Monday, November 14, 2016

Looking Back

The Brown Daily Herald has a story from Saturday's game HERE.
The Valley News story on the Brown game is HERE.
Your call on what to make of a strange football capsule in The Dartmouth.
Sagarin DI Ratings (Last week)
133 Princeton (138)
148 New Hampshire (143)
161 Penn (169)
164 Harvard (156)
181 Towson (185)
192 Dartmouth (187)
209 Holy Cross (204)
211 Brown (220)
214 Cornell (212)
217 Yale (215)
220 Columbia (219)

Massey FCS Ratings (Last week)
36 Princeton (40)
45 New Hampshire (29)
52 Penn (60)
56 Harvard (48)
68 Towson (70)
76 Dartmouth (72)
84 Cornell (88)
85 Holy Cross (77)
87 Brown (94)
94 Yale (90)
97 Columbia (96)

Why did radio broadcasts of Dartmouth sports move from the student radio station to commercial stations? The Dartmouth has a lengthy story with the details HERE.
The Dartmouth writes about the Ivy League proposing legislation to limit early recruiting nationally. From the story (LINK):
Currently, coaches are technically barred from talking to athletes until their junior year, but through a variety of technicalities, they may start the recruiting process as early as eighth grade.
And . . .
According to a 2014 study conducted by The New York Times in conjunction with the National Collegiate Scouting Association, 36 percent of women’s lacrosse players, 31 percent of men’s lacrosse players and 24 percent of women’s soccer players gave commitments before they were juniors.
With a a few freelance deadlines rapidly approaching, I spent most of yesterday (and will spend all of today) in Dartmouth's Feldberg Business and Engineering Library, my go-to place when it's too cold to write in our '84 VW camper and I need to sit at the keyboard without distraction. Alas, there was a huge distraction just as I walked past the periodicals rack. Here's what I spotted:

That's  John Currier '79 and his new best friend, MVP, featured on the cover of Business NH magazine. From the story, which notes the 190-pound smart dummy can travel up to 19 mph:
The first time the device was field-tested, at Dartmouth's opening day of football practice on Aug. 26, 2015, MVP posted a 49 second clip on social media. "We were shocked – 200,000 people had seen the video in two hours. By the end of the week, it had a million views," Currier says.
And . . .
MVP has 25 units in the field being tested by a variety of teams including the Baltimore Ravens and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. Notre Dame and seven NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, bought units. "(Notre Dame) ordered two and within hours called up and said we want to more," Currier says.
And some of the nitty-gritty you'd expect to find in a business magazine:
So far the company has raised $1.5 million in funding to launch the product. The MVP unit retails for $8,000. A more extensive commercial launch is planned for the first quarter of 2017, when MVP will officially be introduced at the American Football Coaches Association conference in January. MVP has partnered with Rogers Athletic Company to license the technology, manufacturing units and sell them.