Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pro Days

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicked off their CFL season with a loss to Montreal last night. If you watched the game on ESPN2 you might have spotted former Dartmouth captain Garrett Waggoner '13 playing special teams for Winnepeg. Check out his Blue Bombers bio HERE. has a story about Indianapolis defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, a Dartmouth assistant under Buddy Teevens from 1988-91. Find the story HERE.

This is his old Dartmouth bio:
Dartmouth already has one pitcher on the Chicago Cubs' staff. Could it have two in a few years? Looking to join Kyle Hendricks '12  is Duncan Robinson '16, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander selected by the Cubbies in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

A loyal BGA reader from away shared this Wrigleyville "Catching Up With" feature on the lanky Texan.

As for Hendricks, he is in the headlines for something he did last night (LINK):
Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks made history Friday, becoming the first starting pitcher since at least 1900 to allow one hit in a minimum of five innings, with that hit being a grand slam, according to . . .
Hendricks recorded five strikeouts but departed with the game tied, giving him his first no-decision since May 11 against the San Diego Padres. His record remained at 5-6 while his ERA improved from 2.94 to 2.76.
Chicago won, 5-4.

Friday, June 24, 2016

How About That

Because That Certain Dartmouth '14 has moved from Yellowstone to Everglades to Yellowstone and will next be stationed who-knows-where (Everglades again?) with the National Park Service ,she hasn't changed her mailing address.

That means her Dartmouth Alumni Magazine comes here, and paging through the latest edition of the magazine last night I stumbled across interesting news about a onetime Dartmouth football standout . . . 

Former linebacker Marshall Hyzdu '00 was announced in December as the president of legendary football power Archbishop Moeller High School in the Cincinnati suburbs. (LINK)

A former Moeller football captain, Hyzdu posted 82 tackles with two sacks in his senior season with the Big Green. He went on to his MBA at Michigan and came to Moeller after serving as Vice President of Commercial Marketing at Bridgestone. He previously served as Global Marketing Director at Valvoline and before that as Senior Brand Manager at Kraft.

For those of a certain age Moeller once defined high school football excellence. 

Under Gerry Faust, who started the Crusader program, Moeller went 178-23-2 between 1962 and 1980, winning four mythical national championships, posting seven undefeated seasons and capturing five Ohio state championships over his final six seasons. Overall, Moeller has had five national championships and produced 38 All-Americans according to its extensive game notes.

After having a 53-game winning streak in 1978 snapped Moeller set off on a 71-game streak between 1978 and '85. A Sports Illustrated story about Faust after he was hired away from Moeller by Notre Dame said that he had 18 assistant coaches, 25 student managers and could call on seven team doctors at the Cincinnati prep powerhouse. The Moeller game program at the time ran some 150 pages and average attendance was about 18,000 – even though the school did not have a home field under Faust.

Moeller won its last state title in 2013, went 10-4 in 2014 and slipped to an uncharacteristic 5-5 last fall. 

If the name Hyzdu rings a bell with baseball fans it's because his brother Adam – a former Moeller quarterback – played seven years in the big leagues including four years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and two short stints with the Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Dartmouth Way

Dartmouth has released a 20-minute video entitled The Dartmouth Way intended to help football teams around the country practice tackling safely, without ever tackling each other. Here's the video along with a few screen grabs to give you an abbreviated idea of what it includes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Catching Up

A Newsy video put out back when the Ivy League announced its ban on in-season tackling in practices features Dartmouth prominently:

Former offensive guard Clay Adams '93 has been named President and CEO of the local Mascoma Savings Bank. (LINK) Adams, who holds an MBA from Tuck, had been CEO of Vermont handmade glassware manufacturer Simon Pearce. (Thanks for the tip ;-)
Onetime Dartmouth football player Dr. Richard "Dick" Hastings '55 was inducted posthumously into Groton (NY) High School's Distinguished Graduate Hall of Fame earlier this month according to the Ithaca Journal. (LINK) The story notes that Hastings, who had lived in Woodstock, Vt., since retirement in 2000, "mentored many Dartmouth football players, and helped encourage and guide them toward medical and other professional careers." Hastings passed away in January. (LINK)
There's a saying in sportswriting that the smaller the ball the better the story and after covering two Masters, two US Opens, several PGA and LPGA Tour events and more state and regional opens than you can count, I'm here to tell you there's some truth to that. This week I've been staffing the Vermont Open and the young pro I wrote about yesterday has one heckuva story. Mandatory football content: When I saw Athletic Director Harry Sheehy at the Friends of Football Golf Classic Saturday he told me to tell the kid hello. Wonder why? Check out the story HERE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trusty Trustee

Missed this earlier but an email alerted me to the fact that a prominent Dartmouth football alum has been named a trustee of the college.

