Thursday, March 13, 2014

Snow Foolin'

Kudos to the weather folks because they got this one right. We were on the border of the area expected to get 12-18 inches of new snow and we've gotten a good 16 inches – and it's still coming down. This is a view of our deck through our sunroom (ha!) doors.

Several years ago we spent a little extra and put a standing-seam roof on the house. As a result, the snow slides off very nicely. There's a chance this door will be completely blocked when the last of the snow comes roaring down. (Note to self: Take the screen doors down next year.)

For the record, we have 22 inches of standing snow right now in our front yard. It's 6 degrees outside now and could hit 10 below tonight.
Eddie Lucas '04, a onetime Dartmouth jayvee quarterback who gave up football to pursue a pro baseball career, is the subject of an MLB story about his dogged pursuit of a roster spot in the big leagues. Lucas finally made it to the show last year with the Miami Marlins, batting .256 in 94 games with four homers and 28 runs batted in. The former Big Green shortstop made 61 appearances at third base and saw time at first in 25 games, second in 20, shortstop in six and even played one in game left field. And get this: He might some day catch and inning or two.

From the story:
Lucas -- the first former Dartmouth College player to make the Majors since Mike Remlinger (1991-2006) and Mark Johnson (1995-2002) -- has been putting more time in at shortstop this spring to round out his utility resume. So far, the Marlins have liked what they have seen from him. 
"He's got a lot of value for us and he's having a great spring -- and that's just talking defense," said (Marlins Manager Mike) Redmond. "He gave us some great at-bats last year and got some big hits for us. You're talking about a guy who spent a ton of time in Minor Leagues grinding it out. And for him to get an opportunity last year -- coming to the big leagues for the first time -- he made the most of his opportunity."
By many accounts, Yale football has enjoyed a terrific recruiting year. Could the Bulldogs have a secret formula for attracting talent to New Haven? A Tweet from the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year would lead you to believe so. Check the Tweet out on Portal 31.

Aw, what the heck. I'll save you the time. The quarterback wrote: "Had a Great Phone call with Coach Reno from Yale. I have been officially Offered a Scholarship to Yale University."

Scholarships! That's the secret ;-)
One of the most heart-warming sports stories of the year will make you smile. Do yourself a favor and read this one about "Coach Black" from CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel. You will be sharing the link with friends and telling them to make sure they read it. Promise.