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Gang Green and the Purple Haze

Okay, I cheated.  In between packing and answering emails and paying bills and otherwise getting ready for our trip down under, I watched a little of the Jets game.

Seven hells.  The Jets won.  Over the Saints.  Who'da thunk it?

And they won the way they were winning a couple of years ago, when Rex took them to the AFC title games: with killer defense and a running game.

Ivory was unstoppable.  I hope this guy stays healthy.  He's a terrific RB when he's not hobbled by injury.  And I can't say enough about the D.

On other football fronts, however... you know, it's a good thing I don't follow college football.  I just learned today that my alma mater, Northwestern, lost to Nebraska on a Hail Mary in a fashion that would surely have given me a heart attack if I'd been watching.  Ah, Northwestern... I'm a member of the Class of 1970 (BSJ) and the Class of 1971 (MSJ), which means I went to school there in the 60s.  During my tenure, the student body voted overwhelmingly to change the team nickname from the rather cliche "Wildcats" to the much more distinctive "Purple Haze."  Now you see why.  (Alas, the university  ignored the will of the students, in favor of the will of the alumni donors).

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John Muse
Nov. 4th, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
I can't figure the Jets, or the Eagles. They can look awful one week and like world beaters the next. I do wish the Jets would overtake the Pats in the East, but there might not be enough good teams left on the Pats schedule to allow that.
levellersteve
Nov. 4th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
re: It is a crazy season
Jet defeat the Saints after a blowout loss to Cincy the week before, the Chief are 8-0 and I am glad I have no easy access to a bookie.
mateoblanco
Nov. 4th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
Football Craze
Vegas had Jets over/under win total for the year at 4. I thought that was high. Simply amazing what they are doing.

Here in Nebraska though, Huskers are the show and none are too happy with the play of late. Sorry your Wildcats had to be the victims of our illustrious team's first Hail Mary. Go Big Red!
Mary Ellen Wofford
Nov. 4th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Just trying to imagine what the mascot for the Purple Haze would look like.

hehe
kalimac
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe now that the students of the 60s have become the alumni donors, they could get the school to change the team's nickname.
matthewsrotundo
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
As a Nebraska fan who was in the stadium for that game . . . yeah. I would have been beyond heartbroken had it happened to us like that. Tough way to lose.
athene
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
I miss Ivory. I wish we had a running game...
NU_alumni
Nov. 4th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
Purple Haze
Wish that were true for all of us. Those that still follow the Wildcats were stung particularly hard this weekend. But there's no time for moping in football - gotta pick up and try again against Michigan.
Michael Mischnick
Nov. 4th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
You missed a great game
I'm a Nebraska fan, and it was an incredibly exciting game. Nebraska got very lucky to escape with a win, so as an alumnus of Northwestern you should be proud.

I honestly can't believe the Jets beat the Saints. That's amazing.
floranna
Nov. 4th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
I know this has nothing to do with the entry, but did you know that Finland is re-trying to have Worldcon in 2017 in Helsinki? You posted about your support when we tried to get it 2015.
grrm
Nov. 4th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know, and I have no doubt I will support the 2017 bid, as I did the bid for 2015. But this is off topic in a football post.
(no subject) - floranna - Nov. 4th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
evildave
Nov. 4th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
If you haven't been following NU football in the past 15 years, you've been missing out, friend. Well, maybe not this year, but it's been a fun ride!

Also, during my time there, the students elected as student government president some idiot whose campaign centered on the fact that the construction of the Lakefill slaughtered a race of aquatic mer-creatures who were determined to exact revenge for their sufferings. So, you know, the students don't always make the best decisions.
rubberducky1467
Nov. 4th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
A victory over the Saints is now small deal. Hopefully they can keep it up.

I think Purple Haze, while cool, doesn't really sound like a team nickname. A school newspaper? Definitely. Sounds like NW made the right call on that.
grrm
Nov. 4th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
I think Purple Haze sounds like a great team nickname. The Crimson Tide does okay.
(no subject) - rubberducky1467 - Nov. 4th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
And of course the Stanford Cardinal! - Loren Schmidt - Nov. 5th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Mary Ellen Wofford - Nov. 7th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Michael Howley - Nov. 10th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
apostle_of_eris
Nov. 4th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm on the Rogers Park [northeasternmost corner of Chicago] - Evanston line.
I try to bring up the Purple Haze period as often as I can, because it is totally down the memory hole. The Grateful Dead Homecoming show was the only time I ever schnorred Arnie [JAM Productsions] for tickets.

And a flippin history of youth movements came from the barricade across Sheridan Rd. after Kent State. Some history professor went by and said, "Oh, a barricade." And then, "at Northwestern?" and eventually published "Bombs, Beards, and Barricades"

I still have a handful of amazinggrace stubs in some box.
guessingo
Nov. 4th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
beat us today...
NFL Hall of Famer (TV color commentator) Dan Dierdorff said that when his Michigan team went into northwestern students would hold signs that read:

'You might beat us today, but you will work for us tomorrow'.

He thought that was pretty mean and you guys hurt his feelings.
Loren Schmidt
Nov. 5th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
In my life I have been (and remain) a Cornhusker (Nebraska), a Boilermaker (Purdue), a Terrapin (Maryland), and an Apricot Forest (Kyorin University in Tokyo). Ergo, I am relieved to be a Heritage University Golden Eagle now. Compared to some of those previous monikers, "Purple Haze" stacks up quite well as a team name.
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