Thursday, June 04, 2015

Here And There

A few shots of the new Dartmouth home football stands taken Wednesday. Click pictures to enlarge.

While the press box looks huge there will actually be far fewer seats for the "ink-stained wretches of the Fourth Estate." Properly so, more space will be usurped by the electronic media, streaming video, scoreboard operations, etc.
Speaking of stadium work, official groundbreaking has taken place across the state at the University of New Hampshire for its long-overdue new football/sports facility. UNH Athletic Director Marty Scarano:
“I’m going to start to call this Every Person’s Stadium. I really am very convicted that we’ve got to do this right. The people that want to be in the club lounge and have a special type of environment, they will have that. And we want a family with two kids to be able to come to the game for $50 and have a great Saturday. It’s important we embrace all of that and everybody in the middle."
Find the full story HERE and architectural renderings of the project HERE.
This is kind of fun.

From an NBC Sports' College Football Talk feature (LINK):
For years – heck, eons – Alabama’s practice of claiming some, uh, dubious national championships has driven Auburn fans crazy. So much so, in fact, that last year the school launched a study into whether or not it should start claiming some bygone national championships of its own.
The results are in, and Auburn will keep its national championship total at two.
So, pray tell, what does this have to do with Dartmouth? One of the national titles Alabama says it won was in 1925, a championship Dartmouth has long claimed for itself. What's the truth? Let's go back to research done by a Bleacher Report writer who in 2009 called Alabama's 1925 title a "myth." From the story (LINK):
Alabama claims they "share" this one with Dartmouth. Who gave the Tide the title? Houlgate and Helms. Houlgate started his system in 1927. Wait a second—this means 'Bama won their 1925 national championship using a formula that didn't even exist until 1927? The other title giver, Helms Athletic Foundation, wasn't founded until 1941. Hmm, another mind-blowing retroactive scam.
The Bleacher Report writer also does a pretty good job of debunking Alabama's claims of titles in 1926, 1930, 1934 and 1941.
How does Dartmouth get its name out to high school football coaches and players in far-flung reaches? And how do the Big Green coaches find those hidden gems? One way is working camps around the country.

Here's a list of camps where Dartmouth will have a presence this year:
Bishop Chatard Elite Football Camp (Indiana)
Boston College Camp
Devin Bush Exposure Camp (Florida)
Duke Camp
Lauren's 1st & Goal (Pennsylvania)
Manning Passing Academy (Louisiana)
Maximum Exposure (Hawaii)
Michigan Camp
Mission Viejo Football Camp
New England Elite
New Jersey Showcase
Northwestern Camp
Penn State Camp
Pitt Camp
Rice Camp
Richmond Camp
Rutgers Camp
South Florida Select
Stanford Camp
Texas Select
University of North Carolina Camp
Vanderbilt Camp
Viking Clinic (Pennsylvania)
Wake Forest Camp
That Certain Nittany Lion senior is working again this summer at Hanover Country Club. When he got back from the course last night he came running into the house and shouted that we had to go outside to see the sunset over the Vermont mountains. I grabbed my camera and caught the end of another glorious gift from the heavens: