Tailgate Song Of 1986:
“Keep Your Hands To Yourself” by Georgia Satellites
This week in Blue Hens History 1986: New Hampshire 28 Hens 21 (OT)
After the Hens open the season with a 44-10 romp over defending Yankee Conference champion Rhode Island (it’s true, Rhode Island has actually won something in their history), they lose their first overtime game in school history at home against New Hampshire 28-21. What’s worse is the Hens were up by 11 points with seven minutes left in the game. The Wildcats started their final drive of the game on their own 6 yard line, were able to get to the Hens 24, and kicked the game-tying field goal from 41 yards out to send the game to overtime.
Tailgate Song Of 1991:
“Man In The Box” by Alice In Chains
This week in Blue Hens History 1991: Hens 24 UMass 7
Delaware opened the season the week before with a win over West Chester 28-0 under the lights in the first night game in Delaware Stadium history, and followed with a 24-7 victory over the Minutemen. The Hens jumped out to a 17-0 lead at halftime, but unfortunately the shutout streak ended 11:30 into the season as UMass scored a touchdown with 9:30 left in the game. Warren McIntire was the star of the game with three interceptions which tied a team record, along with a 64 yard interception return for a TD. The Hens L-Train accounted for 183 of the Hens 263 rushing yards, with Lanue Johnson and Marcus Lewis each scoring a touchdown. Can you remember the third member of the L-Train? Tune in next week to find out. C’mon, it’s easy.
Tailgate Song Of 1996:
“Down” by 311
This week in Blue Hens History 1996: Hens 49 Lehigh 7
The Hens came into the season ranked #5 in the country and trounced the Engineers or Mountainhawks or whatever they were called at the time. It was their biggest opening day win since a 52-0 win over Gettysburg in 1969. Unfortunately the Hens were shutout by Villanova the next week. The Hens defense was huge all day, allowing Lehigh a total of 17 rushing yards for the game. Norm Coleman’s 18 yard TD run capped a 94 yard opening drive on the first series of the game, and Delaware never looked back. Coleman led all rushers with 103 yards on 12 carries. The Hens as a team combined for 314 rushing yards. Leo Hamlett was only 5 for 14 passing for 118 yards, with 80 of those coming off a TD pass to Eddie Conti, the third longest pass play in school history. Linebacker Brian Smith led the team with 13 tackles and 2 sacks. Tubby improved to 27-4 on opening day. Wonder how many of those were against West Chester?
Tailgate Song Of 2001:
“In The End” by Linkin Park
This week in Blue Hens History 2001: Georgia Southern 38 Hens 7
Uhh. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse than an opening night loss at home to Rhode Island, this happens. The #15 ranked Hens fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1988 to the two-time defending champs. Delaware managed 192 total yards and just 7 first downs. Combined with the 166 total yards they put up the week before, it’s the first time in Tubby history that the Hens had back to back sub 200 yards games. Also, it’s the first time since 1984 that the Hens had back to back games in which they scored less than 10 points (they lost 10-7 to the Rams). The highlight of the game was a 64 yard punt by Chris Steiner. QB Sam Postlethwait was 11 for 21 for 104 yards, and was sacked 5 times.
Tailgate Song Of 2006:
“Ladies And Gentlemen” by Saliva
This week in Blue Hens History 2006: Hens 30 West Chester 7
The Hens improved to 41-6-1 all time versus the Golden Rams despite committing 5 turnovers in the rout. A West Chester 83 yard fumble return for a TD with :19 left prevented the shutout. Joe Flacco had a 6 minute period in the first half where he threw 2 TD passes and ran for another. Jared Bradley led the Hens with 20 rushes for 91 yards. Zach Hobby tied a school record with 3 field goals. It was the 13th straight win for the Hens against West Chester.
The Marcus Van Halen Song Of The Week:
“Josephina” from Van Halen III
“This song reminds me of my early adulthood,” says Marcus. “Back in my college days I used to steal Christmas trees. I remember running from the crime scene one night and being tackled from behind, landing face first onto Academy St. To my surprise, it was a woman Newark cop. I was being roughed up pretty good on the ground, and as I peered through the blood in my eyes I noticed the name on her police badge…Josephina.”
“This is one of Van Halens’ best songs ever off their best CD. Eddie jams an acoustic guitar like nobody else, and Gary Cherone’s vocals are just awesome, going from mellow to loud throughout the song. He makes you forget Dave and Sammy were ever even in the band. “