It's been a while since I started a new thread......thought it was about time. Besides, looking at a lot of the State Championship game videos in the OTHER thread got me to thinking about the Dog Pile and how it has changed over the years. I remember years and YEARS ago......how clean, organized, and structured the Dog Pile was. I am talking about from the time I was at AHS (1973-1976), until just a few years after that. TODAY'S version of the Dog Pile seems like it is just an unorganized free-for-all......with no structure at all.......just a discombobulated mess! Gonna post 2 videos.....hopefully.......to illustrate the difference between WAY back then, and what it has become.
This first video is from 2011, the Dog Pile before the Goddard game. Yeah I know......that's nine years ago.......but THIS is the Dog Pile that we still have TODAY. I don't care for it......but I'm sure the kids love it, as they say.
THIS video of the 1978 State Championship game that Agent Orange posted in the other thread illustrates exactly what I am talking about! This is the way we did it back in MY day..........this is from just 2 years after I graduated, and I am 62 years old......so suffice it to say that this was a LONG time ago....42 years ago. I MUCH prefer the Dog Pile from days-gone-by.........no back-flips into the pile, no showboating. Just a damn impressive Dog Pile, from the old days. If you can't see the difference between the 2 then you must be blind. Oh, the Dog Pile in the 2nd video begins at the 7:45 mark of the video.
Crispy, I couldn’t disagree more. The dog piles in the 70s and 80s were awful. You had guys lollygagging down field towards the pile, players not even attempting to jump into the pile, and players lacking the intensity seen in dog piles in the 90s and 2000s. The 70s and 80s had some amazing teams, however, their dog piles were definitely subpar.
Post by Dirty South 35 on Jul 2, 2020 8:12:20 GMT -7
The dog pile is terrible now compared to when i played, a lot of showboating and then get up from the pile and take pictures with family and friends. i have seen it over the past few years and it breaks my heart, no focus on the game! when i played as soon as you hit the door the focus was on the game and only the game. My sons both played for the Bulldogs, i would stand by the ramp and i could see the determination on the whole team nobody worried about who was there to greet them. Another thing that has changed lately is players looking for family and friends in the stands. I guess we get spoiled to Coach Cooper Henderson's way of doing things. As a Bulldog for life I pride myself on the little things like the dog pile, the whole pregame is intimidating, it shows the other team discipline and to get ready for the battle of their life. I love showing up early to games and watching the bus show up with my Bulldogs and people just stare because these are the Bulldogs that everybody talks about. I act like a kid chasing a snow cone truck. I am a Bulldog for life and i support them with all my heart whether they win or lose they are my Bulldogs! Everything I own is Bulldog orange and it will never change, just saying!
The two types of dog piles were different and the beauty or corrective ness depends on the eye of the beholder. The Bulldogs that played in the black uniform at the Bowl, had a lot to be proud of. We enjoyed having to run jingle jangles everyday after practice, they were hard but you wanted to run hard to show the coaches you had the heart. I remember having to move the pipes for the sprinklers to water the field, running bleachers in full uniform for things like forgetting to get your roll (shirt,socks,towel,jock strap,shorts) or for a coach catching you say a cuss word. It was all part of learning discipline and with that a lot of guys would quit guess they were weak or their heart wasn’t in it. The dog pile as crispy described was a pile that we would try to get as high of a pile as we could, I remember arguing with my friends Robert Boyce and Michael McPherson about being the last one on so as to leap really high to land on top. Those are great memories. However, I can see all the addedbeauty of the new bowl and I bet it would be awesome to play on that turf like the NFL has. There were a lot of differences between the eras, but the most important thing is the teams were all the same in that for many of us we had an opportunity to add to he legacy of having the most State Championship s in the state and what it felt back then to be a Bulldog (GREAT). In closing,yes the modern dog pile is a lower to the ground and more spread out pile, but to those fellow dogs that wore Orange instead of Black at the bowl, I know it was just as meaningful. They felt great just as us older guys did and the families and fans in the stands were proud. To me the only difference would be if you were good enough to play in the NFL like Landry Jones and Urlacher (sucks that his parents lived in lovington instead of Artesia.