Saturday, February 01, 2014

Ivy Bound

The Gwinnett Daily Post recruiting notebook has a story headlined: Buford sending pair to Ivy League that features a large head-and-shoulders picture of incoming Dartmouth tight end Cam Poole.

The story mentions the 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior has played on three consecutive state championship teams and that he has ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in his class throughout high school with a 4.0 GPA. (An aside: I'm not sure how you can be anything but tied for No. 1 if you are a 4.0 but then again, I wasn't one of them ;-)

Oh, and the second Ivy-bound player in the story is linebacker Deion King, who the Daily Post said switched his commitment from Yale to Princeton in December.
Dartmouth will resume its rivalry with cross-state neighbor and FCS powerhouse New Hampshire next fall and the guess here is that there's a very good chance the game will be played under lights that will be installed this summer. The lights are part of a project that includes the renovation of the decrepit UNH home grandstand.

But the really big news out of Durham is that UNH has announced a $25 million plan to build a new home grandstand on the east side of the facility, opposite the current stands. Find a story about the project here.

It is expected to open in late 2015 although there is a rub. From a UNH release:
The project will only move forward when the university raises $5 million in donations and the final project cost is no more than $25 million. The university plans to seek internal borrowing for the additional $20 million. The cost of this project will be absorbed within the university’s current five-year financial planning model.
Green Alert Take: It is hard to believe that UNH could have its new home grandstand in place before Dartmouth even begins the reconstruction of its Memorial Field home stands. The Big Green stands were days away from being torn down and replaced in the summer of 2009 before the economy tanked and the project was put on indefinite hold. Supposedly, materials for the project are have been stockpiled in a field in Vermont ever since. Check out an old BGA blurb here.
There's an interesting note in today's local daily about a possible football equipment change in Hanover next fall and mention of a player who blogged a photo of a mockup of the change. If something is happening – and I don't know for sure either way – it's supposed to be a surprise so you'll find no link here and no more hints. Time will tell if it will happen. (Sorry for being a little mysterious but it's no fun if you know what's under the tree on Dec. 24, so I'm keeping my yap shut.)
Back on the subject of big news for traditional Dartmouth rivals, there's this: Holy Cross will resume its rivalry with Boston College with games in 2018 and 2020. The Boston Globe has a story.

Holy Cross and BC haven't played since 1986 when Boston College won, 56-26.

BC has a 47-32-3 lead in the series after winning the last eight matchups. Despite the lack of success against the FBS team, Holy Cross fans have been clamoring for years about playing the Eagles again and the move to scholarships in the Patriot League has made it possible.
NPR has a story about former Brown receiving great Sean Morey and the daily battle he faces with his mental health after years as an NFL special teams ace sprinting down the field on kickoffs and punts.
Penn defensive back Sebastian Jaskowski tied for the team lead with eight tackles in the Quakers' four-overtime win against Dartmouth last fall, but that may not be the highlight of his senior year.

No, that might have come early Friday morning when he topped himself and a lot of others in front of what one newspaper called a sellout crowd of "20,000 amped-up spectators cranking up the volume at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center."

This from a Bucks County Courier Times story about Philadelphia's famed Wing Bowl:
Sebastian Jaskowski of Moorestown, N.J. — aka "The Polish Punisher" — went home a happy man. 
The 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania senior and football player won the college division of the competition and a new Chrysler 200 from Barbera's on the Boulevard. 
Jaskowski wolfed down 78 wings in 14 minutes, which wasn't good enough to get out of the first round but was the best showing among the eaters who attend college. 
The winner? Again from the Courier Times:
Molly Schuyler, a housewife from Omaha, Neb., won the overall title with a Wing Bowl record 363 wings in 30 minutes in the competition that was put on by sports talk radio station WIP (94.1 FM). Schuyler won $22,000, a gold medal and a ring from Steven Singer Jewelers.
If you are curious about Wing Bowl, click here for a CBS story.