Thursday, August 11, 2022

Read And Watch

The Cavaliers Now FanNation site has a story on Dartmouth grad transfer John Paul Flores. Click HERE to read the story and watch the video interview with JP:

Green Alert Take: What the story could have added is that, in addition to being tutored in Hanover by highly regarded Dartmouth line coach Keith Clark, John Paul is the third of four Flores brothers who played offensive line at the DI level, including one who spent time around the Green Bay Packers. That kind of background is one of the reasons why he's so knowledgeable across the entire O-line.

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Former Dartmouth safety Tony Pastoors '10 is the Vice President of Football and Business Administration for the Los Angeles Rams, aka the team's "cap expert." He's the subject of a hometown story headlined One for the books: Totino-Grace grad Tony Pastoors living out dream as Los Angeles Rams VP.  Find the story HERE.

Pastoors explains his football journey this way:

“I think I realized during the college recruiting process that the odds of me getting to the NFL as a player were slim at best. It was around then I decided I wanted to find a way to continue a career in sports. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Dartmouth College and play football. I also needed a work-study on-campus job during my time there; I was able to create a position within Dartmouth Athletics working in the football office. I was able to work alongside head coach Buddy Teevens and the coaching staff and loved it.”

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The Athletic has a story headlined, College football Freaks List 2022: Bruce Feldman’s rankings, with Michigan’s Mazi Smith at No. 1 that includes not one, but two Ivy League players in its 100 capsules. (LINK)

Coming in at No. 15 in the nation is Princeton wide receiver Andrei Iosivas. From the story:

In track, he finished fourth in the country in the heptathlon and ran the fastest 60 in NCAA heptathlon history (6.71). Iosivas bench pressed 370 pounds this month and has vertical-jumped 39 inches. His 60-yard dash time would, by his own estimation, translate into a 4.2-something 40, but he points out that it was also out of the blocks and on a track, so maybe not.

Ranked No. 40 is Harvard defensive tackle Thor Griffith (a New Hampshire native). Says the story of the former wrestler and ice hockey player:

Griffith bench pressed 500 pounds, squatted 750 and power-cleaned 315. He also did 800 pounds on the trap bar. His agility numbers for his size and age are also excellent, clocking a 5.16 40, and a 4.64 shuttle. 

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Dartmouth's Meet the Freshman series introduces us to walk-on defensive back Parrish Abramson:


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Dartmouth hosted its Football 101 event last night and everyone joined in for a photo at midfield:

Courtesy Dartmouth Football

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EXTRA POINT
With football practice closing in, Mrs. BGA and I are headed over to Maine today to celebrate our anniversary (which was Monday) with a little beach time and dinner on the coast. We make it a point to have our anniversary dinner on or overlooking the water each year as an homage to our wedding reception, which was held on a boat on Boston Harbor.

A little fun quiz for you. When the boat set sail the band welcomes the guests with a song that made everyone smile and reminisce. Wanna guess what it was? CLICK HERE to find out but beware of stuck song syndrome. ;-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Still More Grad Transfer Stuff

More from the Dartmouth grad transfer news ticker, starting with former All-Ivy League tight end JJ Jones . . .

And . . .

From the SB Nation Boston College football website (LINK):

Two more transfers arrive to BC with some unknowns surrounding them. (Jirhe) Love is a 6-0, 195 corner who played at Towson. He appeared in 22 career games over a three years as a reserve corner and on special teams. (John) Pupel is 6-1, 200 and previously played at Dartmouth, originally from Michigan. He played in all three seasons and made 59 tackles last year.

And . . .

The word out of Storrs is that former All-Ivy League offensive lineman Jake Guidone, who had been out with a knee problem, returned to the practice field yesterday for the UConn Huskies. 

And . . .

The Houston Texans have released their first depth chart with Drew Estrada '20, who played last year at Baylor, sharing the third line at one wide receiver spot:

 

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Joe Moglia photo in the 1983 Dartmouth media guide.

Former Dartmouth linebackers coach Joe Moglia's story is headed for the silver screen. From a Deadline story headlined Todd Robinson Preps Sports Drama ‘4th & Goal’ About Corporate Exec-Turned-College Football Coach Joe Moglia For Strong Studios (LINK):

Strong Studios will develop and produce a feature based on the biographical novel 4th & Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream, examining the life of corporate executive, author and football coach Joe Moglia.

