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The Morgantown Experience

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  1. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Hats of to Beltway Buff!
    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

    That Muthaka is the chief poobah of the DC CU alumni chapter. The fruits of his labor was the coordination of the pre-game alumni festivities.

    I'd guess 600-800 Buffs fans showed up at the Boston Bean-ery to tail gate, swig some suds and do some Buff bonding. Beltway was the ringleader, complete with an army of cute lawyer minions and various well wishers. Beltway is one stand-up guy.

    CU took the place over, both inside the restaurant and out in the lot. At one point, bar staff were hauling in additional cases of Coors Light to help satisfy a thirsty crowd.

    The RV that drove up from Flaaaarida was choice, complete with an fire pit with a CU logo carved into the iron work. It was a nice place to listen to campfire stories.

    Away games are always a special treat because old habitual tailgate traditions of Boulder are replaced with a free-for-all social club of wandering alumni. It was nice to meet a few seventy and eighty year old Buffalo Belles who support the team no matter what. I ran into a couple of former coaches, the parents of a couple of seniors who are on playing the team, some old friends, and bunches of new acquaintances.

    The OUBuff/Hawtwf couple was awsome. Their entourage included three generations of Buff supporters, from diehard Grandma to adorable kids, the youngest of which was wearing a one-of-a kind Allbuffs sweatshirt. Good people.

    It impressed me how many buffs fans made the Dubya Vee game a family affair. It was inspiring to meet group after group of legacy buffs who bring or get dragged along by their moms and dads.

    It was also nice to see buffs gathering from Boston, NYC, Jersey, DC, Virginia Pennsylvania, Maryland, the Carolinas and the RV crew from Florida all pull together 1500 strong. There was even one alum from the state of West Virginia!

    The Boulder contengency was well represented. Students, AD and Alumni Staff, the cheerleaders and quite a few townies were on hand to support the program, which was nice to see.

    Mike Bohn was in the middle of everyone, taking questions, thanking those who were present, and acknowledging that the start of the season is not where we want to be as a program. His challenge was for CU fans to do our part. His request was simple. Wear your buffs clothing around. Come to the games. And do what you can to support the program. "We're all in this together."

    One last thought. A Mountaineer fan bought a round of beers for all the Buffs in the bar at around 3PM. It was a classy, unexpected, and appriciated gesture. Despite the rough reputation of WV fans, the Mountaneers I met were good people.

    Go Buffs!

    I'll write some more
     
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  2. SkiTownUSA

    SkiTownUSA Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    Nice write up Skid.
     
  3. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    How many beers was that round?
     
  4. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Compare and contrast Morgantown and Boulder.

    Both towns are satellites of I-70, somewhat linked by the same interstate. Although senator Robert Byrd did one hell of a job providing interstate access to Morgantown. If Robert Byrd were from Colorado, we'd never be stuck in traffic on the Boulder Turnpike, and it would be called I-23 instead of US36.

    A mountain theme runs through both programs. The Old Gold and Navy of Dubya Vee You is close enough to our black and gold that it was easy to mix and mistake one fanbase from the other with a glance out of the corner of your eye. This was family weekend, and the theme of the ESPN night game was 'Gold Rush'. Where have I seen that before?

    Both towns have good college radio stations. My dial was tuned to U92.7FM, which had a terriffic play list. The U92FM is way better than anything on the dial in Dallas. It's more like something you'd hear in Aspen, or what KBCO would be play if they didn't sell out.

    The Mountaneer stadium felt familiar, filled with a sea of fans wearing the same colored yellow/gold t-shirts as CU fans wear in the student section. There are no flatirons looming over the stadium, as Pusker stadium is on top of a hill, not in the shadow of one. A large hospital is visible to the north of the Mountaneer stadium. Watching flight for life take off and land in the distance was about as sobering as a missed Cody Hawkins downfield pass or some 57-yard field goal attempt when the Buffs trail by eleven points in the forth quarter.

