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Knight Caps: a bit of this and that from around Scarlet Nation

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Sports. It's a great big beautiful world out there filled with social media, uniforms, polls, and stuff that we look at and think, "huh"? Let's look at "stuff" about Rutgers - big and small.

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Come on out!

The annual Fan Appreciation Day was a hit with fans as a huge crowd came to the open practice and stayed for the autograph session that followed.

Looks like folks are ready for the season.

May I have your attention, please.

There have been a number of comments about the graphics and social media work done by the Rutgers PR staff.  And I agree; it's been unique, colorful, and a way to grab the public's attention. Like this:

An example of how it gets done:

Nine Big Ten teams on CBS Sports' 'best college football team by state' map - See more at: http://btn.com/2015/08/14/nine-big-ten-teams-on-cbs-sports-best-college-football-team-by-state-map/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.J9y8cJSS.dpuf

Yeah, this is the big time.  And yes, there is a Twitter site called Poster Swag. Who knew?

We're No. 1!!!

Here's an interesting question: What is the best college football team in New Jersey?  Fifteen years ago, you might have said Don Bosco Prep.  Today, this really isn't that hard a question to answer.

Truthfully, it's a bit goofy to be selecting the best team in New Jersey.  There are only two D1 teams, and only one at FBS level.  But in an attempt to get people talking - there are states with more than a couple of D1 programs - CBSSports did a survey to come up with the best college team in each state. And, yes, we are better than Princeton.

Nine Big Ten teams on CBS Sports' 'best college football team by state' map - See more at: http://btn.com/2015/08/14/nine-big-ten-teams-on-cbs-sports-best-college-football-team-by-state-map/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.J9y8cJSS.dpuf
Nine Big Ten teams on CBS Sports' 'best college football team by state' map - See more at: http://btn.com/2015/08/14/nine-big-ten-teams-on-cbs-sports-best-college-football-team-by-state-map/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.J9y8cJSS.dpuf

It's interesting to note that among the Big Ten schools, neither of our Illinois brethren made it to the top spot in their home state.  Northern Illinois?  Really?  And in the Hoosier State?  Damn those Domers!

Flattery will get you....a little bit of grief

If imitation is the best form of flattery, maybe Rutgers should be flattered.  Or at least Nike should.

From yet another Twitter site that it is hard to believe exists, we get this early photo of another variation of Louisville's uniforms from Adidas.

I wasn't the first to see this (see tweet below), but, does that Louisville uniform look familiar?

And where (and why) does Adidas get their ideas for sock designs?

Our Carly was there

No comment necessary.

And on top of that, Carly made more headlines.

And finally, our Moment of Zen

I. Am. In. Awe.