"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

For Has She Not Stood, Since The Time of the Flood / On the Banks of the Old Raritan?

Congratulations are in order to the Scarlet Knights (4-0), who with a 56-7 win over Howard emerged today at #23 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls. They have not been in the top 25 since 1976. Thirty years ago. Our nation's bicentennial. Within a year of Gentleman Farmer arriving in D.C. with a full head of hair.

Think about it.

On the other coast, your humble correspondent's alma mater continues its run at perfection (0-4) after losing 36-10 at home to Washington State. Coverage from the SF Chronicle's Michelle Smith here. Incidentally, Michelle Smith, who also covers the 49ers and Stanford women's hoops, is a former 'journalistic' colleague of yours truly, if 'journalism' consists of sharing runny scrambled eggs in a Spokane hotel before a game in Pullman attended by 700 people.

[UPDATE by the Gentleman Farmer: You may wish to go HERE for the official words to the Rutgers alma mater, including offical glee club sound files. I must confess, however, that my favorite song is "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers, the second verse of which goes:

Nobody ever died for dear old Rutgers,
Giving away your life would be extreme
When the coach says smash the Princeton line,
His reasoning is fine,
But it's no good for your spine,
So nobody ever died for dear old Rutgers
But there's a lot of valor on the team
You can get a little black and blue, but
Nobody ever died for Rutgers U.

Comments on "For Has She Not Stood, Since The Time of the Flood / On the Banks of the Old Raritan?"


Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (8:25 PM) : 

It is also perhaps time to discuss all of that raiding and bailing out from the Big East to the ACC. The idea was that the ACC, a weak football conference, but a strong basketball conference, would improve football. Not incidentally, east coast basketball rivals the Big East would be weakened in basketball.

Not so much either way, eh? Today the Big East is stronger in both sports.


Blogger Village Idiot said ... (8:28 PM) : 

Is it only me, or does "stood" not rhyme at all with "flood."

If you slur both words enough (which is probably the way the song is sung mostly), I guess it's ok, but jeeze.

And isn't there a verse of that song that involves "the girls at NJC" as well as "On the Banks of the Old Raritan?" As I recall, that verse rhymes better, too.

Just askin'.


Blogger Almost Ignatius J. said ... (9:18 PM) : 

a one, a two, a helluva hullabaloo
hullabaloo ray ray
hullabaloo ray ray
hooray, hooray
varsa, varsa tee-ay
tee-ay, tee-ay
varsa, varsa tee-ay


Anonymous Curome Cox said ... (9:31 PM) : 

get 'em up!

hail, hail, alma mater,
sing her praises loudly!
echo ever proudly
for the purple and the white!

far-famed may her glory be (beee!),
staunch, her sons in their loyalty (teee!),
marching ever on to victory,
Gonzaga hail!

"mr. richards, my dixie wrecked."


Anonymous shaggy said ... (2:21 AM) : 

for the record...that wasn't me


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:41 AM) : 

Some of us are expecting The Oldtimer to weigh in with the provenance of "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:20 PM) : 

GF definitely did NOT have all his hair in 1976. In fact, he was never given a fair allotment.


Blogger Wilhelm said ... (1:40 PM) : 

Comment on the provenance of "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers", you say? Well, I normally reserve my comments for true trivia and not something so commonplace as that. It was sung by Phil Silvers in the 1947 Sammy Cahn - Jule Styne musical "High Button Shoes". Do people really need to be told that these days? By the way, be careful with that flood/stood stuff. Next thing you know, you'll be getting the GF's lecture on the proper (New Jersey) pronunciation of "water". Wilhelm (aka The Oldtimer)


Blogger Hired Hand said ... (3:00 PM) : 

Oh hell yeah! For some reason, that's one thing I picked up from him (thankfully, not the pattern baldness - knock wood) - "wudder" is how it's pronounced. Not "wah-turrr." That just sounds weird.

Also, it's not "oar-unge," it's "are-unge." You know, that round fruit that's named after its color.


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