Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heading To Hanover

Canada's Cochrane Eagle, a newspaper in Alberta, writes about Dartmouth-bound tailback Ryder Stone. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Stone averaged seven yards per carry while running for 1,224 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns during a prep year at Phillips Andover. LINK
Yesterday was Patriot League media day and several notes from a story posted by The Sports Network (LINK) should make ears perk up in Hanover and around the Ivy League, particularly given the introduction of scholarships by regular the Ivy scheduling partner:
Incredibly, six of the seven Patriot teams started a freshman quarterback at some point last season, including league rookie of the year Peter Pujals of Holy Cross. 
Ivy League teams will occasionally play a freshman quarterback. All but one Patriot League team had a freshman quarter start games last year. The difference? Scholarships raised the level of incoming player in the PL last year.
"I think all of us are seeing a little better student-athlete as a whole," (Lafayette coach Frank) Tavani said. "A little bit stronger students, better players, players that now have a high interest - they like Lafayette academically or Lehigh or anybody in the Patriot League. The financial-need analysis was a bit of a roadblock for a lot of families. Now that's removed and people are chasing us." 
Read that again. "Stronger students," and "better players."

Here's the Patriot League preseason poll:

1. Fordham, 72 points (12 first-place votes)

2. Lehigh, 54

3. Lafayette, 51 (2)

4. Bucknell, 43

5. Colgate, 33

6. Holy Cross, 29

7. Georgetown, 12

Holy Cross, the lone Patriot League team on Dartmouth's schedule this fall, had just one player named to the conference's preseason all-league team. Junior Kalif Raymond was selected as a return specialist.

By the way, kudos to the Patriot League for running a real media day with the seven coaches being joined by players from each school, the Patriot League Network broadcasting interviews and fans being invited to send in their questions. LINK

Green Alert Take: It was always a bit of a pain to drive to Yale Golf Club for the Ivy League media day, and a lot of the coaches weren't crazy about it either. But it was well worth it. It is a shame the Ivy League is limiting its media day once again to a conference phone call.

Here's the Holy Cross media day video:

Here's the PL preview video:

Green Alert Take: The hope here is that the Ivies continue to schedule the majority of their games against teams from the Patriot League. Given the number of kids who apply to both Colgate and Dartmouth it's a natural rival for the Big Green. Ditto for Bucknell and the rest. Honestly, how much cross-over do you think there is with Sacred Heart or Central Connecticut?
To counter lackluster student ticket sales, the University of Iowa is raffling off one-year scholarships to pay the $8,000 in-state tuition to five students who buy season tickets.

Given that Penn State tickets sold out in minutes, that's not going to happen in Happy Valley but some of us who are paying ridiculous out-of-state tuition, room and board out there sure wish it would ;-)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dartmouth In Starkville

Yesterday's BGA Daily picked up a blurb from Football Scoop that Dartmouth was looking for someone to fill its offensive quality control position. Today's Football Scoop has the explanation for the opening.

Albert Poree, the former New Orleans high school teammate of assistant coach Cortez Hankton who spent the last year at Dartmouth, has moved on to Mississippi State, where he will hold down a defensive quality control position.

In Starkville, Poree can trade Dartmouth memories with Mississippi State tight end coach Scott Sallach (BIO), who coached wide receivers and special teams in Hanover from 1998-2002 before moving on to Princeton. In 2009 Sallach moved to Mississippi State, where he was united with head coach Dan Mullen, a college teammate at Ursinus.
Speaking of former New Orleans high school players, this was news to me. Aenas Williams, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday after playing corner for 14 years for the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams, might have ended up at Dartmouth. From a story in the Baton Rouge Advocate (LINK):
Williams’ senior year ended without a football scholarship offer, although he said he could have attended Ivy League school Dartmouth and played.
Williams must have been a very good student. According to Wikipedia (LINK), he didn't play football in his first two years at Southern University and then played what would have been his junior year as a grad student. He was then drafted in the third round. He is now an ordained minister and founding pastor of the Lord Family Church in St. Louis.
The Portland (Oregon) Business Journal has a column headlined, What I learned from talking to Hank Paulson, Jamie Dimon and Phil Knight. Paulson, of course, is a former Dartmouth lineman better known for his stint as Treasure Secretary. From the story:
Fitting for a former college football player (Dartmouth), Paulson struck me as someone who tackles problems the moment they land on his desk. 
Find the story HERE.
Football season kicks off at Memorial Field Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when the Dartmouth facility hosts the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl all-star game featuring graduated seniors from New Hampshire and Vermont. (LINK) The game will be preceded at noon by the Shrine parade down Main Street in Hanover.

