Friday, October 31, 2014

TV Change

Given the enormity of the game in this region, albeit on the FCS level, this sounds like a Halloween prank. It's not.

CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, CSN California, TCN Philadelphia and SNY will be carrying the Dartmouth-Harvard game live as billed.

But CSN New England, which was slated to carry the game in these parts, apparently has a scheduling conflict and those expecting to see the game on that network will have to check THIS SITE to learn how they might access game. Of course, at the top of that page is the warning that, "Dish has dropped Comcast Sportsnet from  your channel lineup."

It will be replayed on CSNNE Sunday at noon, although that won't help some of us . . .

There's a Dartmouth release about the change HERE.

Telling It Like It Is . . . Or Was

A Harvard Crimson column (LINK) points out that the Dartmouth-Harvard contest is the biggest game in the Ivy League this week. From the column:
Concerning the meaningfulness of this week’s game, the Big Green Athletic Department agrees.
“Dartmouth football hosts #18 Harvard on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the biggest game at Memorial Field in 17 years,” the school’s athletics website reported this week.
For Harvard, this is the biggest game since last Saturday. That says a lot about the recent history of these two programs.
To quote Sammy Davis, Jr., "Ouch babe."

The column goes on to predict a 41-27 Harvard victory
The Harvard school paper's regular preview is HERE.
From a preview in The Dartmouth (LINK):
(Quarterback Dalyn) Williams was given the day off against the Lions (0-6, 0-3 Ivy) to rehab an AC sprain, and the team was led by Alex Park ’14. 
“I think it was fun to look at the game from a different lens,” Williams said. “Playing football, you always see the game from your perspective, you see the field like you always see it, it’s repetitive. It was good to be on the outside and see different little aspects of the game that I can’t see from behind the line of scrimmage.” 
That's the first time the reason for Williams' watching from the sideline last week has been made public. The AC has to do with the shoulder, but fear not. It's safe to say the Dartmouth QB has lost nothing off his fastball.

And yes, the game is on Saturday, not Friday as the headline said this morning.
The Boston Herald previews the Dartmouth-Harvard game HERE.
The local daily has a story about the rebuilding of Memorial Field's home stands, slated to begin as soon as the season ends. Dick Terk, vice president and project manager at Engelberth Construction, is quoted as being supremely confident the project will be finished in time for next year's home opener.

Perhaps the most interesting news in the story is that not only do the plans call for the exterior brick facade to be saved, but the entire perimeter of the current facility is going to be reused, barring the unexpected. From the STORY (subscription may be required):
“There’s no sense in removing parts that would have to be put back when I don’t need to,” Terk said. “I’m going to (tear down) the bleachers starting from the north end and work toward the south, and I’ll remove everything inside until it’s just the four walls remaining. Then I’ll start rebuilding from the south end.”
Given the addition of railings, widening of aisles, widening of the American, um, tush, and the addition of handicapped seating, Memorial Field will seat 11,000 after the project is completed. It is currently listed at 13,000, meaning if my math is correct that 2,000 seats will be lost on the home side ;-). From the story in the local paper:
Memorial Field, which seated 21,416 in the mid-1970s, now has the smallest capacity in the Ivies. Columbia’s Wien Stadium is the next smallest at 17,000 and the Yale Bowl the largest at 64,269. … The largest crowd in Memorial Field history was 21,530 for a 1974 game against Harvard.
Editor's Note: It may be the smallest capacity but it also is the most appropriate.
Speaking of attendance, have you entered the NextTitle18 contest to win a $100 gift certificate to Murphy's yet? If not, check out the rules and some helpful information HERE and then send your guess to guesstheattendance@gmail.com .

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Columbia To Harvard


Dartmouth's highlights against Columbia are a reminder about how talented a quarterback Alex Park is . . .  (and surprise, you won't have to turn down the volume on your computer ;-).



To view this week's Teevens TeleTeaser  CLICK HERE.

Dartmouth's game notes for Saturday's nationally televised contest have been posted HERE.


