Time for Our Close-Up
The Versus Network, (the people who grabbed the NHL Stanley Cup Finals broadcasts a few years back), will be airing five Ivy football games this fall including the Harvard-Yale game.
It's hard to get solid bit of information on the other four games that will be televised. We won't know for sure until the official league schedule is released, but keep an eye open for more on this and the possible changes the Versus deal could make to kickoff times.
Jake's Take: Versus may be a bit obscure to the non-hockey fans among us, but this deal gives the Ivy more national coverage. Last season, we were down to just three games on YES and Columbia was not a part of those games. Of course, I'd still love YES to cover some games as well. The more the merrier.
Former Columbia head basketball coach Armond Hill is one of the assistant coaches under Doc Rivers with the world champion Boston Celtics. Hill was a star player for the Princeton Tigers in the early 80's and after his short NBA career, he came back to assist the legendary Pete Carril in Princeton.
But his Columbia years were completely expunged from this press release from the folks at Princeton late last week.
Game of the Day (day 89)
Today's game is the 1950 upset win over Cornell at Baker Field. The heavily favored Big Red took a 19-13 lead on a touchdown with 12:31 left in the 4th quarter, but the Lions blocked the extra point and then grabbed a Cornell fumble four minutes later at the opponents' 36-yard line. Seven plays later, Howard Hansen ran it in the end zone and Al Ward's extra point was good.
Cornell did drive it all the way down to the Lions 24 after the kickoff, but two straight sacks by Bill Malone, (the same guy who blocked the extra point earlier), ended the threat and the game.
The pundits of the day blamed the upset, (Cornell had been a 14-point favorite), on the heavy rain. But the 20,000 fans in the stands who were thoroughly soaked by the final gun didn't care. Among those fans were 27 members of Columbia's 1934 Rose Bowl championship team who were honored at halftime.