Monday, April 23, 2018

A Big Weekend


Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens spoke at Saturday's TEDxDartmouth event "Paradigm Shift" at Filene Auditorium. Here's part of his bio on the event web page:
Recently, he was named to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport. He has also has been involved with the NCAA Summit on Concussive Head Injury, and the BIG 10 / Ivy Consortium on Concussive Head Injury. In 2016, he was asked to testify in front of Congress regarding football safety, and has been a member of multiple panel discussions on the topic including the Aspen Institute. The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) appointed him to their Board of Directors in 2017. In conjunction with the Thayer School of Engineering, he has developed a mobile tackling robot that was designed to reduce player on player contact.
Here's a screenshot from the event Twitter page:


The first really nice day of spring was a great day for Dartmouth men's tennis, which defeated Princeton, 4-1, to win the Ivy League title for the first time since 1997 and just the third time ever. Dartmouth will claim the title outright if Cornell upsets Columbia this Saturday or will share it if the Lions prevail. Bragging rights belong to the Big Green either way, the result of a 4-3 win over Columbia in New York City. Dartmouth improved to 20-5 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League and is ranked No. 27 in the nation. (LINK)
Congratulations also should go out to the Dartmouth men's rugby team for its overpowering 66-20 win over the Nevada Wolfpack in the Division IAA spring championship game in Greenville, N.C. The Big Green will now face fall winner Mary Washington University in Fullerton, Calif., on May 5 for the national championship. Dartmouth had advanced to the championship game with an 83-0 romp over Central Florida in the East Regional final.

Scroll midway down this story to find a paragraph about the IAA spring game.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Check It Out


New snow dusts Killington and Pico mountains in Vermont. Time will tell but this could be the final "scenic" from Moose Mountain before we move. (Click the photo once or twice to enlarge it.)
Dartmouth's spring practice reached the midway point yesterday on the first nice day the Big Green has been on the field.

A special visitor to the practice was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who spent an hour at practice on a college tour, getting an up-close look at the Mobile Virtual Player and addressing the team.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Shu Fits



The local daily has a look at the return to Hanover of former Big Green great David Shula '81, who led Dartmouth in receiving each of his three season in uniform and twice was selected to the All-Ivy League first team. It's his first coaching assignment since he was head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Find the story HERE.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Chicagoland

Dartmouth has had an outsized presence in Chicagoland ever since defensive coordinator Don Dobes arrived in Hanover, with a succession of talented players heading this way. This story about Charlie Pontarelli and Brennan Cascarano being named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) won't hurt the cause.

CLICK HERE to check out the full story under the Chicago Tribune banner.

Another Chicagoan among the 11 Dartmouth players named to the team was defensive lineman Jeremiah Douchee.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

One Thumbs Up, One Thumbs Down

To the relief of many around the Ivy League, the last McManus brother has made it through the Dartmouth football pipeline. Here are corner Danny McManus' highlights:


And now a 45-second video that doesn't work – on soooo many levels. It's hard to tell which is less believable, the description or the phony reviews for this 1998 Dartmouth at Princeton football program available through Amazon ;-)



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With The NFL Draft Looming . . .

Here's a look at Dartmouth players drafted since the start of formal Ivy League play in 1956:

1963 LB Don McKinnon, New York Giants, 11th round
1963  LB Don McKinnon, Boston Patriots (AFL), 10th round
1963 QB Bill King, New York Jets (AFL) 8th round
1968 DB Gordie Rule, Green Bay Packers, 11th round
1971 DB Willie Bogan, Baltimore Colts, 8th round
1976 WR Tom Fleming, Cleveland Browns, 17th round
1976 LB Reggie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd round
1978 DE Gregg Robinson, New York Jets, 6th round
1998 LB Zack Walz, Arizona Cardinals, 6th round
2004 TE Casey Cramer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7th round

Ironically, perhaps the three best NFL careers by Dartmouth players (apart from that of Reggie Williams) in the Ivy League era, were free agent pickups.

