Sunday, September 08, 2019

Elsewhere (In The Real World) . . .

It seems almost inconceivable but it's true. The Ivy League not only didn't play football yesterday but it won't play next week, either. Two of Dartmouth's opponents (Jacksonville and Colgate) already have had a bye week and somehow the Ancient Eight still has two weeks until it kicks off.
The only Dartmouth opponent playing yesterday was Marist, which probably wishes it had a bye week as well.

The Red Foxes turned the ball over four times (two interceptions, two lost fumbles) on the way to a 43-3 humbling at the hands of Georgetown. (LINK) That's the same Georgetown that last week dropped a 27-20 decision to Davidson.

Georgetown outgained Marist on the ground, 272-52 yards and finished with 424 yards of total offense to the Red Fox' 244. Attendance was 3,336.

Marist will host Stetson next week. Jacksonville, Dartmouth's game one opponent, will tune up for the Big Green Saturday with a game against Presbyterian while Colgate, which Dartmouth will face in its home opener, is hosting Maine.
Here's how the Ivy League's other Week One opponents fared this week:

BrownBryant lost to Albany, 45-3
ColumbiaSt Francis lost to James Madison, 44-7
CornellMarist lost to Georgetown, 43-3
Harvard San Diego lost to No. 5 UC Davis, 38-35
PennNo. 21 Delaware beat Rhode Island, 44-36 (3 overtimes)
PrincetonButler defeated Indiana Wesleyan, 30-27
YaleHoly Cross defeated New Hampshire, 13-10

Gregg Easterbrook, who writes the popular Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, has an opinion piece in the New York Times under the headline, Football is Here to Stay with the drop head, Despite the concussion controversy, things are looking up. (LINK)

The column includes this:
Dartmouth College no longer tackles in practice and last season finished 9-1. No tackling at practice has even become a recruiting advantage for the school.
Dartmouth is off today after holding its first scrimmage of the preseason yesterday. Be sure to visit BGA Premium tonight for an off-day column.
And finally, congratulations to That Certain Dartmouth '14 who was the first female finisher in a 16-mile trail race with a 3,400-foot elevation gain yesterday. Several weeks ago she was sixth female across the line in a 50K race (31 miles) that included a 7,000-9,000 foot elevation gain.  TCD '14, is an educational ranger at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.