The 2012 book penned by New York Times bestselling author and Forbes contributing editor Monte Burke follows Moglia from his roots growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in New York City to his rise through the high school and college football ranks to become the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth, and his dream of becoming a head coach of a college football team.

Moglia coached at Dartmouth from 1981-83. Here's his 1983 bio from the media guide:

(Click to enlarge.)

Regarding the movie project Moglia had this to say per the Deadline story
 
“I am extremely grateful for the family, friends and colleagues that have played an integral role in my journey. Even with all of the twists and turns along the way, I wouldn’t change anything,” commented Moglia. “I look forward to working with Kyle Cerminara and the Strong Studios team to create a special movie that will hopefully inspire people of all ages to never give up on their dreams but to understand that sometimes it takes time…a lot of time and patience.”

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Saw this on the FCS Football Twitter:

Highest Road Winning Pct. - 2021 FCS Season
(neutral site games not included)
1.000 – Dartmouth 5-0
1.000 – Sam Houston State 4-0
.857 – Eastern Washington 6-1
.857 – Holy Cross 6-1
.833 – Princeton 5-1
.833 – James Madison 5-1
.833 – Sacramento State  5-1
.833 – Villanova 5-1
.833 – Weber State 5-1

Dartmouth has won 11 consecutive road games dating back to the 14-9 battle-of-the-unbeatens loss at Princeton on Nov. 3, 2018. Add it up and . . .

The Big Green hasn't lost on the road in 1,357 days. That's three years, eight months and 19 days.

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The Ivy League media day is Monday and the league has announced which two players will join their head coaches for each school. Dartmouth will be represented by quarterback Nick Howard and defensive lineman Shane Cokes.

Green Alert Take: Fingers crossed that the Ivy League coaches actually name names during their spiels. As someone who will be writing detailed previews of each conference school it would be a huge help!

Speaking of which, BGA Premium previews kick off Friday night with a look at New Hampshire. Sacred Heart is on deck for Saturday night and Valparaiso is in the hole for Sunday night. Ivy League previews will begin Monday with Brown and continue in alphabetical order, finishing with Yale on Aug. 21, the day of the first Dartmouth practice. If you haven't yet signed up for BGA Premium, don't wait. CLICK HERE to learn more, renew your subscription or sign up for the first time. (Please be advised that 2021 subscriptions run out this week.)

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EXTRA POINT
When the podcast I was listening to on this morning's hike finished I found myself thinking, and not for the first time, that if only I had been listening to language lessons on my hundreds and hundreds of trips up and down the mountain I might be fluent today in whatever language I had chosen.

Alas, my iPod isn't filled with language lessons but rather a smorgasbord of podcasts. Here's my current playlist with descriptions borrowed from their websites or other online sources. Maybe there's one that will catch your eye (or ear ;-).

Criminal: An award-winning podcast about true crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

On Point: From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people.

Fresh Air: Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues hosted by Terry Gross.

This American Life: Journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.

• Freakonomics: Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.

Unsung Science: The untold stories of mind-blowing achievements in science and tech with host David Pogue. Creators reveal their inspirations and roadblocks they encountered in bringing their breakthroughs to the public.

Tony Kornheiser Show: A topical, daily talk show that starts with sports and quickly moves into politics, current events, entertainment and, really, whatever happens to be on Tony’s mind.

Two Writers Slinging Yang: In-depth, no-holds-barred conversation with a writer on writing.

Lions247: The latest on Nittany Lions football, recruiting and more - all things PSU.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Finally

If you are a football fan the silly season is at long last winding down. But before we let it go, Dartmouth football's win over Princeton was voted the Ivy League's game of the year over the Big Green women's rugby win at Army in the NIRA championship.

Find a Dartmouth release about the game of the year voting HERE (but the best part is watching the highlights below).