Quarterback Jeff Kemp '81 played 11 years in the NFL. Fellow QB Jay Fiedler '94 also had an 11-year run and placekicker Nick Lowery stuck around for 18 years.
Speaking of the NFL, 6-foot-6, 299-pound Jerry Tillery, the Notre Dame defensive tackle who took a last-minute recruiting trip to Dartmouth before enrolling early at South Bend, considered entering the draft this spring before deciding to return for his senior season with the fighting Irish. (LINK) Given his predilection for travel, he would have fit in nicely at Dartmouth. From the story:
He’s already logged study abroad programs in South Africa and Ireland. He did spring break in Germany. There are the Hawaii trips. He went to Canada during Easter weekend. Next month he’ll do a two-week business program in Japan.
Les Lawrence, who worked with the Dartmouth football program between stints as a head coach at a number of Upper Valley high schools, is stepping down as coach at nearby Mascoma Valley Regional High School as he approaches retirement after 40 years as a teacher. The local daily has a story HERE.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On The National Front

STATS has a story under the headline 10 FCS players whose NFL Draft stock is rising that includes an Ivy Leaguer. While Ivy linemen and tight ends often end up on lists like this, it's extremely rare for a wide receiver (unless he's ticketed to play tight end like Princeton's Seth DeValve). From the story:
Justin Watson, Penn, WR, 6-2½, 215 - In a deep year of wide receiver prospects, here is one who refuses to be ignored. Like Nichols, Watson earned a Senior Bowl invite following his week at the Shrine Game, and he later rocked Penn's pro day, showing speed and power. He's a physical receiver with good ball skills and appears ideal for the slot. He's moved into the third day of the draft.
More from Craig Haley, who has been Tweeting about the top FCS returnees in various categories. While he notes that 15 of the top 16 points-per-game scorers from a year ago return, three of the top six come from the Ivy League:

1. Dom Bragalone, Lehigh RB: 12.0
2. Zane Dudek, Yale RB: 9.6
3. Tre Honshtein, Sam Houston St PK: 9.4
4. Charles Volker, Princeton RB: 9.3
5. Davion Davis, Sam Houston St WR: 9.0
6. Jesper Horsted, Princeton WR: 8.6

Here's the kicker Craig didn't mention. The only player among the top 16 scorers not returning? He is an Ivy Leaguer as well. It's the aforementioned Justin Watson, who averaged 8.6 points per game.

Interestingly, the NCAA statistics list the top 50 scorers from last fall and no fewer than seven of them come from the Ivy League. Also on the list are Princeton sophomore kicker Tavish Rice (6.8), Princeton junior receiver Stephen Carlson (6.6) and Penn junior kicker Jack Soslow (6.6).

In case you are wondering, Dartmouth's top scorer last year was senior kicker David Smith (6.0) and the top returning scorer is wildcat quarterback/receiver Jared Gerbino (4.2).
A neighbor had the misfortune yesterday of getting his rental van stuck in 5-6 inches of slushy snow as he tried to make it up the last hill before our house. A little shaken and a lot unhappy after a $100 tow, when he pulled over by in front of our house after being pulled up the hill I invited him to leave the truck in our driveway rather than challenge the downhill to his house, maybe a quarter mile away.

After a full day of heavy wind and pinging ice/snow, we got a break this morning. No wind. That's the good news. Unfortunately, here on the mountain it's alternating between the pinging ice and snow almost by the minute.

Oh, and last night we got an email from That Certain Dartmouth '14. It had us shaking our heads. It read:
Stay warm at home and I hope you'll get some weather like this soon :)
Yeah, that came from someone now living in Glacier Bay . . . ALASKA!
Spring practice No. 4 is on tap for Dartmouth today. Stay tuned.
Watch this and pay attention to the reaction by the team at the end. Being part of a team really can bring us all together.



Monday, April 16, 2018

Timing Is Everything

Thankfully there's no "spring" football practice today because miserable doesn't do the weather here justice. It's 29 degrees as this is being written but the web tells us it feels like 23 because of the howling wind. Since early morning it has sounded as if a train is passing by Moose Mountain as constant wind and gusts the TV folks say may hit 65 mph roar through. For good measure we could get an inch or two of icy snow this afternoon – on top of the inch or two of icy snow we got yesterday. Our house inspection is slated for today and I've got my fingers crossed a tree doesn't fall on our roof while the inspector is poking around ;-(
Today's Valley News has a story about the passing of Stephen Waterhouse ’65, who happened to dress up as the Dartmouth mascot as football games as an undergraduate. Find the story HERE.
The Dartmouth has a story on traditions embraced by several Big Green sports teams. Those described for the football team are, "D for Defense," "Who's Got the Juice," and "As the Backs Go Tearing By."
Instead of players having their names on the back of their jerseys for their spring game, Temple players wore their Twitter handles across their shoulders. Other schools include those handles on their game notes. There's a story about that HERE.

Green Alert Take: Hoo boy, is that taking a chance. This isn't to point the finger at any college-age individual, but spend a little time poking around Twitter and it won't take long to realize not all the Tweets that will have you shaking your head come out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.
It's back to practice Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the weather supposed to finally be clearing by the weekend.