According to the notes, the Dartmouth-Harvard NBCSports Network regional broadcast will be carried on these stations Saturday afternoon at 3:30:


Comcast SportsNet (CSN) New England
The Comcast Network (TCN) Philadelphia
SportsNet New York (SNY)
CSN Mid-Atlantic
CSN Bay Area
CSN California

The Harvard Crimson story out of the Princeton game (LINK) gives a good sense of the challenge Dartmouth will face with the return of Harvard quarterback Conner Hempel from a back injury. Princeton coach Bob Surace from the story:
“We have free rushers on him, he escapes us and throws a touchdown pass. There’s two or three times he scrambles for first downs. A couple times, I thought he was going to throw into an area where I thought we had him covered, and he held it and pumped the ball and threw it the other way. Credit him, that was probably one of the two finest performances against us.”
Not sure what the other one was ;-)

From a Harvard release about Hempel being named Ivy League co-Offense Player of the Week:
In the victory over the Tigers, Hempel, who had missed the previous four games with an injury, passed for a career-high 382 yards and tied his career-high with 25 completions (25-of-31), as the Crimson posted the largest margin of victory (42) in 107 meetings against Princeton. In addition, Harvard amassed 698 yards of offense, setting a school record. Hempel tossed for three touchdowns (39, 49 and 42 yards) and added two scores on the ground (1, 14 yards).
Hempel, who ran 12 times for 52 yards, finished the game with 434 total yards on 43 attempts, the fifth-most for a single-game in team history. Hempel's 382 passing yards also ranks seventh in the Harvard record books. 
The Sports Network picks Harvard (LINK). Elsewhere, TSN has:
Penn over Brown
Yale over Columbia
Princeton over Cornell 
UNH over Albany
Bryant over Central Connecticut State
Holy Cross is off 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dummies They're Not

Just imagine, in this area of concussion awareness, that football players could learn to tackle by hitting a motorized dummy zipping along a programmed route or being directed by Bluetooth, instead of hitting each other. Now imagine that a college football coach enlisted several engineering students – including one of his former players – and one of his former college classmates to develop the dummy.

Now stop imagining because a motorized tackling dummy is what Buddy Teevens, former defensive lineman Elliot Kastner (and others) and Thayer School's John Currier '79 have developed. They have a provisional patent on the Mobile Tracking Target, which took third place at the ‪Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize competition for for the most inventive undergraduate student invention.

Find a story and a picture HERE. From the story:
At a small-scale manufacturing cost of around $5,000 per dummy, they hope to sell this large padded humanoid—created out of pourable foam using the Machine Shop’s 3 axis router—to professional- and collegiate-level teams in the near future. The Mobile Tackling Target is anchored by a ball structure driven by omni wheels to direct the ball in any direction.
And . . .
“We hope the devices’ longevity and ability to replace multiple tackling pads will ultimately motivate teams’ purchase of the Mobile Tackling Target,” adds Kastner. “However, the benefits of reducing concussions at practice and in games are worth significantly more to a team.”
Harvard's game notes for Saturday have been posted HERE.
The Massey Ratings have been updated and they have Harvard defeating Dartmouth in Hanover Saturday, 28-20, with a 75 percent confidence.

Here's what they predict for the rest of the season for the top two teams in the Ivy League standings:
Dartmouth 31, Cornell 10 (90 percent)
Dartmouth 27, Brown 17 (77 percent)
Dartmouth 31, Princeton 28 (55 percent) 
Harvard 42, Columbia 0 (100 percent)
Harvard 34, Penn 13 (94 percent)
Harvard 38, Yale 28 (77 percent)
For what it's worth, Massey had Dartmouth winning last week, 38-7. (The final was 27-7.) The Columbia total was spot on, but Massey had no way of knowing Dalyn Williams would not be playing for the Big Green, so it gets a pass on the Dartmouth point total ;-)
The latest Gridiron Power Index has been posted and here's how it rates the Ivy League teams, Dartmouth opponents and the nation's FCS conferences:

Ivy League GPI
15. Harvard
38.Yale
40.Dartmouth
79. Princeton
83. Brown
93. Penn
111. Cornell
119. Columbia

Other Dartmouth Opponents
4. New Hampshire
75. Holy Cross
99. Central Connecticut State

Among the  14 conferences rated:
8. Patriot League
9. Northeast
10. Ivy
14. Pioneer
Quite the thread on the Any Given Saturday message board asking, "Has the Ivy League ever been this good and this bad simultaneously in the FCS era? Check it out HERE.
While some of us weren't looking, there were some interesting reforms passed by a vote of the Pac-12 Conference presidents and chancellors this week. From a Pac-12 release:
 • Athletic scholarships will be guaranteed for four years for student-athletes in all sports 
 • Student-athletes who leave school before graduating will be able to use the remainder of their educational expenses later to earn their degrees.
 • Medical expenses for student-athletes who are injured during their college athletic careers will be covered for up to four years after a student-athlete leaves the institution. 
 • Student-athletes who transfer between Pac-12 institutions will be able to receive athletic scholarships immediately. 
 • Student-athletes will be represented in the Conference governance structure
Is it possible that long after being summarily cut by the Princeton football team, F. Scott Fitzgerald helped invent two-platoon football? Thanks to a loyal BGA reader for pointing out this STORY.


