Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring Dreamin'

The Rites of Spring

Maybe one day I'll become the Billy Crystal of Columbia football and I'll get to take the field for one play at Baker Field... then again, maybe not.

But speaking of day dreaming, I am definitely looking forward to at least seeing some real football action very soon as Spring Practice is almost upon us.

Here are the key dates:

Spring Practice Begins: March 28th

Spring Game: Saturday April 19th, 4pm (NOT and OFFICIAL TIME)

I'm not yet sure if the Spring Game will be open to the public as it usually is, but stay tuned. Also, the time seems a little suspect, as Coach Wilson is a well-known early bird. But again, stay tuned.

I will keep dreaming.


At Fri Mar 14, 06:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. If NW or staff monitors this blog,we out of towners have one request. No more starting times before 12 noon. Those who have to work on Friday had to drive all night or be at the mercy of the airlines to arrive on time last year. Even 4pm makes more sense than 11 am.

4th n 10

At Fri Mar 14, 08:34:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we have a more or less final list of recruits? Also, does anybody know Masorti's status?

At Fri Mar 14, 09:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious, why do some alums think the Athletic dept. should adjust their schedule to accomodate "out of towners"

I realize some of these folk might be parents of players, but honestly, shouldn't the schedule help the students more than say alums?

At Sat Mar 15, 01:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is to say that early on a Saturday is helpful for the students? It is highly probable that most college students would prefer not have any obligations early on a Saturday morning.

At Sat Mar 15, 02:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE post of Fri Mar 14, 11:15:00 AM PDT:
"most college students would prefer not have any obligations early on a Saturday morning?

If possible, can you elaborate further on specific reasons why a student would have that expectation of not wanting to have an early Saturday morning obligation.

At Sat Mar 15, 05:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NW and staff have enough on their plates. Now they need to monitor a blog to make sure they accomodate the work schedule of alumni, fans and parents? Are you serious?!

If you want to attend the spring game you adjust your schedule. Some alumni, fans and parents will travel over 3,000 miles to watch the game.

Anonymous said "most college students would prefer not have any obligations early on a Saturday morning". Most college students don't play D1 football!!That is the attitude that has to change at Columbia. Unbelieveable.

The players will report when they are told to report. That order comes from NW not alumni, fans or parents.

At Sat Mar 15, 12:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"shouldn't the schedule help the students more than say alums?" The schedule will suit the coaches period. However, if the schedule was being set to suit the students, later on a Saturday would be better. Football players are also college students. They stay up late doing schoolwork and are up early for morning runs, workouts and classes. Sleeping later on Saturday mornings (when they can) is one of the ways most college students (including football players) survive their routine sleep deprivation . My football player just got home for spring break. I can tell that all he plans to do for the next couple mornings is sleep late.

Overall, this whole thread of conversation is fairly silly. The comments of the poster at Fri Mar 14, 03:10:00 PM PDT seem particularly strident and self righteous. Calm down.

It would be nice if the game was scheduled so that the maximum number of people could attend. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. This too shall pass.

At Sat Mar 15, 03:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in re: to 3:10 pm post.
It IS the alumni,the student athletes,and their parents that this administration and coaching staffs need to have the attitude change about if C U Athletics is to continue to flourish. Without those people there is no athletic program!
It is also obvious that a rep of the athletic dept,from time to time,posts here to help keep things in perspective and I'm also sure that they would prefer that the person who continues to inquire about Masorti would let the subject rest until after summer practice.

At Sun Mar 16, 10:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nice to know that little league football parents are now hovering over their children at CU. How long until have each mom bring a dish so the boys can eat after a game?

At Sun Mar 16, 02:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did this thread turn so nasty?

-From a parent who has never called a coach or checked a paper and who went to every game last year, even though our son never played. And being a "mom" I might bring a dish to eat with the boys after a game, maybe we will even have a parent group and have lots of dishes from lots of "moms", and when the team is winning and everyone is excited and happy, you might even want to join us to celebrate.

At Sun Mar 16, 02:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attaway, Mom! A GREAT LION MOM!

