Friday, July 03, 2015

CFL, Eh?

Should have let you know that Garrett Waggoner '13 and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were on TV last night, but it wasn't much of game as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats posted an easy 52-26 win.

Waggoner was a regular on special teams but was not credited with any tackles. Across the way, former Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews had a one-yard sneak for a touchdown and completed both of his passes for 41 yards for the winning team. The Ti-Cats are coached by Kent Austin, who coached Mathews at Cornell.

Winnipeg actually had the first lead of the game, going up 1-0 just two seconds in.

Whoa. Wait a minute. Did he just say 1-0?

That's right, the Bombers took the lead on a "rouge."


Click HERE to watch the 2-minute, 20-second video (after a short commercial) and be sure to stick around to the end to better understand the rouge and why it can be incredibly entertaining.
Former Dartmouth tight end Damon Jones '95 has a 6-foot-6, 279-pound offensive lineman on the Florida high school football team he coaches and thinks he's a DI talent. Find the story HERE.
Onetime Dartmouth distance runner Jarrod Shoemaker '04, who made it to the 2008 Olympics in triathlon, has contributed a very interesting piece to Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune.

If you think being a pro athlete looks like fun, check out Shoemaker's story and photos HERE. (Thanks for the link.)

Shoemaker's website can be found HERE.
Listen to Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks talk about his strong outing for the Chicago Cubs against the New York Mets earlier this week HERE.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Reading Material

With the Dartmouth football roster updated (LINK) individual bios are next.

Quarterback Dalyn Williams' bio has been updated with this entry from his junior year. (I've bold-faced a few lines of particular interest.)
All-Ivy League First Team at quarterback and a finalist for the Bushnell Cup ... led the conference and ranked among the top five nationally in completion percentage (.675, third in FCS), passing efficiency (157.57, third) and points responsible per game (18.0, fifth) ... also second in the league in passing touchdowns (21, 24th in FCS), and third in total offense (284.8, 14th), completions per game (20.11, 18th) and yards per pass attempt (7.91, 23rd) ... three times named both Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and DartmouthSports.com/Northeast Credit Union Male Athlete of the Week ... set Big Green records for completion percentage and TD-INT ratio (7.0) ... led team in rushing touchdowns (6) as well ... threw for three touchdowns and ran for another among his 11 carries for 75 yards in the season-opening 35-25 win over Central Connecticut ... scored three times with runs of nine, 24 and 11 yards to help Dartmouth beat Penn for the first time in seven years ... brought Big Green back from 14-point deficit at Yale by amassing 388 yards through the air — fourth-most ever by a Dartmouth QB — while completing 32-of-47 passes with three touchdowns ... his two-yard run to the end zone with 2:20 to play provided the winning points in the 38-31 triumph ... completed at least  70 percent of his passes in each of the final three contests, connecting on 79-of-102 (.775) throws combined for 934 yards with 11 TDs and just one INT ... torched Cornell for 381 yards (sixth-most in Dartmouth history) and a personal-best four touchdowns, plus ran for a nine-yard score in a 42-7 romp over the Big Red ... came back the next week to hit on 25-of-33 passes for 248 yards and three TDs while rushing for a season-high 100 yards even to lead the Green to a 44-21 win over Brown ... finished season with third 300-yard game, converting 30-of-35 for 305 yards and four TDs, the last matching his career high set two weeks earlier, to defeat Princeton, 41-10 ... preseason honor: College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Award Watch List.
Also among the other early updates is tailback Kyle Bramble. This is new material this year (bold added).
Enters 2015 season eight rushing yards shy of 1,000 for his career.
All-Ivy League Second Team at running back ... took over as the primary rusher and excelled, leading the team with 10 touchdowns (five rushing, five receiving) to rank fourth in the conference ... also fourth in total rushing yards (655) and rushing yards per game (72.8) ... eighth in all-purpose yards per game (109.1) ... three times ran for over 100 yards in a game with a career-best 126 on 23 carries in a 27-7 win at Columbia ... scored at least one touchdown and led the team in rushing in each of the first eight games ... also paced the team in receiving yards against fourth-ranked UNH and versus Harvard ... had the Big Green’s first two scores of the year — one on the ground and another via the pass — in the 35-25 triumph over Central Connecticut ... galloped for 104 yards on 22 carries with one TD in Dartmouth’s first win over Penn in seven years ... began second-half comeback at Yale with a four-yard touchdown catch ... gained 113 yards on 23 runs against Holy Cross, but his trip to the end zone came on his lone reception from seven yards out as he earned DartmouthSports.com/Northeast Credit Union Male Athlete of the Week honors ... posted his career high in rushing yards as well as a personal-best six receptions the next week against the Lions ... matched his receiving total in the showdown against the Crimson, but gained a career-high 75 yards to boot, plus had a two-yard scoring dive ... needed just eight carries to run for 89 yards, including a 39-yard TD jaunt, to go with a 24-yard scoring reception in a 42-7 victory at Cornell ... season cut short during the 44-21 win over Brown due to a knee injury.
While the Memorial Field west grandstand project continues apace, across the state the University of New Hampshire will play this fall with its own west stands removed and being replaced. That project isn't expected to be completed until the 2016 season. Here are several of the final renderings of the much-overdue facility. (Click to enlarge.)




