Saturday, July 21, 2007

Time to Grill!

I have to get some things done before I head out to the Columbia Alumni Association BBQ on South Field today, but here are some quick hits:

SEC Sour Grapes?

Here is an interesting lament on behalf of SEC fans from a writer who notes that the Ivy League has a winning record against the SEC, and that is never likely to change!

Farbotko's Chances

Former Harvard tight end Matt Farbotko is being given a good shot to make the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts' roster.

If You Must...

And here's an interview with a guy who wrote a book about Yale football.


At Sun Jul 22, 12:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what Columbia's all-time record against the SEC is, but I do know Columbia defeated Georgia on October 19, 1940, by a score of 19-13. The book A History of Columbia College on Morningside mentions "Phil Bayer, whose touchdown won the Georgia game in 1940 and who, as a Marine hero, met his death on Peleliu in September, 1944."

Anyone know more about that game or where it was played?


At Mon Jul 23, 01:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jake- though im not a columbia fan, you run a great site.
i thought you'd be interested in this nod to chuck bednarik on the Jaguars' webpage in a great daily Q&A column. (about halfway down, but got the title to the column)

At Thu Jul 26, 07:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another topic: when you noted in an earlier post that the Ivy League had an all-time record against the SEC of 13-12, I said I knew Columbia had defeated Georgia in 1940 and asked for details. I ended up finding the details myself in the NY Times on-line archive.

Columbia played Georgia in a two game series in 1940 and 1941. Both games were played at Baker Field. Columbia won the 1940 game 19-13. There were five lead changes and a great goal line stand by Columbia, plus the exciting final TD run by Phil Bayer on a lateral five yards past the line of scrimmage.

In 1941 Georgia won 7-3. They dominated the game statistically, but Columbia almost stole it. Frank Sinkwich, Georgia's star running back, played with his jaw wired--when there were no facemasks. The Times article for this game has an remarkable photograph of Sinkwich running through the Columbia line wearing a huge padded chin strap that starts at the top of his helmet.

Great footnote: the 1941 Columbia Georgia game featured the two top college football players of 1942. Sinkwich won the Heisman Trophy while Columbia's quaterback, Paul Governali, was first runner-up. Governali however won the Maxwell Award, which at that time was also an award for the top college football player, so they split the two top awards.

The account of the 1940 game by Arthur J. Daley is particularly exciting for anyone who wants to search for it in the NY Times archive. This game would have to make anybody's list of most exciting Columbia football games.


At Thu Jul 26, 07:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to edit that last post about the Georgia series before posting it so it would make more sense in context, but the basic information is what counts.



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