Fearless Prediction: Even though the game with former rival Princeton won’t be occurring at the end of the season anymore, Dartmouth seems like the mirror image of the Tigers: whereas Princeton needs to find a consistent defense, the Big Green needs to establish a consistent offense that doesn’t turn over the ball. If Dartmouth can find a way to beat Yale in the Yale Bowl in October, the Big Green could be Ivy League champs this year.Check it out HERE.
In case you missed it, the Hero Sports preview of the Green Machine (sic and ouch) was posted at the end of June HERE.
•Former Princeton head coach and onetime Dartmouth assistant Bob Casciola's new book, "1st and Forever: Making the Case for the Future of Football," is due out at the end of the month.
CLICK HERE to read an opinion piece he has penned. Here's an outtake:
(T)he game is safer than it’s ever been. Thanks to the emphasis being placed on proper tackling techniques, coupled with proactive actions taken by organizations like the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), the NFF (National Football Foundation), and USA Football just to name a few, more attention is being paid to efforts aimed at protecting the safety and health of players at every level.
A new emphasis has been placed on training techniques with full contact being curtailed or eliminated from practices, coaches and trainers alike educated to err on the side of caution when it comes to head injuries with players needing to pass an extensive concussion protocol if such an injury is suspected before they’re allowed to return to the field. Doctors and professional trainers can be found on the sidelines of games from youth leagues all the way through college, safety now made priority number one.
•Former Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan's odds of beating out Nick Mullens to make the San Francisco 49ers roster got a little longer yesterday and not because of anything he did. From a report out of last night's exhibition game (LINK):
Here’s one probably no one was expecting. In his second preseason as the 49ers’ third string quarterback, Mullens provided the game’s most exciting stretch, when he conducted a six-play, 77-yard drive in the closing minutes, including the aforementioned game-winning touchdown pass to James.
Overall, Mullens had easily his best night in a 49ers uniform (aside from a strange third quarter interception) going 11-for-13 for 141 yards, while posting a QB rating of 105.5. Mullens has never played in a regular season game and will likely have to have three more of these performances, and an implosion by C.J. Beathard, to win the second-string QB job.If that keeps up, Heneghan may be battling Beathard for the third-string role.
•Charlie Miller didn't have any stats for the Jacksonville Jaguars last night, but he got in a photo. CLICK HERE and scroll down.
•The first BGA Premium opponent preview ran last night, kicking off 101 consecutive days of Dartmouth football coverage. Last night's look was at Georgetown. Tonight: Holy Cross.
•And finally, you may get a kick out of this. At least I did ;-)
We had some new friends for a cookout a couple of nights ago at the wonderful Tiny House we are renting this summer. When they asked what they could bring, we said:
There were four of us having dinner. And yup, living minimally in 440 square feet, we brought only three forks with us to the Tiny House. Most of our stuff is in storage. . . .
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