Green Alert Take: While I understand concerns about "scheduling up" against one of the premier FCS programs, I'm hoping Dartmouth will play the occasional game against UNH in the future, both because it's a regional game and because, after having been to a bunch of games at the stadium they call "The Dungeon," it would be fun to catch a game at the new facility.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Next Month . . .

Not to wish summer away, but with today being July 1 we can say for the first time this year, "Dartmouth football practice begins next month."

In case you are wondering, the players will hit the field on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 26.

As has been the case for the past decade, Big Green Alert Premium will dedicate the 10 days prior to the kicking off of practice to in-depth previews of Dartmouth's opponents, beginning with an Aug. 16 look at Georgetown and wrapping up with Princeton on Aug. 25. There will be at least one story every day, seven days a week, until the final column on Nov. 23.

With the schedule all sketched out it's just about time to kick off Year 11 of BGA. Signups for the premium service will begin Monday, July 6. From the BGA Premium website:
A Big Green Alert Premium subscription features the same comprehensive writing and reporting that has earned Vermont and New Hampshire Press Association recognition in past years.
Every game, home and away, is covered with a preview on Friday night, at least one story on Saturday night, a follow on Sunday, and the always popular Optimist-Pessimist on Monday.
Every single preseason and regular fall practice session over the first 10 years of BGA has been covered with a full-length story, featuring coach or player quotes. Double-session practice days bring two stories.
There are least 8 stories posted on the site each week of the season, with at least one full-length story posted every day from the start of preseason until the final game.
BGA also offers full coverage of junior varsity football, the early-decision recruiting class, the regular-decision recruiting class and spring football.
Stories on games and practices are posted the same day they occur.
The cost of a subscription hasn't changed in seven years and will remain the same for the 2015 season. The hope is that rather than raising the price more people will sign up for arguably the most comprehensive coverage of any FCS team in the nation.

How You Can Help: You would think that after 10 years word of BGA would have gotten around but I was astonished while shooting photos at the Friends of Dartmouth Football Golf Classic how many former players hitting the white ball around Hanover Country Club had absolutely no idea about Green Alert. And these are people who feel strong enough about the program to come back and support it! If you like what you see, please spread the word to help BGA (and this site) keep going. Thank you.
A few more photos of the stadium project shot yesterday (and as always click 'em for a better look:

View from the football office in Floren Varsity House
The scaffolding is off the front of the press box.
The Dartmouth lettering mirrors that on Floren.
Note the railing at the front of the grandstand.
Even steps and hand-holds up the grandstand are welcomed additions.
One more photo from a few days ago, courtesy of the Dartmouth Sports Publicity office, shows off the unfinished inside of the press box where yours truly will be setting up camp this fall:

For a Dartmouth release on the three alums representing the United States at the 2015 IAAF World (Track) Championships at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing from Aug. 22-30, CLICK HERE.
Speaking of Dartmouth alums, if you don't think Kyle Hendricks had a magical performance in getting the win last night for the Chicago Cubs on ESPN, check out THIS STORY. Hendricks pitched six shutout innings, fanning six, walking one and allowing just three hits.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fast Company


When you are on a "What they're saying," along with a Dallas Cowboy quarterback and the Auburn head coach people you are in fast company. This screen grab is from the website for STRIVR, the virtual reality training system purchased by Dartmouth, the Cowboys, Auburn, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Stanford (which probably got it gratis ;-).   (Click the photo to enlarge.)