    The sound system pumps out many of the same stadium songs that are used in Folsom, making Mountaineer stadium seem more accommodating than hostile to this visitor. Two quirks of the West "By God" Virginia fan experience involves broadcasting the opening chimes from AC/DC's Hell's Bells whenever the visiting team has a third down. And the WV fans do some hybrid between patty-cake and the Macarena after their team converts each first down. Both traditions are more annoying than cool.

    The middle of the WV field appears to be a foot or more higher than the sidelines, making it even harder to spot Speedy when he ran down the west side of the field. I'm blaming the drainage crown for Cody's overthrown passes and Goodman's botched FG attempts. If that field were plumb, CU wins.:rolleyes:

    Both Morgantown and Boulder are college-towns at their hearts. Both schools draw a large portion of students from out-of-state. A student told me WVU admits 40-45 percent of students from out of state. A couple from New Jersey said their freshmen son's tuition was $22K a year, which turns out to be more affordable than attending Rutgers or any of Jersey's other state schools. As a result of the relitively cheap tuition, WVU is filled with transplants from the region. And like Boulder, Morgantown is incredibly white. It's easier to find Waldo than a person of color in either location.

    West Virginia is the polar opposite of Texas. In broad terms, West Virginia is depressed, mountanous, humble, insular, and a little defensively obnoxious. Texas is, of course, prosperous, flat, boisterous, flashy, and arrogantly obnoxious.
    And unlike most places in America, Morgantown has not been taken over by McMansions. I saw no sprawling subdivisions. In fact I saw very few single unit dwellings. If you live in Morgantown, you are sharing the walls of your living space with someone else. The town is basically one apartment complex after another after another.

    There is no comparison when it comes to the campus itself. WVU is spread all over the place, with no central campus, nor central architectural theme. WVU is not in the running for any "prettiest campus in America" contests. The only notable feature of the campus is the George Jetson era Personal Transit System, which is basically a glorified version of the DFW airport shuttle. After 20 years of rain, the tracks appear beaten down to a point where painting the transit cars with a bright Blue and Gold color scheme only highlights the need for more municiple bonds at some point in the future. Many a drunk college kid or restaurant shift worker has gotten by without the need for a car thanks to this system.

    There were a few "CU Sucks" or "F- CU" greatings shouted at us by partying hill billies. The douche bag ratio was 60:1, and was much lower than what I saw in Lawrence Kansas last year, so that was a pleasant surprise. The other pleasant surprise was how HAWT the Mountaneer mascot's ass looked in buckskin. I was expecting a bearded Daniel Boone and got treated to Pocahontass instead. Next to Erin Andrews, she was the best looking eye candy on the sidelines. It might just be me, but there's something appealing about a woman running around in leather pajamas holding a long barrel musket. On a related note, the West Virgina Shooting team won another national championship, and came out to be recognized between quarters. There were some female sharpshooters that added to the fetish.

    If CU AD ever gets into a budget crunch, may I recommend ditching golf or tennis for an NCAA sanctioned co-ed CU shooting team?

    After the game, the home team fans recognized that West Virginia played down to CU's level, and were mostly greatful that all those turnovers didn't result in a loss. There was minimal smack talk walking back to the car.

    No couches were burned so far as I saw, but I did pick up a sofa shaped candle at the Mountaneer Mall as a souvineer. Morgantown. "Where Greatness is Learned...And Couches are Burned." I did see a burned up pallet and a half consummed 40 of MGD down on the banks of the Monangahila the morning after the game, so the myth does have some basis in fact.

    There is zero California or B12/Midwestern influence in Morgantown.
    Both Boulder and Morgantown have outdoors shops that cater to bicyclists, kayakers, rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Brands like North Face, Cannondale, and Patagonia can be found in both towns. But in Morgantown, the outdoor shop also sells army surplus, boyscout and girlscout uniforms and patches, and camo. At CU, there are trustifarians from Cali or Chi-town who get perfect SAT scores, maintain a perfect 2.0 GPA and come for the Boulder lifestyle. In Morgantown, your more likely to get Tony Soprano's freespirited offspring who chooses to defy the conventional wisdom of the East Coast mega cities for something more Appalachian, and closer to Cheat lake and it's adjacent hollars.