Joining the ranks of Dartmouth trustees is Jeff Blackburn '91, once a 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Concord, Mass.  Find the story on Dartmouth Now.

Blackburn, who had 60 tackles and an interception as a senior, is today Vice President of Business Development at Amazon. Blackburn has been labeled one of Amazon's all-stars by Fortune Magazine (link) and is on the short list of potential successors to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (link).

Blackburn went on to earn his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of business after graduating from Dartmouth.
One of Blackburn's teammates and classmates is also in the news.

The Boston Globe reports that former defensive tackle Mike O'Flynn '91, a product of Ipswich, Mass., was a featured speaker at the 30th Phelps Scholar-Athlete ceremony, honoring 14 accomplished student-athletes who were selected by Globe judges.

O'Flynn, now a managing partner at Choate Bridge Global Advisors, was one of the first scholar-athlete winners after the 1986-87 school year.
Jacob Kirkendall, video coordinator at Dartmouth in 2007, has been named associate director of football operations for the Tennessee Volunteers. (link) Kirkendall has been director of football operations at Eastern Michigan University since leaving Hanover.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Odds And Ends

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens addresses the Friends of Football meeting Saturday at the Hanover Inn as Byron Anderson, chairman of the group, and the MVP look on.
A few nuggets from Saturday's meeting of the Friends of Dartmouth Football . . .

• The new FieldTurf system for Memorial Field should arrive this week and will take about three weeks to fully install. The rubber infill (pellets) will be encapsulated in Dartmouth green, helping them blend into the field from above. "Low-spray" technology will keep more of the pellets on the field and out of shoes, shirts and washing machines ;-)

• The new indoor practice facility will be a full-width field stretching 70 yards with a 10-yard end zone and goal post at that end. Plans call for the 56,000-square foot facility to have inside clearance of 62.5 feet.

• The indoor facility should take 12 months to complete after final approval from the town, meaning if work begins this fall it should be available for the start of the 2017 season.

• Version 2.0 of the football program's website will debut this summer. (LINK)

• Dartmouth has made provisional "offers" to a record number of prospective recruits.

• After not having a quarterback on campus last summer, Dartmouth has quarterbacks 1A and 1B both in town this summer in sophomore Bruce Dixon IV and junior Jack Heneghan both here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Fine Day

There wasn't a cloud in the sky on a chamber of commerce day for the Friends of Dartmouth Football Golf Classic. A few snaps I took . . .

Silent warriors oversee the silent auction.
If you went away hungry it was your own fault ;-)
Chatting with Curt Oberg '78, center, and Byron Anderson '76, right, is all-time great defensive back Willie Bogan  '71, a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth and Rhodes Scholar who went on to earn a law degree from Stanford. Bogan was Dartmouth's honoree at the 2013 Ivy Football Association dinner. (LINK)
Saddle up!
Teammates in non-golfer Tim McManus' group were incredulous when his 160-yard approach to the  elevated second green dropped as if from a parachute four feet from the cup. Proving he's human, he missed the putt. Perhaps proving otherwise later in the round, he won a closest to the pin prize. McManus is a medical student at Ohio State.
Speaking of not human . . .

Saturday, June 18, 2016


The 19th annual Friends of Dartmouth Football Golf "Classic" is on tap today at Hanover Country Club. With so many former players on campus, this is the perfect opportunity to reach into the way back machine for a story from the Sports Illustrated Vault.

On Sept. 29, 1980 SI wrote about Jeff Kemp and Dave Shula, fellow members of the Class of 1981 and sons of famous fathers who would follow their dads into the NFL.

From the story:
Kemp and Shula . . .  differ in their opinions of what it's like to be the son of a famous father. "I hope people respect me for being Dave, not Don's son," Shula has said. He remembers, not so fondly, a moment after one game when the Dartmouth athletic director came up to him, stuck out his hand and said, "Great game. Congratulations, Don!" Kemp, however, never ceases to be impressed by his father. "The man's incredible," he says. "I'm proud when people call me his son."
Read the story The sons have also risen HERE.

With alums in town here's a follow-up on yesterday's posting about local artist Doug Henry's CAMPUSscapes. Doug will be set up on Main Street this weekend, with paintings and prints on hand. Stop by and take a look, or CLICK HERE to check out his website.
Summer in Hanover isn't too shabby. The following video from the football office was shot at the edge of campus.

Do stick with the video until the end to see 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive lineman Matt Kaskey get goaded into going off a towering rope swing and splashing into the Connecticut River: