Monday, July 24, 2017

And Another

Via Twitter:
Beyond excited to announce that I've committed to play football alongside my brother at Dartmouth!
Luca Di Leo @Luca_Beef_DiLeo
Ya gotta love a guy nicknamed Beef ;-)

Even bigger than Beef the golfer at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, Luca Di Leo is a defensive lineman and younger brother of Dartmouth defensive lineman Rocco Di Leo. The brothers hail from Elmhurst, Ill.,

Check out Luca's Hudl page HERE.

Like his brother, Luca is a product of St. Ignatius Prep in Illinois. He'll spend the next year at Choate Rosemary Hall before heading to Hanover.

Middle brother, Frank, is a walk-on linebacker at Penn State. (LINK)

Another Big Get

That missing name from last week?

It's Calvin Atkeson, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior-to-be from Ravenscroft School and Raleigh, N.C. In addition to Ivy offers, the University of Virginia, Central Florida, Charlotte and William & Mary are among the schools that offered him scholarships.

He's also a state champion wrestler in the 287-pound weight class. (LINK)

Find his Twitter announcement HERE.

Find his highlights HERE.

Recruiting pages:


Atkeson is the second player – and the second super-sized offensive lineman – to Tweet his commitment to Dartmouth this cycle. The other is 6-5, 290 Matt Hall of Walton HS and Marietta, Ga.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What Were The Chances?

From the "It's a small world after all," department, crossing paths in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., yesterday were former Dartmouth quarterback Brian Mann '02 and That Certain Dartmouth '14. Now an associate athletic director at Rice University, Brian is on a motorcycle tour in the West and just happened to be passing through while TCD'14 was taking a break 900-odd miles into her Pacific Crest Trail hike.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

And The Mystery Guest Is . . . To Be Named

With the football camping season winding down commitments will start adding up.

Twitter informs us Dartmouth has landed an addition to the Class of 2022. What it doesn't inform us is the recruit's name, although it does provide a few connect-the-dots clues per these two Tweets from Friday:
MAJOR COMMIT ALERT! #BLEEDGREEN18 just got bigger and better ..Welcome to the family, young man 
BOOM! Big time commitment out of the 919! #BLEEDGREEN18 just got bigger and better up front!
The use of the word "bigger" in the first Tweet out of the Dartmouth football office can be interpreted as meaning it's an offensive lineman. The second Tweet seems to confirm that with a phrasing "better up front."

The second Tweet also refers to "the 919," which happens to be the area code for the Raleigh, N.C. area.

If Google offers up a name and you see it before I do please send it along and I'll post it here;-)
The latest update on the health of former Dartmouth quarterback Ernest Evans is a reminder that sometimes good things happen slowly. As most of you know, Evans was found unconscious on the Pacific Coast Highway near Los Angeles on June 11 and he's been hospitalized ever since. Here's a mid-July update from his GoFundMe page:
Since the last update, there have been a few positive changes in Ernest's condition. Physically, most of his visible swelling has gone down significantly in his extremities and his head. He is now looking a lot more like himself. He also has been removed off the ventilator and has been able to breath on his own! They have moved Ernest out of the ICU to a different area in the neurological wing, and once they can get ahold of a new infection he's been fighting and clear it, the plan is for him to be moved to an LTAC (Long Term Acute Care) facility. In terms of responsiveness, there hasn't been any significant strides. He is still responding to commands like "put your thumb up," or "move this arm/leg" at a low rate but it's definitely a positive to know he can still somewhat hear. His family is very thankful for all of you who have contributed prayers, positive thoughts, donations, and other contributions to aid them through this time.
Ernest and the Evans family still need your help. Please see his GoFundMe page to see how you can contribute.
And finally, That Certain Dartmouth '14 has reached Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 906 miles into her epic 2,650-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. She called last night and spilled the beans that she's finally been given a trail name. It came about when a few thru-hikers were together telling stories and TCD14 revealed that as part of her training as a Yellowstone ranger she was instructed on how to use an important power tool in that part of the country. And so she was baptized as . . . wait for it . . . Chainsaw.

Here's Chainsaw with her ice axe on the trail in the Sierras on July 9!

Two more things:

First, I wouldn't be surprised if Chainsaw has to do not just with the interesting training an Ivy Leaguer got in the wilderness, but how fast the words can come when she is telling a good story.

