1. CAAOf the Ivy League, TSN has this to say:
2. Missouri Valley
3. Big Sky
6. Ohio Valley
7. Big South
8. Patriot (Holy Cross)
11. Northeast (Sacred Heart)
13. Pioneer (Butler)
. . . (T)he Ancient Eight is taking a step back this season, with Harvard a heavy favorite to repeat as champion. Cornell is on the rise while traditional power Penn tries to regroup after a mediocre 5-5 campaign. What makes this an underrated league is that its national recruiting allows it to secure talented players, not just smart ones.
•If I graduated from an Ivy League school and had a chance to play a year of football in Europe, I'd probably put law school or Wall Street on the back burner and jump at it. Columbia grad Alex Gross' latest blog posting about his trip to Venice is another illustration of the benefits of living and playing a season overseas.
•Yesterday was Class Day at the high school and That Certain Hanover High Senior was awarded a Harry Tanzi Scholarship, which honors the legendary former honorary Mayor of Hanover (and 1917 graduate of the high school). It won't make much a dent in the huge college bills ahead but it is well-deserved recognition of a kid who never took his foot off the gas pedal. He was grinding at the books until the final day.
•Our Green Machine Cal Ripken team won the Division championship last night before a large and enthusiastic crowd here in Hanover. The kids carried an 8-1 lead into the final inning before a late rally cut the final score to 8-6. We rolled the dice and pulled our top two pitchers after they allowed just one unearned run so they would be eligible to throw in tomorrow's North-South championship game. A gutsy performance from the third pitcher made the gamble pay off.