Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pitching Pair

The morning email delivered a photo and a video from last night's first-pitch affair at Yankee Stadium with Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens and his Princeton counterpart Bob Surace. The pair will be on opposite sides of the field when the Big Green "hosts" the Tigers at the stadium on Nov. 9. (Thanks for sharing!)

Gotta admit, it looks a little jarring to see Massachusetts native Buddy Teevens in a New York Yankee shirt. Some of his high school friends are guaranteed to tease him about that. ;-) New Jersey native Bob Surace looks right at home.

Here's a quote taken from a New London (Conn.) Day story about concussion concerns and high school football:
"At Dartmouth, for instance, they no longer have contact in practice. We’re not doing that anymore either. Waterford kids are not going to tackle Waterford kids anymore in practice. It cuts down on about 70 percent of the contact.”
Green Alert Take: Kudos to the speaker, Waterford coach John Strecker, but don't get the wrong idea. While it's true the Big Green doesn't tackle to the ground in practice there's plenty of contact. Players are still blocking each other. They are still aggressively wrapping up, even if they aren't intentionally taking teammates to the ground. And bodies do occasionally go flying.

Green Alert Take II: As either Vince Lombardi or Duffy Daugherty (pick one) famously said, "Football is not a contact sport, it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport." Dartmouth practices aren't what football practice once was, but they aren't exactly dancing on the artificial turf.