Friday, June 27, 2008

Tad Makes a Splash

Tad was solid in defeat

Tad Crawford '07, impressed most BC Lions fans in the CFL team's 28-18 loss to Calgary Stampeders in the season opener last night. Tad had to start because of another player's injury. Full stats are not so easy to find right now, but by all accounts, Tad was solid.

Just some background: BC was dominant in the regular season last year as Tad made a nice contribution as a rookie. But the Lions fell in an early playoff shocker and didn't even get a chance to play in the Grey Cup Final.

Game of the Day (Day 85)

November 12, 1960

Columbia 16 Penn 6

Today's win from the end of the 1960 season was a Lion win most experts believe was the biggest harbinger of the following season's Ivy title.

It was Columbia's first win over the Quakers at Franklin Field since 1937, and the crowd of 15,800+ never really had any reason to doubt the outcome as the Lions took an early lead. A first quarter safety followed by a quick TD actually gave Columbia more points than they would need all day.

Don Savini scored the first touchdown, (Don's son Durc was also a member of the Lion football team in the 1980's), but missed on a couple of field goal tries, (not many teams used specialty kickers in the early 60's), and Penn later made it 9-6 on a first quarter TD of their own.

But the Lions defense took over after that and when Tom O'Connor scored from the 4 late in the third quarter it was over.

Defensively dominated wins like this one in 1960 would become the norm in 1961 when the Lions walked away with a title. In 1960, they were just a 3-6 team looking to play the spoiler.


At Sat Jun 28, 04:04:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Many of us were too young to remember the 1961 Team so we look forward to your recaps of some of Columbias greatest victories from that era. Really love the series Jake! If I might ask, where do you get your sports archive info on these games?

At Sat Jun 28, 08:12:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...


Glad you like the recaps. I'm getting my info from a lot of sources, including newspapers and old Columbia programs.

At Sat Jun 28, 09:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, thanks for the memories. The win over Penn in 1960 was a harbinger of things to come the following year. We opened the 1961 Ivy League Championship Season by slaughtering Brown 50-0 and marched on to the Championship by defeating Penn at Baker Field 37-6. Can't wait to read your recaps of the Brown and Penn games.

At Sat Jun 28, 09:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of the "old foggies" from the early sixties are still very active supporters of Columbia Football and probably would be glad to provide you with their recollections, if asked.

At Sun Jun 29, 02:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phrase is "old fogies" not "old foggies" although obviously some in this group are now foggy as well.

At Sun Jun 29, 10:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the players on that team told me many years ago that they expected to be good because those were the days of both way players and experience was hugely important. Our '61 team was loaded with seniors.


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