And to quote Steve Jobs, "one more thing." Have you entered this week's NextTitle18 contest yet? The winner of a $100 gift certificate to Murphy's will be the entrant who comes closest to guessing Saturday's attendance. Find the details HERE.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Check It Out

Here are the weekly Ivy League highlights:



A few emailers have asked so here's the info. Saturday's showdown with Harvard will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. on the NBCSports Regional Networks. Keep in mind, that's not regular NBC.

This list may not be inclusive and is subject to correction, but the game should be available on SportsNet New York, Comcast SportsNet (CSN) New England, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, CSN California and CSN Houston, Comcast Network Philadelphia.
Dartmouth is 36th in the latest national poll from The Sports Network and 37th in the FCS Coaches Poll.

The Sports Network
2. New Hampshire (6-1)
3. Coastal Carolina (8-0), Joe Moglia, former Dartmouth assistant
10. Fordham (7-1), Patriot League
20. Harvard (5-1)
36. Dartmouth (5-1)
38. Bucknell (6-1), Patriot League
49. Yale (5-1)

FCS Coaches Poll
2. Coast Carolina (8-0)
4. New Hampshire (6-1)
10. Fordham (7-1)
18. Harvard (6-0)
34. Bucknell (6-1)
37. Dartmouth (5-1)
42. Yale (5-1)
Dartmouth is ranked ninth in the ECAC poll for the top FCS team in the East.
ECAC
1. Villanova (7-1)
2. New Hampshire 6-1)
3. Fordham (7-1)
4. Harvard (6-0)
5. Richmond (6-2)
6. William and Mary (5-3)
7. Bryant (6-1)
8. Bucknell (6-1)
9. Dartmouth (5-1)
10. James Madison (5-3)
Curious about the FXFL, the Fall Experimental Football League that features a team in Boston and plays at Harvard Stadium? The Harvard Crimson checked out a game HERE. (Dartmouth grad Garrett Waggoner plays for the Boston Brawlers.)


Monday, October 27, 2014

McNamara Is Ivy Defensive Player of the Week

4:20 update: The Dartmouth release is HERE.

Another week another Ivy League player of the week for Dartmouth as linebacker Will McNamara comes away with this week's defensive honor. McNamara had 11 tackles and his first interception of the season in the win over Columbia.

Tailback Kyle Bramble gets a spot on the Ivy honor roll as does quarterback Alex Park.

Find the Ivy League release HERE.

Columbia Down, Harvard Up Next

Find video highlights of the Dartmouth-Columbia game HERE.

The Dartmouth has a follow story HERE and the Columbia Spectator has coverage HERE.

Here are the Sagarin Ratings for this week. The sequence of three numbers is preseason, last week, and this week in bold.

Ivy League
Harvard 149, 111, 93
Dartmouth 174, 149, 153
Yale 194, 152, 154
Princeton 137, 154, 170
Brown  195, 205, 202
Penn 184, 202, 210
Cornell 219, 229, 230
Columbia 241, 243, 245

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 72, 76
Holy Cross 213, 213, 204
Central Connecticut 225, 224, 226


From a Dartmouth football alum and friend of BGA:
NextTitle18's next contest will be a back-to-the-future deal for the next home game on November 1st vs. Harvard. We will return to our original premise of "Guess The Attendance" at the game.
The closest guess will win a $100 gift card to Murphy's Tavern in Hanover.
Should be interesting to see how many folks turn out for what is a contest against an undefeated Harvard Crimson in a battle for sole possession of the lead in the Ivy title race heading into the far turn of the season.
To enter the contest, send an email to guesstheattendance@gmail.com with your prediction. Remember, one entry per email address.