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Speaking of silly, CBS Sports has a column headlined, Picking the best college football team in each state entering the 2022 season. From the story (LINK):

New Hampshire -- Dartmouth: Coach Buddy Teevens has Dartmouth on a special run with consecutive Ivy League titles and a 56-14 record since 2014, and standout players include All-Americans Jake Guidone and Jalen Mackie. The success is more than enough to hold off New Hampshire. 

Dartmouth has one opponent who earned the nod in its state:

Connecticut -- Sacred Heart: The Pioneers picked up the top spot by default (in 2020) after UConn, Central Connecticut and Yale all opted against playing football during the pandemic. In 2021, Sacred Heart earned the honor on the field. Mark Nofri's squad won its third Northeast Conference championship in the past four years and earned a trip to the FCS playoffs with an 8-4 record. Pioneers football is looking up.

Green Alert Take: If this doesn't define silly – "Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors are the only Division I team in the state, so consider this a no-contest" – then this does: "Vermont – n/a"

The Stats Perform Preseason Top-25 poll released yesterday has Dartmouth 30th, Harvard 32nd and Princeton 33rd. Sacred Heart, who Dartmouth will visit on Sept. 24, comes in at 37. Old friend Holy Cross is at 16.  Find a story HERE.


Stats Perform Preseason Poll

2021

Pts

1

North Dakota State (14-1)

52

1348

2

South Dakota State (11-4)

2

1285

3

Montana (10-3)


1218

4

Montana State (12-3)


1203

5

Missouri State (8-4)


1066

6

Villanova (10-3)


997

7

Sacramento State (9-3)


991

8

Kennesaw State (11-2)


959

9

Southern Illinois (8-5)


915

10

Stephen F. Austin (8-4)


813

11

ETSU (11-2)


750

12

Chattanooga (6-5)


562

13

Eastern Washington (10-3)


538

14

UIW (10-3)


533

15

Jackson State (11-2)


515

16

Holy Cross (10-3)


503

17

Southeastern Louisiana (9-4)


440

18

UT Martin (10-3)


404

19

Delaware (5-6)


401

20

Weber State (6-5)


391

21

UNI (6-6)


289

22

Rhode Island (7-4)


242

23

Mercer (7-3)


215

24

Richmond (6-5)


166

25

UC Davis (8-4)


153


ARV: South Dakota (151), Eastern Kentucky (129), Florida A&M (78), William & Mary (66), DARTMOUTH (59), Monmouth (23), HARVARD (19), PRINCETON (18), Central Arkansas (14), Furman (14), South Carolina State (13), Sacred Heart (12), Elon (8), North Carolina A&T (4)




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Should have posted this yesterday afternoon. Find the Ivy League release announcing its preseason poll HERE

Craig Haley, who heads up FCS football for Stats Perform, emphasizes just how close the Ivy League poll that came out yesterday is:

Still, it's cause for celebration in Hanover: 

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EXTRA POINT
Throughout July and August there are concerts on the green in the next town south of here. When it rains they move the performance indoors, which is fine if it's a folk singer or bluegrass.

Tonight's act is billed as performing "classic rock." Sorry, but the indoor venue is too small for that. If much-needed rain comes this evening as predicted we'll be sitting at home watching a Monk rerun instead of listening to a Stairway to Heaven cover rattling windows . . . and perhaps a few pensioners' teeth.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Ivy League Poll Released

 The official Ivy League preseason poll is out with Dartmouth and Harvard tied at the top. Here's how the voting went:

Rank


Pts

1sts

1

Harvard

108

8

1

Dartmouth

108

4

3

Princeton

105

4

4

Yale

83


5

Columbia

67


6

Penn

49


7

Brown

29


8

Cornell

27



From the Dartmouth release LINK:

The media have picked Dartmouth to finish exactly where it ended the year just once during Teevens’ second stint at the helm, that being his first in 2005 (seventh) … this is the first tie atop the poll since 2017 (Harvard and Princeton) and fourth since 2000 (Harvard and Yale in 2008; Cornell and Yale in 2000).

For what it's worth, I'm a voter in the poll and mine looked a little different. I'll post my poll on BGA Premium after the Ivy League media day. If you haven't yet signed up, just another reason to get your subscription going in the next few days. ;-)

Green Alert Take: The big surprise for me is Columbia being picked a somewhat distant fifth. I fully expected the Lions to be third and wouldn't have been shocked to see them chosen second. Perhaps the least surprising area of the poll was 6-7-8.

