Sunday, March 18, 2018


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Cold, clear skies last night made for a gorgeous sunset seen from Moose Mountain. With the temperature dropping to a brisk 4-below overnight there's not a whole lot of melting going on ;-)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Winter's Day

A very quick video from Dartmouth football:

Princeton Tigers Football has an overhead photo of the bubble on its football field and a story noting that in addition to the bubble there are an expanded locker room, new meetings rooms, a remodeled lounge and an auditorium all in the works. Coach Bob Surace:
“The biggest thing we do is teach. So we need a teaching environment that is proper. 
Our chemistry lab allows students to do amazing things. It’s no different in football–we need the tools to be able to instruct in a similar environment.
From the story:
 Into its third month of use, the dome remains a jarring sight from the outside and produces an even stranger sense upon entry.
The only reminder that you are actually still inside the stadium are the familiar markings–the Princeton midfield insignia and the Powers Field lettering–on the turf. 
Green Alert Take: I had that same sense walking into the bubble at Harvard. You almost have to keep reminding yourself that you are inside the stadium.

Green Alert Take II: Penn, Princeton and Columbia, the three southernmost schools in the Ivy League, all have bubbles. So does Harvard and there are murmurings that artificial turf at Yale Bowl will see a bubble in New Haven before long.

Green Alert Take III: It was 9 degrees when I walked the dog this morning and there's more than two feet of standing snow here on Moose Mountain. What is wrong with this picture?
That Certain Dartmouth '14 might have been one of the first people ever to play wiffle ball at the bottom of Grand Canyon a couple of days ago. She and three friends hiked down, went as far up toward the north rim as they could before the conditions pushed them back down, and ultimately returned to the south rim where it was snowing. Gearing up before their hike they stumbled across the wiffle ball sale and figured why not? It was about 70 degrees down at Phantom Ranch, perfect spring training weather ;-)

Friday, March 16, 2018

STATS Fills The Void

There was a time when every Ivy League school pulled together a comprehensive spring football prospectus with rosters, numbers of returning letterwinners/starters and an outlook for the team. Sadly, those days are behind us.

Fortunately, Craig Haley – one of the leading FCS experts in the nation and a former Princeton beat writer – has posted a spring Ivy League outlook on STATS. Here's his intro:
Harvard and Penn, which have dominated the league for two decades, stepped aside as champion Yale and surprising Columbia didn't just turn the league upside down, but did so with a number of young players in key positions. Even Cornell's struggling program knocked off Harvard and Princeton, the league's preseason co-favorites.
The old and the new should come together to form a deep title race in 2018.
And here's what he has to say about Dartmouth:
The quarterback job is the biggest storyline of the offseason, with juniors Jake Pallotta and Jimmy Fitzgerald (injured last season) and sophomore Derek Kyler trying to replace Jack Heneghan, who was excellent in his senior campaign. The other players in the skill positions are experienced, the depth will grow with running back Miles Smith being healthy and returning to his 2016 form. While the defense is strong on the back end, it's retooling up front. Defensive tackle Jackson Perry, who missed most of six games, can plug a whole (sic) in the middle.
CLICK HERE to read the full STATS look at the Ivy League.

Green Alert Take: The takeaway from Craig's stuff is Yale looks to be tough again, watch out for Princeton with the return to action of some talented players Dartmouth didn't see last fall, and if you think Harvard is going away after a disappointing year, think again.
From the Worcester Telegram regarding Holy Cross:
A month after college leadership decided to keep the college’s “Crusader” nickname, Holy Cross President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs announced in a message this week the school will drop its knight mascot.
In a letter to alumni, students, faculty and staff, the Rev. Boroughs said the Crusader knight, which adorns much of the college’s paraphernalia, “inevitably ties us directly to the reality of the religious wars and the violence of the Crusades.”
Green Alert Take: Think what you will about the decision, commenters on the message boards are having a field day. One wondered about the future of the saying, "a knight in shining armor," and another asked if the time will come when the Big Green's Sept. 22 opponent mulls removing "Holy" and "Cross" from its name.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Couple Of Highlight Videos

With Dartmouth's Pro Day approaching, All-Ivy League defensive lineman Nick Tomkins' highlight video has been posted. Tomkins, listed at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, is getting looks as a possible offensive lineman. He posted 71 tackles over the past two seasons, earning a spot on the All-Ivy second team both years.

The NFL Draft Scout page has posted what it has labeled The Top 2018 Prospects by College and for Dartmouth it lists RB Ryder Stone, QB Jack Heneghan, tight end Cameron Skaff, defensive ends Tomkins and Brennan Cascarano and linebacker Eric Meile.

Posted last month was a highlight video for 5-foot-8, 185-pound Dartmouth defensive back Jarius Brown:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ready For Spring

Confirmed it this morning. Dartmouth's Green-White Spring Football Game is slated for Saturday, May 5.
Speaking of spring (?) the snow that dropped a good 18 inches or more on us yesterday continued all day and into the night. It is snowing as we speak. We are expecting another 3-6 inches today. 

A few years back our plow service had to bring in a backloader to move the piles back and give the plow somewhere to push the snow. We may be one snowfall away from that being necessary again. And guess what? Another big one could be on the way. Oh joy.

