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A Series of Fortunate Events During Homecoming

Homecoming 2009 was a very exciting day for Stony Brook Seawolves fans as our men massacred the Presbyterian Blue Hose 52 to 14. The Seawolves were very impressive on Saturday, making hype plays like quarterback Michael Coulter’s pancake flip into the end zone for a touchdown. The fans that were the most excited about the great performance by the football team were the students showing their pride out in the Red Zone. The Red Zone is a portion of the stadium where Stony Brook students and alumni adorned in red cheer for our Seawolves in any way they can.

There is no bizarre way of celebrating and cheering on your home team. What I had witnessed on that enticing Saturday evening was what I will call the ‘Red Man Group.’ There were a handful of students who wore solid red clothing that covered their entire body. These guys were hilarious as they entertained the crowd prancing around doing odd body movements and spooking out some fans. These ‘red mimes’ did their best to hype up the crowd. Some of the things I had observed from the Red Zone was dancing up in the stands, some fans taking pictures with these infamous entertainers, creating a comedic aura sitting in random places to see a reaction from the fans, and one guy signed an autograph! I’m guessing this past game would not be the last of the ‘Red Man Group.’

The Spirit of Stony Brook was also a huge hit during the halftime show. Usually the way the song selection works is an introduction with older music from the 1960s and each song after is from the next decade ending with the 2000s. This is their method because it’s a way for the group to reach out to a huge array of fans that enjoy feeling these nostalgic moments. I would have to say the halftime show this year that included the marching band, the color guards, the dance team, and the cheerleaders was the best so far. The most entertaining song of the halftime show was definitely the performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Watching over 150 people perform the signature Thriller dance for the fans was truly a spectacle. And you cannot forget the incredible performance and stellar ways of pumping up the crowd by Stony Brook’s popular Wolfie.

What a day it was when our guys clobbered the Blue Hoses who came all the way from Clinton, South Carolina. The buzz going around the crowd was what the heck is a Blue Hose. Obviously we, as Stony Brook students, questioned ourselves when we became a part of this university, asking ‘What is a Seawolf?’ To make life easy the response we give is ‘I am a Seawolf!’ But a Blue Hose? At the tailgate there was a distribution of shirts taking advantage of the name that were over-the-top and humorous for the college crowd. For the sake of the column I would not mention what the shirt read, but I will say that it was pretty obscene and funny.

Congrats to the football team for their most intense performance of the season!

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