New Hampshire has won 13 consecutive games in the series, as many as Vermont has won in total since the game started in 1954. The Granite State holds an overwhelming, 45-13-2 lead in the series.

Among those suiting up for New Hampshire with be Hanover speed burner Shawn Cavallaro (LINK), who, barring a redshirt season, Dartmouth will see in Durham, N.H., on Sept. 27, when he is playing either wide receiver or defensive back for UNH.
Thunder and lightning yesterday cost That Certain '14 the chance to make it up Mt. Elbert, at 14,433 feet the second-highest peak in the contiguous United States. At about 12,500 feet she and her hiking partner made the right decision to turn back. She sent along a couple of pictures from her hike a day earlier to the peak of 14,157-foot Mt. Sneffels. In the second that's her in the circle ;-)

Click the pix to blow them up.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hey, I've Been There!

Heading into town this morning for a presentation I need to sit in on as part of a freelance assignment, so this has to be pretty quick.

Working on another freelance assignment I stumbled across this WCVB-TV (Boston ABC affiliate) video report about Hanover's Main Street.

If you haven't been here for a while, or you know someone who is heading this way for school, you'll appreciate this look at what one report called the best college town in America.

CLICK HERE to watch the WCVB report.
CLICK HERE for the listing of the best college towns in America.

Green Alert Take: Congratulations to our fine town for being at the head of the class, but any listing of top college towns that doesn't have State College, Pa. in the top 10 has made a mistake.
From Football Scoop:
Dartmouth has an opening for the position of offensive quality control. If interested please send cover letter and resume to Joey McIntyre.
The posting includes a link to Joey Mc's email, but rather than let the spambots discover his address I'll leave it to you to look it up on the Dartmouth football website.
While That Certain Nittany Lion was having a nice weekend on the links, That Certain '14 was hiking one of the 14,000-footers in Colorado on a day off from her summer position as a park ranger. Today she is hiking another one. Good thing she's fit ;-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Get Pumped

Pretty good "pump-up" video for the 2014 Ivy League season.

There's a selection of Dartmouth clips in the video, including two that are memorable. At the 3:22 mark Garrett Waggoner's interception in the snow seals Dartmouth's season-ending win over Princeton.

And at 3:40 or so, Cole Marcoux makes the one-handed TD grab at the right sideline that had most anyone who knows his story wanting to stand up and cheer.

Speaking of Marcoux – who would graduate Phi Beta Kappa and as a Rufus Choate Scholar –  click here to read a three-part blog post he wrote for his Sociology 91 class entitled, Sociological Imagination: Situating Oneself in Both Time and Place. From his introduction, which talks about growing up in NewYork City rooting for the Jets:
These blog posts are an attempt to dissect a previously unconsidered aspect of my life: being a die-hard fan of New York’s professional sports teams.
Finished a long three-day weekend yesterday doing PR for the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club. That Certain Nittany Lion and his partner won their morning match yesterday before falling in the First flight championship.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Media Day (Of Sorts) Just Over A Week Away

The annual Ivy League football media day is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and I will be on the call. Look for something on BGA that afternoon.

I still rue the end of the old Ivy media days at Yale Golf Course when it was actually possible to ask questions of the coaches without everyone hearing what you were asking, and what the coaches were answering. Much better for getting "scoops."

I was never a boat-rocker as the beat writer for the local daily, but I'd have to say it was pretty interesting hearing what the coaches said about the prohibition on going to the NCAA playoffs and scheduling an 11th game.

Actually, when I asked the question in the public section of the Q&A, I didn't get much. But in rotating from coach to coach afterward for one-on-one interview I got more, as well as a lot of good off-the-record stuff. The absolute best comment I got was in the men's room, uh, standing next to one of the coaches. Couldn't use that one! You don't get any of that stuff on the phone, nor do the coaches get to know you, and you the coaches.
Once again, BGA Premium kicks off the in-depth preview series on Aug. 17. If you've sent along a check for a subscription, be sure to fill out the form at this LINK. If you are renewing your subscription and already have a password, you are set.
One of the great things about going to every full practice is there isn't much you don't see and hear (although there's occasional stuff you can't write). At the newspaper I couldn't go to every practice and so I missed things, like a story about former Princeton standout-turned-actor Dean Cain.

