Saturday, October 25, 2014

Family Feud

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a sweet story about Dartmouth offensive lineman Jacob Flores and the Big Green squaring off against Columbia and his younger brother Charlie today in New York City.

From the story:
The Flores family is having fun with the matchup. About 12 family members will be at the game, all wearing house-divided shirts, half Columbia and half Dartmouth. At halftime, they plan to switch stadium sides — cheering one half for the Big Green and the other for the Lions.
Find the full story HERE.
When Dartmouth scheduled a couple of series with Sacred Heart it's probably safe to say the Big Green got more than it bargained for as the Pioneers have crashed the top-25 and don't intend to make it a solo visit.

Read about the Sacred Heart philosophy of using football to boost the school's profile HERE.
Headed to New York City at O-Dark-30 to spend a little time wandering through Inwood Hill Park, just a long field goal from Wien Stadium, and around the Inwood neighborhood. I'd been to games at Columbia a bunch of times before discovering this gem where in 1626 Peter Minuit was said to have purchased Manhattan.
BGA Premium will be posted upon our return to Moose Mountain, probably some 17 or so hours after we head out.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dartmouth Bound


Columbia Friday


CLICK HERE to watch week's Teevens Teleteaser.


Tailback Kyle Bramble was selected Dartmouth's male athlete of the week after running for a career high 113 yards in the win over Holy Cross. He's featured in the second half of the video available HERE.
The Dartmouth looks back at Holy Cross and ahead to the Big Green's game at Columbia HERE.
The Columbia Spectator previews the game HERE.
The Harvard Crimson looks around the league and predicts a 35-6 Dartmouth win at Columbia. (LINK) From the story:
If anyone is capable of a hangover loss after winning at least four of its first five games for the first time since I was four years-old, it’s Darty. But against the Lions, I don’t see it happening.
One of the most intriguing basketball recruiting battles Dartmouth has been involved in over the past few years is expected be resolved today when 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward Evan Boudreaux will announce his college choice according to his Twitter feed. Boudreaux is the son of Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82, Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and an All-American both on the basketball court and in track. She is a Dartmouth trustee. Evan's brother, Chris '15, spent a year as a tight end on the Dartmouth junior varsity.

Evan Boudreaux has had an impressive line of suitors and has winnowed his list down to two schools: Dartmouth and Yale after canceling a recruiting trip to Iowa. (LINK)

A talented athlete, Boudreaux saw time as his high school's varsity quarterback as a freshman according to a profile in the Chicago Tribune. (LINK)




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Closing In On Columbia

The Columbia Spectator writes about Dartmouth quarter Dalyn Williams. (LINK)
From Columbia's game notes:
Today's game is presented by Turismo Chile, the official sponsor of Columbia's Homecoming.
Dartmouth's Homecoming was last week and even without Turismo Chile's help it was a good time in Hanover:


Harvard-Princeton is the game of the week as chosen by The Sports Network, which picks Princeton to come out on top, 31-28. (LINK)

TSN picks Datmouth to defeat Columbia as well as:
Brown over Cornell
Yale over Penn 
UNH over Stony Brook
Lafayette over Holy Cross
Wagner over Central Connecticut State
Previewing the Penn-Yale game one week after the Quakers earned their first victory by defeating Columbia, the Daily Pennsylvanian blog asks, Did Saturday's win turn around Penn football's outlook? (LINK) From the story:
If Big Green quarterback Dalyn Williams had made one fewer heroic play in leading Dartmouth back in the fourth quarter, then we’d be talking about a Yale team undefeated in the league and holding a win over Army.
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The Harvard Crimson has a story (LINK) under the headline, Beyond the Silver Screen;
As the Ivy League Digital Network eyes expansion in its second year, a question has arisen: how does the network balance its revenue-bearing identity with its self-prescribed objective of increasing student viewership? 

A tip from BGA, free of charge ;-) With few exceptions students don't go to games, even when they can get in for free, so you don't need a Harvard MBA to see it's silly to charge students for a subscription if you want them to start watching online.

Former Dartmouth interim president Carol Folt landed in a hornet's nest as chancellor at the University of North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer has a lengthy look at the problems in Chapel Hill HERE. There's a Q&A regarding the sports impact of the findings HERE.

