Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Stuff

There's some interesting speculation in a New Haven Register notes column regarding the future of Yale Bowl. From the story:
There’s been no formal announcement and officials at Yale offer no comment. But, rest assured, artificial turf at the Yale Bowl is imminent. The upcoming season is expected to be the final one with natural grass.
Click the link to read more.

Green Alert: We'll see if it comes about but even this fan of the real thing believes the time has come. A game in the muck at the Bowl might call to mind football of the '50s, but these are not the 1950s. Tyler Varga's numbers would have been a lot more impressive and Zane Dudek will pile up a lot more yards if the Yale athletic administration does the right thing.
Sad news out of Florida with the passing of former Dartmouth running back Ellis Rowe '74. Rowe led the 1973 team with 445 rushing yards and was second on the '72 team with 394 yards. Rowe was honored with the 2015-16 Dartmouth Alumni Award.

A story out of Jacksonville about Ellis and Antoinette Rowe’s Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida also illustrates how much he believed in giving back. (LINK)

Here's a video the College did with Rowe after he won the Dartmouth Alumni Award:

Heading into the back country here in Colorado later today so BGA Daily postings will be sporadic for the next week.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Green With Envy

A writer for FootballScoop has compiled, A definitive, authoritative and completely correct ranking of every FCS school’s nickname.

The author's ranking for Ivy League schools:
1. Penn Quakers
2. Cornell Big Red
3. Dartmouth Big Green
4. Harvard Crimson
5. Yale Bulldogs
6. Brown Bears
7. Columbia Lions
8. Princeton Tigers

Green Alert Take: The author concedes up front he has fondness for "color" names. Color me confused ;-)

Green Alert Take II: Apart from Penn, the Ivy League doesn't have particularly creative nicknames.

Green Alert Take III: I wonder how the Ivy rankings would have played out in, say, 1970? (Think about it.)
Football was the big winner in the Dartmouth athletic department's third annual Varsity Alumni Participation Challenge. (LINK)
Happy Friday the 13th from Dillon, Colo., altitude 9,111 feet ;-)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Big Green Adds An Offensive Lineman

(Click HERE if video doesn't work.)

James McCarthy, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth HERE.

According to his Twitter account McCarthy chose Dartmouth over offers from Cornell, Army, New Hampshire and Monmouth. His Twitter says he was offered by Dartmouth way back in December.

McCarthy is the second player who has confirmed his decision to come to Hanover. Running back Sam Koscho of Sarasota, Fla., earlier announced his decision. (LINK)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1st And Forever

Bob Casciola, from 1966-68 an assistant coach under Dartmouth legend Bob Blackman before starting a couple of head coaching stints, has teamed up with best-selling author (and Brown grad) Jon Land in writing a book titled 1st and Forever.  In case you don't know about Casciola, here are his football bona fides from a media packet for the upcoming book:
Bob Casciola is the former president of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, a 14-year tenure in which he oversaw the Play It Smart program and the implementation of the NFL/NFF Coaching Academy, which annually educates more than 10,000 youth coaches. Bob played at Princeton University for Hall of Fame coaches Charley Caldwell and Dick Colman. A member of that Hall of Fame himself, Bob had previously served as head coach both of Princeton University and the University of Connecticut and served for 3 years as assistant coach to Hall of Fame head coach Bob Blackman at Dartmouth, in addition to a stint broadcasting college football games. In 2004, the NFF honored Bob with its Distinguished American Award, previously given to Vince Lombardi and Pete Rozelle. Bob Casciola currently lives in the Scottsdale, Arizona area.
So what is 1st and Forever about? From the Amazon page for the book, which will be available in hardcover on Aug. 28:
Part memoir and part homage to the game he loves, former National Football Foundation president Bob Casciola mounts a persuasive case in support of football’s relevance to life. 
Against a backdrop of increasing pressures and criticism of the game itself, 1st and Forever takes a stand to contend that football is vital by showcasing the inner character of those who’ve played the game. From European refugees who carved out their legacies between yard markers, to life-changing humanitarians inspired by their on-field experiences, to Hall of Fame players and coaches whose positive influence has extended far beyond the close of their careers, 1st and Forever stitches a tale of lives bettered, defined, and enriched by a sport that is like no other. 
As a long-time coach and former president of the National Football Foundation, Bob Casciola has served the game he loves for decades. In 1st and Forever, he takes that service to a new level by laying out his case for why, and how, football must be saved. Through a series of inspiring tales of his own experiences and interactions with many of those with whom he’s crossed paths, Bob makes a case that the future for football can be as bright as its past. 
1st and Forever illuminates that the experience of the game itself is too positive and beneficial to cast aside – especially for today’s youth, who deserve the same opportunity to shine on the field as well as off.
 Here is some advanced praise for 1st and Forever:
“Football is all American. It always has been and always will be. Yet, nobody has their heads in the sand, starting with Bob Casciola. His lessons learned on all levels provide a gateway to lessons to be learned in the future on all levels. 1st and Forever is both a feel good and feel enlightened read for football fans present and future.”
- Chris Berman, ESPN 
“The current concussion crisis that is plaguing football is a concern by all who love and appreciate the game. Concerned that the issue could prevent many young people from benefiting from the gridiron experience, Bob Casciola, one of football’s greatest ambassadors, who played and served as a coach and an administrator, has skillfully penned for us 1st and Forever, answering the question as to why football must be preserved. Thanks Bob!! This needed to be done.”Vince Dooley, College Football Hall of Fame coach
“Bob Casciola’s words resonate in these pages as football is under siege in this country. Great men have played this game, and if we’re not careful an entire generation of greatness may never see the gridiron. Understanding how to protect the game, but also grow the game is critical and his genuine approach here is heartwarming and effective.”
Tim Brando, Fox Sports 
“1st and Forever is just what the doctor ordered for football. A story about winners both on the field and off, this book can make anyone fall in love with the game and make diehards love it even more. Like me, Bob Casciola has spent a lifetime around the gridiron and no one is more qualified to paint a picture that casts football in the proper light to counter the shadows that have fallen across the hash marks. Sterling in its approach, convincing in its arguments, and timely in its message, 1st and Forever etches a portrait of a game that has its best days still ahead of it.”
Grant Teaff, College Football Hall of Fame Coach and Executive Director Emeritus of the American Football Coaches Association
“Football teaches those involved life skills, the importance of hard work and provides opportunities for the future. It unites people, teams, families, and towns. Football fans all come together from different walks of life to cheer for their team and a common purpose bigger than themselves. 1st and Forever is about the game of football and its importance to America.”
Jack Lengyel, former Cornell assistant coach, Marshall University head coach and Director of Athletics, U.S. Naval Academy 
Well, this from FootballScoop is certainly interesting:
A new study, led by a professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has found that the concussion obsession that has surrounded football for the past decade or so may soon have some company from other sports, and some of those sports may surprise you.
According to the study that was presented at an annual conference for orthopedic surgeons, girl’s soccer has the highest per capita rate of concussion among high school sports, and they hold the spot by a pretty significant amount.
 Find the full story HERE.

