Thursday, June 27, 2019

Closing In On It

An email yesterday about start times for Dartmouth football this fall sent me scurrying off to see what times have been announced. Turns out most of them have finally been set, although one that had previously been announced, albeit subject to change, may in fact soon be changed.

There will be at least three night games pending a decision on the aforementioned Princeton game at Yankee Stadium, originally slated for 3:30 p.m. but now "to-be-announced" depending on the ESPN TV situation.

Here's what we know right now:

Sept. 21 at Jacksonville 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 Colgate 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 (Friday) at Penn 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Yale 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Marist TBA
Oct. 25 (Friday) Columbia 6 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Harvard 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 Princeton (Yankee Stadium) TBA
Nov. 16 Cornell 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 at Brown 12:30 p.m.

For what it's worth, Marist kicked off its first four games at 1 p.m. last year and moved its finale against San Diego to noon (perhaps for travel reasons).
There's a "budget-priced" Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) hitting the market this summer. The tackling dummy was designed at Dartmouth under the direction of Big Green head coach Buddy Teevens. From a PR Newswire release (LINK):
With concussion concerns increasing and sports participation at the youth and high school level declining, Mobile Virtual Player (MVP)—the company that introduced football's first robotic tackling dummies to the NFL, revisited the drawing board to redesign their robotic tackling dummies to lower the price in order to increase accessibility for football teams, so that they can increase player safety and reduce injuries while also improving player performance and technique. MVP is excited to announce the release of their newest model, the MVP|SPRINT ($3,450), which will begin shipping in August for the 2019 season.