    I didn't see many sandals or Crocks or Birkenstocks in Morgantown. But the women do wear those gawd awful Uggs. These are basically leather mucklucks that are a cross between a moonboot and a hightop Apache mockisin. On the sexy scale, this footware ranks below a Sinead O'Connor buzz cut and just above crapped pants.

    There are hippies in both towns. But Appalachian hippies are different than their Rocky Mountain cousins. There's not a lot of tie-dye or Free Tibet or dreadlocks in Mo-town. The counter culture seemed more inclined to breed puppies, carve wood, and practice Wicca. I'm betting possum is considered better eats than tofu. If Boulder equals "The Shining". Morgantown is more "Blairwitch".

    The facial hair is different. If Boulder wears a goatee/soul patch like Jesse James, then Morgantown has the full bearded Uncle Jesse thing going on. (Cultural reference to Monster Garage versus Dukes of Hazzard). You are not going to find a needlepoint/yarn store in Boulder, and a fruit smoothie is hard to come by in Morgantown. Both towns are prone to be home to greyheaded old men with ponytails, with fanny packs, and perhapse a propeller beanie for a hat.

    If Pearl Street had a Dollar Store and had signs posted to pick-up food stamps, it would be more like High Street. Both streets have plenty of dining options, coffee houses, bars, and curio shops.

    Where Boulder serves microbrew, the beer with local fame in Mo-town is Yeungling, the oldest brewery in America. No one could tell me the origins of the name, so I'm pulling something out of my ass and guessing that Yeungling was founded by early chinese immigrants who didn't want to work in the steel mills, on the railroads, or in the washhouses of nineteenth century America.

    Where Boulder inspired Mork and Mindy, Morgantown claims Don Knotts. In fact, Sheriff Barney Fife has his own thoroughfare named after him. Don Knotts Bouldevard. Wierd.
     
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  5. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    I'm guessing >60.
     
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    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Wow. That's really cool.

    FWIW: The German brewer David G. Jüngling immigrated to the United States in 1823 from Aldingen in the Kingdom of Württemberg. He anglicized his surname from Jüngling to Yuengling and began the "Eagle Brewery" on Center Street in Pottsville in 1829.
     
  7. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    "It tastes so good. Once you've tasted one, you'd drag your dick in the dirt for another." I guy in the bleachers was referring to the pepperoni roll that he consumed at a WV tail gate.

    Naturally, that piqued my curiosity. What could possibly taste that good? I was offered a homemade pepperoni roll after the game. It's basically like a pig in the blanket or runza, but instead of using beef or mini hotdogs, this snack is stuffed with diced pepperoni.

    It was a tasty appetizer that goes well with beer, but not so much to turn my manhood into a gardening tool.

    I do recommend Maxwell's as a good place to chase away a hangover. Their classic omlette is served until 4PM, and it did a good job setting my stomach straight after a bender.
     
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  8. El Gringo

    El Gringo Pura Vida Club Member

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    Skid, great to meet you too man. You give me too much credit. the alumni team in boulder was a ton help. hats off to them. OUBuff - great to see you and your beautiful family again!

    To reiterate, WVU fans were by and large (pun intended) great hosts. I go back there in a minute. Some stereotypes are true, like the WVU fan sitting next to me who was missing at least half a dozen teeth, and the ones he did have were going every which way. One heck of a nice guy too.

    And if anyone questions the passion of CU fans, it was out in full force Thursday night. Buff fans were loud and proud.

    And for anyone else who was there that I did meet, hope you had a great time.

    GO BUFFS!

