Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Food for Thought

What better way to start a smorgasbord of news items than with a story about eating? The Daily Dartmouth earlier this week had a piece about athletes and eating that included an interview with Thomas Prewitt, Dartmouth's 6-foot-7, 310-pound (per last year's roster) offensive lineman. "The Governor," (my nickname for him) who spent the winter studying in Barcelona, shared an apartment and cooking with friends. From the story:
“Our diet was God-awful,” he said. “It consisted of spaghetti, eggs, potatoes and assorted meats. We hardly ate any fruits or vegetables.”

Prewitt also said he ended up losing 15 or 20 pounds in Barcelona, forcing him to focus on putting the weight back on when he returned from Europe.

“As an offensive linesman, I have to keep myself at a good, heavy weight,” he said. “You can’t get too heavy, but you can’t be too light either.”
Cornell has raised the bar for Ivy League football websites. There's an introduction to the site here and you can visit the new site here. You could easily spend a half hour navigating the links. Be sure to take the aerial tour of campus (you might want to take some Dramanine first if you end up spinning around the way I did) and if you figure out how to zoom down to Schoellkopf Field the 360-degree look at the stadium is really impressive.

Green Alert Take: There's no question the new Cornell football site will be a hit with kids. For the rest of us it might raise the question, when is much almost too much ;-)
The lede of a story in the Daily Pennsylvanian about the Quakers' newly named captains:
No football team has ever won three-straight Ivy League championships, but juniors Luke Nawrocki, Erik Rask and Greg Van Roten will attempt to lead their squad to the record books next fall.
What the DP means, of course, is no team has ever won three consecutive Ivy League titles without sharing any of them.

For what it's worth, three titles isn't even a Penn record record. The Quakers won four in a row from 1983-86. (Dartmouth won five in a row from 1969-73. )
The Yale Daily News has a story about spring practice heating up in New Haven. From the story:
Though the Elis have lost some key starters from last season, much of the team that finished second in the Ivy League will return to the Yale Bowl next fall. Eight starters return on the Blue defense, and quarterback Patrick Witt ’12 will lead the offense for the third consecutive year.

“Whether you’re playing pee-wee or in the NFL, it’s huge to have a returning quarterback,” Williams said. “(Witt) has complete knowledge of what we’re doing offensively and of his rhythm with receivers and tight ends. He has a better comfort level and trust in the offensive line. It gives you confidence.”
A University of Rhode Island offensive lineman who was a match for someone battling leukemia completed a bone marrow donation Monday. (story)

Holy Cross and Bucknell are holding bone marrow testing drives tomorrow and Brown will join the Be the Match effort on Tuesday. New Hampshire will test on May 2 (and kudos to coach Sean McDonnell for making this video encouraging another large turnout over on the Seacoast).
A few years back the message boards were buzzing with talk about a potential Dartmouth-Drake football game. It doesn't seem to have materialized but Drake found a more dramatic game. As this Sports Network story reports, the school is making a 15-day trip to play a Mexican all-star team in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl May 21 in Moshi, Tanzania this spring. It's the first time an American college football team will have played in Africa. (NCAA rules prohibit playing an NCAA opponent.)

While on the continent the Drake players will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (4 1/2 days up and 1 1/2 days down), enjoy a safari and work on an addition to an orphanage.
More history making from the Dartmouth baseball team, which rallied from a 10-7 eighth-inning deficit to knock off Boston College yesterday, 15-10. From the college release:
The last Dartmouth team to begin a season 18-6 or better came 86 years ago when the 1925 Big Green squad was 19-5 en route to a 24-5 season ... The 16-game home winning streak is the second longest in the program's history -- Dartmouth won 32 consecutive games in Hanover from the beginning of the 1923 season into the 1926 campaign.
A couple of basketball notes. The Miami Herald reports that Harvard won't be looking for a new men's basketball coach. Not yet, at least. From the story:
Tommy Amaker turned down overtures from the University of Miami and will remain basketball coach at Harvard. UM officials flew to Boston on Monday to try and persuade Amaker and his wife, Stephanie, a professor in the Harvard medical school, to come to Miami.

They offered a five-year package believed to average $1.1 million per year. Amaker said he was “flattered,” but decided to stay with the Crimson, which won its first Ivy League title this season with 23 victories.
And this is kind of fun for those of us who saw him play against Dartmouth the past few years. Former Vermont men's basketball standout Marqus Blakely has signed with the Houston Rockets for the final game of the season.
Here's the thing about "best of," "worst of" and other lists: Although some of them are really ridiculous and impossible to qualify, they are hard to ignore and get people talking. This one will as well.

The Daily Beast has a list of the "Most Stressful Colleges." Here are the top five and Ivies:
1. Columbia
2. Stanford
3. Harvard
4. Penn
5. Washington U (St. Louis)
10. Yale
12. Princeton
13. Dartmouth
16. Cornell
17. Brown
And finally, the BGA blog might be a little quiet the next several days as we bring That Certain Hanover High Junior on a college visit to a Certain Big Ten school with an octogenarian head football coach. We'll be leaving tomorrow morning at O-Dark-O'Clock. Hard to believe looking out the window here on the mountain, but we'll be tenting it, so Internet availability may be spotty. That said, this will be our sixth consecutive trip out that way for the Blue-White game (I didn't give it away, did I?) and though we've tented it each time, I've managed to get the blog updated most mornings so don't be a stranger.
One final thing. There will definitely be two blog posts tomorrow and they will be a lot of fun. Credit to a loyal reader (and emailer) who has become a friend.

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