Saturday, June 23, 2018

Teevens Talk

Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens TEDx talk on a paradigm shift in his sport has been posted:

It was a long night for Ryder Stone's Montreal Alouettes, who were pummeled by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their home opener Friday, 56-10.

Stone, the former Dartmouth tailback, had one carry for one yard. Interestingly, the carry came one play after backup Montreal quarterback Jeff Mathews, the former Cornell standout, was intercepted. The Blue Bomber who picked off Mathews fumbled and Stone recovered to hand the ball back to his fellow Ivy League grad.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Game Time(s)

Dartmouth has announced game times for the 2018 football season and there are no real surprises.

Sept. 15 Georgetown 1:30
Sept. 22 at Holy Cross 1:05
Sept. 29 Penn 1:30
Oct. 5 at Yale 6:00 (Friday)
Oct. 13 Sacred Heart 6:00
Oct. 20 at Columbia 1:30
Oct. 27 Harvard 1:30
Nov. 3 at Princeton TBA
Nov. 10 at Cornell 1:30
Nov. 17 Brown 1:30

Green Alert Take: The guess here is that Dartmouth at least thought about playing Georgetown or Penn at night, but neither of the two most-distant opponents on the Big Green's home slate figured to be excited about traveling into the wee hours to get home. From that perspective, Sacred Heart makes the most sense for a home night game given that playing the Homecoming game (Harvard) at night wouldn't have been very well-received by a lot of alumni.

Green Alert Take II: A Friday night in New Haven? Argh :-(

Green Alert Take III: The last time the Ivy League rejiggered the schedule it flipped the Penn road game to odd-numbered years, which eased the Big Green's arduous travel schedule. No longer were all of the longest possible conference trips in the same year. Unfortunately, the new schedule, which sees Dartmouth ending with Brown instead of Princeton beginning this fall, makes the second half of the 2018 schedule particularly grueling. Think about it. Oct. 20 at Columbia. That's a long trip against a team that's clearly on the rise. Oct. 27 Harvard at home. OK, home is good but Harvard is Harvard, and if it wasn't necessarily Harvard last year, don't expect that to continue. One week later it's a game at Princeton. If Yale isn't the Ivy preseason favorite when the media poll comes out Aug. 8, Princeton probably will be. One week after that it's the long trip to improving Cornell. Add it up and that's three really long trips in four weeks, a span broken up only by a home game against a team Buddy Teevens hasn't beaten in his second stint in Hanover. Oh, and for good measure, the last game before the Murderer's Row is at Yale, the defending champion which will have a little extra incentive against the only team to beat it last year. The nonconference schedule might be a little soft again this fall, but given the second half of the season that's probably a good thing.
The official NCAA home attendance figures from last year are out (LINK):

Average Ivy League Home Attendance
Yale 18,940
Harvard 10, 411
Princeton 7,366
Cornell 6,793
Columbia 6,672
Dartmouth 5,512
Penn 5,275
Brown 2,999

Average Patriot League Home Attendance
Holy Cross 7,200
Lehigh  7,138
Lafayette 5,589
Colgate 4,788
Fordham 4,681
Bucknell 2,886
Georgetown 2,166

