Winners at Wien
Let's fill this place and make history Saturday!
Here's a little-discussed tidbit as the Lions prepare for their home opener against Central Connecticut Saturday:
The Lions will be hoping to match their all-time home winning streak at Wien Stadium. There were some very long winning streaks at the old Baker Field, but Columbia has never won more than three games in a row since the new stadium was built in 1984.
That three game streak took place over two seasons, 1996-97, when the Lions beat Cornell and Brown at home to close out '96, before taking down Towson in the '97 home opener.
That was also the first time Columbia had ever played Towson and of course, this Saturday will be the Lions first ever meeting with CCSU. Columbia beat Dartmouth and Cornell in its last two games at home in 2008.
I hope to have a scouting report on the Blue Devils up sometime later today.
David Howard's troubles may mean big trouble for Brown (CREDIT: Providence Journal)
Meanwhile, a potentially huge story is brewing up at Brown where 1st Team All Ivy defensive lineman David Howard has been convicted of simple assault after a melee broke out at a club where he was working at a bouncer this spring. Howard's status on the team is unknown, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say the Bears will be in deep trouble in any game that he doesn't play.
Thankfully, these kinds of stories are extremely rare in the Ivies and I don't think anyone contends that Howard did anything more than possibly getting a little carried away doing a legitimate job.