Saturday, July 14, 2007

Grandstand Taking Shape

Workers have begun the task of adding the final rows of seats to the east stands at Memorial Field. If you remember, the stands were cut down last year, leaving a considerable gap between the top of the grandstand and Floren Varsity House. At least four rows of seats are being added along with a walkway between the final row and the building. Some chairback seats may be part of the installation.
Memorial Field as it looked on a glorious Friday afternoon. Click to enlarge and you can see the steel structure for the new seats at the top of the grandstand.
From this angle you can see the steelwork for the final rows of grandstand and walkway that will run between the last seats and Floren Varsity House.
A view of the work from the home stands.
A lone steelworker makes an adjustment.

Don't ask me how I missed this one but NFL Europe is kaput. I feel badly for former Dartmouth coach John Lyons, who had carved a niche for himself over there. For a column about the league's demise that begins, "NFL Europa e morto," click here.

Calgary Stampeders' defensive end Anthony Gargiulo '06 gets a mention in this story for his hit that broke Toronto quarterback Michael Bishop's hand Thursday evening. The former Kansas State star might be out for as much as eight weeks.

Speaking of Gargiulo, a visit to a Stampeders discussion board uncovered the following comment from someone who seems to know his way around the CFL: "Gargiulo really reminds me of a young Joe Monford. With his build and size when he comes off the edge I see a lot of pass rush potential." I'm no CFL historian, but Monford was a five-time East Division All-Star, five-time CFL All-Star and has been called a future CFL Hall of Famer, so that's pretty nice company.

Today is the Prouty Ride for Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are expected to take part in the fundraiser that Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens supported in his cross country bike ride. Teevens "write-in ride," raised more than $14,000 for the Prouty, which hopes to raise $1.5 million overall.

Enjoy your Saturday. I'm off to Babe Ruth baseball with the Hanover High School soph-to-be playing playing (with and) against the boys in Sunapee and the eighth-grader to be across the river in Hartford. ;-)

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