Monday, March 06, 2017

Hurricane Warning

The Dartmouth baseball team got the only run it would need on the first pitch of the game as freshman Trevor Johnson – son of former Big Green quarterback and big leaguer Mark Johnson '90 – led off yesterday's game against Miami with a home run. Michael Danielak made the run stand up with seven shutout innings as Dartmouth went on to a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes, ranked 17th in the country. The Big Green took two of three from Miami, dropping the middle game on a walk-off balk.

This is the first time Dartmouth has won a series against a top-25 team, and is now 3-4 all-time against the Hurricanes ... the Big Green also won two games against nationally ranked teams in 2014 (No. 30 FIU and No. 18 Kansas) ... Miami had not lost a series to a team outside one of the Power-5 conferences since May of 2009.
Former Dartmouth defensive lineman Adam Nelson '97 – Olympic shot put gold medalist – joined swimmer Michael Phelps last week in a Congressional hearing that an ESPN story writes, was . . .
. . . clearly designed to pressure the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee into speeding up the pace of reform in the wake of the Russian doping scandal that laid bare its inadequacies."
From the story (italics are mine):
... Nelson held up the gold medal he retroactively earned from 2004. He collected it at a food court in the Atlanta airport after the original winner was disqualified following a sample re-test using updated methods. The former Dartmouth football player has told the story many times, and its contrast of sublime achievement amid banal surroundings is stark. He is afraid the momentum generated by the sensational revelations of laboratory sabotage at the 2014 Sochi Games and entrenched state-sponsored doping in Russia will sputter and stall completely if left to a system he described as "interested in improving the process, but not truly committed to a better outcome.''
"Athletes have to be integrated into the solution,'' Nelson said. "We accept the burden [of testing] with open arms, but we have no input into it.''
Here's Adam Nelson's bio from the 1996 Dartmouth media guide:
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A FootballScoop posting reports that the NCAA has recommended three rules changes for the coming season. From the story:
First, the committee recommended defensive players no longer be allowed to leap over offensive linemen on field goals and PATs. Presently, this is a legal move so long as the leaping player does not land on an offensive player.
The committee also recommended a requirement that all players wear knee pads and pants that cover the knee.
The committee’s final proposal recommended that the nameplate area be included in the horse collar rule, restricting that area from use in making tackles.
Green Alert Take: The recommendation about knee pads and pants covering the knee? I had been told that was a rule that simply was being ignored. Here's hoping the rule passes because it's, well, not a good look on most players. ;-)