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Know your foe: Maine


The Black Bears return to the Dome for the second time in two years.  I apologize for the lateness; a rough week plus Yom Kippur is delaying me.

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History: Like most big state schools, Maine can trace its origins to the Morrill Act of 1862 that provided for just about every land grant college there is.  The school opened in 1865 as Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts and initially focused on civil and mechanical engineering and agriculture.  The agriculture component evolved into a focus in biology and forestry, and by 1897 the school changed its name to the University of Maine and began to emphasize liberal arts.  It established an education school in 1930 and a business school in 1958.  In 1973 one of the first LGBT rights groups was founded at the school.

 

Location: Orono, Maine.  I remember visiting that place once to go to the post office when I was at summer camp.  It's a small town in northeastern Maine (not the far northeast; Maine is a big state).  The town was founded in 1774 and named for Penobscot chief Joseph Orono (there are times I still like to think Syracuse was a leader in the Iroquois Confederacy and not some ancient Greek city).  There's not much else there.  Somehow I wonder why they decided to build there and not in Bangor or somewhere cool like Bar Harbor.

Academics: The school is ranked 159th on the US News list of best national universities and has five colleges: Business, Public Policy and Health; Education and Human Development; Engineering; Natural Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  There are 8,759 undergrads at the school, which is pretty small for a flagship state school.  Then again, Maine doesn't have that many people.  Maine's unique program is a combined developmental/clinical Ph.D for clinical psychology majors.  There are many other psych based programs as well.

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Famous Alumni: Going down the list of Maine alums, the name that stood out was one Stephen King, sci-fi/fantasy/horror writer.  Lawrence Bender, the man behind Pulp Fiction, also went there.  In politics, Olympia Snowe went there as well.  Unfortunately, no one in Maine made it into the bigtime in sports.

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Mascot, logo, and fight song: Maine's sports teams are called the Black Bears.  Although there are many teams that have the Bear as their mascot (25 to be exact), Maine is the only school to use the black bear as its mascot.  That gives them an extra point in my book for species specification.  The black bear was used by the school since 1914, when a black bear named Jeff was found on Mt. Katahdin (the highest point in Maine and the end of the Appalachian Trail) and loaned to the football team to bring it good luck.  At a pep rally, the students went "bananas" over Jeff and sometime later an alum donated a black bear cub to the school and named it Bananas (at this point I was considering whether or not they should change their name to the Gorillas).  At least 15 mascots were used until 1966, when the use of live mascots was discontinued following a controversial death.  At that point, the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity began providing a costumed Bananas to go to the games.  The school colors are dark blue and light blue (but neither shade is Duke or Carolina blue).  The logo, features Bananas on top of the word "Maine."

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The helmet designs are very interesting.  I particularly like the one from the late 80s (top right) because of the retro font.  The winged helmets were in use from 1950-1975.  The current design is on the lower right.

 


The fight song is one of the more intriguing ones I've heard, especially for a lesser known school.  It's called the "Stein Song" written by Lincoln Concord and E. A. Fenstad but popularly arranged in 1930 by Rudy Valee.  It sounds more like an old-time political campaign song than a march though, which makes me laugh.  Plus it includes references to drinking in the lyrics.  Bonus points because the song was written around the time the prohibition movement was gaining steam.

"Oh, fill the steins to dear old Maine
Shout till the rafters ring
Stand and drink a toast once again
Let every loyal Maine man sing
Then drink to all the happy hours
Drink to the careless days
Drink to Maine, our alma mater
The college of our hearts always

To the trees, to the sky, to the Spring and its glorious happiness
To the youth, to the fire, to the light that is moving and calling us
To the gods, to the Fates, to the rulers of men and their destinies
To the lips, to the eyes, to the girls who will love us someday

Oh, fill the steins to dear old Maine
Shout till the rafters ring
Stand and drink a toast once again
Let every loyal Maine man sing
Then drink to all the happy hours
Drink to the careless days
Drink to Maine, our alma mater
The college of our hearts always

To the trees, to the sky, to the Spring and its glorious happiness
To the youth, to the fire, to the light that is moving and calling us
To the gods, to the Fates, to the rulers of men and their destinies
To the lips, to the eyes, to the girls who will love us someday

Oh, fill the steins to dear old Maine
Shout till the rafters ring
Stand and drink a toast once again
Let every loyal Maine man sing
Then drink to all the happy hours
Drink to the careless days
Drink to Maine, our alma mater
The college of our hearts always!"

 

Athletics: Maine competes in the America East Conference, which it joined in 1979 when it was founded as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North (ECACN).  In 1988 it was called the North Atlantic Conference and was changed to America East in 1996.  The only exceptions are the football and hockey teams.  Maine initially competed in the Yankee Conference as a charter member from 1938 to 1975 (when it disbanded for all sports except football).  The Yankee Conference was absorbed into the Atlantic 10 Football Conference in 1997, which in turn was absorbed into the CAA Football Conference in 2005.  The hockey team competes in the Hockey East conference.

The football team never won a I-AA title, although according to Wikipedia (the ESPN college football encyclopedia doesn't do I-AA writeups except the Ivy League and SWAC teams) they want to move up to I-A.  In 2004 they beat Mississippi State 9-7.  Maine has the most players in the NFL for any I-AA school, incluing Kevin McMahan, 2006's Mr. Irrelevant.  They did get to participate in one bowl game over their history: the 1965 Tangerine Bowl, where they got crushed 31-0 by East Carolina.

The basketball team hasn't had any success.  They never won a conference title, conference tournament, or have been to an NCAA tournament or even an NIT.  They do, however, have the longest continuous basketball series with a school, namely New Hampshire.  The schools played every year from 1904-1905 until now.  The team plays at Alfond Arena which it shares with........

Maine's real athletic prowess, however, comes from its hockey team.  They have appeared in 17 NCAA tournaments since 1987, won 3 Hockey East regular season titles, 5 Hockey East tournaments, made 9 Frozen Fours, and won the 1993 and 1999 national titles under legendary coach Shawn Walsh.  The current coach is Tim Whitehead.

Maine does not have a lacrosse team.

Rival: Maine's biggest rival is the New Hampshire Wildcats, with whom they share the longest contiguous basketball series for any school outside the Ivy League.  The rivalry extends into hockey, when Maine won the 1999 national championship on a 3-2 overtime goal.

Outlook: I-AA competition isn't a "gimme" game anymore.  Just ask Virginia Tech.  And especially with a team like ours that's still trying to recover from the sores that Greg Robinson brought, we need to treat this game seriously.  I'm predicting that Syracuse will win by a touchdown and may use this game to really work on fixing the mistakes made against Washington.  Go Orange!

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