Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bulletin Board Material

A writer for the local paper in the Hanover, NH area has laid it all on the line against our Lions.

To be fair, columnist Don Mahler is mostly trying to fire up the locals to get out there and support the Big Green. But he takes some rough shots that include:

"The Lions are here for only one reason on Saturday: To act out their role as sacrificial lambs. Historically, Columbia has been the doormat of the Ivy League."

(Perhaps, but the Lions have won six of the last 11 games against the Big Green).

Anyway, I'd like this to serve as an added motivation to our players. They can disappoint those who are expecting a Dartmouth win and also show them how much more improved Columbia really is.

The diner in winter

Looking in on Larry

As I did two years ago, I'm looking forward to visiting with former Columbia Head Coach Larry MacElreavy at the diner he co-owns with his wife Fran. Miss Bellows Falls Diner is just minutes away from the Dartmouth campus on the Vermont side of the border. I had a great time talking about Columbia football in the 80's the last time I visited with Coach Mac, but I think I remembered Fran's buttermilk pancakes just a bit more.

If you have the time on gameday, or any day this weekend, I highly recommend getting over and eating there.


At Thu Oct 22, 06:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notwithstanding the issues at the end of his time at Columbia, Coach Mac is a good man who only wishes the best to the Lions and his former players.

I know he will be cheering the Lions on as we look to pummel the Big Green.

At Thu Oct 22, 09:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you can't blame them for trying to inspire the home town team. but honestly, I hope that it doesn't work - at least this week!

the daily pennsylvanian delights in such comments as well. but at least they can back it up. but is it really necessary?
RE: the Vermont Diner,
As a card carrying member of the rat race here in NYC - I envy Coach Mac!
Does he serve Mac and cheese?

Lion Fan

At Thu Oct 22, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

I doubt that anyone from Hanover who
has seen the Lions play this year would
consider them "sacrificial lambs" or "doormats of the league."
If so they are in for a rude awakening. 13,000 Hanoverians wouldn't
show up for a free game there even if you threw in free pancakes at halftime. Mahler is whistling in the dark...


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