Thursday, July 25, 2019

An Excellent Adventure

Still bitten by the football bug, former All-Ivy League defensive end Nick Tomkins '18 took a chance and headed overseas to play a season in a Paris suburb. Was it worth it? Here's part of what he had to say in a Q&A he did a few days ago for BGA:
"I tell everyone who asks it's like studying abroad, except you don't have to go to class and you don't have to pay for school. Instead you're getting paid to play football in Europe. The competition is better than people think, but it’s not as hard as what you might be used to. I recommend it to everyone. Work can wait."
To read the full Q&A and learn about the level of play, where Nick lived, how he got around, and what he had a chance to see and do, CLICK HERE.

Green Alert Take: Long before I read John Grisham's Playing for Pizza I wondered why more Dartmouth football players don't do what Nick Tomkins did. A huge thanks to Nick for spending some time sharing his experiences with me. I encourage you to check out the fun Q&A, which is available to everyone.
Hero Sports has posted its preview of Princeton HERE. Surprisingly, perhaps, there's no mention of who might be stepping in to replace John Lovett, the standout Princeton quarterback and heart and soul of last year's undefeated team.
Speaking of quarterbacks, STATS has a story out of the Northeast Conference media day at Met Life Stadium. The piece notes that the NEC is welcoming no fewer than five transfer quarterbacks including one from Ohio State and another from FIU. It also mentions that preseason favorite Duquesne has added transfers from Pitt, Maryland and Boise State. The Dukes, who also added a Penn State lineman, already had two transfers from Illinois, another from Ohio State, one from Syracuse, one from North Carolina State, one from UCF, one from Montana, one from Louisiana Tech, one from Eastern Michigan and one from Idaho.

Green Alert Take: Regular visitors to this electronic precinct know I favored the scheduling relationship the Ivy League had with the like-minded Patriot League. The NEC seems to be heading in a different direction.