Friday, August 02, 2019

Promoting The Big Apple

The drumbeat for Dartmouth's Nov. 9 game against Princeton at Yankee Stadium continues. Following several videos from the college promoting the game The Dartmouth now has a story with quotes from receiver Hunter Hagdorn and defensive back Isiah Swann. (LINK)

Said Swann in The Dartmouth:
“We, as a team, feel very motivated to play this game. We feel Princeton took away our championship last year, and we have been waiting what will be a whole year to get revenge and claim what is ours. Putting the game in Yankee Stadium is the icing on the cake to really set the stage.” 
Here's an understandable response from a former Big Green player on Instagram to the latest Dartmouth video pushing the Princeton game:
Are we not playing 7 games before this? Gimme a Jacksonville pump-up video one time. . . but like, don’t get me wrong....I’ll be there with bells on.
Green Alert Take: They will get to that but in the meantime, remember that while Dartmouth-Princeton is a *home* game for the Big Green it is in Princeton's backyard. Ticket sales are important.
The Richmond Free Press has a story about the passing at age 94 of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr.,  president of Norfolk State University from 1975-1997. In addition to being the grandfather of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the story notes he was the father of "the late Richmond attorney Harrison B. Wilson III . . .  a standout in football and baseball at Dartmouth College."

Another son, Benjamin Wilson '73, is a Dartmouth trustee. Two more of Dr. Wilson's sons, John '80 and Richard '84, also attended Dartmouth.
Dartmouth has been at the forefront of limiting contact in football practice and a story out of the Midwest offers more evidence that cutting back contact during the week can make a difference. From
(Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) implemented ahead of the 2014 season, prohibited full-contact practices during the first week of preseason and limited it to 75 minutes in the second week and 60 minutes per week thereafter.
And . . .
Researchers compared the concussion rate of 2,000 high school football players in the two years before the rule change with that of over 900 players the season after the change.
The study found 86 football-related concussions per 1,000 practices before the rule change and only 15 per 1,000 after the change went into effect.
And finally, one of the most unique offerings Dartmouth has is the off-campus program known as The Stretch. Although it is in the fall a few football players in recent years have worked their D-Plan to allow them to return for a fifth fall, not on the football field but in the field. If that sounds confusing, read this intro to a page Dartmouth has posted about the program (LINK):
Nine weeks. Three vans. Seventeen hotels, hostels, and campgrounds. Nearly 3,000 miles across six states and provinces.
The Stretch—Dartmouth’s storied earth sciences off-campus program—takes 22 undergraduates, six faculty members from the Department of Earth Sciences, and six graduate student teaching assistants into the field on a geological tour of the American West, from the glaciers of the Canadian Rockies to the floor of the Grand Canyon.
No other geology program in the country exposes undergraduates to this breadth of field techniques and geographic locations. Over the course of the term, students measure the depth of a glacier, map mountain bedrock formations, collect data from rivers and dunes, analyze their findings, and more—all under the close mentorship of Dartmouth professors and graduate students. In short, they get a hands-on, personal taste of what it’s like to be a scientist.
Green Alert Take: That Certain Dartmouth '14-turned educational ranger with the National Park Service was a Stretchie so I guess I have a soft spot for the program. If you watch the two-minute video accompanying the web page it's easy to see why The Stretch is so legendary.