Monday, October 03, 2022

Monday Catch Up

Ivy League football standings after all eight teams have played one conference game:



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The Dartmouth has a standard look back at the Big Green's double-overtime loss to Penn in the Ivy League opener HERE.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian has a follow from the Penn perspective HERE, and a look around the rest of the Ivy League HERE.

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A loyal reader shared a link to an eBay ad from someone hoping to sell at "game-issued" football from the Dartmouth-Penn game at Yankee Stadium in 2019. The seller is asking $190 for the ball. Find the listing HERE. This is from the description:

Listed for sale is a rare 2019 Dartmouth Big Green vs Princeton Tigers Game Issued Nike Vapor One NCAA Football. This game ball comes with the custom Dartmouth vs Princeton logo that was created for this specific game at Yankee Stadium on 11/9/2019. The logo also includes a "150" to commemorate the 150 years of Princeton football. It's also worth mentioning that Dartmouth was celebrating is 250th anniversary as well. The game ended with Dartmouth snapping Princeton's 17 game win streak but the memories made on one of the most famous stadiums in all of sports will last a lifetime. The ball holds air just fine, lacing is original and the leather panels have been nicely prepped - allowing this ball to make a great display piece in any fan's sport shrine or office. 

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A mailing from Dartmouth Alumni Magazine yesterday had links to a few football stories from past issues. The photo above is from a 2007 look back at the undefeated 1970 season. Find that story HERE.

There's a piece from two years ago headlined, A Fan’s Notes; The 2019 football championship sparks an homage to rooting for the good guys—and hating Harvard HERE.

There's a 1999 piece headlined Big Green Glory; A first-ever ranking of Dartmouth’s 10 most memorable football games by Jack DeGange HERE.

And there's a link from the latest issue to the piece headlined, Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens III ’7; A coach on helping athletes be great people that you can find HERE.

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EXTRA POINT
The day may come when I will pay little attention to the sunrise views from our Vermont hilltop house. Then again, I never tired of views from our home on the shoulder of Moose Mountain, so maybe not. This was the scene across to New Hampshire this morning with heavy fog from the Connecticut River defining the border between the "Twin States."

Click photo for a better view.

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Saturday's Games

 Your Saturday wrap:

Princeton 24, Columbia 6
Princeton’s Blake Stenstrom completed 21-of-35 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown while Columbia QB Joe Green was picked off three times as the Tigers (3-0) won their Ivy League opener over the Lions (2-1). Dylan Classi had 133 yards on six catches for Princeton, which saw Stenstrom sacked six times. The Tigers managed just 19 rushing yards. Stenstrom, a first-year starter, has thrown for at least 250 yards in each of the Tigers’ three games. Columbia’s only score came on a backward pass carried into the end zone. Attendance at the northern tip of Manhattan was 4,071.

Holy Cross 30, Harvard 21
Leading by three points through three quarters, the No. 10 Crusaders (5-0) used two field goals in the fourth to complete their first-ever season sweep of Harvard (2-1) and Yale. They defeated the Bulldogs two weeks ago, 38-14. Matthew Sluka led Holy Cross against Harvard with 300 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 63 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Aidan Borguet ran for 80 yards and two TDs for Harvard, which got 262 yards passing from Charlie Dean. Attendance in the rain at Harvard Stadium was 7,726.

Cornell 34, Colgate 31
Quarterback Jameson Wang’s nine-yard touchdown run tied the score early in the fourth quarter and Jackson Kennedy’s 45-yard field goal with 1:55 left provided the winning points as Cornell (2-1) won at Colgate (1-4) in front of 2,432. Wang was 18-of-27 for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for 98 and two more scores for the Big Red. Thomas Glover was on the receiving end of seven passes for 160 yards and one touchdown and also ran for a score. With the victory Cornell guaranteed itself a winning nonconference record for the first time since 2016.

Yale 34, Howard 26
The Bulldogs (2-1) had a 27-6 lead midway through the third quarter only to see the visitors tally back-to-back touchdowns to make it a one-score game in the fourth. Yale got some breathing room on a 44-yard touchdown run by Tre Peterson with 2:18 left before Howard (1-4) closed out the scoring on a touchdown pass with no time on the clock. Yale (2-1) ran for 366 yards, with Groom registering 144 on 12 carries and quarterback Nolan Grooms 130 on 16 runs. Attendance on a rainy day in New Haven was 9,200.