    P.S. - The DC Buffs flag football team beat WVU alumni two weeks ago 27-0, so we go that going for us. Pitched another shutout today against the Illini, 25 - 0 (couldn't convert 3 PATs).
     
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    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Goodman's kicking for you too?
     
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    El Gringo Pura Vida Club Member

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    :lol:
     
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    Thanks, Skid!
    I really enjoyed mingling with the generations of Buff fans. My mom-in-law saw many Buffalo Belle friends.

    Our youngest did the moves to the fight song for three days straight! :thumbsup:

    Would have loved for the kids' first game to have been a win, but we'll take 'em again when CU makes it back east.
     
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    Definitely was an enjoyable experience.

    Diodn't get to run around and meet as many as I would have liked at the pre-game gathering, but did meet quite a few at the bar getting a couple handfuls of what I termed "Dingalings". Pretty good beer.

    Can't add much of value to Skids notes, but here are a few:
    -Had a kick as steak sandwich on the way over to the game out of a trailer - basically a nice slab of ribeye laid on top of an open bun. Actually ate a few of them.
    -Pepperoni rolls were pretty good.
    -The talent was not very good, but the people were pretty nice. Actually, there were a couple of WV cougars stalking Colorado guys at the bar. One of them told my buddy that they really liked the Colorado guys becasue they were muscular and in shape. :lol:
    -Had a handful of WV fans say they had gone to Boulder last year and had a great time. Nice to hear.
    -Buddy of mine got a hold of some moonshine on the way to the game...haven't heard from him since.
     
  13. OUBuff

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    Thanks for the kind remarks and it was great meeting you... I enjoyed it all... well not the score.:huh: Morgantown has a great college football atmosphere. Yes the first down chant was annoying for the visiting team, but I liked the unity of the crowd and wish CU could muster some of that same enthusiasm. I'll bet they don't have to beg their fans to wear the colors to the game.

    I sure do wish we would have seen more CU fans with arms extended during the game, but I will offer this...
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    'Kinda interesting reading the thread about the Morgantown Experience; 'guess there's no need to talk more about our poor performance.

    I'm a 20-year season ticket holder and make at least one away game each season. This year, that game was WVU. I came away with a much different impression of the gameday experience at WVU than a few posters here. We flew into Pittsburgh that morning and drove directly to Morgantown and, like others commented, it doesn't compare physically at all to CU; reminded me more of K-State with a very utilitarian looking campus.

    We attended the DC Alumni function at the Boston ******y and it was great to see so many Buff fans there. I don't categorically buy the "Buff fans don't travel well"; WVU proved yet again that if the opponent and locale are worthy, plenty of Buff fans show up to support the team. 'Not sure how many actually made the game, but it was a sizeable section or two of loud, vocal CU fans in the stands, which was especially gratifying after the miserable start we've had.

    As for the game experience, I wasn't particularly impressed. The only two "cheers" the crowd repeated ad nauseum were the "Let's Go Mountaineers" and the lame first down macarena clap. If there was a student section, their participation in the game was indistinguishable from the rest of the crowd which I found really strange. All in all, I think fans at Folsom are every bit as into the game/their team as what I saw at WVU. Beyond that, the stadium itself reminded me of some glorified high school grandstand and had no asthetic appeal at all.

    I was impressed at the friendliness of the WVU crowd. Several folks chatted us up and wished us a good game. I hope Buff fans are equally friendly and accommodating to visiting fans at Folsom.

    Generally enjoyed the visit but don't think WVU can hold itself out as a particularly special game day environment, certainly no more than CU. Unfortunately, 'not sure how long we'll be able to say that given the continuing downward spiral the football program seems to be in the midst of.
     
  15. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    :thumbsup:

    Rep for the best use of gray sweatshirt!
     
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    Is there a Stoudt award for something like that? :smile2:
     
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    The broadcast did say that WVU was doing their 'Gold Rush' for that game, so that probably helped.
     

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