Friday, November 24, 2017

Poll Musings

2017 Preseason Ivy League Football Poll 
1. Princeton (6)  120 points
1. Harvard (5)   120 points
3. Penn (5)   110 points
4. Yale   71 points
5. Dartmouth   60 points
6. Brown (1)   57 points
7. Columbia   38 points
8. Cornell   36 points

2017 Final Ivy League Football Standings
1. Yale 6-1
2. Columbia 5-2
2. Dartmouth 5-2
4. Penn 4-3
5. Harvard 3-4
5. Cornell 3-4
7. Princeton 2-5
8. Brown 0-7

Green Alert Take I: The preseason poll this year was hardly a surprise. It usually looks very similar to the previous year's standings.

Green Alert Take II: Expect that trend to change a bit next year. It's hard to imagine voters keeping Harvard and Princeton where they finished. And because old habits die hard, it would be a surprise to see voters projecting Columbia to finish that high again.

Green Alert Take III: For the third year in a row someone cast a first-place vote out of left field for Brown. Hope springs eternal but the poll isn't supposed to be about hoping. In 2016 the poll had Penn with eight first-place votes and Harvard with seven. The other first-place vote? Brown, which the rest of the voters picked fifth. In the 2015 poll the voters selected Brown fifth, but yet again someone gave the Bears a first-place vote.

Green Alert Take IV: This is not an original thought but I'd like to see the poll expanded so that it includes not just two media members covering each school but also the sports information director and the head coach. Two more votes per school from people who have a little more insight would add a lot more credibility to the poll.

Green Alert Take V: The next poll is a little less than nine months away ;-)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Enjoy



It is a gorgeous Thanksgiving morning looking over to the ski trails on Killington. Click to enlarge the photo.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Highly (Ir)Regula(r)

After Darius George "intercepted" a desperation behind-the-back Princeton lateral on the final kickoff return and ran it into the end zone Saturday a loyal BGA reader speculated that it was probably the first Dartmouth touchdown on a Big Green kickoff since 1997.

Pretty good chance he was right.

The George TD was certainly unusual, but not as unusual as the last one, which came when kicker Dave Regula scored on his own kickoff in front of a crowd of 11,123 at Franklin Field on Sept. 20, 1997.

Regula, Dartmouth's all-time leader with 38 career field goals, had just booted a 23-yard field goal with 7:45 remaining in the second quarter to give the Big Green a 10-0 lead when things got crazy.

Here's a screen grab from the Sept. 29, 1997 Sports Illustrated Vault page explaining what happened:


From the "Whatever Happened To" department, Dave Regula '98 and his wife Lauren today run TrAk Athletics in West Akron, Ohio. Here's a picture from their website:


By all means read the "You'd Never Guess" entry below the sweet family picture on the TrAk website. Among other things, Dave writes of his wife, who happens to be the sister of a 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay:
She’s met Derek Jeter and still married me
Reporting on players from its area in college football NorthJersey.com writes of Dartmouth linebacker Eric Meile:
Eric played in all 10 games for the Big Green, starting at MLB, and when you think of a tough North Jersey player….he’s it. He was second on the team in tackles with 90, had a pick, forced a fumble and had three and a half tackles for a loss. He is a senior, majoring in Government. Go help the country now Eric.
It was that NorthJersey.com blurb, by the way, that called to mind the Darius George/Dave Regula connection. The blurb included this:
(Dartmouth) scored 34 points in the fourth quarter, and 13 points in one second. How do you do that? You score on a running play with one second left, then intercept a lateral on the ensuing kickoff and score on that too (so with 00 on the clock).
A little inside baseball for you. Typing this post up brought me right back to 1997 because the exact same thing happened this morning that happened to me frequently in '97. Each time my head said to type Regula my fingers typed Regular.

Only one other name has consistently fooled my fingers since I've been covering Dartmouth football and that would be Vernon Harris. I'd guess half the time I started typing his name I would have to backspace because he really isn't Vermont Harris. I don't know if it ever made it into a story but it sure tried ;-)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kaskey, Traynor Lead Dartmouth All-Ivy League Picks

*-unanimous decision

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Al Bagnoli, Columbia

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Offense
Jon Bezney, Yale (Sr., OL – Cincinnati)
Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Winnetka, Ill.)
Nathan Kirchmier, Penn (Sr., OL – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Karl Marback, Yale (Sr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton (Sr., OL – Washington Boro, Pa.)
*Chad Kanoff, Princeton (Sr., QB – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)
Charlie Booker III, Harvard (Jr., RB – Houston)
*Jesper Horsted, Princeton (Jr., WR – Shoreview, Minn.)
Josh Wainwright, Columbia (So., WR – Austin, Texas)
*Justin Watson, Penn (Sr., WR – Bridgeville, Pa.)
Jaeden Graham, Yale (Sr., TE – Aurora, Colo.)