Rhode Island 38, Brown 10
The No. 25 Rams (3-2) vaulted out to a 17-3 lead in the first quarter and added 21 points in the second half while cruising past the Bears (1-2) before 5,028 in the rain at Kingston. Rhode Island piled up 546 yard of total offense to just 261 for Brown. Bears’ quarterback Jake Wilcox was intercepted three times. Brown’s lone touchdown came when Allen Smith took a direct snap and ran in from the one with 3:22 remaining.

Western Michigan 44, New Hampshire 7
The days of the Wildcats beating FBS teams continue to fade into the past as the Broncos (2-3) jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and cruised to an easy win over UNH (3-2). Running back Dylan Laube caught a 26-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter to cap a 93-yard drive for the Wildcats’ only points. Laube recorded 73 yards rushing on 22 carries. UNH allowed only 12 first downs but turned the ball over four times. Attendance in Kalamazoo was 20,119.

Sacred Heart 31, Norfolk State 14
Tied at 14 until kicking a field goal with no time left in the second quarter, the Pioneers (3-2) went on to reel off 17 straight points to keep the Spartans (0-5) winless. Malik Grant gained 132 yards and had one touchdown on 24 rushes to lead Sacred Heart, which sealed the game on a pick six midway through the fourth quarter. Quarterback Marquez McCray was 17-of-27 for 176 yards and one touchdown for the Pios. No attendance was listed.

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EXTRA POINT
Is there anything more annoying than fruit flies? OK, a lot of things are, but those little buggers (or bugs, as it were) are maddening. Here's the deal: If you let the bananas over-ripen a bit your reward is the baker in the house makes yummy banana bread, but if you wait too long you get fruit flies instead. (Might be a poem in there somewhere.) Anyway, it would appear I waited too long.

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Relive Last Night's Game (Or Don't)

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Find the Valley News story on last night's loss to Penn HERE.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian has a game story HERE.

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If you can bear to read it, there's a contemporaneous thread following the game on the most popular Ivy League message board HERE.

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Today's Ivy League and nonconference slate:

Howard at Yale, noon
Princeton at Columbia, 1 p.m.
Cornell at Colgate, 1 p.m.
Holy Cross at Harvard, 1 p.m.
Brown at Rhode Island, 6 p.m.

And out-of-league:

Norfolk State at Sacred Heart, 1 p.m.
New Hampshire  at Western Michigan, 6 p.m.

Valparaiso has a bye. 

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EXTRA POINT
At the end of a podcast I listen to regularly the host reads emails and for a while listeners were including the name of their high school yearbook and occasionally their high school newspaper. I haven't written in but I've been tempted. I can't imagine there are many yearbooks called Canuck (my high school nickname long before the Vancouver hockey team came along) or school newspapers called Tunlaw. Yup, that's walnut spelled backward. Go figure.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Penn's Chance Tonight Explained ;-)

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story headlined, Here’s why Penn has a shot against Ivy League champion Dartmouth. From the story (LINK):

The Big Green finished the 2021 season ranked No. 23 in FCS with a 9-1 record and have held onto the Ivy title since 2019. But even Goliath is beatable. Heading into Week 2, Dartmouth was a 14.5-point favorite over Sacred Heart, but lost, 38-31, in overtime to break the Big Green’s 20-game nonconference win streak that stretched to 2014.

Green Alert Take: The reason Penn can win is because "even Goliath is beatable." Seriously?

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The local Valley News has a preview HERE.

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Unlike your Boswell (look it up if it doesn't ring a bell, kids) who simply picks the winners each week for BGA Premium's Fearful Forecast, Jake Novak down at the Roar Lions blog picks against the spread. Brave guy. Anyway, the sharps have Dartmouth as an 11½ point favorite and Jake picks the Big Green to win by more than that. Check out all of Jake's picks HERE.

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In advance of tonight's game I freelanced a piece on Dartmouth defensive lineman Shane Cokes that you can read on the Dartmouth website HERE.

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The Dartmouth has a terrific Q&A with former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson ’68 that includes this (LINK):

During your time at Dartmouth, you wore many hats as a starter on the football team, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a member of a fraternity. How did balancing these responsibilities prepare you for later challenges in your career?

