Saturday, March 05, 2016

Go With The Flo

Dartmouth is graduating a ton on defense. Among those coming back is outside linebacker Folarin Orimolade, a member of the All-Ivy League first team who was second in the conference in sacks last fall with eight, second in tackles for loss, and tied for the league lead in fumbles forced. Here's "Flo's"  very entertaining sophomore-junior highlight video:

With all the news about the Ivy League banning tackling in practice there were bound to be a few naysayers. A commentary I heard the other day during an ESPN broadcast referred to it as a good idea but one that might be more of a "look at me" initiative than one that will change much of anything, given how little tackling a great many college and NFL teams are doing in practice.

And a Bloomberg View columnist with what would seem to be more of a soccer/rugby background has penned has a piece under the headline, Tackling Bans Are Wrongheaded. Part of his argument is that the non-tackling edict could prove problematic in the future. He writes that today's players. . .

. . . "already know how to tackle, even if they get to use those skills less often; if the next generation is deprived of the opportunity to gain experience, they'll be more at risk of injury when match day arrives."
The morning brought several emails with the sad news of the passing of former linebacker Sean Gordon '91, who came to Dartmouth from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and LaGrangeville, N.Y. There's a remembrance of sorts on the Hudson Valley Sports Report site.