It looks like the game times have been set for Columbia's home games at Wien Stadium this fall, (see below), while the road games are still officially "TBA." Yes, I am bummed that the home opener against Marist will be at 12:30 instead of a night game to avoid the Yom Kippur conflict... but what can you do?
Sat, Sep 15 Fordham at Bronx, N.Y. TBA
Sat, Sep 22 MARIST Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 Princeton * at Princeton, N.J. TBA
Sat, Oct 06 Lafayette at Easton, Pa. TBA
Sat, Oct 13 PENN * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 Dartmouth * at Hanover, N.H. TBA
Sat, Oct 27 YALE * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 03 HARVARD * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 10 Cornell * at Ithaca, N.Y. TBA
Sat, Nov 17 BROWN * Lawrence A. Wien Stadium 12:30 p.m.
I like the idea of continuing to start four of the five home games at 12:30, while allowing the homecoming crowd a little extra time with the 1:30 start versus Penn.
David Brekke (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics Dept.)
Most high school QB's usually don't last very long at that position in college. And rising sophomore David Brekke joins that group, as he is now listed as an outside linebacker on the Columbia roster.
This wouldn't be worth too much of a mention if it weren't for the fact that Brekke is willing to make the switch to linebacker, where his brother Adam was such a standout player for four years at CU. David Brekke can't do much to avoid being compared to his older brother anyway, but by deciding to join the same linebacking corps, he will invite even more comparisons. To be clear, Adam was a middle linebacker and the OLB position at Columbia has become much more like a safety slot, but I think this takes guts. I just hope the younger Brekke's friends and family, and all the Columbia fans, give him the chance to be his own player while recognizing how tough it is to live up to an older sibling's reputation. But David has already won my added respect for taking on the challenge. (And if he turns out to be 75% of the player his brother was, the Lions will be the big winners).