Archive for September, 2010

Vermin, I mean Furman, Up Next

September 24, 2010

After a wet 26-14 victory over PC the Dogs head to G-Vegas SC to take on the dreaded “Purple Pukes’ of Furman. Furman is ranked in the FCS top 25 after a good showing at South Carolina and is a team used to winning at home. They are still smarting from last year’s loss at Johnson Hagood and their fans and coaching staff make no bones that they expect a 3 touchdown win at Paladin stadium. One of my friends told me that the Pukesters are a 17 point favorite but if they can beat us by 70, they will. Start hating Furman now my friends because even though many Vermin fans will tell you there is no rivalry left between our schools, any dedicated FU sports fan will tell you that they hate us as much as we hate them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Game day will be mid 80s in Greenville and if you are attending there are a couple of things you should know.  Kickoff is 2:00 pm and tickets are $25 at the gate but can be purchased in advance online for $20. Visitor side seating is all general admission and while there is a chance of showers tomorrow morning, it is supposedly going to be sunny at game time.  Citadel fans will be in the sun all day so bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.   There will be serious tailgating on the east side as well, the Greenville Citadel Club, headed by R Co alum Luke Hardaway is serving BBQ at $10 a plate. Upperclass Cadets have spirit leave and should be there in force. At least 150 Knobs will be transported to Greenville to support their Bulldogs.  IF you plan to go to the BBQ get there early as they always sell out.

Finally, some non-football news. Congratulations to Thomas Croft Romeo ’98 and his wife Caroline on the birth of Thomas #3. I suppose we should also congratulate Grandpa Tom Sr., Romeo ’69.  We all hope young T3 will join the class of ’33 and be the 6th generation of the Croft clan to attend El Cid.

Gotta go. I will miss the game due to a work obligation so you guys “put out for the Dogs” and help them pull out the victory.


Blue Hose Come to the Holy City

September 16, 2010

It will be a busy weekend on campus as the Presbyterian College Blue Hose come calling Saturday night at 7 p.m.  In addition to football the Citadel Volunteers have a training session Friday night and the Alumni Association has a board meeting Saturday.  It will be a busy weekend for many folks.

The Bulldogs lost to Arizona last Saturday 52-6 in a televised game on one of the FoxSports cable channels.  We had several injuries but none that should keep any players out beyond this week.  If you didn’t see the game, we were to Arizona what Chowan was to us.  They were bigger, faster and at home.  Our boys put up a gallant effort but this was a money game for us, not one we were counting on winning.  I am told our take from the game was in the $450K range but that is not verified.  We have a chance to recover and be 2-1 on these season this weekend.

This Saturday we take on “the Hose”.  The PC Blue Hose moved up to the Big South conference several years ago and life has been miserable for the Clinton SC school since then.  They have failed to post winning seasons since stepping up from Division II to the Championship Division.  They did not win a game against BCS or Championship Division last year and are 0-2 this year after losing to Clemson last week.  They really feel like the have a chance to beat us on our home field and will bring a large crowd to Johnson Hagood  to support them. 

The Bulldogs cannot have a letdown against a team they are physically superior to and more talented but then again we lost to Charleston Southern several years ago when we were decent and they were bad.  Injuries should not hurt us but those in the know tell me our QB and O-line must be able to consistently out perform  the Hose . Our defense, which is our strong suit, must dominate the Hose offense.  I have faith that Coach Higgins and staff will have the boys ready to play and as usual, the Men from Romeo will be camped out at AAC519 before and after the game.  Come by say hey, have a cool beverage and soak up the atmosphere. 

Above all, if you are close to or in Charleston, attend the game and root loudly for your Bulldogs!  They will need our help this weekend.

Class of ’14 Matriculation video

September 9, 2010

Here’s the video of  the Class of 2014 on matriculation day.  One of Romeo’s own, Col. Leo Mercado, Commandant of Cadets, does a great job of giving the Class of  2014 some wisdom that he no doubt learned while a knob in Big R!


Chowan Down, ‘Zona up next

September 7, 2010

Well, the Bulldogs did not look like champs in their opener but they had their moments  as they soundly defeated the Division2 Chowan Hawks 56-14 in front of 9,000 extremely hot fans at Johnson Hagood.  Knob QB Matt Thompson won the SoCon Freshman of the week award with an excellent showing after coming in to jumpstart the offense in the second quarter.  The best thing about Saturday’s game is that it is over, we won and Coach Higgins and staff have a week to prepare for the University of Arizona.  The ‘Dogs play at Arizona Saturday September 11 so if you are nearby buy yourself a ticket off the internet and see your Bulldogs play.  I have no doubt that Arizona will have more than 9,000 in attendance.

Speaking of Arizona, the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have become my new favorite team.  Citadel grads Nemo Broughton and Andre Roberts are both on the Cardinals’ roster.  Nemo is on injured reserve but should return as the starting fullback while Andre  is the punt return specialist and backup slot receiver. 

Congratulations to Thomas Croft Jr., Romeo ’03, and his wife Caroline on the birth of their son Thomas Croft III.   Proud Grandpa, Thomas Croft, Romeo ’69, is counting on TCIII to graduate on time with the Citadel Class of 2033!  Congratulations to the Croft family.

Romeo Row  is still kicking this year for those of you who attend home football games.  We have seven spots on row 5 in the grassy area behind the Altman Athletic Center.  The tent is centered on spot AAC519 and you will see a LARGE white tent that takes up the entire space with two flagpoles.  You will see an American flag that flew over USA troops in Afghanistan on one pole and Big Red & the Romeo guidon on the other.  You cannot miss it.  Come by, shoot the breeze have a beer or soft drink and enjoy Citadel camaraderie Romeo style.  This year Romeo Weekend will be celebrated October 23rd and our opponent will be the dreaded Georgia Southern Eagles.  More details to follow.

We welcome two new members to our list, both former Romeo Company Commanders.  Fred Crump Romeo ’78 and the Honorable Gresham Barrett Romeo ’84.  Welcome aboard Sirs!

That’s about it for this week.  If I get any more news I will try to get it posted on the blog for you and I promise to try to not let work interfere with the Romeo blog.