And second, yeah, there's a lot of snow left out there. It's slowed Chainsaw and Young 'Un down, but they are determined not to let it stop them. Chainsaw wrote this a few days back on her blog, Which Way is North?:
We had a late lunch in the shade by a creek with a group of hikers who were headed off the trail into the town of Lone Pine later tonight. They were planning to skip all the way north to Lake Tahoe to avoid the snowy Sierras. I've been surprised how many people we've met who are skipping sections of the trail. If anything, if gives me more conviction about hiking straight through. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Polling Place

At the Northeast Conference media day Thursday at MetLife Stadium (home of the  Giants, Jets and Super Bowl XLVIII) NEC coaches picked Dartmouth opponent Sacred Heart to finish fifth in the seven-team league. An NEC release included this "snapshot" of the Pioneers:
For the first time since 2012, the Pioneers will have a new starting quarterback as they take aim at a fifth consecutive winning season. Edge rusher Dylan Ackerson and linebacker Kevin Barry anchor a defensive unit that ranked first amongst NEC leaders vs. the run.
Rather than reveal its poll at a gathering in an NFL stadium, the Ivy League will release its poll during the annual Media Teleconference phone call on Aug. 8. To tide you over until then, here's the Hero Sports capsule of the Ivy League from a posting where it picks every FCS conference:
Penn – Both Penn and Princeton finished 6-1 in the 2016 conference season. Princeton loses plenty on defense while Penn returns its top two tacklers in Colton Moskal and Nick Miller along with its interceptions leader Mason Williams and sacks leader Louis Vecchio. Offensively, the Quakers will lean on running back Tre Solomon, who is coming off a 907-yard 2016 season, and wide receiver Justin Watson, who had 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.
A friend of BGA sent along a link to a story and graphic which together explain one of the reasons why not raising the subscription rate for BGA Premium in more than a decade hasn't made much sense ;-)

Find the story HERE. And here's the graphic:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Four Night Games, Two On Friday

Dartmouth has finally released game times (schedule page) and the Big Green's first three contests as well as the Brown game will be played at night. Penn and Brown will be on Friday nights.

Here's the schedule:

Sept. 16 at Stetson 6 p.m.
Sept. 23 Holy Cross 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Penn 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Yale 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Sacred Heart 1 p.m.
Oc. 21 Columbia 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 at Harvard 12 p.m.
Nov. 4 Cornell 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 Brown 8 p.m. (Fenway Park) 
Nov. 18 Princeton 1:30 p.m.

When the TV schedule comes out look not just for the Penn game to be televised but several others as well. The tipoff is unusual game times ;-)

Still Getting His Kicks

Dartmouth alum Matt Kelly drills a 47-yard field goal in practice (video).
It isn't always over when it's over ;-)

Former Dartmouth kicker/punter Matt Kelly '11, was back on the field this spring and summer as a kicker for Oregon's Washington County Pit Bulls of The Pacific Football League, an organization featuring teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Stats are a little hard to come by, but apart from one block Kelly was perfect on more than 25 extra point tries, booted field goals of 43 and 46 yards and came up just short on a 55-yard effort. He helped the Pit Bulls finish the season with a 5-3 mark.

Kelly is living in Beaverton, Ore., working in an account manager-type role for a Portland company whose proprietary software helps manage fleet inventory and risk management in the aoto and trucking industry.

Kelly was Dartmouth's starting punter in 2009.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The view southeast from Moose Mountain's South Peak at 6 a.m. (Click to enlarge)
The best laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft agley.

With a ton of work to do in the next two weeks the idea these days is to get up each morning at 5:15 and finish my hike up Moose Mountain by 7:15 or so, weather permitting. There's just no way I can do my usual afternoon hike.

I actually got down off the peak this morning by 7, eager to grab a quick shower and dig into the day's work.

Unfortunately, the power went out literally seconds before I popped back through the door. As those of you who have wells know, that meant no shower. It meant no internet. And that meant no work.

I needed to be home until 10 a.m. to welcome old friend Nala, who we are dogsitting for, so I used some wipes to clean off the mud from my hike and baby powder to clean off eau de trail, welcomed our house guest, and hurried the eight miles down into town to use the internet.

All that is by way of saying I'm four hours behind on my to-do list so I don't have time to dig anything up for you today other than what I think is a pretty nice snap I took from the peak around 6:15 this morning. It's Goose Pond that is creating the clouds and the tallest peak on the left is Cardigan Mountain, a fabulous day hike when you are in the area.

Now I've got to do something that actually pays . . .