Thursday, February 09, 2012

Players In The News

Dartmouth freshman receiver Bo Patterson gets a nod as a two-sport college athlete – he's also playing baseball – from the Post and Courier back home in South Carolina.

Speaking of two-sport athletes, incoming quarterback Thomas Militello, a 6-foot-4 point guard and a four-year starter at Mary Institute Country Day, got his fingers on an opponent's shot at the end of a one-point win that saw the opposing coach tell STLhighschoolsports.com:
“Militello got the job done, he was the difference in the game."

The Daily Princetonian has an update on standout freshman running back Chuck Dibilio, who suffered a stroke in January. While he's doing much better and even considered returning to school for the spring, football coach Bob Surace's concern is for Dibilio the person, not Dibilio the star tailback. Surace told the paper:
“I don’t think anyone’s really thinking football except for Chuck right now. Right now, he’s competing to get back to school and be an excellent student again. Eventually, if you get good news, you’ll take it from there.”

Former Yale quarterback-turned-newscaster Stone Phillips has taken his talents to the Internet with Stone Phillips Reports. (Check out Stone's Greeting to learn what he is doing.)

Phillips has a revealing video report on The First Study of Head Impacts in Youth Football, based on a groundbreaking study by researchers at Virginia Tech.

The Daily Dartmouth has a story about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill now in use at Floren Varsity House. It sounds like science fiction, but it's not. From The D:
This kind of technology comes at a cost — $70,000 to $80,000, (track coach Barry) Harwick estimated. The newly created Dartmouth Peak Performance initiative, which has provided various services like therapeutic massages and chocolate milk to the Big Green’s varsity teams, oversaw the purchase of the AlterG treadmill. Senior Associate Athletic Director for Peak Performance Drew Galbraith foreshadows a high level of return on their investment.
Chocolate milk and anti-gravity treadmills is pretty much covering the whole spectrum ;-) Read more about the latter here.

From the Associated Press:
The University of North Dakota resumed using its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname Wednesday even though it triggered NCAA sanctions, leaving some fans weary of the seven-year fight over a moniker that critics believe is demeaning.
Another AP story on the same subject starts this way:
As a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Indian tribe, Eunice Davidson has little patience with arguments that the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname is demeaning to her.

In recent weeks, Davidson has spent hours outside the university's Ralph Engelstad Arena — built and named for one of the nickname's staunchest backers — to gather petition signatures aimed at restoring a nickname the university wants to discard.

Weather conditions have taken a toll on Winter Carnival at Dartmouth. From The Dartmouth:
Due to a lack of snow and dangerous, icy conditions, the snow sculpture contest, Carni Classic and human dog sled race have been canceled for this weekend’s Winter Carnival, according to Winter Carnival Council co-chair Mandy Bowers ’14.
And . . .
In addition to the cancellation of the three events, cross-country ski races have been moved to Stowe, Vt.
On the other hand, That Certain Hanover High Grad said last night she'll be on the slopes at the Dartmouth Skiway Friday when there are no classes.

It's the first full day at his new job for former Brown defensive end and linebacker Bill O'Brien '92.



It would be pretty sweet if O'Brien decided to follow in predecessor Joe Paterno's footsteps and schedule a Brown-Penn State game the way JoePa did. Yup, on Nov. 5, 1983 the Bears visited Beaver Stadium and put up a pretty good fight in a 38-21 loss.

In case you are wondering, Dartmouth has played O'Brien's new team three times, losing in Hanover in 1917 and 1919 but posting a 14-7 win in State College in this game: