Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hey, I've Been There!

Heading into town this morning for a presentation I need to sit in on as part of a freelance assignment, so this has to be pretty quick.

Working on another freelance assignment I stumbled across this WCVB-TV (Boston ABC affiliate) video report about Hanover's Main Street.

If you haven't been here for a while, or you know someone who is heading this way for school, you'll appreciate this look at what one report called the best college town in America.

CLICK HERE to watch the WCVB report.
CLICK HERE for the listing of the best college towns in America.

Green Alert Take: Congratulations to our fine town for being at the head of the class, but any listing of top college towns that doesn't have State College, Pa. in the top 10 has made a mistake.
From Football Scoop:
Dartmouth has an opening for the position of offensive quality control. If interested please send cover letter and resume to Joey McIntyre.
The posting includes a link to Joey Mc's email, but rather than let the spambots discover his address I'll leave it to you to look it up on the Dartmouth football website.
While That Certain Nittany Lion was having a nice weekend on the links, That Certain '14 was hiking one of the 14,000-footers in Colorado on a day off from her summer position as a park ranger. Today she is hiking another one. Good thing she's fit ;-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Get Pumped

Pretty good "pump-up" video for the 2014 Ivy League season.

There's a selection of Dartmouth clips in the video, including two that are memorable. At the 3:22 mark Garrett Waggoner's interception in the snow seals Dartmouth's season-ending win over Princeton.

And at 3:40 or so, Cole Marcoux makes the one-handed TD grab at the right sideline that had most anyone who knows his story wanting to stand up and cheer.

Speaking of Marcoux – who would graduate Phi Beta Kappa and as a Rufus Choate Scholar –  click here to read a three-part blog post he wrote for his Sociology 91 class entitled, Sociological Imagination: Situating Oneself in Both Time and Place. From his introduction, which talks about growing up in NewYork City rooting for the Jets:
These blog posts are an attempt to dissect a previously unconsidered aspect of my life: being a die-hard fan of New York’s professional sports teams.
Finished a long three-day weekend yesterday doing PR for the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club. That Certain Nittany Lion and his partner won their morning match yesterday before falling in the First flight championship.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Media Day (Of Sorts) Just Over A Week Away

The annual Ivy League football media day is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and I will be on the call. Look for something on BGA that afternoon.

I still rue the end of the old Ivy media days at Yale Golf Course when it was actually possible to ask questions of the coaches without everyone hearing what you were asking, and what the coaches were answering. Much better for getting "scoops."

I was never a boat-rocker as the beat writer for the local daily, but I'd have to say it was pretty interesting hearing what the coaches said about the prohibition on going to the NCAA playoffs and scheduling an 11th game.

Actually, when I asked the question in the public section of the Q&A, I didn't get much. But in rotating from coach to coach afterward for one-on-one interview I got more, as well as a lot of good off-the-record stuff. The absolute best comment I got was in the men's room, uh, standing next to one of the coaches. Couldn't use that one! You don't get any of that stuff on the phone, nor do the coaches get to know you, and you the coaches.
Once again, BGA Premium kicks off the in-depth preview series on Aug. 17. If you've sent along a check for a subscription, be sure to fill out the form at this LINK. If you are renewing your subscription and already have a password, you are set.
One of the great things about going to every full practice is there isn't much you don't see and hear (although there's occasional stuff you can't write). At the newspaper I couldn't go to every practice and so I missed things, like a story about former Princeton standout-turned-actor Dean Cain.

Apparently, while former Dartmouth coach John Lyons was a big fan of Cain's play, he wasn't going to let the Tigers' star defensive back be the one to beat him. A former Big Green player recounts a little bit about Lyons' strategy in a comment he posted below an NBC Sports story headlined, Dean Cain, Matt Leinart trade barbs (yes, it’s still a little slow). Scroll down to read the lengthy comment. LINK
It's my final day doing PR for the Tommy Keane Invitational at Hanover Country Club. I always enjoy doing golf but the last day is always the best, because it's the day I can step away from the computer and actually get out on the course. That Certain Nittany Lion is in the semifinals of the first flight.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NFL Names And Numbers

Wanted to toss this up while it is still valid. To be sure, some of the Ivy Leaguers in NFL camps will be released in the early going but there's a bounty of 20 former Ancient Eight players going through their paces as camps open. Here's the list with their heights, weights, positions and team bios.

Jeff Adams, 6-7, 305 offensive tackle, Columbia/Titans

Kevin Boothe,  6-5, 325 offensive guard, Cornell/Raiders

Cameron Brate, 6-5, 235, tight end, Harvard/Buccaneers

Desmond Bryant, 6-6, 310 defensive lineman, Harvard/Browns

Mike Catapano, 6-4, 270 defensive iceman, Princeton/Chiefs

Brandon Copeland, 6-3, 260 linebacker, Penn/Titans

Zak DeOssie, 6-4, 249 long snapper, Brown/Giants

James Develin, 6-3, 255 fullback, Brown/Patriots

Jake Dombrowski, 6-1, 190, punter, Harvard/Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6-2, 223 quarterback Harvard/Texans

