Friday, October 11, 2013

No Time To Be Board ;-)

Only the supports for Dartmouth's old football scoreboard remained
 at midday yesterday.  (Click pictures to enlarge.)
By the start of practice there was no sign the scoreboard was ever there.
Davis Varsity House looks much more impressive without the board
in front of it.
From The Dartmouth daily preview of tomorrow's Homecoming game:
“Yale’s probably going to be one of our biggest games of the year,” co-captain linebacker Bronson Green ’14 said. “They’ve had a really good start to the season and we’re going to treat this game like a must-win. They have the ability to knock off some of the better Ivy teams.”
From the Yale Daily News:
“Dartmouth has a very good offense — a solid run game and a talented quarterback,” captain and defensive end Beau Palin ’14 said. “We must stop the run to make them one dimensional and win the turnover battle.” 
Green Alert Take: If you are looking for bulletin board material, good luck.
The Sports Network builds a story around Yale's upset of Cal Poly and the explosion of offense in the Ancient Eight that Dartmouth and Yale have helped fuel. From the story:
Three Ivy League teams help make up the nation's top 11 total offenses, with Princeton in fourth averaging 557.3 yards per game. Dartmouth is sixth (509 ypg) and Yale is 11th (486.7 ypg). Cornell, led by senior quarterback Jeff Mathews, is seventh in the FCS in passing offense (324 ypg).  
Speaking of Ivy League quarterbacks, Harvard's offense is tied for third in the country in completion percentage. Brown is 11th in the same category, and Cornell, Princeton and Yale come in at 13, 14 and 15, respectively. Evidently there's no shortage of offense in a league in which its teams have scored at least 30 points in 13 of the season's first 20 games.
The College Sporting News roundup picks up on the same theme:
Ivy League teams have combined to score 30 or more points 13 times in the first 20 games of the 2013 season. Of those 13 occurrences, seven times the Ivy team posted 40 or more points. Harvard has scored 40 or more points in all three of its games, while Princeton has scored 50 or more points in two its three and Dartmouth and Yale have each scored 30 or more in two of their respective first three games.
And this interesting note:
With two wins in the final six non-conference games of the season, the Ivy League can post a .500 or better record for the third time in four years and for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons.
From the Columbia Roar Lions blog:
The Big Green and Buddy Teevens really need this win and I think they’ll get it. Yale’s defense will get tested this time.
A column in our local daily reminds us that Dartmouth held a concert on the Gold Coast lawn starting at 9 p.m. on the night of the home opener against Holy Cross and the vast majority of students streamed out at halftime of a nailbiter that went the other way. Don Mahler writes about the Yale game:
They can’t afford to have a quiet crowd, a late-arriving crowd or an early-leaving crowd. This time, you fans need to be serious. This is a football game, so get with the program. 
And . . .
The last two seasons, Dartmouth has finished with a 4-3 Ivy League mark — good for third last year and second place in 2011. This is a team knocking on the door to the title room. You could be the sledgehammer in their hands to finally break that door down. 
All you gotta do is show up. And act like you’re a football crowd. The guys on the field deserve that much.
Omar Khan, the Pittsburgh Steelers' director of football administration, got his start in the pro game with early help from then-Tulane head coach Buddy Teevens. From an ESPN story:
Khan told Teevens he wanted to work for the football team as a student volunteer. 
Teevens, impressed by Khan's sincerity, cleared out an old copy room in the football facility and somehow wedged a desk into it. 
"He was the happiest guy on the planet," Teevens recalled.
The story goes on . . .
Khan received a call in 1997 from the Saints that he recalls as "out of the blue," but it really wasn't.
He had so impressed the Tulane coaches with his ability to handle anything -- from taping practice to helping break down tape of opposing teams -- that Teevens called Bill Kuharich, the Saints' general manager at the time, without telling Khan. 
A glowing review turned into Khan interviewing for an internship with the Saints in their scouting department.
From the Daily Pennsylvanian:
Fifth-year senior running back Brandon Colavita must really hate Dartmouth. 
Last season, Colavita got injured at Dartmouth in the opening sequence of play while still recovering from a rib injury sustained in the season opener two weeks earlier. It was an early exit at the hands of the Big Green, as Colavita sat the rest of the season.

Last week, Colavita managed to get to the third quarter before getting injured against the Big Green again. The DP learned Thursday that the injury Colavita sustained last week was to his meniscus and that he is expected to miss a month.
Gotta admit, this lede to a story in the Cornell Sun had me scratching my head:
Sports Editor and 10 Questions Columnist Haley Velasco sat down with senior offensive linebacker Tre’ Minor to talk about everything from jambalaya to Ke$ha.
You've read here many times before about the incredible work the Be The Match marrow donor program does and once again, the volunteer marrow donor effort of another college football team has saved a life.

This time it was a drive by the University of New Hampshire team that enrolled a UNH track star who turned out to be a match. New Hampshire's Cameron Lyle had to choose between competing in his conference championship as a weight thrower with a legitimate chance at winning, or saving a young father's life. The decision he made was rewarded with the NCAA's Award of Valor, recognizing, "a courageous act or noteworthy bravery by an individual associated with intercollegiate athletics."

Read the full story on the UNH Today site.
From the For What It's Worth Department, tomorrow's post on the BGA Blog will be the 4,000th since moving to this platform. That's a whole lotta bloggin'. Can someone please tell me why I keep doing it?