We Are Marshall!

Posted on Posted in Backblasts
  • When: 11/14/2020
  • QIC: Feud
  • The PAX: Sasquatch, Woodshed, Feud

3 Pax posting in the Fleming Island gloom at Asgard in baited anticipation of what was to take place.  As some may know, YHC’s hometown is Huntington, West Virginia, the home of the Thundering Herd of Marshall University.  On this date, 50 years ago in 1970, Marshall was returning home from a game in Greenville, NC against East Carolina University on Southern Airways Flight 932.  The DC-9 jet that carried 36 members of the football team, 9 coaches and administrators, and 5 crew men, crashed 2 miles from the Huntington Tri-State Airport in Kenova, killing all 75 passengers aboard.  It was the single most tragic accident in collegiate sports history, and devastated the community of Huntington, WV.


  • SSH x50 IC
  • Hillbillies x10 IC
  • Don Quixote x10 IC
  • LBAC forward/backwards x14 IC
  • BAC backwards/forwards x14 IC
  • Mountain climbers x10 IC
  • Merkins x10 IC
  • Squats x10 IC

The Thang

Marshall Fact #2: Nickname of Marshall is the Thundering Herd.  It received its name when a late 1920’s sportswriter, Duke Ridgley, referred to the football team as a Thundering Herd, after a then-current movie based on the 1925 Zane Gray novel of the same name.  The name caught on quickly and Marshall has been referred to as the Thundering Herd ever since.  Their mascot is named Marco the Bison.  Marco which comes from contracting the name of the school prior to becoming a university- Marshall College.

  • MARCO: modified with no partners; run to far cone and back then
    • M- Merkins x50 (2 sets of 25 reps with run between each set)
    • A- Air squats with block x100 (2 x 50 reps)
    • R- Reverse crunch x150 (3×50 reps)
    • C- Curls for the girls x200 (4 x 50 reps)
    • O- Overhead presses x150 (3 x 50 reps; audible called (originally 250 total reps) due to Q and Pax getting smoked at this point)

Marshall Fact #3: In the last game played before the crash, MU lost to ECU 17-14.  In the first game the Young Thundering Herd (called “Young” because Marshall was given permission by the NCAA to play Freshmen, which was the only way MU would have enough players to field a team) won after the crash, MU defeated Xavier 15-13.  The date of the crash was 11/14. 

  • Murder bunnies to cone: 17 vertical presses
  • Murder bunnies to baseline: 14 Kettle bell swings
  • Murder bunnies to cone: 15 vertical presses
  • Murder bunnies to baseline: 13 kettle bell swings
  • Murder bunnies to cone: 11 vertical presses
  • Murder bunnies to baseline: 14 kettle bell swings

Marshall Fact #4: Notable athletes to play at Marshall: Chad Pennington (QB-NYJ), Byron Leftwich (QB-Jags), Randy Moss (WR-Min), Chris Hanson (P-Jags), John Wade (C-Jags), Chris Parker (RB-Jags), Ahmad Bradshaw (RB-NYG), Troy Brown (WR-NE), Doug Chapman (RB-Min), Jonathan Goddard (LB-Det), and Vinny Curry (DE-Phi).  Jonathan Goddard played high school football at Ed White in Jacksonville.  He died following a motorcycle accident in Clay County in 2008. 

  • Mountain Climber Suicides: 5, 10, 15, 20 reps
  • Lyndsey Lohan x 1 min


YHC talked about remember growing up knowing about the plane crash, but not a lot about the details until later in life.  He learned how much this loss affected the community.  But, as with many things, although the past hurts, one must persevere and push onward.  And Marshall did just that.  After several lean years, Marshall won two Division I-AA National Championships, and have been competitive since moving to Division I-A in 1997.   

YHC prays that the people of this country persevere through all the rhetoric from the political parties of our government and push forward.  YHC firmly believes that on the ground level, people are kind to one another.  People are willing to help one another, and people are willing to not degrade one another due to differences in opinion.  It might help by not listening to the news and be careful on what social media content we listen to as well.  Of course, surrounding yourself with HIM as YHC has done at church and with his brothers in the gloom helps tremendously!   

Prayers for:

  • Unity of countrymen
  • Family of Feud’s M following death of her cousin
  • Crotchless for safe travels
  • Pax unable to attend beatdowns today
  • Lord’s Prayer and Pledge

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