From the Daily Tar Heel (LINK):
It was all a lie.
After years of questions and insufficient responses, Wednesday’s press conference gave the final answer.
It was an athletic scandal — a scheme devised, ultimately, by an administrative assistant and the former chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. The two were asked by the athletic teams’ academic counselors to keep athletes eligible to play. They were desperate to help students who struggled to adapt to UNC’s rigorous academics.

From that to this. Your feel-good moment of the day.

A friend of BGA sent along a LINK to a video about blind long-snapper Jake Olson at Orange Lutheran High School in California (which send defensive back Jordan Greenwood to Dartmouth). ESPN has a longer, touching report about the young man that flashes back to the first piece it did with him, one that I remember brought a tear to my eye:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homecoming Revisited



This look back at the Homecoming win over Holy Cross is well done. Warning: You may want to adjust the volume on your computer down as your age goes up ;-)
Several nuggets of interest from the Columbia game notes. (LINK):

• While Dartmouth crushed the Lions last year, 56-0, the two most recent games in New York City have been close. In 2010 Dartmouth squeaked by with a 24-21 win. In 2012 it was Dartmouth winning 21-6.

• Although the numbers are close, Dartmouth has been outscored in three of four quarters on the year. Score by quarters:

First:  Opponents 50, Dartmouth 44
Second: Opponents 40, Dartmouth 38
Third: Dartmouth 45, Opponents 24
Fourth: Opponents 28, Dartmouth 20
Total: Dartmouth 147, Opponents 142

• Starting at right guard for Columbia is Charlie Flores, a 6-foot-4, 283-pound freshman. Starting at left tackle for Dartmouth is Jacob Flores, a 6-4, 290 junior. Charlie and Jacob are brothers.

The UNH Insider has an entry noting that New Hampshire will open the season next year at San Jose State. Of more interest in these parts is this from the Q&A portion:
Q. There’s one more contest, in 2016, scheduled in a 10-game contract with Dartmouth. What happens then?
A. I had some conversations with my Dartmouth colleagues when they were here a few weeks ago for the game, trying to find some future dates. Trying to find two future dates, specifically, one at Dartmouth, one at UNH, but it might not be for a couple of years. I don’t think Dartmouth has an opening until 2019. We’re very interested in continuing to play them. We think it’s a good game. It’s an important game for the two Division I programs in the state to play.
The latest Gridiron Power Index ranking has been posted. (LINK) The GPI, again, averages out 10 FCS ratings to come up with one that is said to do a good job of predicting at-large bids to the playoffs. (Not that that has any relevance to the Ivy League, of course.)

The GPI lifts Dartmouth past Princeton, but, interestingly, lifts Yale past Dartmouth:

26.Harvard
T37. Yale
40. Dartmouth
69. Princeton
90. Brown
93. Penn
108. Cornell
117. Columbia

3. New Hampshire
88. Holy Cross
96. Central Connecticut
Dartmouth collected one vote in The FCS Coaches Poll, which puts the Big Green in a tie for 42nd place. The FCS Coaches Poll:

3. Coastal Carolina (Former Dartmouth defensive coach Joe Moglia)
5. UNH
12. Fordham (Patriot)
21. Harvard
22. Sacred Heart
T42. Dartmouth

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulling In The Vote

With Saturday's win over Holy Cross, the Dartmouth football team has moved into the Lambert Meadowlands Football poll (LINK), once billed as being emblematic of "supremacy in the East." The Big Green debuts at No. 10 in the FCS version of a that stretches from Maine in the north, to Elon (North Carolina) in the south and as far west as Duquesne (Pittsburgh).

This week's ECAC FCS poll:

1. Villanova (6-1)
2. New Hampshire (5-1)
3. Fordham (6-1)
4. Harvard (5-0)
5.Richmond (5-2)
6. William & Mary (4-3)
7. Bryant (5-1)
8. Sacred Heart (6-1)
9. Bucknell (5-1)
10. Dartmouth (4-1)

The Massey Ratings give Dartmouth a 99 percent "chance" of winning at Columbia this week. The projected score is 38-7. (Massey projected a 28-20 win over Holy Cross last week.)

Massey has Harvard with a 69 percent chance of winning at Princeton Saturday in a game that will give one or the other its first Ivy League loss. Massey sees the Crimson winning, 33-26.

