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Never before in the 84 year history of Rhode Island football has any Ram squad earned the

privilege

to

host

NCAA

a

playoff grid

iron contest. But the 1984 team set

tied

or

an

result Ram

astounding

103 records, and

fans

out of the woodwork. Meade

came

holds

as a

but almost 10,500 fans

just 10,000,

turned out for the

extravaganza.

In what

proved to be a close, action-packed hard-hitting football game, the URI

and

Rams eeked out

a

23-17 win and advanced

to Bozeman.

And at Meade,

they rejoiced.

Rhode Island fans

enthusiastic they triumph and ripped the goalposts ground. The majestic towers came down like uprooted oak tiees in a hurricane, and there was pandemowere so

stormed the field in

from the

It

brightest moment ever in Ram history. No Rhody fans had ever this kind of success, and they savored

was

the

football seen

IP-

every moment. The game had been finished for more than an hour, yet people still crammed the field

area.

It

was

celebra

tion, URI style. That

was

spring.

in December

Meade is

.

.

and

.

now

desolate. No

now

goes to the giant superstructure these Nothing every happens there now. There is

field,

it is one

days.

any other movement at the much noise. But the wind often

never

nor

play tricks on your ears. If it happens to be blowing in the right direction, you can stiU hear the roar of the crowd as if they are stiU in the stands cheering over a completed Tom Ehrhardt pass.

"The ball is

and Ehrhardt

snapped

drops

back about 10 yards. Tight-end Brian Fors ter scrambles past the forty, past the thirtyto the thirty and turns to grab approaching bomb. Complete, and

five,

the the

Rams get yet another first down." "Whshshshshshshshshshshshshsh

.

.

.

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah." The

goalposts

remain

moorings, sprawled

snapped

on

from their

the field. The

re

freshment stand is there, barren of food and game souvenirs. Of

course

the stadium itself hasn't

The metal stands don't look any for wear, and the turf on the playing field is still golf course tiim. The yard mark

changed. worse

ings

have faded

a

bit from winter, but

are

still visible.

One

comforting thought.

months, football will

In

once

just five more again come to

Meade. It's still

a

ghost

town, but

only

in the off

season.

by Randy

Hausmann

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