Saturday, January 19, 2013

Back In Green

To end your week a peaceful shot of sunset
 over Vermont taken from the shoulder of
Moose Mountain earlier this week (click to supersize)
In what should be a surprise to no one who has been paying attention, Dartmouth grad John Idzik '82 has been named general manager of the New York Jets. A statement from Jets owner Woody Johnson in this story summarized his experience this way:
“During his two decades in the NFL, John helped build a Super Bowl championship team in Tampa Bay, an NFC championship team in Arizona and, most recently, a team in Seattle that narrowly missed reaching the NFC Championship game."
From the Jets' release:
Born in Detroit, Idzik graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1982, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. At Dartmouth, he also played wide receiver for the Ivy League champion Big Green. He later earned a master’s degree from Duke in 1992. 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick playing for the Big Green? From The San Francisco Chronicle:

Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale recruited him hard, but Kaepernick's dream was to play Division I football.
Two things. First, Dartmouth may have recruited him but BGA has been following Big Green recruiting pretty closely since before Kaepernick went to Nevada and his name never appeared on these pages. That's a little curious. Stay tuned for more on that.

And second . . . people, people, people, as much as you don't want to believe it, the Ivy League IS Division I football. OK, it's not the so-called "major college" football, but again, it IS Division I.
From the Palm Beach Post:
Brown (Tuesday) and Dartmouth (Wednesday) were at Boca Raton this week. Both interested in OL Charles Strippoli.
And . . .
Wisconsin, despite not having any available scholarships for tight ends, visited Cardinal Newman tight end Matt Burke at school. Burke, a U.S. Army All-American, also said Dartmouth and Princeton may visit him.