Wednesday, November 02, 2016

This And That

Three Dartmouth players made the Ivy League honor roll after least week's narrow loss to Harvard.

Straight from the Ivy League release (LINK):

Jeremiah Douchee, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Chicago)
3 Asst Tckls.., 3 Total, 0.5 TFL, 1 Yd., 2 Blks.

Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (Fr., WR – Manvel, Texas)
11 Rec., 118 Yds.; 1 Rush, 2 Yds.; 5 KR, 92 Yds., Long 21

Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth (Jr., QB – Atherton, Calif.)
32-48-0, 301 Yds., 66.7 Completion %, 1 TD; 5 Rushes, 10 Yds., 1 TD.

Isiah Swann, Dartmouth (Fr., DB – Queen Creek, Ariz.)
9 Tckls., 9 Total, 1 INT

Also deserving of recognition was Jeremiah Douchee, who blocked two kicks (including one that almost led to a two-point runback that might have forced overtime) and had three tackles, including one for a loss. Oops, missed that one the first time around, but glad he got the nod ;-)
Yet another of the bogus reasons given for the Ivy League not advancing to the NCAA football playoffs is that Ivy teams would not be competitive. Interesting, then, that even in a year when it is struggling Dartmouth has a win over a projected playoff team. Find the STATS playoff projection that has New Hampshire in the field HERE.
A couple of "what if" stories . . .

Don Brown, the Michigan defensive coordinator, might have been the head coach at Yale. Would Bulldog players have run through walls for him? Everyone else has and does. Read about Brown in the Washington Post.

Penn (and perhaps Princeton) lost not just a linebacker to Penn State, but a quality young man. Read about Brandon Smith, who walked away from a chance to play at Franklin Field and instead chose to walk on with the Nittany Lions. (LINK)
Here's how the wise guys see Saturday's games:
Dartmouth is a 6.5 point pick over Cornell
Princeton is a 3 point pick over Penn
Harvard is a 16.5 point pick over Columbia
Yale is a 2.5 point pick over Brown

Holy Cross is a 4.5 point pick over Georgetown
Towson is a 10.5 point pick over Elon
New Hampshire has a bye
Dartmouth grad Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound tonight for the Chicago Cubs against the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. Here's how a Chicago Tribune story begins (LINK):
Three years ago, Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was in New Hampshire during the minor-league offseason finishing his economics degree at Dartmouth College.
If you haven't seen this clip of Washington State football coach Mike Leach explaining how he feels about picking a captain, by all means watch this ;-)