Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ver-r-r-r-y Interesting

11:30 a.m. update: Thanks to inquiring minds on a message board, a search reveals the Yale website showing the Penn game as being on Friday, Oct. 23.

In the Internet era secrets are hard to keep and misinformation is hard to correct. Sometimes it's hard to tell which is which.

A message board posting that the Yale-Penn football game would be played on a Friday night sent me scurrying to Yale's Portal 31 blog, referred to as the source of the information. That would seem to be pretty definitive, but finding nothing on the blog itself, I checked the comments section where someone had written that the game would be on Friday.

A little further down someone else pointed out that the official website schedules for both teams list the game for Saturday. That, in turn, was followed by someone responding, "The Yale football parents have been told that the Penn game will indeed be played on Friday night and the hotel information has been sent out reflecting that." Sounds relatively definitive. (Note the relatively ;-)


Here's what's a lot more interesting for Dartmouth fans.

In a follow to the original message board posting about Yale-Penn someone points out that although the Dartmouth-Harvard game is scheduled for Oct. 31 on the website for both schools, the Harvard ticket page lists it as a Friday night game with a 7:30 kickoff.

Here's a screenshot from part of the official Harvard ticket page taken this morning (LINK):

What's up? Uh, stay tuned ;-)
Back to Silly Season . . .

The good news is that Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams has been named to the FCS Preseason All-America first team by something called American Football Networks. (LINK)

The bad news? It's not bad, really, but there are 12 quarterbacks on the first team, including Harvard's Paul Stanton, who happens to be a running back, not a quarterback.

Also named to the first team from Dartmouth are defensive lineman AJ Zuttah, linebacker Will McNamara and defensive back Vernon Harris. If I counted correctly (and my eyes started to blur) there are 162 total first-team members. Big team ;-)

Chosen as one of 17 second-team running backs is Kyle Bramble. He's joined on the second team by defensive lineman Cody Fulleton, offensive lineman Jacob Flores, placekicker Alex Gakenheimer and punter Ben Kepley. Linebacker Zach Slafsky is honorable mention.

Green Alert Take: These folks apparently don't know that All-Ivy picks Ryan McManus and Troy Donahue are returning for Dartmouth because it's pretty clear how they picked their team. . .
Dartmouth football has been awarded the Academic Progress Rate Award for the Ivy League by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association. Find a release HERE. From that release:
The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 13 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score. Dartmouth was also one of eight programs recognized for having the highest APR in its conference for each of the past two years.
A few snaps from Memorial Field yesterday that you might want to enlarge by clicking:

Nice to see action on Memorial Field, courtesy of the Buddy Teevens Football Camp. Note the portable stands at the far end have been set up.
A look at the press box from the west side of the field
The wall at the front of the home stands will be significantly higher than it was in the past.
The steps at the north end of the stands are wider and now empty toward the field. The dark part of the wall is the original concrete that had several feet added to it.
The main entrance to Memorial Field now leads to stairs leading straight up to a portal entry to the grandstand.