Friday, November 28, 2014

Good Stuff

Headed out to Happy Valley to drop off That Certain Nittany Lion and take in what figures to be a l-o-n-g football game against Michigan State (as long as our e-tickets come through). This ought to tide you over:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Enjoy The Day

A Happy Thanksgiving to all and remember the Four F's:
We got about a foot of the white stuff starting at 11:40 yesterday morning. Griff the Wonder Pup took a while to figure things out but he finally came around and seems to be enjoying his first real snow.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting Down To Business

Here are a few pictures shot Wednesday of the Memorial Field home stands project. Click the pictures to enlarge. (Mac people can click again to supersize. Not sure about those of you on the dark side ;-)

The final Gridiron Power Index is up and the unofficial BCS-like ranking of FCS teams has the Ivies and Dartmouth opponents ranked this way:

11. Harvard
31. Dartmouth
38. Yale
81. Brown
86. Princeton
100. Penn
114. Cornell
121. Columbia

 5. New Hampshire
 82. Holy Cross
 99. Central Connecticut

Perhaps saddled by the worst-ever showing by the Ivy League's bottom three teams, the Ivy League is the 10th-ranked FCS conference. Here's how the conferences stack up according to the GPI:

1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (16.17)
2. Big South Conference (36.72)
3. Colonial Athletic Association (40.85)
4. Big Sky Conference (41.22)
5. Ohio Valley Conference (46.03)
6. Southern Conference (46.15)
7. Southland Conference (46.57)
8. Patriot League (54.96) 
9. Northeast Conference (56.71) 
10. Ivy League (59.14) 
11. Independents (59.43)
12. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (65.66)
13. Southwestern Athletic Conference (74.03)
14. Pioneer Football League (80.36)
Safe travels to all who are journeying to spend the holiday with relatives or special friends. We are expecting up to a foot of snow here on Moose Mountain with the first flakes expected around lunchtime. Fortunately the long trip to bring That Certain Nittany Lion back to State College isn't slated to begin until O-Dark-30 Friday morning.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dartmouth-Record 10 On All-Ivy League First Team

Ivy League release

Dartmouth release

Nicholas Codrea, Brown (Sr., OL - Tallmadge, Ohio)
Scotty Whitmore, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Spring, Texas)
Sean Ronan, Dartmouth (Sr., C - Boca Raton, Fla.)
Nick Easton, Harvard (Sr., OL - Lenoir, N.C.)
Cole Toner, Harvard (Jr., OL - Greenwood, Ind.)
Ben Carbery, Yale (Sr., OL - Oak Park, Ill.)
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Jr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
*Paul Stanton, Jr., Harvard (Jr., RB - Kenner, La.)
*Tyler Varga, Yale (Sr., TB - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR/PR - Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Spencer Kulcsar, Penn (Sr., WR - Haworth, N.J.)
Deon Randall, Yale (Sr., WR - San Diego)
Grant Wallace, Yale (Sr., WR - St. Louis)
Tyler Hamblin, Harvard (Sr., TE - Syracuse, N.Y.)

Evan Chrustic, Dartmouth (Sr., DL - Andover, N.J.)
A.J. Zuttah, Dartmouth (Jr., DT - Edison, N.J.)
*Zack Hodges, Harvard (Sr., DL - Atlanta)
Obum Obukwelu, Harvard (Sr., DL - Brockton, Mass.)
Xavier Russo, Brown (Sr., ILB - San Francisco)
*Will McNamara, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Chicago)
Connor Sheehan, Harvard (Sr., LB - Austin, Texas)
*Mike Zeuli, Princeton (Sr., LB - Marlton, N.J.)
Jacob Supron, Brown (Sr., DB - Mansfield, Ohio)
Troy Donahue, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Greenwood Village, Colo.)
Vernon Harris, Dartmouth (Jr., DB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Sean Ahern, Harvard (Jr., DB - Cincinnati)
*Norman Hayes, Harvard (Sr., DB - Tucker, Ga.)

