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Old 11-14-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Before November 14, 1970, sports at Marshall University was just like it is anywhere else. It's not about being a good sport. It's not about how you play the game. No. The only thing that counts is winning. Winning is everything, and nothing else matters. Any sport. Any school. Any time. The only thing that counts is winning.

Well, that all changed.

What matters is that we have a football team that plays with integrity. They take the field with pride in their team and their school and play to honor themselves, their coaches, their team, their school, and (unique to Marshall) their legacy.

In the movie "We Are Marshall," Matthew McConaughey said that someday, not today or tomorrow, but someday, the only thing that will matter is winning and nothing else will matter. He said that reaching that goal is when the 1970 airplane crash victims will be honored.

Well, here we are 47 years later, and winning is not everything at Marshall. However, I sincerely believe that Marshall does the right things to remember and honor those victims. Every football player watches that movie to make sure he knows what he's playing for. At the conclusion of summer practice the entire team runs from the stadium to the memorial at the cemetery. The entire team goes to the ceremonies at the memorial fountain. The ways they have remembered the event every year at the game closest to the anniversary of the tragedy have been creative and tasteful, but every year they have been different so that there is a new appreciation of the legacy every year.

Here is a YouTube video of the scene from "We Are Marshall" that I referred to above:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmQNCfXGpQ4

I don't think the day will ever come when winning is the only thing that counts at Marshall, the way it is at every other school in the country. That is what make Marshall different and unique. Most people around Marshall and Huntington understand. Maybe this will help a few more to know what makes Marshall special.

I thought that November 14 would be an appropriate day to start a thread about Marshall sports. Feel free to post anything about Thundering Herd sports, not just football. Schedules, events, media coverage, etc. Don't forget the women's teams either. The softball team was a winner last year, as well as several others.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Great post and Go Herd!
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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He makes some interesting points:

Chuck Landon: Guy Award shanked on Marshall's Vedvik | Marshall Sports | herald-dispatch.com
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:21 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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This HerdZone article details which upcoming basketball games are going to be broadcast in local viewing areas. There will undoubtedly be others that are broadcast on the usual sports networks.

HERDZONE.COM :: Marshall Announces Locally Televised Games for Mens and Womens Basketball :: Marshall Thundering Herd Athletic Site :: Men's Basketball

This is to document which ones will be shown in the Tri-State area, and which channel to look for on each cable system.
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Marshall Football 2017 Season Awards | Downtown Huntington
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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Marshall will be in the New Mexico Bowl vs Colorado State:

https://www.sbnation.com/college-foo...-playoff-final
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I like it. Should be a good matchup for a bowl game.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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I agree. Hopefully Marshall's offensive play calling will improve before then though.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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I wish I could make the trip to the bowl game. Maybe I can weasel my way on the team charter flight...
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:38 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Marshall announced today that the start time for the basketball game on the 16th has been changed to 8:00 PM so that the fans don't have to make a choice between watching football or basketball.

I think that was a good move.
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