|Click photo for a look at the view from South Peak.|
You've heard of the Appalachian Trail, right? Come join other BGA readers Saturday morning for a hike up the AT to the South Peak of Moose Mountain. We'll meet at the trail head 15 minutes from campus and hike 45 minutes to an hour up the famed Appalachian Trail to South Peak, which offers terrific views to the east. It's a relatively easy hike with just one tiring stretch, and sneakers will be just fine. At the top we can even talk a little Dartmouth football ;-)
Joining us will be Mrs. BGA, Griffin the Wonder Pup, and fresh from her stint as an interpretive ranger for the National Park Service in Colorado, That Certain '14, who can answer all of your questions about Dartmouth and a lot of them about being a Dartmouth athlete.
After taking in the view from South Peak we will come down a different trail that will bring us past Dartmouth's beautiful Class of '66 Lodge, and if there's anyone staying there we might even get a peek inside. It's a very nice log structure in the middle of the woods that you would gladly take as your vacation home.
At the end of the hike there will be light refreshments at the world headquarters of BGA where, if it's clear, we can cross the road and catch a glimpse of five ski areas in the distance.
If you are interested in joining us, CLICK HERE to address an email to me, and I'll send along directions as well as answer whatever questions you might have.
For a Dartmouth Outdoors web page on hiking Moose, CLICK HERE.
•Here are this week's Sagarin Rating. The numbers start with the preseason ranking followed by the weekly rankings from the first week of play to this week (bold).
Princeton 137, 119, 123, 121
Harvard 149, 128, 134, 137
Dartmouth 174, 158, 166
Penn 184, 171, 182, 183
Yale 194, 183, 195, 194
Brown 195, 184, 197, 195
Cornell 219, 206, 222, 222
Columbia 241, 232, 242, 241
New Hampshire 84, 89, 87, 97
Holy Cross 213, 214, 196, 207
Central Connecticut 225, 221, 240, 230
Green Alert Take: It's strange that Holy Cross can beat Central Connecticut and go down in the ratings while Central Connecticut loses to Holy Cross and goes up. UNH demolished Lehigh and slipped 10 places as the strength of schedule variable takes hold.
The Roar Lions Roar blog season preview has Dartmouth finishing second behind Princeton. (LINK) Here's the kicker from the column (italics are mine):
If anything, Dartmouth is looking a lot like next year's champions.
•The local daily has a story (LINK) about the competition to handle Dartmouth's placekicking duties. The headline: Big Green Will Put Best Foot Forward: Dartmouth Wants No Repeat of Placekicking Woes.
•UNH piled up so many points against Lehigh last week that they had to flip the switch on the new lights at Cowell Stadium. The first official night game at the facility is Sept. 27 against Dartmouth and the school is promoting the game with this short video:
•Brown Daily Herald a story about the Bears' new defensive line (LINK) and an offense with no fewer than 11 new starters (LINK).
•The Yale Daily News has a Q&A with coach Tony Reno (LINK), a story about team's hope of having a big year in the centennial season of the Yale Bowl (LINK) and a sweet story about the team adopting a local 6-year-old with serious health issues (LINK). There's even a story with four "Keys to the game," for Yale. (LINK)
•The Harvard Crimson writes about the Ivy League's scheduling issues for football HERE.
•Old friend Tiger Blog would like to see the Ivy season go 11 weeks but not for an 11th game. Instead, to have a week off in the middle. (LINK)
•Yesterday's BGA Premium began a three-part series on this year's freshmen. The second part will go up with tonight's practice report. If you haven't subscribed yet or renewed your subscription, what are you waiting for?
•That Certain Nittany Lion has a problem, but it's a good one. Playing in the Penn State Golf Club's Nittany Lion Open yesterday, he shot 1-under-par 71 to finish in second place, one stroke behind the winner. He had 17 pars and one birdie in a pretty fair round.
With his finish he won a spot on the competition team for a 36-hole tournament featuring, among others, teams from Pitt and West Virginia. The two-day tournament north of Pittsburgh at the end of the month conflicts with Penn State's home football game against Northwestern as well as Homecoming and therein lies the problem. While he'd love to represent his school on the links he hasn't missed a football game at Beaver Stadium yet, and he doesn't want to miss one. As I said, it's a problem, but it's a problem a lot of us would gladly take on if only we could shoot under par on a good golf course.
•One of the fun things about having a puppy is watching him discover his world. Last week he started chasing . . . leaves. That's right, a few leaves came down and he got excited by these new things swirling along the ground in the wind.
With the temperature a brisk 34 degrees when we headed out this morning he had another new experience. Ice.
There was a thin sheen of the stuff on our deck and his legs splayed comically on one of his first steps. Just wait until he sees his first snow! (Hopefully that won't be for a while yet, although we did have some light flurries Saturday night.)