Friday, January 23, 2009

Tramps Like Us

So, the "Jadwin At 40" list is now final, and The Boss is No. 1. The performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Jadwin in 1978 has been called the No. 1 moment in the building's history.

TigerBlog is pretty sure there were other great moments that it missed during its research. Already one comment has appeared on Jon Solomon's site mentioning the time in 1998 that the Jadwin crowd was assessed a technical foul against Harvard. Most of the great moments of that season were away from Jadwin, including three games at the Meadowlands, two at Madison Square Garden, the one at the Dean Dome in Carolina and the two NCAA games. Jadwin, though, did rock during the Ivy League season that year; perhaps some spot on the list could have been found.

One great point about the list is that you never know when the next one is going to happen. The crowd on Dec. 18, 1999, didn't realize that Spencer Gloger was about to knock down 10 threes, and the crowd on the weekend of Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 1997, didn't realize Sydney Johnson was going to hit 11 straight threes.

Maybe the most amazing was moment No. 6, where Dave Ulrich of Mt. Laurel won a Saturn by hitting three halfcourt shots at halftime (when he only needed two to win). Here was a crowd listed at 400 at a women's basketball game, and they ended up at a game that produced the Play of the Day. In many ways, that's what sports is all about.

Anyway, enjoy the list, and if you can get to Jadwin for the game Sunday, there'll be 12 square feet of cake waiting for you.

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