Others Of Interest
Sacred Heart 3,075
New Hampshire 11,024
Massachusetts 10,707

Green Alert Take: As bad as Brown's attendance was, the shocker is Penn. First the Palestra becomes a ghost town now Franklin Field. Yikes. And then there's UMass. They leave behind old rivals like UNH to go "big time" and then draw fewer fans. How much to you think they wish they could have a do over?
Potential Ivy League recruits would do well to heed some advice about the use of social media from new Nebraska football coach Scott Frost. This is from the Omaha World-Herald:
"I’ll tell you this right now — if there’s anything negative about women, if there’s anything racial or about sexuality, if there’s anything about guns or anything like that, we’re just not going to recruit you, period. Piece of advice for you — what you put on social media, that’s your résumé to the world. That’s what you’re trying to tell the world you’re all about. That’s how you’re advertising yourself. Be smart with that stuff.”
Frost said prospects shouldn’t tweet anything their mom wouldn’t be OK with reading. 
“We will quickly drop somebody if there’s something bad on there,” Frost reiterated about social media.
Green Alert Take: I watch Twitter pretty closely to dig up recruiting information and sometimes I shudder, and not just as those potential recruits who refer to Dartmouth University. There absolutely have been kids who ended up in the Ivy League who Scott Frost would have walked away from based on their social media résumés.
Catch former Dartmouth tailback Ryder Stone and the Montreal Alouettes tonight on ESPN2 at 7.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Happy summer!
A STATS story on nonconference games got me thinking about who the Ivies are playing this fall. Here's the breakdown of how many games the Ancient Eight will play against various conferences in 2018:

10 – Patriot League
4 – CAA
4 – Northeast
3 – Pioneer
1 – Big Sky
1 – Big South
1 – Southern

Patriot League – Georgetown (Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth); Holy Cross (DartmouthHarvard, Yale); Lehigh (Penn, Princeton); Colgate (Cornell); Bucknell (Penn)

CAA – Rhode Island (BrownHarvard); Maine (Yale); Delaware (Cornell)

Northeast – Sacred Heart (DartmouthCornellPenn); Central Connecticut (Columbia)

Pioneer – San Diego (Harvard); Butler (Princeton); Marist (Columbia)

Southern – Mercer (Yale)

Big South – Monmouth (Princeton)

Big Sky – Cal Poly (Brown)

The Patriot League, by the way, will be playing nine games against CAA teams in addition to two games against Army, one against Navy and one against Boston College as it ratchets up the nonconference schedule.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Back To Muleshoe

What were the chances there would be two mentions of Muleshoe, Texas appearing in this electronic precinct in three days? It's happening ;-)

SportsDay has a story about Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley noting there was a chance he might have ended up battling for the quarterback job in Hanover after a solid career at Muleshoe High School, the alma mater of former Dartmouth DB Joe Adams. From the Dallas Morning News SportsDay story about Riley, who graduated from Muleshoe in 2002:
When Riley filled out recruiting questionnaires, his SAT and ACT scores made more impact with some coaches than his measurable football skills. Seemingly overnight, the Ivy League discovered Muleshoe.
Who knows what would have become of Riley had he gone to Dartmouth, which seemed most interested, instead of his eventual landing spot at Texas Tech. 
 Murry Bowden was mentioned in Monday's BGA Daily.
Curious who Dartmouth's nonconference opponents are playing in their other nonconference games? Suffice it to say Holy Cross has the toughest nonconference schedule and Georgetown has the easiest.

Holy Cross
Boston College
New Hampshire

Sacred Heart


Find each of their schedules HERE along with schedules for all FCS teams.
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After just about a month in the tiny house we are calling home this summer – and a day before the summer solstice – we arose early today to head to the top of the mountain behind us and watch the sun rise over the Connecticut River, which is bathed in fog. In case you are wondering, sunrise was at 5:05.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Making The Game Safer

A short video with Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens talking about making football safer is introduced with this blurb:
Dartmouth Football has been a pioneer of safety innovation for nearly a decade. With Coach Teevens at the helm, Dartmouth football eliminated all player-on-player tackling in practice.  In 2016 they continued their safety mission by installing a Brock Shock Pad System for their Artificial Turf Field.