HP: When the football team won the Lambert Trophy in 1965, the football team had a higher academic average than the student body overall. I played with three starting linemen who went to medical school and another who became a Presbyterian minister — and I went to business school. My primary goal was to do well academically, and then I had an opportunity to play on a team that did very well on the field for three years.

I’ve always felt that a good key to success is being able to balance multiple activities. I think one of the things I learned while playing football at Dartmouth is the discipline it takes to pursue a number of different things at the same time. I was playing with others who cared a lot about their success in the classroom. I also had a coaching staff that recognized how important it was for all of us to do well in the classroom.

Green Alert Take: One of the feeble excuses the Ivy League presidents make for refusing to let their champion go on to the playoffs is that extending the season is an academic burden on the players. Kind of sounds as if Paulson would consider facing that kind of challenge "a good key to success."

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EXTRA POINT
I may have written about this before and if I have I apologize. An old friend used to host a call-in radio show, not about sports but rather about all kinds of local issues. He was always amazed that he could be discussing very important issues and the phones would be dead. But on days when he opened up the lines and a caller would bring up something really important, like someone at the grocery story going to the "8 items and fewer register" with a dozen items, the phone wouldn't stop ringing.

That came to mind after yesterday's equally silly PAT about golf shirts having logos (almost) exclusively on the wearer's left. A bunch of emails came this away, including several with explanations you may – or may not – buy.

Three people offered this explanation, including Mrs. BGA:

"Logos should be on the left of a shirt because when someone is at an event that requires a name tag, those should be on the right side. Why the right side? So when you reach out to shake someone’s hand, your name tag goes toward them, making it easier to read."

Another emailer shared this from a more definitive source: 

"Right-aligned logos have a negative impact on brand recall. According to the findings of a study done by the Nielsen Norman group, when firms’ logos are displayed on the left rather than the right, people are more likely to recall them. Placing your logo on the left increases the number of visual gazes directed at it, allowing more users to recall your brand."

This one, tracing back to when people first started pinning things on their shirts, makes the most sense to me:

Ask yourself, where is my heart and where do I wear my medals and ribbons?  

And leave it to Mrs. BGA to send this along yesterday, forcing me to add the parenthetical "almost" to the sentence about "exclusively on the wearer's left:"

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Howard A Campbell Semifinalist

Quarterback Nick Howard is one of 156 semifinalists for the 2022 Campbell Trophy, the scholar-athlete Heisman Trophy of college football. Find the full list of semifinalists and the National Football Foundation press release HERE.

Ivy League semifinalists:
Brown – Lucas Ferraro
Columbia – Stewart Newblatt
Dartmouth – Nick Howard
Cornell – Jake Stebbins
Harvard – Truman Jones
Princeton – Michael Ruttlen Jr.
Yale – Oso Ifesinachukwu

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The weekly Teevens Teleteaser in advance of the Penn game:

 

Penn coach Ray Priore's Week 2 wrapup and look ahead to Dartmouth can be viewed HERE.

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Find Dartmouth's game notes HERE. Find the Penn game notes HERE.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian has three pieces of interest in advance of Friday's game:

• DP writers explain their picks HERE.

• There's a preview under the headline Penn football's undefeated season start stands a big test to the Big Green HERE.

• The DP also has a story about defensive lineman Jake Heimlicher, the Ivy League defensive player of the week, HERE.

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Dartmouth takes a look at the life of former Athletic Director Dick Jaeger, who died this week at age 85, HERE.

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EXTRA POINT
Back when I was in college and grad school I had a number of short-sleeved Lacoste shirts with the iconic alligator logo. I even had a few shirts with the Munsingware penguin. These days I have a bunch of golf shirts with the Penn State logo, the Hanover Country Club logo, you name it. I have a Hanover Little League golf shirt and even have a tired old blue golf shirt that reads Greenbrook Bowl X Champions that we had printed one year after winning our annual New Year's Day touch football game. I just can't bare to part with that one.

What do all those shirts have in common? The logos and printing are, or were, all on the wearer's left side.

Have you ever seen even one of those shirts with the logo on the wearer's right side? I don't think I have either, and I wonder why.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Ugh

You do not want to be on the wrong end of Tweets like this, but there you are:

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Oddsmaker 5Dimes (which I suppose could call itself 4Bits ;-) has Dartmouth as an 11-point favorite at home against Penn

Elsewhere . . . 

Columbia is a 2-point favorite at home against Princeton
Brown is a 14 1/2-point underdog at Rhode Island
Harvard is a 1 1/2-point favorite at home against Holy Cross
Yale is a 24-point favorite at home against Howard

Sacred Heart is an 11-point favorite at home over Norfolk State
New Hampshire is a 16 1/2-point underdog against Western Michigan
Valparaiso has a bye week.

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Massey Ratings has Dartmouth defeating Penn, 27-17, with 76 percent confidence. Keep in mind, Massey had Dartmouth defeating Sacred Heart, 21-7, with 93 percent confidence. 

Here's where Massey places Dartmouth and its opponents in the FCS universe:

27 - Harvard
37 - Princeton
39 - Yale
43 - Columbia
51 - Penn
55 - Dartmouth
60 - Cornell
80 - Brown 

38 - New Hampshire
74 - Sacred Heart
106 - Valparaiso

Green Alert: If there's a lesson to be learned from Massey, it's don't lose to Sacred Heart. 

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From a story in the Daily Pennsylvanian headlined, Shutout defense secures a win today, but will it be enough in the Ivy League? comes this (LINK):

Now, everyone is wondering if defense will be enough next week against Dartmouth, when the games really start to matter. Saturday’s defensive performance was undoubtedly impressive, with the Quakers exerting consistent pressure on Lafayette’s passers and hardly allowing any separation in the secondary. But still, the Leopards are a team led by a first-year coach and a freshman quarterback. They had been averaging single-digit scoring coming into this game. Dartmouth is  one of the reigning Ivy League co-champions, and if Penn wants to claim the title this year, it will not only have to repeat defensive performances like today’s, but will also need a more consistent offense. 

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EXTRA POINT
Listening to a podcast on my hike this morning I heard someone who wrote a blog post that generated a lot of unhappy emails and comments while he was vacationing at the beach say he "wanted to throw my phone in the ocean."

Sorry, but that's what you deserve for checking your phone on the beach when you are on vacation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Names And Numbers

OK, it's wicked early but as they used to say in those old WWII movies, "Smoke 'em if you got 'em:"

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Dartmouth quarterback Nick Howard (186 yards and two TDs rushing, 120 yards and one TD passing) was named to the Ivy League honor roll this week along with tailback Q Jones (158 yards and one TD rushing, three catches for 31 yards receiving).

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Here are this week's Sagarin Ratings and how they've changed since last week:

155 - Harvard - down 6
160 - Yale - up 15
161 - Dartmouth - down 28
162 - Princeton - down 11
164 - Columbia - up 13
183 - Penn - down 11
197 - Brown - up 3
219 - Cornell - down 30

181 - New Hampshire - up 18
213 - Sacred Heart - up 21
242 - Valparaiso - up 6

Sagarin has Dartmouth a 7.5-point favorite over Penn Friday night.

For point of reference, Sagarin had Dartmouth a 19-point favorite at Sacred Heart last week.

Elsewhere, Sagarin sees .  . .

Columbia as a 2.5-point favorite at home over Princeton.
Yale as a 22.5-point favorite at home over Howard.
Cornell as a 4-point underdog at Colgate.
Holy Cross as a 1.5-point favorite at Harvard.
Brown as a 12-point underdog at Rhode Island.

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This week's national polls:


Stats Perform

2022

Pts

Previous

1

North Dakota State (44)

3-1

1,337

1

2

South Dakota State

3-1

1,272

T-2

3

Montana

4-0

1,264

T-2

4

Montana State

3-1

1,158

T-4

5

Sacramento

3-0

1,1142

7

6

Delaware

4-0

1,053

8

7

Missouri State

2-2

943

6

8

Weber State

4-0

942

12

9

Jackson State

4-0

907

11

10

Holy Cross

4-0

837

13

11

UIW

3-1

808

T-4

12

Chattanooga

3-1

753

10

13

Mercer

3-1

551

17

14

Villanova

2-2

452

9

15

UT Martin

2-2

403

18

16

Samford

3-1

380

21

17

Richmond

3-1

348

22

18

William & Mary

3-1

346

14

19

Southern Illinois

2-2

345

24

20

Eastern Washington

1-2

344

15

21

Southeastern Louisiana

2-2

358

NR

22

Austin Peay

4-1

328

NR

23

Elon

3-1

226

NR

24

Southeast Missouri

3-1

171

NR

25

Eastern Kentucky

2-2

154

16


Dropped Out: North Dakota (19), Rhode Island (20), Stephen F. Austin (23), North Carolina Central (25)





