Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tad Gets Some Company


Quarshie Treks North

Tad Crawford '07 had a breakthrough rookie season in the CFL with the B.C. Lions, and now one of his old teammates is set to make a big impact as well.

Michael Quarshie '05 has been signed by the Toronto Argonauts and I expect him to start immediately. Quarshie had been with the Oakland Raiders for the last two seasons, but injuries and other factors kept him off the field.

Hey, you gotta love a pro football league that starts playing in July!

23 Comments:

At Sat Feb 16, 09:35:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, there was a bonehead op ed piece by a former lightweight rower in the class of '63 who wants us to go to DIII or drop football altogether, and substitute chess teams etc. I really think that this was either a plant by an enemy of Columbia football, timed to screw up our recruiting season, but why spec would print this poison is beyond me. My concern is that recruits, current players and parents will think that it is something more than the misguided rantings of a sociopath.

 
At Sat Feb 16, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about it. Forget about it. Every college has its mean spiried nut cases. In the meantime, let's celebrate the two big basketball victories by the Columbia Men's and Women's Basketball Teams over Dartmouth last night. John Baumann had 25 points to lead the Lion men to a 59-50 victory. Freshman Lauren Dwyer had 21 points to lead the women. The Columbia Women are now tied for second place with Harvrd who the Lady Lions play tonight at Levinen.

 
At Sat Feb 16, 10:46:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I agree. Let's not give this guy any more publicity than he's already getting. If we shut up about it, it will remain ignored by just about everyone. Remember, the piece was meant to annoy us and only us.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 02:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the 2008 spring game?

 
At Sun Feb 17, 03:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a very reliable source, we have 23 recruits on board with a few others swimming along the boat trying to decide whether they want to come aboard.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 03:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that retard realize that dropping football and going DIII would pretty much mean that Columbia would not be part of the Ivy League any longer.

There was a prominent piece by a Rutgers professor a few years ago urging the school to drop football. Looks like that was a pretty dumb idea considering the recent success Rutgers has had and all the money that success has brought into the school.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 04:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Michael Quarshie whos has really been dedicated to having a pro career. I hope this works out for him.

The op ed piece in Spec was badly written, badly reasoned, and presented laughable proposals. No one in a position of responsibility for the university in general or athletics in particular is going to take it seriously. Not that there can't be thoughtful opinion pieces on the proper role of athletics in a university, but this wasn't one of them.

One does wish Spec had more concern for the quality of writing in its opinion pieces.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 05:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A potential response could be for all the alumni who love Columbia Football to respond with letters to the editor of Spectator...

There's no saying whether the anti-athlete board will run such letters, but it could counter the notion that people don't care, which is what many students will think if that letter runs unchallenged.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 05:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such letters would have to be written by current students, or better yet student athletes. Letters from alumni will not carry as much weight.

 
At Sun Feb 17, 07:40:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Ivan said...

See here

 
At Sun Feb 17, 09:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is April 19 the spring game?

 
At Sun Feb 17, 10:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good weekend for the Lions.
Two well played games showing lots of grit.
Team has played only ONE really poor game in the Ivies so far.
It could be a new high in victories for us.
Be there Friday when they host Brown at 7 PM.

 
At Mon Feb 18, 12:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In head to head competition against Harvard this weekend, Columbia seemed to be the stronger opponent than Cornell. Too bad about the officiating in game one, where Cornell went to the line 25 times to our 6 (in Ithaca), but the second loss was all on us. Right now we appear to be playing the best ball in the league. Too bad that Harvard literally gave the game away to Cornell on friday. We would need a complete Cornell collapse to catch them, assuming we can continue to play ths way. A three day post season Ivy basketball tournament would really be excellent.

 
At Mon Feb 18, 02:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's look to win the next six games and push hard for an NIT bid. The key is winning the two basketbll games at Levien next weekend against Brown and Yale. If the Columbia team wins both of those games next weekend before large noisy crowds the local NIT folks will begin to take notice.

 
At Mon Feb 18, 04:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the NIT was sold to the NCAA as part of a lawsuit settlement . So the ods of CU getting a bid are slim. However there is a 3rd post season tournament this year. So who knows. But we need to go 10-4 in the league to have a shot.

 
At Mon Feb 18, 10:50:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to an equally reliable source the number 23 was put out there to see how fast a student worker could find it on the internet. The wording was specific and some how ended up here. 23 is the wrong number and the 'list' may be shut down, at least it is being mulled over.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 12:07:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I'm not realy sure what's going on vis a vis "reliable sources." But again, I try not to edit any posts from commenters.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 12:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know where the 23 comes from and it was put out as disinformation to prove that loose lips sink ships. It is a bogus number put out by a very reliable source to prove a point; that the walls have ears.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 05:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea what you're talking about either, but the bottom line is that there are 19 new recruits whose names have been posted on this Board, with apparently about 10 to 12 new names to follow. Based upon the names/positions we have so far, I would assume that the remaining 10-12 places will mostly be taken by linemen and skills position players.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 07:33:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Spring Game is April 19th.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 09:21:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The op-ed piece was truly ridiculous, with its suggestion that we even send traveling squads to Europe and Asia to play chess. Why Spectator ran such pompously phrased gobbledygood is beyond me. It wasn't even "controversial," it was just stupid-sounding.

But men's basketball was just beautiful last weekend, two fantastic comeback games, two great displays by Baumann (including one in which, via 13 straight free throws, he redeemed himself for his previous weekend's spotty foul shooting). Tough loss for the women's team Saturday at home, unfortunately, though they do remain alive in the chase for an Ivy title.

rs

 
At Tue Feb 19, 09:25:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Yes, and when you consider the fact that women's bball has just never been a contender, this year is turning out nicely.

Men's bball is making this year fun too. The game against Brown this Friday night is turning out to be a huge battle. Probably for second place, but that's better than coming in third.

 
At Tue Feb 19, 09:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS for the op ed piece, the Admisisons Office in the 1960s seemed to have a habit of admitting students who hated Columbia. We had too many Mark Rudds walking around campus, most of whom hated athletics, hated Columbia, and hated America, in no particular order. Now the proble is that we, and a lot of our peer institutions, have a lot of grown up red diaper babies on the faculty,who share the same tendency to bite the hand that feeds them so well. But their voices grow dim. And CONGRATULATIONS TO JB FOR IVY PLAYER OF THE WEEK. BEAT BROWN!!

 

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