By Bud Shaw, page E5.
A peculiar place and time for a game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - College football
came to the Meadowlands a decade ago. The
occasion is remembered more for the Columbia
University band than the Columbia-Rutgers
Built on swampland that was rumored to be
the final resting place for many an
underworld figure, the Meadowlands was a
ripe target. The band took the field at
halftime and spelled out "H-O-F-F-A,"
complete with an arrow pointing downward.
The body of Jimmy Hoffa is still missing.
So is much of what passes for college
football fanaticism here. The problem with
tradition in this part of the country is
that the Columbia band's performance might
be the greatest moment in college football
here since Rutgers and Princeton christened
(After this, it stops talking about Columbia)