Here's what Massey has for Dartmouth's chances of winning the rest of the season, along with the projected score:

at Columbia, 99 percent, W 38-7
Harvard, 35 percent, L 27-21
at Cornell, 89 percent, W 31-13
Brown, 81 percent, W 27-14
at Princeton, 49 percent, L 31-30

Massey's projected Ivy League standings after last week's games:

Harvard 7-0
Princeton 5-2
Dartmouth 5-2
Yale 5-2
Penn 3-4
Brown 2-5
Cornell 1-6
Columbia 0-7

Onetime Dartmouth basketball player Lisa Friel '79 is a former longtime prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office specializing in sexual-assault cases and now vice president of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations division of T&M Protection Resources in New York. Friel,  now consulting with the NFL about domestic violence, was invited by former Dartmouth classmate Buddy Teevens to speak to the Big Green football team Sunday.

The local daily (LINK) has a story that includes this:
Friel explained that domestic abuse crosses all lines, knows no barriers. It affects all races, all religious and ethnic persuasions and crosses all socio-economic lines.
“We wanted (the Dartmouth players) to understand that it can happen anywhere,” she said, “at a nice school like this with nice girls and nice boys.”
More from the story:
“If these situations are not checked, they just will escalate,” she said.
“If you see or hear something, step in and make a difference. Even if you do something a day later — talking to your friend or discussing with your coach — start the dialogue. It can make the difference. 
Use of a drone gives a look at the Dartmouth bonfire that has to be seen to be believed. CLICK HERE to watch the video.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Hernandez Honored Again, Dartmouth Rises In Poll

Dartmouth's Frankie Hernandez has been selected the Ivy League defensive player of the week after making eight tackles and picking off a pass in Saturday's 24-21 win over Holy Cross. It is the second time this fall that the Ivy League has honored Hernandez.

Big Green tailback Kyle Bramble was named to the Ivy League honor roll after rushing for a career-high113 yards and catching a touchdown pass.

Find the Dartmouth release HERE.
Dartmouth is 34th in the latest national poll from The Sports Network. (LINK) The Big Green was 37th last week.

Teams of local interest in the poll:

3. New Hampshire
4. Coastal Carolina (former Dartmouth assistant Joe Moglia is head coach)
12. Fordham (Patriot League)
21. Harvard
24. Sacred Heart (on 2015 schedule)
40. Bucknell (Patriot League)
49. Yale



A Look Back At Holy Cross


For highlights from Dartmouth's win over Holy Cross Saturday, CLICK HERE.
The Dartmouth reports on the Homecoming victory over the Crusaders HERE.

Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, last week, and this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 149,  101, 111
Dartmouth 174, 133, 149
Yale 194, 147, 152
Princeton 137, 149, 154
Penn 184, 201, 202
Brown  195, 199, 205
Cornell 219, 221, 229
Columbia 241, 237, 243

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 71, 72
Holy Cross 213, 216, 213
Central Connecticut 225, 222, 224


A note From NextTitle18, a football alum and friend of BGA who is sponsoring contests before each home Dartmouth football game this fall:
The winning pick in this past Saturday's NextTitle18 contest for "How Many Total Yards Will Dartmouth Gain" versus Holy Cross is that of old #72, Lane Shipley '11, whose guess of 361 total yards was only off by 9 from the official yardage of 352 as reported on the College's athletic website. No wonder the kid's an analyst for ESPN. Lane will receive a $100 gift card at Molly's Restaurant in Hanover. Congratulations, Ship! 
Finishing just out of the money in 2nd place was Dom Izzo (365), followed with tie for 3rd place by Jon Grove and Bob Peterson (367). In 5th place this week was Tom Goff (333). 
NextTitle18's next contest will be a back-to-the-future deal for the next home game on November 1st vs. Harvard. We will return to our original premise of "Guess The Attendance" at the game. 
The closest guess will win a $100 gift card to Murphy's Tavern in Hanover. 
Should be interesting to see how many folks turn out for what could be a contest against an undefeated Harvard Crimson in what would be a battle for sole possession of the lead in the Ivy title race heading into the far turn of the season. 
Stay tuned to these precincts for more info! 
NextTitle18
Editor's Note: The contest for the Harvard game will kick off next Monday.