Tech Times has just posted a lengthy story about STRIVR under the headline, All You Need To Know About Virtual Reality Training In College Football And The NFL. (LINK)

From the story:
As of Sunday (June 28), (STRIVR CEO and founder Derek) Belch estimated that the number of college football teams using STRIVR's virtual reality platform will double by the time training camp begins in late July to early August. Although the Cowboys are the only NFL team that has officially signed with the company, Belch says STRIVR has an agreement in principle with two other teams and is waiting response from three more league franchises.
"We could easily have anywhere from five to 10 NFL teams come training camp time," Belch tells Tech Times.
 Belch explaining to Tech Times how the system will help a quarterback:
"Pretty much when he puts [the headset] on and he's going to have his eyes as if he was on the field. You're going to look down, you're going to look up and you're going to look left and right. You're going to be right there on the practice field. From a mental training standpoint, he's able to go through—without running around hard and maybe he won't sweat, but without physically exerting himself too much—he's able to get reps from a mental standpoint. For that position, it's absolutely invaluable as far as improving your reaction time and decision making."
In his CFL debut with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers former Dartmouth safety Garrett Waggoner had one STT in a 30-26 win over Saskatchewan. Yeah, I couldn't figure out what an STT was either. A little Googling later I was feeling pretty foolish because it's pretty simple. Special Teams Tackle.
Driving back up to the shoulder of Moose Mountain yesterday I noticed the odometer on our 1984 VW Westfalia camper was hitting a milestone. Check it out:


In case you are wondering, that means the 31-year-old vehicle has by far the fewest miles on it of our three vehicles. Helps that it spends half the year hibernating.

The VW bus, by the way, comes in handy doing BGA. Double-sessions in preseason are becoming a thing of the past but when Dartmouth holds them I write up the first one in the VW, take a quick nap instead of driving home, and then cover the second session. Here's a look a the BGA mobile headquarters, which sleeps two in the upper bunk and two on the main level, and has a fridge, sink, stove, hanging closet and plenty of storage. And no, it's not for sale. Ever ;-). Click photos for a better look:


When I have pressing deadlines on freelance work during the summer I'll often drive the VW to a quiet overlook, push up the top and get down to work. With no phone, Internet, fridge, TV or other temptations it's a great place to work and I'll be tickling the keys in it today.

It could really use a paint job but the estimate I got a couple of years ago was for significantly more than we paid for it 21 years ago.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Musings

You've seen a bunch of photos of the new grandstand and press box taken from the field. Here's a look from the press box, courtesy of the Dartmouth sports publicity office. The view will be a lot better when the scaffolding is removed ;-) 
While a story on the Leesburg Today site is centered around Harvard-bound football player Noah Reimers being the 2014-15 Virginia High School League Group 5A Male Student-Athlete of the Year, several current and future Dartmouth players get a mention, including Reimers' Tuscarora High teammate David Chalmers. Also mentioned in the story are Woodgrove wide receiver Dylan Mellor, Heritage defensive back Chris Aguemon and Tuscarora grad Anders Peterson, who is on a Mormon mission before heading to Dartmouth as an offensive lineman.
KiJuan Ware, a popular Dartmouth assistant in 2004-05 now coaching quarterbacks at Williams, will work with the Denver Broncos this summer as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program. Find a brief mention HERE.
While a Dartmouth alum works on developing a better metric for determining the top athletic departments in the Ivy League, the Learfield Sports Directors Cup tries to do the same thing nationally based on 10 men's and 10 women's sports. (Find the full national rankings HERE.)

With the conclusion of the NCAA's spring sports season, Clearfield's top 10 athletic programs are:
1. Stanford
2. UCLA
3. USC
4. Florida
5. North Carolina
6. Virginia
7. Ohio State
8. Penn State
9. Texas
10. Notre Dame

And how did the Ivies rank?
41. Princeton
53. Harvard
67. Columbia
78. Dartmouth
80. Penn
91. Brown
94. Yale
112. Cornell

An Ivy League release noting that the average of 76.8 led all 27 non-Power 5 conferences (LINK) sent me back to check how the Ivy's sister conference ranked. The Patriot League football schools:
59. Georgetown
131. Fordham
139. Lehigh
210. Bucknell
253. Colgate
253. Lafayette
NR Holy Cross


Dartmouth '14 Abbey D'Agostino (orange shorts)  is headed to the World Championships in Beijing after finishing third in the 5,000 at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Oregon. How close was the race? The winner finished in 15:06.44, the second-place finisher in 15:06.45 and D'Agostino in 15:06.59, just over a half second ahead of the fourth-place finisher.

The Salem News has a brief of D'Agostino, who had been hampered by injury since turning professional. (LINK)

Here's a post-race interview with D'Agostino:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ouch

A second incoming freshman will miss his first season with the Dartmouth football team according to his local paper.

Northjersey.com has a story reporting that Harrison Farber, an athletic 6-foot-2, 208 linebacker from Cresskill, N.J., will be sidelined recovering from a repair of his second torn labrum. From the story:
Farber had surgery on his left shoulder in mid-December, and his right shoulder was surgically repaired in April. He said his left shoulder is close to 100 percent, but he continues undergoing physical therapy for his right.
Farber will be joined on the sidelines by David Chalmers, a 6-3, 260 defensive end from Leesburg, Va., and Tuscarora High School who coach Buddy Teevens said earlier this spring would likely be out this fall as a result of knee surgery.

Both players will be able to petition for medical redshirts after their senior year – as long as the Ivy League continues to grant them.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a first-person story by Karen Zingle Zegel about the football life and death of her son Patrick Risha '05, who an autopsy showed had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. She writes:
We didn’t know then what we know now — that repetitive blows to the head cause this horrible disease. Now, in an effort to save other young men from Patrick’s fate, we have started a nonprofit organization and website, StopCTE.org, to bring awareness to this inherent problem in tackle football.
Patrick Risha did not play for Buddy Teevens, but the Dartmouth coach is well aware of the dangers of CTE. It's one of the reasons he's on the vanguard of the no-tackling-in-practice movement. A story in Arkansas' Log Cabin Democrat about the Practice Like Pros initiative includes this:
Dartmouth College coach Buddy Teevens decided to find ways to practice without contact.
Teevens’ teams tackle 10 days out of the year, which are its 10 gamedays.
This has caused a 50 percent drop in missed tackles for Dartmouth and a better record because it keeps players fresher throughout the season.
Roger Pezzuti '66, a star running back at Wayne Valley HS in New Jersey before continuing his career at Dartmouth, is a member of the 2015 Wayne Valley Hall of Fame. He gets a mention in this STORY.

An eBay sale lists a Harvard-Dartmouth freshman game ticket for Nov. 6, 1948 as costing $15. Interestingly, it's also a season ticket for seven games. Times have changed. There aren't seven freshman games anymore. In fact, there aren't even freshman teams. And the idea of charging for a season's worth of games to get into one wouldn't work on any level.

Find the ticket for sale HERE.
An opinion piece in the Daily Pennsylvanian calls on the football team to be the lynchpin of a resurrection of the school's slumping athletic fortunes. Find the piece HERE.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

An Intelligent Dummy

A scenic to start  your day. My daily hike out our back door and up Moose Mountain ends at South Peak, which affords a nice view of Goose Pond. Part of Goose, which is larger than you would think from this picture (it has six miles of shoreline) is in Hanover, but to get there you have to drive around the mountain. The peak in the background is Cardigan. Click the photo for a better view.
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On my daily rounds I discover a lot of material for this site but I can't find it all, which is why I appreciate the occasional link sent this way. Not having a Facebook account (and obnoxiously proud of that fact) I hadn't seen the following, which was shared by a friend:


What is it, you ask. It's a Mobile Tackling Target being developed by Dartmouth engineers (including former defensive tackle Elliot Kastner '13 in cooperation with football coach Buddy Teevens. The idea is to have a motorized device to allow players to practice tackling without getting hurt.