Griff the Wonder Dog is dwarfed in the driveway.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snow Foolin'

STATS has a spring look at Sacred Heart, Dartmouth's final 2018 nonconference opponent, and it reads like this:
It may not bode well for this season, but the Pioneers can grow with a lot of young talent in the program. The leadership must come from fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Duke, who will take a big step in the passing game. A more potent offense is key for the Pioneers because the defense is retooling with just three or four returning starters. They've won only three NEC games over the last two seasons, but were competitive in a number of the losses, so they're looking to turn the corner.
Sacred Heart went 4-7 last fall and that doesn't make it sound as if a breakthrough is imminent. With Holy Cross coming off a 4-7 record that cost Tom Gilmore his job and longtime Patriot League bottom-feeder Georgetown going 1-10 last fall Dartmouth's 2018 nonconference opponents were a combined 9-24 a year ago. It's hardly an imposing schedule, but maybe that's a good thing given the Big Green's Ivy League slate.

Over a four-week period Dartmouth has three long and tiring bus trips, with games at Columbia (508 miles round trip), Princeton (647 miles RT) and Cornell (596 miles RT). The lone home game? That's a breather against Harvard, and all the Crimson has done is defeat the Big Green 14 years in a row.
William & Mary has made the hiring of former Dartmouth wide receivers coach Jerry Taylor official. (LINK)
Loading Griff the Wonder Dog up in the car yesterday to disappear for an hour while yet another potential house buyer wandered through the world headquarters of BGA here on Moose Mountain I found myself thinking about an old friend who played pro baseball. I remember him telling me that when he was in the low minors he lived in a model home to save money. It was no problem when his team was on the road, but every day when they played at home he had to get up and out of the house by a certain hour, being sure to neatly make his bed and put everything in its proper place. Me? I lug a bunch of junk out of the house, stuff it in the car for our drive and then lug it back in when Griff and I return. It's a hassle with a few writing deadlines fast approaching but it's the cost of doing business.

We've got another showing tomorrow but I'm not at all sure it's going to happen. Local schools have already been called off and the hourly forecast is suggesting we could get snow right until tomorrow morning. My weather app is calling for 11-16 more inches. Trust me, it's just what we need. Not.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Upon Further Review

A play-by-play broadcaster for Sacred Heart football has posted 11 minutes from his call of last fall's Dartmouth-Sacred Heart football game. Of note about 8:30 into the piece is the Northeast Conference officials heading to the sidelines to review a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. The review upheld the TD in a 29-26 Big Green win. While it is widely anticipated that the Ivy League will adopt video review at some point in the near future, it won't be in place when the teams meet this fall in Hanover.

The Dartmouth men's ice hockey team saw its season end in the rubber game of the ECAC Quarterfinals last evening as Harvard took a 4-2 win before an announced crowd of 877.
In the Ivy League men's basketball tournament yesterday it was Penn advancing to the NCAA Tournament with a 68-65 win over Harvard in a game of big runs. On the women's side it was Princeton crushing Penn, 63-34.

The Quakers were saddled with a 16 seed in the men's tournament and will play Kansas on Thursday.

The women's NCAA draw will be tonight.

No attendance was listed on box scores for either championship game at the Palestra.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Still More Snow And Ice

Freshman Katharine Ogden of Landgrove, Vt., won her second – and Dartmouth's fourth – individual national championship on the final day of the NCAA's at Steamboat Spring, Colo., capturing the 15K freestyle. She also won the 5K classical. Earlier in the week, sophomore Tanguy Nef won the slalom and senior Brian McLaughlin the giant slalom.

The four individual championships helped Dartmouth finish third in the team competition. The top five schools and their point totals:

1. Denver 603
2. Colorado 563
3. Dartmouth 448.5
4. Utah 385.5
5. Vermont 330
The Dartmouth men's ice hockey team will play the deciding game in its ECAC quarterfinal series with Harvard today after the Crimson took yesterday's game, 7-1, to even the series at 1-1. Dartmouth  won Friday's opener, 4-1. Today's game from Cambridge will be carried on NESN at 5 p.m.
Jay Greenberg has a terrific look at how former Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff might have been viewed at his Pro Day in the Tigers’ bubble HERE. Columbia also had a Pro Day in its bubble. (LINK). No idea if Penn is using its bubble for a Pro Day for receiver Justin Watson, but it is being used for spring practice, which began Feb. 26. Lots-o-bubbles, no?
The STATS look at CAA football in the spring includes this:
A 15th straight appearance in the FCS playoffs appears to be a formality for the (New Hampshire) Wildcats. With 18 returning starters (eight on offense and 10 on defense), they may surpass last year's run to the national quarterfinals. Senior quarterback Trevor Knight is coming off a breakout season . . .
New Hampshire is not on the Dartmouth schedule this fall but barring a change, the incoming freshmen will play UNH in Durham on Oct. 16 of their senior year.
The Ivy League basketball tournaments, each featuring the top four teams in the standings, finish today.

Yesterday it was the Harvard men blowing out Cornell, 74-55, and Penn pounding Yale, 80-57. Harvard and Penn will play today at noon on ESPN2. Harvard and Penn are co-Ivy League champions with the tournament deciding only the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

On the women's side it was former Dartmouth standout and assistant coach Courtney Banghart's Princeton team taking the measure of Yale, 78-57, and Penn edging Harvard, 57-52. Princeton and Yale will play on ESPNU at 4 p.m. today for the right to go to the NCAA's. Princeton won the Ivy League title.

The tournament is being played at the Palestra on the Penn campus.