Sunday, June 14, 2015

More Virtual Talk

A few outtakes from a Buffalo News story (LINK) centered around Trent Edwards, the former Stanford and Buffalo Bills quarterback and now vice president of product and business development for STRIVR, the company that makes the virtual reality system Dartmouth has purchases.
It took only about two plays for Edwards to say, “I wish I had this when I was playing.” He was even more impressed when he discovered that soon after Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan began using the system, he led the Cardinal to victories in the final three games of the 2014 season by a combined score of 114-48, including a 45-21 humiliation of Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl. Hogan’s completion percentage during that stretch was above 75 and he had a four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio.
And . . .
The Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team to employ the system, which was precisely the high-profile client STRIVR needed to put itself on the map. Five major-college programs (Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Dartmouth) also have climbed aboard.
(Editor's Note: Longtime followers of Dartmouth football probably enjoy being categorized once again as a "major-college" program.)

And . . .
“The best way we can grow this is by the Cowboys giving good referrals about us to other NFL and college teams,” Edwards said. “We would love for the Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl. We would love all of our college teams to go to bowl games.” 
Green Alert Take: Um, I came name one STRIVR client that won't be going to the postseason next fall . . . even if it deserves to go on.

And . . .
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, a former backup quarterback with the team, told Edwards and Belch, “I’ve been wanting something like this that gives me that vantage point for 20 years now.”
And . . .
“As a quarterback, you want the game to slow down and a lot of that comes from your film preparation,” Edwards said. “This enhances that tenfold compared to the sideline and end-zone preparation way. 
A couple of track notes courtesy of a loyal BGA reader:

• Will Geohegan '14, one of the casualties of the Ivy League rule not allowing athletes to continue to compete as graduate students at their own school if they have remaining eligibility, helped Oregon to the NCAA championship with a fourth place in the NCAA 5-K. Find Geoghegan's Dartmouth bio HERE.

• Ben True '08 won the "Diamond League" 5000  in New York City over a field that included elite runners from Kenya, New Zealand and around the world. Find a story HERE. From that story:
. . . Ben True has done something that Galen Rupp, Bernard Lagat, or any other American has never done – win a Diamond League 5000.
More from the track: junior Kaitlin Whitehorn made the All-America second team at nationals by high jumping 5-foot-9 1/2. Find a note HERE.
And a final note about a Dartmouth runner: Joe Carey '15, a former Hanover High standout and trip-captain of the Dartmouth track team, was one of five graduating Dartmouth seniors who was commissioned in the military yesterday. Carey, whose mother and father are both faculty members, graduates today as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marines. Find his bio HERE.