Photo is courtesy of a loyal BGA reader who had a chance to see Dartmouth alum Kyle Hendricks' best performance of the year for the Chicago Cubs against the San Francisco Giants. Hendricks surrendered just five hits and struck out a season-high eight in 8 1/3 innings but did not get the decision. Read about his "bounce back" performance HERE.
That's it for now folks. Our flight to Denver will be boarding in a bit. Remember, there could be limited BGA Daily postings over the next two weeks.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Caveat Emptor

Say what you will about former All-Ivy League Dartmouth center Austen Fletcher's '12 shtick – and there are a lot of people who feel very strongly about it one way or the other – he's making a name for himself on YouTube. A loyal BGA reader has shared this screenshot from Fletcher's recent appearance on Adam Carolla's podcast. That's Austen with the beard.

From the teaser:
YouTube star Austen Fletcher is in studio next, and the guys talk about lessons learned playing football. The group also watches clips of Austen attending liberal rallies and trying to talk to Maxine Waters.
You can listen to the first part of the podcast HERE and the second part HERE.

Editor's Note: I haven't listened to the podcast and can't vouch for what's on it.

Hero Sports continues its FCS previews with a look at Harvard. (LINK) From the capsule:
(Harvard) shouldn't be considered the conference favorite, but with a couple of breaks, Harvard could retake its position atop the Ivy League, courtesy of a winner-take-all showdown with Yale, played at Fenway Park, in the final week of the regular season. 
Green Alert Take: Any preview of Harvard that includes a half dozen or so player names and doesn't mention the return of standout offensive lineman Larry Allen Jr. from a year's hiatus should have you wondering.
I'm not sure why, but I watched this whole 2-minute, 41-second video drive through campus:

And finally, BGA Daily postings will be sporadic for the next two weeks as Mrs. BGA and I head out on a couple of weeks of vacation. We'll be visiting family and then camping in the Rocky Mountains.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

51 = 1

Joining fellow Illinois product Matt Kaskey in being so honored, linebacker Jack Traynor has been named Best Player in the FCS wearing his number in a Hero Sports countdown feature for the new season.

Find the posting HERE. From the brief story:
Traynor had a ton of expectations surrounding him before he played a snap for the Big Green. The linebacker racked up an incredible 378 tackles in high school, which broke the Illinois state record of 24 years. After getting some decent playing time in 2016 as a sophomore, Traynor really took off last season.
Starting all 10 games, he finished second in the Ivy League with 98 tackles. Traynor recorded double-digit tackles in five games, including 17 against Harvard. He was voted unanimously on the All-Conference First Team. 
The posting about Kaskey came with 78 days remaining before the start of the FCS season and can be found HERE

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Saturday Stuff

More from the updated Dartmouth football roster. It lists four fifth-year seniors:

Nickel Kyran McKinney-Crudden
Corner Justin Porter
Defensive lineman Rocco Di Leo
Offensive lineman Andrew Yohe
Former Dartmouth tailback Ryder Stone '18 carried a swing pass 13 yards for Montreal and returned a kickoff 11 yards as the Alouettes dropped a CFL game to the Ottawa Redblacks last night, 28-18.

Pressed into service because of an injury former Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews got the start for the Als and completed 18-of-30 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown without an interception. Montreal is now 1-3.

For a terrific story on Ryder Stone, albeit in French, click HERE. If your French is a little lacking, try opening the link in Chrome and clicking translate. You'll get the gist of the story, which likens Stone's visage to Wes Welker's and says he's earning more playing time, including in the backfield.

The headline, if I've got it right, roughly translates to "A Rookie Solid As a Rock."
Former Dartmouth linebacker Flo Orimolade '17 and the Calgary Stampeders had a bye week and will return to action Thursday against the Redblacks.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Check It Out

The new Dartmouth sports website is online and if you click HERE you'll see the clean and modern football roster page. Bios are in the process of being updated.

Of particular note, transfer quarterback Jake Allen who redshirted at Florida last year is listed as a freshman. (LINK)
Along with the new site, Dartmouth has kicked off a Sophomore Summer Q&A series with a look at corner Isiah Swann. (LINK)
The greatest No. 70 in Michigan State history per the Lansing State Journal later served as a freshman football coach and head wrestling coach at Dartmouth. Larry Fowler went on to practice law for 55 years. Click HERE to learn more.