Defense
John Herubin, Yale (Sr., DL – Coppell, Texas)
Lord Hyeamang, Columbia (Sr., DL – Lakeville, Minn.)
*Richard Jarvis, Brown (Sr., DE – Watertown, Mass.)
Louis Vecchio, Penn (Sr., DE – Orange, Calif.)
Tom Johnson, Princeton (Jr., LB – Moorestown, N.J.)
Nick Miller, Penn (Jr., LB – New Market, Md.)
*Matthew Oplinger, Yale (Sr., LB – Summit, N.J.)
*Jack Traynor, Dartmouth (Jr., LB – Lake Forest, Ill.)
Hayden Carlson, Yale (Sr., DB – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
*Nick Gesualdi, Cornell (Sr., S – Sykesville, Md.)
Cameron Roane, Columbia (Sr., DB – Durham, N.C.)
Spencer Rymiszewski, Yale (Sr., DB – West Chester, Pa.)

Special Teams
Jack Soslow, Penn (Jr., K – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Parker Thome, Columbia (Sr., P – Hortonville, Wis.)
*Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Offense
Eric Ramirez, Princeton (Sr., OL – York, Pa.)
Patrick Kilcommons, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Berwyn, Ill.)
J. Edward Keating, Cornell (Jr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Anders Huizenga, Yale (Sr., OL – Trophy Club, Texas)
Christian Montano, Brown (Sr., OL – Orange, Conn.)
Clay Eubank, Brown (Sr., OL – Coto De Caza, Calif.)
Bewley Wales, Columbia (Sr., OL – Tulsa, Okla.)
Tommy Dennis, Penn (Jr., OT – East Setauket, N.Y.)
Reily Radosevich, Princeton (So., OL – Manalapan, N.J.)
Sterling Strother, Yale (So., OL – Moraga, Calif.)
Anders Hill, Columbia (Sr., QB – Boulder, Colo.)
Tre Solomon, Penn (Sr., RB – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Charlie Volker, Princeton (Jr., RB – Fair Haven, N.J.)
Stephen Carlson, Princeton (Jr., WR – Jamestown, N.Y.)
Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (So., WR – Manvel, Texas)
Chris Williams-Lopez, Yale (Sr., WR – Duluth, Ga.)
Nicholas Bokun, Penn (Sr., TE – Hobart, Ind.)

Defense
Charles Callender, Yale (So., DE – Cutler Bay, Fla.)
Stone Hart, Harvard (Sr., DT – Olympia, Wash.)
Kyle Mullen, Yale (Jr., DE – Manalapan, N.J.)
Nick Tomkins, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Matawan, N.J.)
Kurt Frimel, Cornell (Sr., LB – Cream Ridge, N.J.)
Luke Hutton, Harvard (Sr., LB – Austin, Texas)
Eric Meile, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Ramsey, N.J.)
Foyesade Oluokun, Yale (Sr., LB – St. Louis)
Landon Baty, Columbia (Sr., DB – Mountain View, Calif.)
Tanner Lee, Harvard (Sr., S – Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Danny McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Sam Philippi, Penn (Jr., DB – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
Isiah Swann, Dartmouth (So., DB – Queen Creek, Ariz.) 
Special Teams
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., K – Bradenton, Fla.)
Alex Galland, Yale (Jr., P – Bakersfield, Calif.)
Tiger Bech, Princeton (So., WR/RS – Lafayette, La.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Offense
Jack Anderson, Dartmouth (Sr., OL – Palo Alto, Calif.)
Greg Begnoche, Penn (So., OT – Delray Beach, Fla.)
Dieter Eiselen, Yale (So., OL – Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Markham Paukune, Columbia (Sr., OL – Fort Worth, Texas)
Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth (Sr., QB – Atherton, Calif.)
Kurt Rawlings, Yale (So., QB – Bel Air, Md.)
Karekin Brooks, Penn (So., RB – Marietta, Ga.)
Deshawn Salter, Yale (Sr., RB – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Ryder Stone, Dartmouth (Sr., RB – Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Jakob Prall, Brown (So., WR – Tipp City, Ohio)
Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)
Ronald Smith II, Columbia (So., WR – St. Louis)
Graham Adomitis, Princeton (Jr., TE – Ross Township, Pa.)
Stephen Johnston, Dartmouth (Sr., TE – Potomac, Md.)

