Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Show Your Support!

Just Get Here! (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)

As I get a rare second, I want to echo some of the comments in the previous post and clearly state my "stand" on some of the issues facing the Columbia team right now:

1) Nothing is more important than getting your butts out to Baker Field Saturday and supporting the team in a huge game against Penn at Homecoming, 'nuff said.

2) Craig Hormann is the starting QB. He's made a couple of mistakes the last two weeks, but he is the best man for the job this season. Cheer very loudly for him when he takes the field Saturday.

3) We are 1-3, but just 0-1 in the Ivies and the remaining six games are all league games. How Columbia does this season will be determined in the next six games, period.

4) The people who bad-mouthed our players at Franklin Field last season were not Penn coaches, but they were Penn employees and stadium staff. The best way to respond is on the field with a win.

I will still have a preview of the game and will scout the Quakers in the coming days. Please bear with me, but more importantly, support the Lions!


At Tue Oct 09, 10:59:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CNN Money identifies our own Baker Field area, known as Hudson Heights, as the #1 area (out of 35 choices) for retirement in the US. I have been touting our little neighborhood as a hidden gem which will be going upscale in the near future. This can only help the general ambience of our facility. If the university were smart, it would buy up the parking lots etc. just east of our athletic complex, try to relocate Allen Pavilion (building Allen Pavilion was one of the Cole?sovern high crimes of the 80s), and expand our playing fileds, etc.

At Wed Oct 10, 12:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of Penn's loudest supporters are also always rather insulting. Perhaps it's just systemic to the school itself for some weird reason. Even if, it's not worth losing sleep over it.

But the game Saturday, ah the game! Good things can still happen there. And I don't think support is too big an issue, Homecoming always seems to be well-attended (in Columbia terms) as long as it doesn't rain.

But Hudson Heights as a desirable place to retire? As opposed to Phoenix-Scottsdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Cape Cod and all sorts of other warm or temperate climate areas? I'd have to see the "research" on that one. Besides, even if that's true, the point in the future is to make so much noise for all Lions teams up at Baker Field that all those "retirees" (who already surely hear plenty of salsa music daily) will either have to live with it in teeth-grinding acceptance or just move someplace quieter.


At Wed Oct 10, 01:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inwood and Hamilton Heights as a retirement locale makes a lot of sense if you are looking for an urban retirement and don't have $2 to $10 million for your midtown apartment. Cabrini Avenue, the Cloisters, Inwood Hill Park, Hudson River views, convenient access to midtown...I can see it.

Agree that the university should be buying property in the area. Might have their hands full with Manhattanville right now though.

Looking forward to Friday's kickoff of the Campaign for Columbia Athletics in Low Library at 4 PM....Lines on Lions says they'll be announcing some major gifts.


At Wed Oct 10, 01:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with Jake's recitation of what happened last year at Franklin Field. NW was irate because of the conduct of the Penn assistants. Moreover, Bags has been public enemy #1 for years. I can tell you stories about unhooking kids who gave us verbal commitments, including a future all Ivy defensive tackle from Bergen Catholic who had committed to us until Bags started working on Fred Stengel. If it were a bunch of field level maintenance people and some jerk undergraduates who were taunting our kids do you really think that NW would have gotten so angry. Except for Yale, thanks to Jack's bush league last second TD last year, there is no team I would rather beat than Penn. And yes, their posters on voyforums are severely deranged. GO LIONS! BEAT PENN!

At Wed Oct 10, 09:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have really played only one lousy game, against Lafayette in always daunting Easton, at night to boot. It now looks as if Fordham is the real deal, having beaten so quality opponents behind the elephantine offensive line. So a more accurate indicator of our talent level is the Princeton game. I think that too many of our fans are becoming discouraged too easily. We are ready to put together a good defensive effort, and if the offense can revert to its performance at Princeton we can take these Quakers.

At Thu Oct 11, 02:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that goes on and on about Inwood being the mecca of salsa music couldn't be farther off base. I live up there and, at least since I've moved in, it's being invaded by artists and musicians that can't afford the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. The area between 215 and 218, ending with the Baker Field complex, is some of the nicest (and safest) land in all of New York City, bounded by parks on literally every side. During the day, I find it's really no different than Park Slope, with kids playing on the streets and babies in strollers and dogs being walked. That being said, the rents are going up considerable the more people "discover" the area (in that it's a 20 minute ride to midtown and, in my case, a 15 minute ride to campus; yes, I'm a CU student living up there).


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