Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lots Of News

One section of grandstand remains to be lowered into place at Memorial Field. Click photos to enlarge.
Structural work has begun on the Memorial Field press box.
Piggybacking on a BGA Premium story from earlier this spring, The Sports Network writes about Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens and strength coach Spencer Brown encouraging football players who put on weight to lose it after their careers are over. Offensive lineman Sean Ronan edged fellow O-lineman AJ Dillione to win a suit from J.Crew in a contest Teevens originated based on percentage of body weight lost. Read the TSN story Dartmouth's Biggest Loser is a winner HERE.

A few more photos:
Sean Ronan at 270 pounds.
Ronan today
Looking more like a well-dressed wide receiver than a center

Watch the Celebration video HERE.
From a Dartmouth release detailing the school's Celebration of Excellence:

The Timothy Wright Ellis 1955 Memorial Award is given to a man showing extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability and is nominated and voted on by the captains of the men’s teams. This year’s award went to senior Will Guinee of the football team. Regarded as one of the most loyal teammates by Dartmouth players and coaches alike, Guinee has demonstrated his love of the college throughout his career in the way he prides himself in being able to represent Dartmouth in the classroom and on the field. Injuries hampered him throughout his career, yet his drive and determination never wavered, allowing the offensive lineman to return for the final six games this past fall and contribute to the football team’s best season in 17 years.

The Canadian football publication 3 Down Nation (think about it ;-) has a story about Dartmouth grad Garrett Waggoner noting that he is "set to become 3rd generation CFLer." (LINK)

From the story:
Garrett Waggoner is about to become a third-generation CFL player, following both his father and grandfather into the league when he is selected in Wednesday’s supplemental draft. But it took the combined efforts of his mother, his agent, a TV broadcaster with intimate knowledge of the league’s byzantine citizenship rules and Canada’s Minister of Sport to make it happen.
More from the story:
Over the last 10 days, 6-foot-1, 218 pound Waggoner has worked out for four different CFL teams, including one that flew him to Canada for an up-close look. He’s seen by some as a potential starter as a safety of weak-side linebacker. 
No one who knows how much Waggoner loves football should be surprised to learn that to make it happen he became a Canadian citizen ;-)

A standing-room-only crowd turned up at the University Club Chicago to meet and greet football coach Buddy Teevens as the Dartmouth's In Town Again tour hit the midwest. (Thanks for the photo ;-)
And finally, Griff the Wonder dog, who turned 1 last month, got a clean bill of health yesterday from his veterinary surgeon up near Burlington, Vt.

He underwent knee surgery eight weeks ago and has been cleared to run and jump in moderation for the next 3-4 weeks and then will have the green light to suit up and return to action.

His operation was the canine equivalent of a full ACL repair. Here he is enjoying the 90-minute ride home yesterday.
And finally II: On a beautiful spring day I had a chance to watch the Hanover High School baseball team post a dramatic extra-innings win yesterday on its home field in Norwich, Vt. My former Green Machine Little Leaguers started at first base, shortstop, third base and catcher. The first baseman got the win in relief and all four played key roles in the bottom of the seventh rally that brought extra innings, as well as the rally that erased a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth.