Pledge from the Press Box
The view from the press box (CREDIT: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyers)
Last week, I was very honored to be officially named the color commentator for Columbia football's professional radio broadcasts. Columbia is generously making the audio feeds for those broadcasts free this season, (there will be a charge for the video feeds), on GoColumbiaLions.com.
Now comes the hard part. Play-by-play man Jerry Recco is already at the top of his game after 10 years as a professional sports radio broadcaster. But I have a lot of work to do to get myself totally ready for the season.
While I feel about as comfortably familiar with Columbia football as a non-coach and non-player can be, I want the Columbia broadcasts to be THE PLACE to go for all Ivy fans who want the absolute best coverage of the league.
In other words, I don't expect non-Columbia fans to tune in to our broadcasts when their teams are in action... but when their school's game is over or not yet started and the Columbia broadcasts are streaming live, I want them to feel absolutely compelled to tune in. If I do my job right, the pre-game, halftime, and postgame shows will provide more than just scores from around the league, but real analysis and information you can't get anywhere else.
For game action, I know there's been some concern about identifying the correct tacklers on defense and that's going to be something I'm going to make a major effort to improve.
I'm also going to be keeping some of my own key stats, like 3rd down passing, throughout the season and during games so fans can get a better handle on what's really happening.
Ivy League football fans deserve smart, football-based coverage, not just a lot of fluff and "feature-heavy" content that belongs in the "Living" section instead of the sports page.
So if you just happen to prefer Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton or Yale over Columbia, you STILL need to tune in or log on to our broadcasts. Because frankly, you deserve it.