Special Teams
Nolan Bieck, Princeton (Jr., PK - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Kyle Cazzetta, Yale (Sr., PK - Slate Hill, N.Y.)
*Chris Fraser, Cornell (So., P - Potomac, Md.)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR/PR - Mendota Heights, Minn.)

Jacob Flores, Dartmouth (Jr., OL - Arlington, Texas)
Britt Colcolough, Princeton (Jr., OL - Memphis, Tenn.)
Mike Ramos, Princeton (Sr., OL - Cleveland)
William Chism, Yale (Sr., OL - Ridgeland, Miss.)
Luke Longinotti, Yale (Jr., C - Burlingame, Calif.)
Morgan Roberts, Yale (Jr., QB - Charlotte)
Cameron Molina, Columbia (Jr., RB - Broadlands, Va.)
Luke Hagy, Cornell (Jr., RB - Pittsburgh)
Kyle Bramble, Dartmouth (Jr., RB - Floyds Knobs, Ind.)
Anthony Firkser, Harvard (So., TE/H-Back - Manalapan, N.J.)
Brian Strachan, Brown (Sr., WR - Wellesley, Mass.)
Andrew Fischer, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS - Diamond Bar, Calif.)
Ryan O'Malley, Penn (Sr., TE - Summit, N.J.)

Zach Sparber, Brown (Sr., DL - Norwood, N.J.)
Niko Padilla, Columbia (Jr., DL - Dallas)
Cody Fulleton, Dartmouth (Jr., DE - Seattle)
Tyler Desiré, Princeton (So., DL - Uniondale, N.Y.)
Copache Tyler, Yale (So., DL - Springfield, Ill.)
Jacob Lindsey, Harvard (Jr., LB - Cleves, Ohio)
Eric Medes, Harvard (Jr., LB - Mount Laurel, N.J.)
Daniel Davis, Penn (Sr., LB - Norman, Okla.)
Charles Cook, Yale (Sr., LB - Dallas)
Stephen Dazzo, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Arlington Heights, Ill.)
Evan Jackson, Penn (Sr., DB - Hamden, Conn.)
Dorian Williams, Princeton (So., DB - Streetsboro, Ohio)
Foyesade Oluokun, Yale (So., DB - St. Louis)

Special Teams
Alex Gakenheimer, Dartmouth (So., PK - Charlotte)
Ben Kepley, Dartmouth (So., P - Charlotte)
Dré Nelson, Princeton (Jr., RS - Stone Mountain, Ga.)

John Heile, Brown (Jr., OL - Louisville, Ky.)
Zach Wilk, Cornell (Jr., OL - Harrisburg, Pa.)
Anthony Fabiano, Harvard (Sr., OL - Wakefield, Mass.)
Michael Mancinelli, Harvard (Sr., OL - Denver)
Adam Redmond, Harvard (Jr., OL - Strongsville, Ohio)
Candler Rich, Yale (So., TB - Newnan, Ga.)
Conner Scott, Penn (Sr., WR - Kenilworth, Ill.)
Connor Kelley, Princeton (Sr., WR - Batesville, Ind.)
Scott Carpenter, Princeton (So., TE - Vienna, Va.)
Leo Haenni, Yale (So., TE - Franklin, Ohio)
Chad Berry, Brown (Jr., DL - East Lyme, Conn.)
James Duberg, Harvard (Jr., DL - Chula Vista, Calif.)
Daniel Giovacchini, Brown (Sr., LB - Acton, Mass.)
Ryan MacDonald, Brown (Jr., OLB - Falmouth, Maine)
Toba Akinleye, Columbia (Jr., OLB - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Zach Slafsky, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Boca Raton, Fla.)
Tyler Drake, Penn (Jr., LB - Plantation, Fla.)
Rohan Hylton, Princeton (So., LB - Orlando)
Nick Gesualdi, Cornell (Fr., S - Sykesville, Md.)
Chris Evans, Harvard (Jr., DB - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Jr., DB - Columbus, N.J.)
Cole Champion, Yale (Jr., DB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tyler Roth, Princeton (So., P - Pittsburgh)
Andrew Fischer, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS - Diamond Bar, Calif.)

