Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

The Nor'easter barely missed us, thankfully. Not a flake of snow.

Some of the most interesting athletes on the Dartmouth campus are distance runners and the New York Times already this month has profiled two of them.

From the Times:
(Dartmouth valedictorian Erik Hagerman '86) swore that he would avoid learning about anything that happened to America after Nov. 8, 2016.
“It was draconian and complete,” he said. “It’s not like I wanted to just steer away from Trump or shift the conversation. It was like I was a vampire and any photon of Trump would turn me to dust.”
 It was just going to be for a few days. But he is now more than a year into knowing almost nothing about American politics. He has managed to become shockingly uninformed during one of the most eventful chapters in modern American history. He is as ignorant as a contemporary citizen could ever hope to be.
Read the full story on Hagerman HERE. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine profiled Erik and twin brother (and fellow Dartmouth runner Kris Hagerman) HERE.

And then there's Chris Zablocki '10, a 29-year-old doctor who set a world record for the indoor marathon, taught on an atoll in the Marshall Islands and, as the Times writes . . .
. . . spent just over a month in the marine corps. Failing to master synchronized heel pivots of marching drills or proper blousing of his pants, he received the most chits of any of his classmates and was punished repeatedly.
“Joining the marines sounded like an exciting thing to do,” he said. “But it turned out, I couldn’t follow the rules. I was just bad.”
Read the full story on Zablocki HERE. His Dartmouth track and cross country bio is HERE.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Walz' Wheels

Zack Walz '98, the former Dartmouth linebacker and Arizona Cardinals teammate of the late Pat Tillman,  donated the 1968 Chevrolet Impala the two owned as NFL rookies to have it turned into a rolling tribute that will be sold to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. According to the story above, Tillman and Walz, who were high school opponents, turned the car into a "party vehicle, removing the convertible top and installing a huge audio system."

Check out a story from last November HERE. There's another story with pictures of the car (and Zack) HERE.

I've posted a link to this before but for a story I wrote about Zack Walz and Pat Tillman click HERE.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NYC Bound

Missed this earlier but assistant strength coach Joe Gilfedder, an all-conference football player at Ithaca who helped head strength coach Spencer Brown train the Big Green, is headed to Fordham to  take over the Patriot League school's strength program. The Fordham release says he "will be responsible for the administration of the strength training and conditioning program for 22 intercollegiate teams."

At Dartmouth Gilfedder worked with men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s alpine skiing and sailing in addition to helping with football.

Find the Fordham release announcing his appointment HERE, and Gilfedder's bio HERE.
From a story about Penn wide receiver Justin Watson at his Pro Day:
The funny thing about 40 times, you can run it once and 21 scouts can have 14 different times. The case here. (Penn coach Ray) Priore asked the scout right in front of him what he had on his stopwatch and the guy said 4.35. Some had numbers under 4.4, others just over. Penn’s football group talked among themselves about what the school should put out since there is no official number like at the NFL scouting combine. They decided the consensus should be about 4.42, since if they put out that Watson had run under 4.4, some teams might argue the point.
You can quibble all you want about the inexact 40 time but it's clear Watson is faster than people thought. While the scout who suggested he could be picked in the top four rounds of the draft may be guilty of a little hyperbole, better-than-expected speed, a 40-inch vertical, solid showings in the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games and a good workout on his pro day have put Watson in the conversation to hear his name called late next month.

Watson finished his career second all-time among Ivy League players for receiving yards (3,777) and third in catches (286) and touchdowns (33 receiving).

Against Dartmouth he had 25 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns over his four years. Last fall he caught six passes for 55 yards and one touchdown against the Big Green.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Familiar Name From A Different Sport

The 247Sports sites lists more than 50 high school juniors purportedly "offered" by Dartmouth:

It's silly to spend much time looking over lists like this because precious few of these kids will end up at Dartmouth. But because he was first on the list I did happen to notice the name of highly regarded quarterback Connor Bazelak, whose offer list is as long as your arm.

That Connor Bazelak happened to be from Kettering, Ohio caught my attention because one of the best 3-point shooters in Dartmouth basketball history happened to be Len Bazelak '88, who grew up in Xenia, Ohio, but now lives in Kettering.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Lenny, by the way, is the only Dartmouth player to shoot better than 45 percent from 3 two times, and holds the school record with 46.6 percent shooting from long range.

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: