Friday, November 04, 2016

NFL: The Future Of Football

During last night's broadcast of the Atlanta Falcons' 43-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL aired a short piece it filmed at Dartmouth recently about a safer future for football featuring the Mobile Virtual Player and narration by Buddy Teevens. Look for it during upcoming NFL broadcasts. Here are a couple of stills taken from the TV with my trusty iPod Touch. (Click to photos to enlarge them.)

Dartmouth safety Charlie Miller has been voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District I Football Team for Division I schools for his performance in the classroom as well as on the field. Find a Dartmouth release HERE. The CoSIDA release lists Miller as an economics major with a 3.51 GPA.
Dartmouth's game notes are HERE.
The Cornell Sun reports that the Cornell football had a players-only meeting after the Big Red's lopsided loss to Princeton. (LINK)

The Sun also has a story (LINK) detailing three keys to Cornell having success against Dartmouth. They are:

• Return to the Ground Game
• Don’t Fall Behind Early
• Stay Disciplined on Defense – Turnovers Aren’t Everything
The Roar Lions Columbia football blog picks 6.5-point favorite Dartmouth to win this week. From the column:
The Big Green need this game badly to keep their program momentum going. They'll win and cover.
From the Dartmouth football office:

The Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group attempts to compare "how all the Ivy League teams performed relative to their recruited talent." The Yale Daily News has the story that includes this:
Entering the 2016 season, the Yale football team had the top freshman recruiting class in the Ivy League and the second overall freshman class in the entire Football Championship Subdivision, per 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. Yet Yale currently sits at fourth in the Ivy League.
Green Alert Take: While this is a nice exercise in analytics the fact that it relies entirely on 247Sports and Sagarin ratings makes this an interesting academic exercise but little more than that. As anyone who has watched the Ivy League for more than a few years can attest, the ranking of individual recruits at this level is wrong as often as it is right, maybe more. Not only are there people around the league who question whether Yale actually had the "second overall freshman class in the entire Football Championship Subdivision," but there are people who would question whether it has the second overall class in the entire Ivy League.
Harvard has canceled the rest of the men's soccer team's season as a result of sexually explicit "scouting reports" players compiled on the women's soccer recruits. (LINK) There's a story in the Harvard Crimson and another in The Dartmouth that explains how the development could affect the Ivy League standings and the Big Green's pursuit of the conference title.