Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Next Month . . .

Not to wish summer away, but with today being July 1 we can say for the first time this year, "Dartmouth football practice begins next month."

In case you are wondering, the players will hit the field on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 26.

As has been the case for the past decade, Big Green Alert Premium will dedicate the 10 days prior to the kicking off of practice to in-depth previews of Dartmouth's opponents, beginning with an Aug. 16 look at Georgetown and wrapping up with Princeton on Aug. 25. There will be at least one story every day, seven days a week, until the final column on Nov. 23.

With the schedule all sketched out it's just about time to kick off Year 11 of BGA. Signups for the premium service will begin Monday, July 6. From the BGA Premium website:
A Big Green Alert Premium subscription features the same comprehensive writing and reporting that has earned Vermont and New Hampshire Press Association recognition in past years.
Every game, home and away, is covered with a preview on Friday night, at least one story on Saturday night, a follow on Sunday, and the always popular Optimist-Pessimist on Monday.
Every single preseason and regular fall practice session over the first 10 years of BGA has been covered with a full-length story, featuring coach or player quotes. Double-session practice days bring two stories.
There are least 8 stories posted on the site each week of the season, with at least one full-length story posted every day from the start of preseason until the final game.
BGA also offers full coverage of junior varsity football, the early-decision recruiting class, the regular-decision recruiting class and spring football.
Stories on games and practices are posted the same day they occur.
The cost of a subscription hasn't changed in seven years and will remain the same for the 2015 season. The hope is that rather than raising the price more people will sign up for arguably the most comprehensive coverage of any FCS team in the nation.

How You Can Help: You would think that after 10 years word of BGA would have gotten around but I was astonished while shooting photos at the Friends of Dartmouth Football Golf Classic how many former players hitting the white ball around Hanover Country Club had absolutely no idea about Green Alert. And these are people who feel strong enough about the program to come back and support it! If you like what you see, please spread the word to help BGA (and this site) keep going. Thank you.
A few more photos of the stadium project shot yesterday (and as always click 'em for a better look:

View from the football office in Floren Varsity House
The scaffolding is off the front of the press box.
The Dartmouth lettering mirrors that on Floren.
Note the railing at the front of the grandstand.
Even steps and hand-holds up the grandstand are welcomed additions.
One more photo from a few days ago, courtesy of the Dartmouth Sports Publicity office, shows off the unfinished inside of the press box where yours truly will be setting up camp this fall:

For a Dartmouth release on the three alums representing the United States at the 2015 IAAF World (Track) Championships at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing from Aug. 22-30, CLICK HERE.
Speaking of Dartmouth alums, if you don't think Kyle Hendricks had a magical performance in getting the win last night for the Chicago Cubs on ESPN, check out THIS STORY. Hendricks pitched six shutout innings, fanning six, walking one and allowing just three hits.