Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What Could Have Been

The College Football Hall of Fame has announced its new class and the induction ceremony next winter will feature the one who got away.

From the Colorado website story about the election of former Buff John Wooten to the hall:
He was courted by Dartmouth, Florida A&M, UCLA, New Mexico and New Mexico State.  Dartmouth had an allure to it, being an Ivy League school, but that was too far away for his mother; after all, New Hampshire and New Mexico are only close alphabetically. 
The story notes that, "He is believed to be one of the first African-Americans to earn All-America honors playing a position in the interior line."

Wooten ended up playing nine years in the NFL before beginning a long and distinguished career in pro football administration.
The Sports Network takes a look at the top 10 quarterbacks in the FCS. It's absolutely no surprise that the site's pick for the top quarterback in the Ivy League also happens to be in the overall top 10. As a sophomore last fall, Cornell's Jeff Mathews had consecutive 500-yard passing games and an Ivy record 3,411 yards through the air. He was the Ivy League offensive player of the year in 2011.

A better question would be, Who is the next-best QB in the Ivy League? The answer could change by season's end but heading into the campaign it would seem to be a pretty clear three-way race among Penn's Billy Ragone, Columbia's Sean Brackett and Harvard's Colton Chapple.
Week Five opponent Sacred Heart has posted its preseason two-deep and Keshaudas Spence, the 5-foot-10, 230-pound human bowling ball who gave Dartmouth tacklers headaches last fall, is listed as a backup tailback. Greg Moore, who led the team in rushing last year as a sophomore, doesn't show up on the two-deep at all.
And finally, this. When our daughters were approaching college a couple of years ago, a friend explained the process of paying for school this way: "It's like buying a brand new Volvo every year and then pushing it off a cliff." Well, our second one heads off in the fall and you can forget the Volvo. For what it will cost us next year for two next year – after financial aid – we are pushing a brand new (albeit base model) 2012 Jaguar XF Portfolio off the cliff. (And yeah, I had to look that up ;-)

I've thought about that a lot since my 1993 Eagle Summit ran into the ground recently at 197,000 miles. Last night we agreed to buy a rust-free 2000 car from a Tuck student heading back overseas in a week. We feel pretty lucky to have found a reasonably priced car with "just" 100,000 miles on it, and no, not it's not a Jaguar. Neither, in case you are wondering, is it an Eagle Summit. It would seem mine was one of the last of the species.