Thursday, October 15, 2009

Decker's Columbia Inspiration

Eric Decker

One of the nation's top collegiate wide receivers is the University of Minnesota's Eric Decker, and it turns out he has a neat Columbia connection.

His older sister is Sarah Decker, a standout track star at Columbia who graduated recently.

Eric speaks here about how his older sister's career as a student athlete inspired him.

Decker and the Golden Gophers have a tough challenge this weekend, taking on Penn State for the Nittany Lions Homecoming game at Beaver Stadium.

That actually gets me thinking... I wonder how often the Columbia Lions and the Penn State Nittany Lions have hosted Homecoming games on the same day?

For the record, Columbia has played Penn State twice. CU won both games, 33-0 in 1933 and 14-7 in 1934.

Bad Weather... No Problem!

I know I've been talking a lot about history this week, maybe too much, but I have to mention one more thing. This time it'll be about the weather.

I know the weather forecast is not great for this Saturday's Homecoming game... but remember that's just a forecast. New York City weather can change on a dime, especially in the fall. And also, with numerous tents set up for Homecoming festivities at the Baker Athletics Complex, there will be ample shelter available.

In other words, get out to Homecoming no matter what!

And if you are as concerned about the actual game as you should be, take heart... the last time weather really was a factor at Homecoming, the Lions were victorious.

In fact two of the best Columbia teams of the last generation, the '95 and '96 Lions, won their Homecoming games in terrible weather. 1995 and 1996 were also the last two years that Columbia defeated Penn.

Thoughts for Culbreath

Princeton running back Jordan Culbreath is still in the hospital and has reportedly been diagnosed with aplastic anemia.

I know everyone reading this blog wishes Culbreath the best and I ask you all to keep the young man in your thoughts and prayers.

He really deserves a full recovery.


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