The announcement of the next class in the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame included a familiar name. From a report:
Jake Crouthamel: Former Syracuse University athletic director who oversaw the construction of the Carrier Dome and the expansion of many programs and facilities. He was also one of the founding figures of the Big East conference. Crouthamel was an outstanding football player at Dartmouth and was the first player signed by NFL's expansion Dallas Cowboys. As a football coach he led Dartmouth to three consecutive Ivy League championships. 
There's always a chance when the offspring of a former Dartmouth standout turns out to be a national recruit that Dartmouth might steal one. While early reports suggested the Big Green was on the radar screen of a top quarterback it was not to be as this one will play at Missouri after graduating a year from now. From a Dayton (Ohio) Daily News story under the headline, Alter’s Connor Bazelak, top QB in Ohio, announces his college decision:
While his father, Lenny, is a member of the Xenia High School Athletics Hall of Fame after starring in three sports for the Buccaneers and playing college basketball at Dartmouth, older sisters Maddie and Libby were Alter basketball stars. Libby plays basketball at Duquesne, where Maddie is a member of the volleyball team. 
Now Connor is the No. 1 pro-style quarterback prospect in Ohio and No. 20 in the nation. 
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder threw for 1,097 yards and ran for 146 last season for the Knights, who went 9-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Commence The Next Chapter

Dartmouth football has posted a short graduation video. All the usual warnings about turning down the volume (or better yet muting it) if you are of a certain age:

Mixed reviews for Dartmouth's two Canadian Football League Rookies. Tailback Ryder Stone returned two kickoffs for 40 yards and was credited with a special teams tackle but his Montreal Alouettes dropped a 22-10 decision at the BC Lions.

Former linebacker Flo Orimolade had no stats for the Calgary Stampeders, but the Stamps claimed a 28-14 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Thanks to a good friend of BGA for sharing a couple of snapshots highlighting another former Big Green great and 2003 College football Hall of Fame inductee Murry Bowden:

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Here are a few snaps from the Friends of Dartmouth Football Golf Outing, which attracted a record field of more than 140 duffers along with a few golfers. Look closely and you might see former Dartmouth coach Jake Crouthamel, Delaware governor John Carney, Friends of Dartmouth Football Emeritus Bob Downey, Charlie Miller of the Jacksonville Jaguars, John Mosley of the New York Yankees college football development and more than one player who "the older he gets the better he was." (Click the pictures to enlarge them.)


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Couple Of Alumni Notes

On the morning of the Friends of Dartmouth Football golf outing that brings a lot of former players back to Hanover, two alumni notes:

This screen shot from the May 29 Florida Times-Union shows former Dartmouth safety Charlie Miller going up against DJ Hayden during organized team activities. Check out the original page HERE.

Miller spent much of the 2017 season on the Jaguars' practice squad. Find his Jacksonville bio HERE.

By the way, if you want to watch a couple of Charlie Miller's teammates in action you can do so tonight. Flo Orimolade and the Calgary Stampeders will be on ESPN2 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 7 and Ryder Stone and the Montreal Alouettes will be on The Deuce against the BC Lions at 10.
Dartmouth-bound tight end Joe Kramer of Westwood HS (New Jersey) was selected as offensive MVP of the Bergen County All-Star game made a 28-yard diving catch in the back of the end zone to put the icing on a 21-7 win for his team. (LINK)

Looking as if he could still line up and take down a ballcarrier, Brent Frei '88 used a football analogy to help explain his hiring philosophy in an interview with Geekwire. (LINK)

Frei has founded and several successful tech companies including Onyx Software, TerraClear, HarvestWest Investments and Smartsheet. From the recent GeekWire story:
Frei recalled playing a college football game at Dartmouth as a defensive end. He tried to sack the quarterback, but an offensive lineman kept tackling him — a clear penalty, but the referee didn’t throw a flag.
Frei’s coach lit into him on the sidelines, demanding that he work harder. Frei tried to explain what happened with the opponent’s illegal move.
“Well, OK, then we are going to lose,” the coach said.
That moment stuck with Frei for the rest of his life. Everyone has a valid excuse for why they can’t be successful — so what are you going to do to overcome what’s unfair, or what’s too difficult?
“It was real lesson in determination, effort, and never quitting,” Frei said.
Geekwire wrote about Frei's return to his farming roots and the technology advance it led to in a story in April. (LINK)