Defense
Rocco Di Leo, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Elmhurst, Ill.)
Kurt Holuba, Princeton (Sr., DL – Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Dominic Perkovic, Columbia (Sr., DL – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Charlie Pontarelli, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Glenview, Ill.)
Richie Ryan, Harvard (Jr., DT – Pittsburgh)
Jay Cammon, Jr., Penn (Jr., LB – Landover, Md.)
Colton Moskal, Penn (Sr., LB – Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Michael Murphy, Columbia (So., LB – Tampa, Fla.)
Colin Boit, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Sammamish, Wash.)
Connor Coughlin, Brown (Sr., FS – Medford, N.Y.)
Malcolm Dixon, Yale (So., DB – Gardena, Calif.)
Jason Alessi, Yale (Sr., DB – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
David Jones, Cornell (So., DB – Sugar Land, Texas)
C.J. Wall, Princeton (Fr., DB – Plano, Texas)
DJ Woullard, Cornell (JR., DB – Fullerton, Calif.)

Special Teams
David Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., K – Montreal)
Hunter Kelley, Penn (Sr., P – Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., P – Bradenton, Fla.)
Will Allen, Columbia (Fr., DB/RS – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)

^-second team expanded due to ties in the voting

Princeton Revisited

From the Dartmouth football office:



And holy moly, that winning Dartmouth touchdown was seriously close! Here's the video followed by a still taken from the video:



One More

I must have trained you too well! My in-box has had no fewer than four emails from different folks letting me know that Dartmouth has another recruit Tweeting his intentions to come this way. (Don't let the duplication slow you down because the next time you might be the only one ;-)

Add to the Dartmouth recruit list Alex Schmidt, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end/defensive tackle from Peddie School via Pennridge High School and Perkasie, Pa.

Find his Tweet announcing his intentions HERE and his highlights HERE.
From the Dartmouth sports information office:
Dartmouth's Jared Gerbino parlayed his performance in the 54-44 victory over Princeton this past Saturday into numerous Player of the Week honors today from the Ivy League, College Sports Madness and the New England Football Writers Association as the Gold Helmet Award winner. In addition, STATS listed Gerbino as an honorable mention as the FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, and the College Football Performance Awards selected Gerbino as one of its three honorable mentions for its FCS National Performer of the Week.
Find the full release HERE.
Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan gets a well-deserved nod in Palo Alto Online HERE.
The Ivy League has an outsized presence on the Minnesota Vikings as a Vikings.com story tells us HERE.
Columbia's Al Bagnoli is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year. (LINK)
Nothing like having your record-setting starting quarterback suspended before your NCAA playoff game. That's the Central Connecticut situation heading into Saturday's matchup with New Hampshire. (LINK)
Tucked into a Hartford Courant column last week under the headline, Harvard-Yale Rivalry Not Ending Anytime Soon were some interesting comments from Dr. Rich Diana, the former Yale and Miami Dolphins running back.

Diana was interviewed by Chicago Tribune editorial writer Steve Chapman, a Harvard grad who wrote this about Harvard and Yale continuing to play The Game in light of CTE findings:
"How can these two institutions rationalize a pastime so antithetical to the well-being of undergraduates and their own educational missions? It's the equivalent of the Mayo Clinic operating a tobacco shop on-site."
In the Courant story, Diana responded:
"I'm glad he doesn't speak for most of us. I think making statements like that, it's easy for pundits to say things and not really to have scientific backing.
And . . .
"The study that came out showed everybody's brain that was donated had CTE. That's like going to a cardiologist's office and finding out there is a lot of people there with heart disease. 
"You are preselecting for pathology. You can't look at the people who have symptoms unless everybody has symptoms. You have to look at the number of people who play and the number of people who are affected before you start making judgments like removing football from the fabric of America. Maybe (Chapman) turns out to be right, but at this point it's premature to start making recommendations like that."
Read the full story HERE.



Monday, November 20, 2017

2018 Dartmouth Schedule

Sept. 15 Georgetown

Sept. 22 at Holy Cross

Sept. 29 Penn

Oct. 6 at Yale

Oct. 13 Sacred Heart

Oct. 20 at Columbia

Oct. 27 Harvard

Nov. 3 at Princeton

Nov. 10 at Cornell

Nov. 17 Brown

Green Alert Take: It's kind of jarring to see Princeton in Week 8 and Brown in Week 10

Green Alert Take II: At Columbia, at Princeton and at Cornell in a span of four weeks. Yikes.

Here We (Don't) Go Again

Conspicuous by its absence from the NCAA's playoff bracket for the FCS is 9-1 Yale, the Ivy League champion:
Click bracket, and click again to enlarge.
Green Alert Take: There is only one explanation for why Yale is not in the bracket that makes any sense. Take it for what it's worth:
The Ivy League champion is not going to the playoffs because the Ivy League champion is not allowed to go to the playoffs.
In case you are wondering, Lehigh, which was by beaten by Yale (56-28) and Penn (65-47), is going to the playoffs. So is New Hampshire, which lost to Holy Cross (51-26). The Wildcats somehow managed to extend easily the longest playoff streak in the country:

New Hampshire – 14
North Dakota State – 8
Sam Houston State – 7
Jacksonville State – 5
James Madison – 4

UNH will have a home game with Central Connecticut State Saturday.