Wednesday, August 22, 2007

When Do We Eat?

Red Lobster: for the Ivy League football lover in you

Do you think incoming freshman, and top prospect Calvin Otis is going to get hit up for some free meals? He should, because it turns out his dad Clarence Otis is the CEO of the massive Darden Restaurants Corporation which includes Red Lobster and Olive Garden. I previously wrote that Calvin's mom is a Columbia Business School grad, so this is a kid with some high-powered parents. And you have to love how his dad mentions that he'll be in New York a lot this fall to see his kid's team play!

As I have written before, I believe Otis is the either the #1 or #2 incoming freshman on the team with a great chance to play this season at corner or somewhere else where his speed and good size can help him. So much for the spoiled fat rich kid stereotype!

Speaking of blowing out stereotypes, The New York Times has published the results of a Columbia University study on weight training and brain function. Guess what, the more you exercise, the better your body and your brain works. Of course, most people with an ounce of common sense have known this for centuries. Every professor in America who has worked to reduce physical education or athletic programs should be publicly humiliated for the academic frauds they truly are.

Fordham continues to prepare for its season, which starts at Rhode Island in just 10 days. The latest scrimmage produced some good numbers for freshman running back Xavier Martin, who hails from Staten Island. The Fordham roster is not yet updated from last season, so I'm wondering why senior Jonte Coven has not been playing in these scrimmages. He had been mentioned in another preseason article as being a key part of Fordham's new "run and shoot" offense.

The New Haven Register had an interesting article yesterday about how Yale must avoid thinking too much of themselves despite all the preseason accolades.


At Wed Aug 22, 10:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, if Calvin Otis is 1 or 2, where do you put Ivery, Gutierrez, etc.? I'm not quarreling with your touting Otis but am curious as to where you put some of the others, including some of the linemen and linebackers. It is, of course, always risky making these predictions. I don't think that Shalbrack was on as many radr screens as Masorti, Stoll and Knowlin, for example, at this point last season. PS, are you getting to practice this week?

At Wed Aug 22, 10:58:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Well, that's a very good point. And I can't mention enough that all predictions and rankings on this site at this point are pure conjecture. But I try to make it "informed conjecture." At this early point, I would say Otis and Marc Holloway are my best guesses to make an impact this season, and that's what I have been predicting for months now.

At Thu Aug 23, 02:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, any roster surprises, now htat the team has reported and is in day #3 of camp?

At Thu Aug 23, 02:23:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Everything looks the same so far on the roster... last name-by-name check was about an hour ago. Weights and heights have not yet been updated.

At Thu Aug 23, 03:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, it looks as if we are loaded with great linebackers. NW has referred to the DL as a strength, but we seem to have even more depth at LB. do you remeber the all-Madden teams from 15 or so years ago? Sometimes his all-Madden defensive 11 would consist of 7 or 8 LBs. Perhaps we'll be seeing a lot of rotation here. what is even mor remarkable is that most of our LB strength comes from younger classmen.

At Thu Aug 23, 03:50:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Well, you need a lot of depth at LB in the 3-5-3... but yeah, I think the strength at Dl flows from the LB's pushing things back on the offense. Then you have the two spurs helping out the secondary. If the LB's can shift and stay quick, it works really well.

At Thu Aug 23, 09:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name of Fordham's freshman running back is "Xavier Martin," not "Xavier Allen." Acccording to Martin was an All-City Catholic School selection last year at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. Incidentally, Sean Marra, the grandson of the Giants owner, Wellington Marra, is not mentioned in the article about the Fordham scrimmage. I wonder what his status is at Fordham. Marra is a quarterback from Iona Prep who received plenty of publicity last year at Iona.

At Thu Aug 23, 09:36:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Right you are... that's fixed now. Good point about Marra, we'll have to keep an eye out.


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