Green Alert Take II: Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised at how the poll came out. The Ivy voters like to predict how last year's race turned out. This year all they did was flip Princeton and Harvard, two teams that should have been tied last year.

Green Alert Take III: It doesn't help that not every team has their rosters updated and we can't be sure which players are returning as fifth-year seniors.


2021 Standings

Ivy

OA

1

Dartmouth

6-1

9-1

1

Princeton

6-1

9-1

3

Harvard

5-2

8-2

4

Yale

4-3

5-5

4

Columbia

4-3

7-3

6

Penn

1-6

3-7

6

Brown

1-6

3-7

6

Cornell

1-6

4-7

Stay Tuned

The preseason poll conducted by the Ivy League is set to be released today and the expectation here is it could be an eye-opener. Stay tuned . . .

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Just when we thought the Meet the Freshman series was wrapped up it is time to head overseas ;-).

This is Nico Schwikal, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker from SchΓΆnfeld, Germany who played last fall at Taft School and before that during a year of high school football in Weatherford, Texas as this video explains:

 

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From a FanNation story headlined Virginia Football Fall Camp Observations - Week 1 (LINK):

Dartmouth transfer John Paul Flores is a near-lock to start on the O-Line, given the fact that he has essentially played at every spot on the offensive line at some point in his career. Flores has been getting a lot of praise from Tujague and his teammates for his versatility.

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Speaking of Dartmouth grad transfers, former Big Green nickel John Pupel now has an updated bio and photo on the Boston College roster HERE.

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Before the Ivy poll comes out, here's the Any Given Saturday preseason fan poll, which includes three Ivy schools in the Others Receiving Votes category but might just be missing one that should be included. While it is a fan poll, it gives an idea of what the rest of the nation thinks about the Ivy League. Find the accompanying story HERE.

Rank


Pts

1sts

1

North Dakota State Bison

1048

41

2

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

992

1

3

Montana Grizzlies

950


4

Montana State Bobcats

932


5

Villanova Wildcats

794


6

Sac State Hornets

753


7

Kennesaw State Owls

733


8

Missouri State Bears

719


9

Southern Illinois Salukis

624


10

East Tennessee State Buccaneers

615


11

Eastern Washington Eagles

506


12

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

493


13

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

462


14

Incarnate Word Cardinals

435


15

Chattanooga Mocs

398


16

Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens

366


17

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

359


18

Northern Iowa Panthers

357


19

Holy Cross Crusaders

348


20

Weber State Wildcats

267


21

Mercer Bears

192


22

South Dakota Coyotes

174


23

Jackson State Tigers

158


24

UC Davis Aggies

157


25

Rhode Island Rams

140



Others Receiving Votes



26

DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN

130


27

Richmond Spiders

98


28

HARVARD CRIMSON

74


29

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

47


30

Central Arkansas Bears

45


31

William & Mary Tribe

42


32

Sacred Heart Pioneers

39


33

PRINCETON TIGERS

36


34

North Dakota Fighting Hawks

31


35T

Illinois State Redbirds

23


35T

Nicholls Colonels

23


37

Florida A&M Rattlers

14


38

Elon Phoenix

12


39

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

11


40

Monmouth Hawks

10



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2022 IFAF Women’s World Championship Final Standings:
1. United States (3-0) – Gold Medal
2. Great Britain (2-1) – Silver Medal
3. Finland (2-1) – Bronze Medal
4. Canada (1-2)
5. Mexico (2-1)
6. Germany (1-2)
7. Australia (1-2)
8. Sweden (0-3) 

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Photo courtesy of Dartmouth College

Dartmouth held a belated graduation for the Class of 2020 on the Green Saturday. Find a story HERE.

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EXTRA POINT
Mrs. BGA and I watched the new Ron Howard film Thirteen Lives last night and the story of the successful effort to extricate the trapped boys (and coach) of a Thai youth soccer team from a flooded cave is compelling even knowing how it ends.

Curious how and where they filmed the movie I learned that it was boiled down from a whopping 382 hours of footage.