At Sun Mar 16, 07:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point some people were trying to make in this thread is that later in the day would probably better suit the players, the parents, the student fans and the interested alumni. What's the big deal here? If you are trying to promote your program, don't you try to get the maximum number of people involved? Why is this controversial? I don't see any hovering parents here. Just some folks sharing some obvious facts about college life and good marketing.

At Mon Mar 17, 01:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

right, doesn't columbia football need all the support it can get?

afterall, the students (non-players) have other interests and concerns.

At Mon Mar 17, 08:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update on recruits? Any transfers?

At Tue Mar 18, 12:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: post of Fri Mar 14, 03:10:00 PM PDT

Coaches SHOULD set the schedules. Coaches SHOULD lead, not only in coaching the game, but also by reinforcing codes of conduct and behavior expected of D1 football players, in and out of season, on and off the field - all the way down to when to go to bed and when to get up. So, let's leave that to them.

On the other hand, we want to believe that when coaches make decisions and set standards they keep their support base in mind and comprehend the uniqueness of an IVY D1 team. First, as expressed by Jake so eloquently on 2/29 and in comments in the trailer for the new documentary "Eight: Ivy League Football and America", we want to believe our student/athletes are playing this game for love and honor. What other reward is there? After all, the financial sacrifice is staggering for many parents, and some must give up modest gains in their home equity or retirement funds to accomplish this goal. This site praised the proposed financial aid changes. We are all celebrating. Yet this type of change was long overdue and parents still sent their sons. Any fair minded, financially competent adult knows there is no way it will cost upwards of $50K per year to educate, house, and feed a student. In addition, generous alumni contributions allotted for students never offset this huge out of pocket expense. Rather, the portion of the whole, which will not be charged anyway (based on the FAFSA “magic” number) was called a “grant” and the “gift” was applied to this already over-inflated amount. The university’s poor use of financial resources is visibly evidenced every day in the over priced, very poor quality food available to students - especially at John Jay. The administering of these meals, at an average cost of $10+ per meal, for food that is mostly substandard is appalling - and this happens in a city like New York that boasts some of the finest food resources in the world? So, be assured, these student/athletes play for the love of the game and the honor attached to “IVY”. The alumni and parent repectful support for the university and the football program should be self-evident and valued.

A leader will recognize, encourage, and welcome the support of these groups, especially the parents. Their sons are not succeeding at IVY because They “coddled” them as suggested by the post on Sat Mar 15, 08:3900 PM PDT. They achieved this success because parents recognized, encouraged, and supported their abilities and talents over a lifetime of parenting; their sons responded by doing their part; their former schools provided the evironment and necessary resources - a real "team" effort! Additionally, this same support will change drastically as the athletes move through their 4 years at CU because, certainly, the goal of every parent is to encourage that move to independence and self-sufficiency.

Secondly, the team does not have the strong support of the student body as evidenced by lack of attendance at home games and an openly, vocal negative view of most all football athletes. This can only be turned around by creating both a valuable, winning program and by taking extreme steps to create the most visible, positive athletic images possible. Parental involvement and support towards this end should be welcomed. Coaches should coach from a radically proactive, positive stance.

Only the players know if they want that kind of program and only they know if they are receiving that kind of strong leadership.

At Tue Mar 18, 03:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was surprised to read about substandard food in the dining halls. the quality of hte food is in direct proportion to what the school is willing to pay. Most colleges and universities have subcontracted food serivces to outfits like Marriott. I'm not sure if we have done the same. but what I do know is that the firms that provide food services can do whatever the school is willing to pay for. I have also heard a similar complaint about dining halls at other schools. when I was at the College several generations ago we took lunch and dinner at our frat house; we had a private dining plan with our own cook. But if parents are not happy with the meal plans, they should complain, loudly and often, to Quigley and Bollinger. There is no excuse for poor quality food.

At Tue Mar 18, 03:28:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Maybe my taste is bad, but I LOVED John Jay food when I was an undergrad from 1988-92. I wonder how it's changed, but I thought we always had great choices and I never quite got used to the all-you-can-eat aspect of the place. Plus, Jay is still a breathtaking venue for eating.

And please tell me you can still get a hamburger or hot dog at any meal.

At Tue Mar 18, 04:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: John Jay and the quality of the dining's a link to a recent article from the perspective of a first year.


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