Kyle Juszczyk, 6-1, 248 fullback, Harvard/Ravens

Josh Martin, 6-3, 245 linebacker, Columbia/Chiefs

Jeff Mathews, 6-4, 229, quarterback, Cornell/Falcons

Kevin Murphy, 6-7, 305, offensive tackle, Harvard/Vikings

Nnamdi Obokwelu, 6-3, 303 defensive end, Harvard/Colts

Tyler Ott, 6-3, 255 linebacker, Harvard/Patriots

Caraun Reid, 6-2, 301 defensive tackle, Princeton/Lions

Greg Van Roten, 6-3, 303, offensive guard Penn/Seahawks

JC Tretter, 6-4, 307 center/guard, Cornell/Packers

Bryan Walters, 6-0, 190, wide receiver, Cornell/Seahawks

By School
Harvard 8
Cornell 4
Brown 2
Columbia 2
Penn 2
Princeton 2

By Position
Offensive line - 5
Defensive line - 4
Linebacker - 3
Quarterback - 2
Fullback - 2
Tight end - 1
Wide receiver - 1
Punter - 1
Long snapper - 1

Friday, July 25, 2014

Busy Days

Doing PR this week for the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club. The tournament honors the man who coached Dartmouth golf from 1922-1966. Think about that! I'll be updating the TKI blog all day through Sunday HERE.
The FCS Gameday preseason poll has defending Ivy League co-champion Princeton as the No. 25 team in the country. LINK

New Hampshire, which advanced to the national semifinals last year in the FCS, is ranked No. 6. Dartmouth will play the Wildcats under the lights in Week 2 of the Big Green season.
The Moorpark, Calif., newspaper has a lengthy story with recent Dartmouth grad AJ Dettorre. LINK Not surprisingly, the Big Green victory that cost Princeton an  undefeated Ivy League season figures prominently in the story.
Now off to the links (which isn't really a links course, but you get the idea ;-)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dartmouth In Cajun Country

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The Dartmouth contingent who helped staff the Manning Passing Academy staff in Thibodaux, LA gathers for a photo at a party thrown by supporters of the annual event. Pictured (left to right) are Jim Eden '79, Joe McLaughlin '81, David Shula '81, Jim Rill '81 and Buddy Teevens along with – could it possibly be? – Bob Weiss. If you look closely you can barely make out Peyton Manning in the background.

Teevens is associate director of the Manning Passing Academy where he, "oversees all aspects of the on-field operation and coaching staff." (LINK)
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As of this week the trees behind the north end zone of Memorial Field are no more. They will be replaced by a row of arborvitae (a fancy hedge row to the rest of us) according to the minutes for the Hanover planning board from May 6.

Check out the minutes to see mention of the replacement of the trees and, oh yeah, the home stands. It is included in Item 3 of the, "Submission of application for site plan review by the trustees of Dartmouth College to replace the west stands bleachers at Memorial Field, with upgrades to access, bathrooms, and related athletic functions/facilities." (LINK to PDF)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNH Night Game Confirmed

The University of New Hampshire has announced game times and the Sept. 27 game against Dartmouth will indeed be the first-ever home night game at Cowell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. LINK

In case you were wondering, sunset in Durham on Sept. 27 is 6:31 p.m. according to the Old Farmer's Almanac ;-)

The game is being promoted as State of New Hampshire Day by UNH.

UNH has been installing lights as an early phase of its stadium renovation project. Find photos of the light installation HERE and renderings of the entire project that is tentatively slated to be completed late next year HERE.

With the announcement of the UNH start time the Big Green will play its first two games under the lights. The Big Green opens the season Sept. 20 against Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. on Memorial Field. All other games are in the afternoon barring a change for TV purposes. (No word yet on potential TV games.)

First Kickoff In One Month

While Dartmouth won't begin practice until four days later, the first college football game of the season is exactly one month from today!

On Aug. 23 Sam Houston State will visit Eastern Washington in the new FCS Kickoff game to be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.

Dartmouth's three non conference opponents tee it up one week later with New Hampshire visiting Toledo, Holy Cross traveling to Albany and Central Connecticut at Towson.

Dartmouth begins practice on Aug. 27 and, like its Ivy League brethren, begins the season on Sept. 20 against Central Connecticut.
Week 2 opponent New Hampshire has been picked a strong favorite to win the powerhouse Colonial Athletic Association title. The Wildcats, who return the core of the team that made it to the national semifinals last year, garnered 15 of 24 first-place votes in the poll released Wednesday. (LINK)
Dartmouth senior Kirby Schoenthaler has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Kickoff Returner Award Watch List. From the Dartmouth release:
"A wide receiver from Bartlesville, Okla., Schoenthaler was held back from returning kickoffs last year during an injury-marred junior campaign that limited him to appearing in just five contests. But as a sophomore, he averaged more than 20 yards per return and brought one kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown against Sacred Heart. He also has hauled in 44 passes in his career for 411 yards including a pair of touchdowns for the Big Green."

The National Football Foundation reports that seven new college football teams will start play this fall. Between 2013 and 2016 a total of 28 new teams will have hit the field.

Astonishingly, perhaps, there were 484 college football teams in 1978 and there will be 657 this fall, an increase of 173 teams. (LINK)
Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks tossed seven shutout innings to earn his first major league victory for the Chicago Cubs last night. Hendricks fanned five and walked three in a win over the San Diego Padres. Find a game story centered around Hendricks HERE.

Even before the game, ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe had this to say about Hendricks:
"There are so many things about Kyle that flash me back to when I first met Greg (Maddux) and when I first met Mike (Mussina). These guys don't lose.
"It starts with ability, of course. They are better prepared and they're smarter. Kyle is one of those guys."  
 And Sutcliffe added this:
"Back in the day when I read (manager) Don Zimmer's comments in the paper that we could 'pencil in Maddux in the rotation,' I walked into his office and said, 'Forget the pencil, get out the (pen), he's going to help us.' I feel the same about Hendricks."