Read about what the marketing wannabe in me would like to call an "intelligent dummy" HERE.

Here's a video on how it was developed:


And here's Teevens talking about it:



Former jayvee quarterback Sean Furey '05 saved the best for last, uncorking a personal record 272-foot, 7-inch throw to win the javelin at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., and earn a berth on the U.S. team headed to China in August. (LINK)

Find more about Furey HERE.
Garrett Waggoner begins his CFL career tonight as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As a rookie Wags is third on the depth chart at the Will linebacker spot. The game is available online on ESPN3 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Roster Musings

The Dartmouth football roster has been updated for the 2015 season. Find the full roster HERE.

There are 33 seniors, 30 juniors, 32 sophomores and 34 freshmen listed.

Although the heights and weights will likely be adjusted once the players report it's always fun to check out the extremes.

The three lightest players at 160 pounds are senior receiver KJ Booze, sophomore receiver Emory Thompson and freshman running back Matthew Shearin. In all there are six players listed at 170 pounds or less.

The three heaviest players are sophomore defensive lineman Davaron Stockman at 345 pounds, junior offensive lineman Zach Davis at 315 and sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Yoje at 305 pounds. All totaled there are five players listed at 300 or more pounds.

At 5-foot-7, Booze and Shearin are the smallest players on the roster. There are 13 players under 5-10 and 33 under six feet.

The tallest players on the team are listed at 6-6, and there's a handful of them. They are senior  offensive lineman Brendan Johnson, junior OL Zach Davis and freshman OL Matt Kaskey, freshman tight end Kevin Barrett and junior wide receiver Joseph Cook. There are a whopping 30 players listed at 6-4 or taller.
Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens was an early adopter of the no tackling in practice philosophy and as such has developed a national profile in the movement. He'll be sharing his thoughts and experiences about the new way of practicing in a variety of far-flung venues this summer. From a Dartmouth release (LINK):
Dartmouth’s Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens will join three NFL Hall of Famers, three All-Pros and a Super Bowl coach at the Practice Like Pros clinics that are being held throughout the country this summer. Coach Teevens is scheduled to make his first appearance as a panelist on Friday at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Summer Clinic at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Resort, Daytona Beach, Florida.
The clinics, presented by Safe Kids Worldwide and Children’s Motrin, will demonstrate progressive practice techniques to high school football coaches in 10 states nationwide. Among the panelists will be NFL Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett and Dan Hampton, All-Pros Maurice Jones-Drew, Cornelius Bennett and Leonard Marshall, as well as Super Bowl coach Sam Wyche.
Dartmouth alum Ben True finished second behind Galen Rupp in the 10,000 at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., to qualify for the World Championships. (LINK)

True was the subject of a recent profile in Outside magazine under the headline, Is Ben True America’s Next Running Hero? The 29-year-old phenom shares his uncensored opinions on doping in his sport

Advancing to the finals in the 1,500 were Will Geoghegan '14, who is finishing his career as an Oregon graduate student, and Norwich, Vt., product Andrew Wheating, who won the race. Wheating ran for Oregon after former Dartmouth men's basketball coach Dave Faucher recognized his potential running a time trial as a high school soccer player. Find a story about the 1,500 qualifying HERE.

Find Geoghegan's Dartmouth bio HERE, and his Oregon bio HERE. Read more about Wheating HERE.

Green Alert Take: Yet again, a former Ivy League athlete who is not allowed to compete as a grad student at his undergraduate school is listed as a transfer at his new school. At the newspaper I wrote several stories about Dartmouth grads who very much would have preferred to complete their careers at Dartmouth but weren't allowed to do so by Ivy rules. To a person, they were rankled by the "transfer" nomenclature, which they thought suggested an unhappiness with Dartmouth that did not exist.