* Unanimous Selection

Finalists for the Ivy League offense and defensive Bushnell Cup winners will be announced next Tuesday.

Check It Out

The full replay of Saturday's game between Dartmouth and Princeton is available online via ESPN3 at this LINK.
The All-Ivy League football team will be released later today.
Dartmouth has eased its way back into the ECAC rankings to determine the FCS "Beast of the East." Here's how the ECAC poll looks:

1. New Hampshire (10-1)
2. Villanova (10-2)
3. Harvard (10-0)
4. Fordham (10-2)
5. James Madison (9-3)
6. Richmond (8-4)
7. Sacred Heart (9-2)
8. Yale (8-2)
9. Dartmouth (8-2)
10. William and Mary (7-5)
Working on BGA Premium's season-ending Optimist-Pessimist yesterday I stumbled across something that had never before happened in Ivy League history.

With Columbia going 0-10, Cornell 1-9 (beating just Columbia) and Penn going 2-8 (beating just Columbia and Cornell) it's the first time the bottom three teams in the conference won the absolute minimum of three overall games combined.

Former Dartmouth teammates Andy Gay '14 and Garrett Waggoner '13 have debuted a Kickstarter campaign for "Cirkul Bottle – Your Drink, Your Way."

Check out the campaign HERE. From their page:
While attending Dartmouth College we came up with the idea behind the Cirkul Bottle. Garrett was pouring drink powder into a narrow mouthed water bottle and became frustrated as powder spilled. In unison, we said "There has to be a better way." From there we began brainstorming the features we wanted in our perfect bottle. 
After we developed the idea we entered the Dartmouth Ventures Entrepreneurial Competition where we were the only undergraduate team to make it to the finals of the competition. We knew right then that our idea needed to become a full time investment. Over the two next years we went to work on features and design elements, and finally after countless hours and several prototypes, we are now ready to bring the best product possible to the Kickstarter community.

The BGA Premium daily posting wrapped up last night. A little quick math revealed that there were 135 stories in the last 100 days and about 165,000 words on the site. That's about the number of words in the first two Harry Potter books combined. Thanks to everyone who helped keep BGA going.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Williams, Gakenheimer Honored By Ivy League

Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams is the Ivy League offensive player of the week, Alex Gakenheimer the special teams player of the week and Bo Patterson and Ryan McManus are on the Ivy League honor roll for the final week of the season. LINK

100 And Counting

I showed up at the locker room in Princeton just in time to shoot a quick video of the players presenting Coach Buddy Teevens with a football honoring his 100th win:

The University of New Hampshire has earned the No. 1 seed in the FCS Playoffs. (LINK)

Click (once or twice) to enlarge.
From a story on The Sports Network site dealing with the NCAA playoff selection (LINK):
The (Simple Rating System) is similar to the popular RPI rating of teams used in college basketball, a ranking system used to gauge team quality, including strength- of-schedule measure and a win-loss differential.
The SRS had Harvard ranked fifth in the nation. 
Speaking of Harvard, someone emailed me that in the background at ESPN's GameDay broadcast from Harvard someone was holding a sign that read:
Lose one for Dartmouth 
For a look at some of the other creative signs that people brought to the show, CLICK 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, 94, 99
Dartmouth 174, 153, 144
Yale 194, 160, 159
Princeton 137, 191, 197
Brown  195, 207, 200
Penn 184, 218, 218
Cornell 219, 235, 236
Columbia 241, 248, 249

(252 ranked)

