against a VERY bad Rutgers team.

  8. Dr. BadgerPack 09/12/2008 at 6:58 AM #

    You can boo Rutgers as they have all 4 and 5 star recruits and noone who struggles just to get their shoulder pads on straight. Plus they have no legacies on the squad.

    Geez, don’t you know anything?

    [End Sarcasm]

  9. wolfpackdawg 09/12/2008 at 7:40 AM #

    That was one of the worst defenses I have ever seen…I think.

  10. packfan4ever 09/12/2008 at 8:06 AM #

    Yeah there defense seemed to just stand there and watch as UNC ran past them. They didn’t even look like they were trying.

    I think O’Brien got the wrong idea about saturday’s game. We weren’t booing Daniel Evans, we were booing the coaches for the decision to keep Evans in when it was clear from the first snap that we was having an awful day. Just because Evans is a great kid and a life long wolfpack fan is no reason to leave him in when he is playing like that. How many mistakes was it going to take before O’Brien finally pulled him out. Jeez.

  11. Mike 09/12/2008 at 8:08 AM #

    Rutgers deserved to be boo’d, booed, bood, booded (what is the past tense of boo?). I was sitting there booing.

  12. Dr. BadgerPack 09/12/2008 at 8:36 AM #

    Schiano needs to thank Ray Rice however many millions times…

  13. packof81 09/12/2008 at 8:48 AM #

    The tarholes had their way with a cream puff of a team.

  14. Ed89 09/12/2008 at 9:01 AM #

    I was thinking the same thing. He’ll never be able to recruit the top athletes to Rutgers to have a top flight team year in/year out. Hell, it IS in New Jersey….he should have bolted for that reason alone.

  15. Girlfriend in a Coma 09/12/2008 at 9:02 AM #

    Clearly the Rurgers fans were booig the Rutgers kicker personally! That poor kid. How terrible and mean of that fanbase to boo the kicker like that!

  16. Girlfriend in a Coma 09/12/2008 at 10:40 AM #

    I think it is worth another update to add the thoughts of the Rutgers coach on this situation. These comments were noticed by alert internet enthusiast “Trout1″ and posted on another board. Which was the last coach we have had who would say something like this!?

    “It was a night game, and if you fall behind like we did, fans want to get home and get to bed,’’ he said. “We didn’t play very well. We didn’t give our loyal fans something to stick around for, and I think I speak for all our team when I say that we apologize for that. We have great fans that support us and we need to do our part. We will go back to work. Don’t count us out, is all I can say.”

  17. McPete 09/12/2008 at 10:40 AM #

    “Hell, it IS in New Jersey….he should have bolted for that reason alone.”

    Hey now. my family is from Edison (which is right by Piscataway) and its not that bad. definitely urban, not many trees, but the food there is great.

    and i do think that alabama plays in the middle of nowhere, and auburn too. nebraska, oklahoma – i’d never want to live in those places, but they get good football players.

    rutgers has many problems. defense was terrible. their senior QB was all over the place, throwing into coverage. i thought teel was better than that.

  18. haze 09/12/2008 at 11:39 AM #

    You can’t overthrow the ball against a deep zone. If you do, it’s going the other way most of the time. Teel had 3 over-throw INT’s, including a little flip to his RB that went for a pick-6.

  19. McPete 09/12/2008 at 12:05 PM #

    i don’t think the TOB-hater contingent is that large. but the team will have to start winning soon, or a large number of fans will turn on him. and it won’t matter to them that the current staff left him with an empty cupboard and it will take a few years. they will see what unc is doing and what ecu is doing and want the same thing right now.

  20. Astral Rain 09/12/2008 at 12:21 PM #

    Patience is very thin, and none of that is TOB’s fault, but 100% of it is due to good ol Foulup leaving both new coaches with empty cupboards.

  21. LRM 09/12/2008 at 12:25 PM #

    I’ll admit it, I was booing Daniel Evans, not the coaching staff, because he’s a horrible football player and I’m sick of seeing his 10-yard passes fall three yards short or in the hands of a cornerback. I have no doubt Evans demonstrates upstanding character, is a model student, and will someday be a model citizen like his father — that’s an admirable, refreshing quality…for a backup. But his only redeeming quality as a football player is that he no longer has any eligibility after this season.

    He’s not on scholarship for his character, and unfortunately there aren’t many Tim Tebows out there (and very unfortunately, only one Philip). I respect Evans’ heart and his character, but I wasn’t booing his character, rather his dreadful play. I pay to see us win, and this has grown tiring.

    And while we’re on it, I’m sick of being told I’m a bad fan. I built the Murphy Center, Vaughn Towers, a practice field and closed in the end zones because that’s the only way we’d ever be able to get recruits here, apparently; and even though my tailgating time was reduced as an overreaction to something I didn’t do or couldn’t prevent, I pay LTRs and rising WPC, ticket and parking prices every year to the tune of $1,300 to see a shit-poor product on the field for a third straight season, and then I get told I shouldn’t boo?

    As long as I’m giving my money to this administration, I’ve earned the right to boo on that rare occassion when I feel like it.

    I like O’Brien, a lot. He was in an impossible situation, I understand. He didn’t address the booing unsolicited, but rather responded to a reporter’s question, and no good coach should ever hang one of his players out to dry, even one as bad as Evans.

    But next time, instead of Fowler or O’Brien stealing from the Chuck Amato playbook of calling us bad fans, I’d prefer a simple “thank you,” instead.

  22. whitefang 09/12/2008 at 1:02 PM #

    LRM, you will likely be hammered here for your comments, but you are right-on in my opinion. So I guess I will be hammered with you.
    Still, I hope we are both cheering this weekend even though it won’t be heard in Raleigh.

  23. RBCRowdy 09/12/2008 at 1:23 PM #

    LRM and whitefang,

    It’s 2008. D-1 football is big business and high stakes. If you are not profane, you have the right to boo.

  24. Scooter 09/12/2008 at 2:15 PM #

    Just playing the devil’s advocate, if you are a fan invested in a football program, shouldn’t you expect greatness? I can’t imagine putting hard earned money in a program and expecting mediocrity.

  25. michelletack 09/12/2008 at 2:48 PM #

    You bunch of boors! Don’t you know we are supposed to be content with our lot? Sheesh. . .

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