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Connecticut River Valley Brownstone Bullies


Connecticut River Valley Brownstone Bullies

Location: Any One of The Many Assorted Boweries of the Connecticut River Valley
Members: 15
Latest Activity: Apr 20, 2011

Team Slogan: "That's okay, I wouldn't want to fight me, neither..."

I proudly present to you ..

" The Brownstone Bullies Fight Song ".

This is sung to the accompanying tune as provided by "The United States Marines' Hymn"...
Follow the bouncing ball and commit to memory.

The Brownstone Bullies Fight Song

Indigenous from the valley of the river, C. T.
to the Fields of H.C.C.
Her loyal sons will be marching
onward to victory...

First to fight for right and freedom
not to mention racial diversity;
Strong of heart and true to Her name
We are The Brownstone Bullies !

What the odds be great or small
The Bullies will conquer all;
Shake down the Thunder from the sky
Send a volley cheer on high...

Hooray ! for Our Beloved Team
The envy of the league-this is true;
Your Brownstone Bullies will always fight
And leave their opponents Black and Blue !


What is brownstone?
Brownstone is a sedimentary rock that is granular and porous, and is classified as a Triassic sandstone. The Triassic period is the geological time between 251 and 199 million years ago. It is the first period of the Mesozoic Era following the Permian, the last geological period of the Paleozoic Era.

Where does it come from?
During the Triassic period, large deposits of sandstone were made along the present-day Connecticut River Valley running through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Its abundance, low mining cost, visual appeal, and proximity to Baltimore, Boston, and New York City make it easy to see why it was being used as a building material in these areas.

Why isn’t brownstone used as a building material as much as it once was?
There are two reasons for this. Brownstone is such a porous stone. If the stone is not cut across the grain and laid ashlar (with the grain running perpendicular to the building’s height) the stone can crumble and break even further from overall structural weight and from water entering the rock, freezing and expanding causing the rock to split.

Secondly, there simply isn’t much brownstone left to excavate from the Connecticut River Valley. The material has become sparse and mining process has become very expensive.

Who are Bullies and what makes them tick ?
Bullies are sweethearts. Together, they are an assortment of fine chaps who also double as hired ruffians.
Trademark maneuvers include, but not limited to, wet willies, purple nurples, swirlies and, wedgies.


Vital Trivia:

* Team Flower: Black-eyed Susan
* Team Tree: Manilkara bidentata
* Team Song: "Wooly Bully" by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
* Team Bird: The Great Bustard ( Otis tarda )
* Team Colours: Black & Blue; Burnt Orange (resembling an old briuse)
* Team Beverage: Boulevard Brewing Co. "Bully Porter"
* Team Cryptonite: That flea-bag, McGruff

* Team Forefathers, Heroes and Hall of Famers:

* Bluto from Popeye
* Captain Bligh from "Mutiny on the Bounty"
* Endless Mike Hellstrom from the Adventures of Pete & Pete, played by Rick Gomez
* Nelson Munce from The Simpsons
* Johnny Lawrence from Karate Kid, played by William Zabka
* Doug Niedermeyer from Animal House, played by Mark Metcalf
* Sarge from Full Metal Jacket, played by R Lee Ermey
* Bill Lumbergh from Office Space, played by Gary Cole
* Biff Tannen in Back to the Future
* Scut Farkas in A Christmas Story
* Wayne Arnold from Wonder Years, played by Jason Hervey



Brownstone is a coarse sandstone (feldspathic arenite), with feldspar content as high as 65%. Quartz and mica comprise most of the remainder of the rock. These detrital components were eroded from Ordovician gneisses and schists of Connecticut's adjacent Eastern Highlands. Albite cements the sand grains.

The red color is due to iron oxides. Freshly quarried sandstone tends to be yellow-brown due to the presence of limonte. Dehydration of the quarried rock due to extended exposure to the air, results in conversion of limonite (FeO[OH]) to hematite (Fe2O3). The distinctive red-brown color of brownstone is due to the presence of hematite.

Brownstone was commonly face-bedded—that is, the rock was cut parallel to the bedding, and slabs were applied so that the bedding is vertical, and parallel to the wall. This means that the same bed is exposed across the whole block, thereby ensuring that the color and texture was uniform. Unfortunately, as soon as a decade or two after construction, many examples of face-bedded brownstone began flaking off in sheets. This common form of is due to the physical weathering process of spalling due to frost action. Water concentrates along bedding planes and when it freezes, it pries off thin layers of rock.

The common problem of spalling may have been due to hasty construction rather than an inherent fault with the rock itself. Rock was often quarried from depths below the water table. Therefore, water filled the stone's pores. Initially, the quarried stone was allowed to "season"—that is it was left to dry out gradually. During the housing boom of the late-1800's the demand for Brownstone exceeded the supply. If it was used late in the season, just as freezing set in, the stone's disintegration was assured.

Naturally bedded stone, is that in which the rock is cut perpendicular to the bedding. This type of application exposes many beds within an individual slab, possibly exposing variations in grain size, color and texture. It is also more difficult to cut, and therefore more expensive. However, naturally bedded stone is more resistant to weathering.



In the Late Triassic time (~ 220 million years ago) to Early Jurassic, North America began to rift away from the rest of Pangea. A series of normal faults broke the mountainous region into a series of elongate ridges and valleys. As the valley floors dropped, rivers swept sediments eroded from adjacent highlands into the lowlands where large lakes developed during periods when the climate was wet.

During extended dry periods, the fault-bounded lakes shrank and stream channels migrated across the valley forming broad alluvial plains. Wedges of sand and coarser sediments accumulated in alluvial fans adjacent to the valley's border faults, and later lithified to form coarse sandstones and conglomerates. Coarser sediments decrease towards the center of the basins, whereas beds of fine sand, silt and mud become more abundant.


Fun Facts

The 1880 federal census tally of NYC buildings, reported that 78.6% of stone buildings used brownstone, in whole or in part. The prevalence of this material used for construction during this era lead to the term "brownstone" being synonymous with "row-house" in the northeastern US.

Now you know.


To our opponents:
We look forward to kicking your collective butts throughout the Spring and Summer of 2010, and beyond.


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