Thursday, December 08, 2016

Happy Camper

Former Dartmouth quarterback Jay Fiedler's Tweets congratulating Flo Orimolade on winning the Bushnell Cup steered me to a look at what the former Miami Dolphins starter is doing these days. Check it out (with Jay making an introduction right around the one-minute mark):

NOT JUST SPORTS: Family, Tradition, & Celebrities at The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps from Brookwood Camps on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Flo Follow

I'm not much of one for social media but for BGA Daily I have to take a look around and here are a few things I found today.

After being named Bushnell Cup winner as the Ivy League defensive player of the year, Flo Orimolade offered brief comments during the presentation. He expanded on them via Instagram:
I am truly blessed to be the recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup. I was too nervous to really remember to thank everyone that needed to be thanked on my way to the end of my collegiate career, I just wanted to get off the stage actually. But, I just want to thank all the people that helped me from when I started playing in 10th grade. My family, friends, coaches, supporters, and doubters. I wish everybody who has helped me along the way could get the award at Their house for a day but we would run out of days in the year because it's a 1 of 1 trophy and more than 365 people have helped me. It was a really disappointing and by far my most difficult season of football that taught me a lot about my self but a Special shoutout to the Dartmouth defense this past year that had a lot of people step up because of injuries and lack of starter experience that made a hard season easier. Thanks to all that have supported me and will continue to support me. 
A little more from social media – Tweets from former Dartmouth and NFL quarterback Jay Fiedler, himself a Bushnell winner:

Speaking of which . . .

The temperature at Old Faithful in Yellowstone was projected to be 18 below zero at 8 a.m. today. Wonder if That Certain Dartmouth '14 has *warm* memories of spending last winter as a ranger in the Everglades while she continues training to spend the winter driving and giving tours in one of these?

She's also training on the snow coaches with continuous tracks like those on bulldozers ;-)
And finally, with the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor the news is filled with clips and soundbites featuring survivors of the attack. Truly the Greatest Generation.

Unless I heard wrong, on the Today Show this morning a 104-year-old hero standing amidst young men in uniform snuck in a "Go Army" chant that just might have a little to do with a game being played Saturday in Baltimore ;-)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

And The Winner Is . . .

A BGA reader spotted a Dartmouth reference in an ESPN story spun out of the college football playoff. (LINK) Ivan Maisel writes:
Southern football announced itself on the national stage in the 1926 Rose Bowl when Alabama, invited only after Dartmouth, Yale and Colgate said no, beat a Washington team considered unbeatable. The Tide spotted the Huskies a 12-0 lead, but then came back in the second half to win 20-19. 
Another reader points us toward a Boston Globe story about the tight end who "was Gronk before Gronk." (LINK) Gronk would be the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski. The original Gronk? Mark Bavaro, father of Dartmouth nickel Lucas Bavaro, an All-Ivy League honorable mention choice this year.

Bob Ryan in the Globe:
"... Belichick said you’d have to compare Gronkowski to Bavaro, not the other way around ..."
He'd have gotten no argument from That Certain BGA Guy's father, who was an enormous Mark Bavaro fan ;-)

Monday, December 05, 2016

Scenes From Bushnell Award

UPDATE: Find the Dartmouth release HERE.

From the release:
 Other Dartmouth players to win the Bushnell Cup are QB Jim Chasey (1970), QB Buddy Teevens (1978), RB Shon Page (1990), RB Al Rosier (1991), QB Jay Fiedler (1992) and RB Nick Schwieger (2010) … Orimolade is just the second player to win the Bushnell Cup after playing for a team that finished eighth in the Ivy League standings ... the other Ivy Leaguer to do so was Columbia QB John Witkowski in 1982.
A selection of screen grabs from today's announcement (click photos to enlarge):

Flo Orimolade speaks after being named the Bushnell winner.

Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens tells the audience Orimolade is an even better person than player.

The winner and his head coach head to the dais after the announcement.

The audience at the Waldorf Astoria awaits the announcement.

Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris

Former Brown lineman and NFF member George Pyne
Brad Ratliff of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

Flo Wins Top Ivy Honor

Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade has won the Bushnell Cup as the top defensive player in the Ivy League for 2016. More to come.

Bushnell Day

(Graphic courtesy of Dartmouth Sports Publicity)
The Bushnell Cup presentation for the Ivy League's offensive and defensive players of the year will broadcast from New York City at 12:30 p.m. today on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). Watch the presentation live and free of charge HERE.

Dartmouth linebacker Foloarin Orimolade and Princeton defensive lineman Kurt Holuba are the finalists for the defensive award while Princeton utility back John Lovett and Penn receiver Justin Watson are the finalists for the offensive award. All are juniors except for Orimolade.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Another Voice Decries Playoff Ban

With Princeton winning a share of the Ivy League football championship (with a commanding victory over co-champion Penn) the Packet beats the drum protesting the Ivy League's prohibition against going to the NCAA playoffs. (LINK)

From the column:
The football players in the Ivy League deserve the same chance to play for a national title as the soccer players, basketball players and lacrosse players they go to school with every day.
Bob Surace, the Tigers’ head coach, and his staff and players work as hard as anyone. They play 10 games a season and compete for an Ivy League title. But unlike the other coaches and athletes in the league, the season ends for the football team when the final game is played on Nov. 19.
Well said, but Dartmouth fans might take issue with this from the column:
Princeton deserved to be in the field of 24 teams playing for a national title. Just as Penn deserved that chance last year and Harvard did in 2014 when it went a perfect 10-0.
Green Alert Take: Yes, Princeton deserved to be in the field this year. As for Penn deserving the chance last year, the Quakers were 2015 tri-champions and if Princeton deserved the nod this year because it defeated Penn then Dartmouth had the edge on Penn a year ago for defeating the Quakers. (Of course Harvard had the edge on Dartmouth because of the head-to-head, and Penn had the edge on Harvard for the same reason. Like a certain "Committee" that has a massive headache today, deciding which team was most deserving wouldn't have been easy, but all three teams deserved to have the chance. ;-)

Green Alert Take II: You've read it here before but the Ivy League ban on football being allowed to do what every other Ivy League sport can do is reprehensible and indefensible.
Speaking of Princeton, there's been a clamor among some Tiger faithful for Princeton and Rutgers to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the first-ever college football game with a rematch of the Nov. 6, 1869 game that saw Rutgers defeat Princeton, 6-4, in New Brunswick.

Here's the thing. After covering the Dartmouth-Princeton football game a couple of weeks ago, we headed up the road a half hour to catch the Penn State-Rutgers game. Having watched both teams just a few hours apart I couldn't help but think it was a shame Princeton and Rutgers didn't celebrate the anniversary a little early because the Tigers very likely would have gotten payback after 150 years.

Green Alert Take: Don't hold your breath waiting for a Princeton-Rutgers game or the Ivy League doing the right thing and allowing its football players to do what every other Ivy League athlete can do. Such a shame.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Remember Him?

ESPN's 30 for 30 series will release a short documentary Monday on a player Dartmouth knew all too well. "The Throwback" tells the story of Holy Cross standout Gordie Lockbaum, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior in 1987 after placing fifth the year before. (LINK)

What put Lockbaum in the spotlight was the fact that he was the first two-way player in college football in two decades, starring at running back, cornerback and on special teams.

Lockbaum helped the Crusaders go 21-1 in his final two seasons, including wins of 48-7 and 62-23 over Dartmouth. As a junior he ran for 827 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 57 passes for 860 yards and seven touchdowns and had 452 return yards. A year later he moved to flanker and still ran for 403 yards, caught 78 passes for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns, and had 486 return yards while adding 19 tackles and two sacks.

As a junior he scored six touchdowns against Dartmouth one week and had 19 unassisted tackles against Army the next.

THE THROWBACK - Trailer from ESPN Films Shorts on Vimeo.