Saturday, December 20, 2014

Heading Across The State

We are headed over to Durham in a few minutes to watch the FCS national semifinal between New Hampshire and Illinois State. The winner will face North Dakota for the national championship. The Bison (be sure to pronounce it Buys-on) advanced with a 35-3 thumping of Sam Houston State.

New Hampshire's seniors are 23-1 overall on their home field, appropriately called, "The Dungeon."

Friday, December 19, 2014

NFL Films Tells Moglia's Story

NFL Films takes on the remarkable story of former Dartmouth assistant-turned-business mogul, turned Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia in this nine-minute VIDEO and does a very good job with it.
The Advertiser, a Gannett paper in Lafayette, La., writes about local product Rivers Cahee heading up to New England to prep at Taft School and gaining early admission to Dartmouth. From the STORY:
“He has good size and he runs well,” (Dartmouth coach Buddy) Teevens said. “We feel he can play running back, receiver, cornerback or safety. Right now it is kind of a tug-o-war between the coaches of which position and that’s because his skill set allows him to play a number of positions.”
Dartmouth senior wide receiver Bo Patterson is set to play in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl back home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The roster link for the game is not working but a story about three NAIA players headed to the contest notes, "With their move to the north roster of the FCS team, the Bobcat players will be playing with players from universities such as Montana State, Dayton, Dartmouth, and Northern Colorado."

Patterson caught 30 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns this fall. Patterson, an outfielder on the Dartmouth baseball team, caught 85 passes with 10 touchdowns during his Dartmouth career.
As for that linebacker who wrote on social media about committing to Dartmouth, yup, he was fooling around.
Go figure. A former Dartmouth tennis player living in Fort Lauderdale named Drew Dinkmeyer '04, just won $1 million dollars playing . . . wait for it . . . fantasy football. Dinkmeyer quit his finance job in 2013 to become a full-time fantasy football player. I'm not making this up. Check out the story HERE.

For a Bloomberg story last January that mentions him leaving his job as a senior investment analyst in Tampa to pursue professional fantasy sports, click HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take A Look

Dartmouth learned all about Chip Kelly long before the former New Hampshire assistant revolutionized Oregon football and then brought his offense to the Philadelphia Eagles. This look at how it all began includes thoughts from former UNH receiver David Ball and former UNH quarterback Ricky Santos.

Check out the video HERE.
Speaking of UNH, The Sports Network thinks Illinois State will have too much offense for New Hampshire and picks the Wildcats' playoff run to end with a 38-28 loss in Durham Saturday afternoon. (LINK)

A scholarship linebacker at an FBS school has announced on social media that he's instead going to Dartmouth, but something about his off-hand announcement and the fact that his profile photo still identifies him as heading to the FBS school leaves me wondering. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Video Day

Check out this VIDEO look at Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens from the college's new football video series.

And check out this VIDEO of Memorial Field.
Speaking of Buddy Teevens, several emailers sent along links to a little trivia mentioning his name that was dug up with Bo Pelini moving from Nebraska to Youngstown State. From ESPN:

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Not to "bury the lede," but an emailer asked a few days back about Dartmouth's spring football practice dates. Keeping in mind they are always fluid and probably more this year than ever because of the stadium construction, practice is slated to start on Tuesday, April 7 and conclude with the Green-White on Saturday, May 2.

The breakup banquet is Sunday, April 12.
I don't know if you can access this without a subscription but the local daily had a STORY last week asking the question:
"Who’s the only Dartmouth football player to receive votes for the Heisman Trophy ...?"
The answer: Bob MacLeod '39, a wingback from Glen Ellyn, Ill., who finished fourth in the 1938 voting. The winner that year was TCU quarterback Davey O'Brien with 519 points. He was followed by Pitt running back Marshall Goldberg (294 points), Columbia QB Sid Luckman (154) and MacLeod (78).

Griff loves his football . . .  although it helps that it sometimes spills dog cookies!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Name

Twitter has another player committing to Dartmouth.

Rivers Cahee, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back/running back from Lafayette, La., via the Taft School Tweeted his commitment HERE.
The top three finishers in the Eddie Robinson Award as the top coach at the FCS level (LINK):

1. Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire
2. Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (former Dartmouth assistant)
3. Tim Murphy, Harvard

McDonnell has won the award twice.

Receiving three fourth-place votes and one fifth to finish 21st in the balloting: Yale coach Tony Reno.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Big Green Lands A "Downhill" Tailback

from Twitter
Miles Smith, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back from Alpharetta, Ga., has Tweeted his commitment to Dartmouth. Check out his impressive senior year highlights on Hudl HERE.

Sharing the load in the backfield for an Alpharetta team led by a quarterback headed to North Carolina State, Smith carried 136 times for 700 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns last fall. He also caught 19 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns for Alpharetta, which went 10-2 in big-school, 6-AAAAAA football.

You can watch Smith's final game in the Georgia state tournament HERE and learn that his high school coach calls him a "great downhill, physical runner."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dummies They Are Not . . . Oh Wait

Recruiting weekends are just around the corner and to give promising high school seniors at look at the various uniform possibilities with the Big Green, Dartmouth has brought in a few guys who, well,  could use a little time in the weight room, and maybe some eye black. Good luck finding a mannequin who would look right in a 91 uniform.  ;-).

These guys are currently set up in the Crouthamel Lounge.

Good luck finding a mannequin who belongs in a number like 91 ;-) 
The mannequins keep an eye on what's happening with the renovation.
Here's what they see. Click to enlarge and click again to supersize.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Stuff

Dartmouth Now reports that the college accepted 483 of 1,859 early decision applicants this year. Applications were up 10.7 percent over a year ago.

The hope is to be able to post the early decision football list late next week or early the next, so be sure to check back.
In his blog post about whether a judge can/should/will intercede regarding a disputed football playoff game in Oklahoma, local attorney Charlie Buttrey references the famed Dartmouth-Cornell 5th down game. Check out the post HERE.
One of the signs you are a great football team is the ability to beat a very good team without being at your best. At least the University of New Hampshire has to hope so. Dropping passes like they write books about and largely unable to run the ball, No. 1 UNH still managed to defeat eighth-seeded Chattanooga, 35-30, last night in the FCS playoffs.

With the win UNH advances to the national semifinals for the second year in a row and will now face the winner of Saturday's quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Eastern Washington and fifth-seeded Illinois State. New Hampshire (12-1) will host that game in Durham. Read about last night's game HERE.
I'll be at cross purposes watching the Army-Navy game this afternoon. My grandfather came east from Nevada to attend the Naval Academy, so I am predisposed to root for Navy. I remember being told my grandfather would turn off his hearing aid when he was watching the game and Navy was losing. My father was a Navy man as well, so there was a lot of "Gooooo Navy . . .  Beeeeeat Army" growing up. But it's just so hard to see Army's Cadets keep losing the biggest game they will ever play, so I may very quietly be rooting for Army. Just don't tell anyone ;-)

Here are a few pictures I shot of the Memorial Field project yesterday. Click the photos (and maybe click them again) to supersize. There's some interesting detail when  you enlarge them.

The arches stand out more without the grandstand behind them.
The press box, which sat above the entry arch, is gone.
It would seem judging by this norther corner that the ivy may survive.
This is what is left of the 50-yard line seats. The white wall and door are part of the old press box.
More than one person has said the stadium looks "bombed out."