Nonconference Opponents
New Hampshire 84, 82, 82
Holy Cross 213, 200, 204
Central Connecticut 225, 229, 228
Look for the All-Ivy League football team to be announced tomorrow.
Tonight on BGA Premium, the final Optimist-Pessimist – with a twist ;-)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Final Week

The final Ivy League standings are perfect, with each team losing to all the teams above it!
A look at how Dartmouth opponents fared on the final Saturday of the season:

Harvard 31, Yale 24
Story and stats
The Associated Press is calling it The Finish and with good reason. Tearing a page from the famed 29-29 tie, Yale (8-2, 5-2 Iv) stormed back from a 24-7 deficit with 17 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to knot the score with 3:44 left, only to have Harvard (10-0, 7-0) drive 78 yards for the winning touchdown with 55 seconds remaining. Conner Hempel's 35-yard TD pass to Andrew Fischer ended the scoring but not the game as Yale put together a furious drive that brought a first down at the Harvard 26. A Zach Hodges sack pushed the ball back to the 32 and forced a Yale timeout with 15 seconds remaining. On the next snap Scott Peters intercepted Morgan Roberts at the 15 to clinch the win and give Harvard sole possession of the Ivy League title. Tyler Varga carried 30 times for 127 yards with two touchdowns rushing and another receiving for Yale. Paul Stanton Jr., ran 22 times for 109 yards and one touchdown for Harvard, which got 18-of-28 passing for 191 yards from Hempel and 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns from Fischer. Roberts was 26-of-48 for 305 yards for the Bulldogs but was picked off twice.

Penn 34, Cornell 26
Story and stats
While Cornell (1-9, 1-6) was giving it a good shot Penn (2-8, 2-5 Ivy) was giving retiring coach Al Bagnoli one final win. After the Quakers ran off 20 consecutive points to turn an 18-14 deficit into a 34-18 lead, Cornell drove 65 yards for a touchdown and two-point conversion that made it a one-possession game. Penn then chewed up most of the clock before Cornell could finally get a stop with 35 seconds remaining. After hitting a 22-yard pass for a first down at the 42 the Big Red missed its next four passes, including a heave at the end. Alek Torgersen completed 26-of-37 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns for the Quakers, with Spencer Kulcsar grabbing 11 for 187 yards and three scores. Torgersen also ran for 86 yards. Rapidly developing Cornell quarterback Robert Somborn was 22-of-39 for 316 yards and three TDs. Luke Hagy had 111 rushing yards for the Big Red.

Brown 41, Columbia 7
Story and stats
Brown (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) got two passing touchdowns from Marcus Fuller and two rushing scores from Seth Rosenbauer and didn't give up a point until the final 1:05 of the game. Columbia (0-10, 0-7) lost for the 21st time in a row. The Bears reeled off 21 consecutive points in the first quarter and never looked back while piling up 483 yards of offense. Columbia managed just 11 first downs and 26 yards rushing.

New Hampshire 20, Maine 12
Story and stats
The nation's top-ranked team according to The Sports Network turned the ball over six times but UNH (10-1, 8-0 CAA) survived thanks to a stingy defensive effort that allowed Maine (5-6, 4-4 CAA) just 179 yards of total offense. After Maine pulled within eight points with 6:19 remaining a UNH drive stalled but the Wildcats downed a 45-yard punt at the Maine 1. The Black Bears made it only to their own 27 before an interception with exactly one minute remaining ended the rivalry game.

Georgetown 21, Holy Cross 16
Story and stats
A Crusader touchdown with one second left was window dressing as Holy Cross (4-8, 2-4 Patriot) fell to Georgetown (3-8, 1-5 Patriot), which had lost its last six games.

Central Connecticut State 22, St. Francis 17
Story and stats
Central Connecticut State (3-9, 1-5 NEC) drove 75 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining to top St. Francis (5-6, 3-3 NEC) and snap a six-game losing streak.