Friday, February 17, 2017

Combine Countdown

From the Dartmouth football  office:

(A little more about our snow on Moose Mountain at the bottom of today's posting.)
For a full list of players invited to the Feb. 28-March 6 NFL Combine, CLICK HERE.

Although Dartmouth's Folarin Oriomolade and Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen are considered potential draft picks, there were no Ivy League players invited to the NFL showcase this year with one from the Patriot League, one from the Northeast Conference and two from the CAA on the guest list. Here are the FCS players heading to Indianapolis:

OT Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell
OG Erik Austell, Charleston Southern
DE Keionta Davis, Chattanooga
OG Corey Levin. Chattanooga
RB De'Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina
TE Eric Saubert, Drake
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington
OG Cameron Lee, Illinois State
CB Brendan Langley, Lamar
RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
SS Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA)
OT Javarius Leamon, South Carolina State
OG Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State
CB Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
OT Jerry Ugokwe, William & Mary
DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State
DE Avery Moss, Youngstown State
One of the high school seniors I was watching in January as a potential Dartmouth recruit decided instead to walk on to a Power 5 conference team. What goes into the thinking of a kid who chooses that path over the Ivy League? MLive considers the case of a wide receiver who backed off a commitment to Columbia in favor of walking on with Michigan of the Big Ten. (LINK)

From the story:
Less than a month ago, (Jack) Young had never even been to Ann Arbor and was committed to play at Columbia as he planned a future at the Ivy League school in New York City. Then he visited Michigan in late January, was offered a preferred walk-on spot and didn't hesitate.
"To me, it was a no-brainer," said Young, who was recruited as a wide receiver. "Once I got the opportunity to go play here, I had to take it."
Said the player:
"The school also has amazing academics - you can't get much better than Michigan. Columbia is a really good academic school, but Michigan is as well and the football aspect at Michigan is always what I dreamed for, like a big-time FBS school."
"Lede" of a story in the Los Angeles Times:
In November 1951, the Dartmouth and Princeton football teams played a season-ending game that resulted in a seminal work on the nature of human cognition. 
The newspaper explains what the "psychological case study" derived from the game illustrated:
Princeton students saw the Dartmouth team commit twice as many infractions as Dartmouth students. And Dartmouth students saw their team make only half the infractions that Princeton students professed to see.
Even though students watched the exact same clips, perceptions were vastly different based on their rooting interest.
The famous study from the 1951 game comes up from time to time. Why now? The headline of the LA Times story: There's a lot a 1951 football game can tell us about attitudes toward President Trump.
Now back to the snow. As noted yesterday, the stake in our front yard shows 27 inches of standing snow. But that tells just half the story. Literally.

Snow piling up outside our "sun" room.
A few years back we put a standing-seam metal roof on our house, the better to shed the winter snow. It works like a wonder. What we didn't take into account, however, is the location of the filler pipes for our basement oil tank.

As it turns out the delivery people need to walk over the snow that has come tumbling  off the roof to fill the tank. On occasion in the past the driver would strap on snowshoes to drag the hose to the pipes, but the fellow yesterday had only boots. He got halfway there and judging by the depth of his tracks, he got stuck in four-plus feet of snow before wisely turning around.

Wanna guess what I was doing last night and will be doing again today? We are down to about 1/8 of a tank and there's plenty of winter left. . . . Ah, life in the north country ;-)