Apparently, while former Dartmouth coach John Lyons was a big fan of Cain's play, he wasn't going to let the Tigers' star defensive back be the one to beat him. A former Big Green player recounts a little bit about Lyons' strategy in a comment he posted below an NBC Sports story headlined, Dean Cain, Matt Leinart trade barbs (yes, it’s still a little slow). Scroll down to read the lengthy comment. LINK
It's my final day doing PR for the Tommy Keane Invitational at Hanover Country Club. I always enjoy doing golf but the last day is always the best, because it's the day I can step away from the computer and actually get out on the course. That Certain Nittany Lion is in the semifinals of the first flight.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NFL Names And Numbers

Wanted to toss this up while it is still valid. To be sure, some of the Ivy Leaguers in NFL camps will be released in the early going but there's a bounty of 20 former Ancient Eight players going through their paces as camps open. Here's the list with their heights, weights, positions and team bios.

Jeff Adams, 6-7, 305 offensive tackle, Columbia/Titans

Kevin Boothe,  6-5, 325 offensive guard, Cornell/Raiders

Cameron Brate, 6-5, 235, tight end, Harvard/Buccaneers

Desmond Bryant, 6-6, 310 defensive lineman, Harvard/Browns

Mike Catapano, 6-4, 270 defensive iceman, Princeton/Chiefs

Brandon Copeland, 6-3, 260 linebacker, Penn/Titans

Zak DeOssie, 6-4, 249 long snapper, Brown/Giants

James Develin, 6-3, 255 fullback, Brown/Patriots

Jake Dombrowski, 6-1, 190, punter, Harvard/Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6-2, 223 quarterback Harvard/Texans

Kyle Juszczyk, 6-1, 248 fullback, Harvard/Ravens

Josh Martin, 6-3, 245 linebacker, Columbia/Chiefs

Jeff Mathews, 6-4, 229, quarterback, Cornell/Falcons

Kevin Murphy, 6-7, 305, offensive tackle, Harvard/Vikings

Nnamdi Obokwelu, 6-3, 303 defensive end, Harvard/Colts

Tyler Ott, 6-3, 255 linebacker, Harvard/Patriots

Caraun Reid, 6-2, 301 defensive tackle, Princeton/Lions

Greg Van Roten, 6-3, 303, offensive guard Penn/Seahawks

JC Tretter, 6-4, 307 center/guard, Cornell/Packers

Bryan Walters, 6-0, 190, wide receiver, Cornell/Seahawks

By School
Harvard 8
Cornell 4
Brown 2
Columbia 2
Penn 2
Princeton 2

By Position
Offensive line - 5
Defensive line - 4
Linebacker - 3
Quarterback - 2
Fullback - 2
Tight end - 1
Wide receiver - 1
Punter - 1
Long snapper - 1

Friday, July 25, 2014

Busy Days

Doing PR this week for the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club. The tournament honors the man who coached Dartmouth golf from 1922-1966. Think about that! I'll be updating the TKI blog all day through Sunday HERE.
The FCS Gameday preseason poll has defending Ivy League co-champion Princeton as the No. 25 team in the country. LINK

New Hampshire, which advanced to the national semifinals last year in the FCS, is ranked No. 6. Dartmouth will play the Wildcats under the lights in Week 2 of the Big Green season.
The Moorpark, Calif., newspaper has a lengthy story with recent Dartmouth grad AJ Dettorre. LINK Not surprisingly, the Big Green victory that cost Princeton an  undefeated Ivy League season figures prominently in the story.
Now off to the links (which isn't really a links course, but you get the idea ;-)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dartmouth In Cajun Country

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The Dartmouth contingent who helped staff the Manning Passing Academy staff in Thibodaux, LA gathers for a photo at a party thrown by supporters of the annual event. Pictured (left to right) are Jim Eden '79, Joe McLaughlin '81, David Shula '81, Jim Rill '81 and Buddy Teevens along with – could it possibly be? – Bob Weiss. If you look closely you can barely make out Peyton Manning in the background.

Teevens is associate director of the Manning Passing Academy where he, "oversees all aspects of the on-field operation and coaching staff." (LINK)
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As of this week the trees behind the north end zone of Memorial Field are no more. They will be replaced by a row of arborvitae (a fancy hedge row to the rest of us) according to the minutes for the Hanover planning board from May 6.

Check out the minutes to see mention of the replacement of the trees and, oh yeah, the home stands. It is included in Item 3 of the, "Submission of application for site plan review by the trustees of Dartmouth College to replace the west stands bleachers at Memorial Field, with upgrades to access, bathrooms, and related athletic functions/facilities." (LINK to PDF)