Others Receiving Votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): North Carolina Central (4-0) 133; Furman (3-1) 129; Rhode Island (2-2) 115; Stephen F. Austin (2-2) 100; North Dakota (2-2) 82; Fordham (3-1) 42; New Hampshire (3-1) 37; UC Davis (1-3) 31; Kennesaw State (1-2) 29; ETSU (2-2) 20; Idaho (2-2) 11; Monmouth (2-2) 8; Youngstown State (2-1) 3






FCS Coaches Poll

2022

Pts

Prev

1

North Dakota State (24)

3-1

694

1

2

Montana (4)

4-0

672

2

3

South Dakota State

3-1

646

3

4

Montana State

3-1

592

T-4

5

Sacramento State

3-0

584

6

6

Delaware

4-0

555

8

7

Weber State

4-0

498

12

8

Jackson State

4-0

490

11

9

Missouri State

2-2

432

T-4

10

Chattanooga

3-1

431

9

11

Holy Cross

4-0

408

13

12

UIW

3-1

375

7

13

Mercer

3-1

339

16

14

Stephen F. Austin

2-2

244

17

15

Villanova

2-2

221

10

16

Austin Peay

4-1

215

23

17

UT Martin

2-2

213

19

18

Eastern Washington

1-2

184

15

19

Samford

3-1

181

22

20

Fordham

3-1

175

18

21

William & Mary

3-1

168

14

22

Richmond

3-1

155

T-24

23

Elon

3-1

106

NR

24

Southeastern Louisiana

2-2

78

NR

25

Rhode Island

2-2

71

21


Dropped Out: Eastern Kentucky (20), Youngstown State (T-24)





Others Receiving Votes: Southern Illinois, 53; Furman, 48; Eastern Kentucky, 47; Youngstown State, 45; North Carolina Central, 43; NEW HAMPSHIRE, 42; Southeast Missouri State, 33; HARVARD, 17; PRINCETON, 11; Davidson, 9; ETSU, 5; Idaho, 5; Tarleton State, 4; Florida A&M, 3; Monmouth (N.J.), 3; Stetson, 2; UC Davis, 2; Kennesaw State, 1




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Whitmore is the athletic department liaison to the football program. The Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award "recognizes a Dartmouth College staff member who has made a difference to the college and to his or her colleagues. demonstrates a commitment to the highest work ethic and exemplary work performance, is both selfless and unwavering in dedication to the institution and is relentless in the pursuit of excellence."

Find a story about the award HERE

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Football Scoop has a story headlined NCAA reportedly considering re-starting clock after incomplete passes. From the story (LINK):

Officials believe an increase in pass plays is what is stretching games longer and longer, and so a proposed solution would be to treat incomplete passes like plays where the ball runs out of bounds -- the clock stops only until the ball is set for play, at which point it runs again, except for in the final two minutes of the first half and the final five minutes of the game. 

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EXTRA POINT
Sometimes little things can make your day.

Dartmouth football practice was in The Green House yesterday and before the action started I was sitting on a bench on the facility's entry level trying to find something in my backpack when a movement on the floor to my right caught my eye. At first I thought it was a mouse, but after it disappeared behind a furniture leg and popped out again I saw that it was a gray bird, a little smaller than a sparrow.

I watched the poor thing fly over to a wall-height pane of glass and bang into it beak-first three or four times before settling on an overhang. It tried again before eventually flying out over the field where longsnapper Josh Greene said he spotted it as well.

I spent most of the practice on the upper level of the facility, which offers a terrific view of the action on the field below. Truth be told, I was also keeping an eye out for the bird. It was a longshot, but rifling through a recycling bin I had found a hinged, plastic container that once held grapes and wanted to be prepared in case the little bird came back my way.

I didn't really expect that to happen but toward the end of practice it did, once again crashing several times into the glass before, exhausted, it settled on the floor in an opening between a vent and the glass. I stealthily made my way toward it with the grapes container in hand and was able to place it over the little guy, although I couldn't raise it enough to close the hinged top – now on the bottom – without the bird possibly escaping. I eventually slid a reporter's notebook under the opening, held it tight against the container and carried it outside.

When I pulled the container off the notebook the little bird stood there for a second or two before taking flight. As I watched it fly away a long day had turned into a good one.