Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulling In The Vote

With Saturday's win over Holy Cross, the Dartmouth football team has moved into the Lambert Meadowlands Football poll (LINK), once billed as being emblematic of "supremacy in the East." The Big Green debuts at No. 10 in the FCS version of a that stretches from Maine in the north, to Elon (North Carolina) in the south and as far west as Duquesne (Pittsburgh).

This week's ECAC FCS poll:

1. Villanova (6-1)
2. New Hampshire (5-1)
3. Fordham (6-1)
4. Harvard (5-0)
5.Richmond (5-2)
6. William & Mary (4-3)
7. Bryant (5-1)
8. Sacred Heart (6-1)
9. Bucknell (5-1)
10. Dartmouth (4-1)

The Massey Ratings give Dartmouth a 99 percent "chance" of winning at Columbia this week. The projected score is 38-7. (Massey projected a 28-20 win over Holy Cross last week.)

Massey has Harvard with a 69 percent chance of winning at Princeton Saturday in a game that will give one or the other its first Ivy League loss. Massey sees the Crimson winning, 33-26.

Here's what Massey has for Dartmouth's chances of winning the rest of the season, along with the projected score:

at Columbia, 99 percent, W 38-7
Harvard, 35 percent, L 27-21
at Cornell, 89 percent, W 31-13
Brown, 81 percent, W 27-14
at Princeton, 49 percent, L 31-30

Massey's projected Ivy League standings after last week's games:

Harvard 7-0
Princeton 5-2
Dartmouth 5-2
Yale 5-2
Penn 3-4
Brown 2-5
Cornell 1-6
Columbia 0-7

Onetime Dartmouth basketball player Lisa Friel '79 is a former longtime prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office specializing in sexual-assault cases and now vice president of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations division of T&M Protection Resources in New York. Friel,  now consulting with the NFL about domestic violence, was invited by former Dartmouth classmate Buddy Teevens to speak to the Big Green football team Sunday.

The local daily (LINK) has a story that includes this:
Friel explained that domestic abuse crosses all lines, knows no barriers. It affects all races, all religious and ethnic persuasions and crosses all socio-economic lines.
“We wanted (the Dartmouth players) to understand that it can happen anywhere,” she said, “at a nice school like this with nice girls and nice boys.”
More from the story:
“If these situations are not checked, they just will escalate,” she said.
“If you see or hear something, step in and make a difference. Even if you do something a day later — talking to your friend or discussing with your coach — start the dialogue. It can make the difference. 
Use of a drone gives a look at the Dartmouth bonfire that has to be seen to be believed. CLICK HERE to watch the video.