Keep in mind that Memorial Field capacity is 13,000. The weather forecast for Saturday is 37 degrees with an 80 percent chance of rain or snow. Here's a little more help for you, keeping in mind this is not Homecoming:

2014 Attendance
Sept. 20 vs. Central Connecticut: 7,234 (night)
Oct. 4 vs Penn: 3,288 (rain)
Oct. 18 vs. Holy Cross: 7,335 (Homecoming, questionable forecast)

Dartmouth-Harvard Since 2000
2012 Dartmouth-Harvard (Homecoming): 10,138
2010 Dartmouth-Harvard: (Homecoming): 9,142
2008 Dartmouth-Harvard: 4,011
2006 Dartmouth-Harvard: 2,028
2004 Dartmouth-Harvard: 6,030 (Homecoming)
2002 Dartmouth-Harvard: 8,102  (Homecoming)
2000 Dartmouth-Harvard: 8,028  (Homecoming)

Sean Ronan '15 high fives with medals in hand.
The CHaD Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K started and finished at the Dartmouth green yesterday, raising $697,000 to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. Among those cheering and handing out medals were members of the Dartmouth football team, including senior co-captain Sean Ronan.

Among those running the Half was That Certain '14, who crossed the line after 13.1 miles in a time of  1:46:15.1. She finished 40th of 482 women in the field.

While That Certain '14 was resting her legs yesterday afternoon That Certain Nittany Lion '16 was resting his vocal cords. He was in an amazing whiteout crowd of 107,895 who watched Penn State drop a 31-24 double-overtime game against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium. Like most of those in attendance, he couldn't believe the blown calls that led directly to 10 Ohio State points. Sour grapes? Not really. Check out this video.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday Recap

How Dartmouth's opponents fared yesterday . . .

Harvard 49, Princeton 7
Recap and stats
The Crimson geared up for Saturday's showdown at Dartmouth in grand style, pitching a shutout until just 28 seconds remained. Returning to the starting lineup after barely playing this season, Conner Hempel completed 25-of-31 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 52 yards and two scores as Harvard piled up a school-record 698 yards of total offense. Princeton managed just 244 yards and punted 12 times. Semar Smith carried 12 times for 124 yards and Paul Stanton 18 for 105 yards for the Crimson (6-0, 3-0). Princeton (3-3, 2-1) quarterbacks Quinn Epperly and Connor Michaelsen split time and were a combined 28-of-44 for 190 yards. Will Powers had 26 yards on six carries to lead the Tigers on the ground.

Yale 43, Penn 21
Recap and stats
Morgan Roberts completed 26-of-29 throws for 346 yards and four touchdowns and Tyler Varga carried 23 times for 140 yards and two more scores as Yale continued to pile up pinball numbers. The Bulldogs finished with 605 yard of total offense and held the ball for almost twice as long as the Quakers. Penn got 286 yards passing from Alek Torgersen but managed just 47 yards on the ground. Conner Scott was a bright spot for the Quakers as he caught nine passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Yale (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) defeated Penn (1-5, 1-2) for just the sixth time in retiring coach Al Bagnoli's 23 years at Penn.

Brown 42, Cornell 15
Recap and stats
The Bears built a 35-2 lead by the early minutes of the fourth quarter and cruised to an easy win by holding Cornell to just 242 yards of total offense. Marcus Fuller tossed four touchdown passes while throwing for 306 yards for the Bears (3-3, 1-2 Ivy) who led, 21-2, at the half. Cornell (0-6, 0-3) got two touchdown passes from Robert Somborn to Chris Lenz in the final 7:01. Brown has won three of four games since falling to Harvard by eight points.

New Hampshire 28, Stony Brook 20
Recap and stats
The Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 CAA) gave up a touchdown pass with 3:22 remaining but the Seawolves (4-5 3-2 CAA) lost a chance to tie the game at 21 when the extra point was blocked. Dodging that bullet, UNH got some breathing room when Jimmy Owens reeled off a 51-yard touchdown run that with the PAT gave the home team an eight-point lead. Stony Brook outgained UNH, 380-354, and held New Hampshire's Andy Vailas to 131 yards through the air.

Holy Cross 24, Lafayette 14
Recap and stats
The Crusaders ended a five-game losing streak by jumping out to a 21-0 lead and then holding on. Peter Pujals was just 9-of-15 for 135 yards and one touchdown but ran for 115 yards and another score for Holy Cross (3-6, 1-2 Patriot). Lafayette (3-5, 1-2) suffered two interceptions and had just 307 yards of total offense.

Wagner 20, Central Connecticut State 10
Recap and stats
The Blue Devils (2-6, 0-3 NEC) were within a touchdown entering the fourth quarter despite three turnovers. Rob Hollomon was held to 54 yards on 22 carries as Wagner (4-3, 2-0 NEC) dealt Central its third loss in a row and sixth in its last seven games.