Monday Quick Hits
John Eisen (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)
The wild financial markets are cutting into my blogging time right now, so I only have a few quick bullet points for today:
-It was a tough loss for the Columbia faithful yesterday as the Lions lost the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series to the Dartmouth Big Green in three games. But this is still a very young and talented team with a great future. I just want to thank Coach Boretti and all the players for an exciting season.
-Harvard's incoming freshmen class is now posted on the Crimson website. There are a lot of names on that list that were known targets of more than one Ivy school, including Zak Aossey, Bisi Ezekoye, and Blake Barker.
-Erik Greenberg Anjou, the director of the excellent Ivy football documentary, 8: Ivy League Football and America, writes this great news:
"8 has been picked up by 5 PBS affiliates for this summer, including WGBH-Boston, and we're hoping an additional 5 will sign on within the next couple of weeks."
Erik is also out with his new movie, it's not about sports but still an exciting topic. It's called The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, and it has its U.S. premiere this Wednesday in Los Angeles. Incidentally, Erik will thus be able to attend Matt Sodl's reception for Coach Norries Wilson the night before.
-I was watching the NFL Network's documentary about the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers last night and I just couldn't stop thinking about one thing: In the '74 draft, the Steelers picked four future Hall of Famers. FOUR! (They were Lynn Swan, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert).
When I think about that I wonder about the best recruiting classes in not just Columbia history, but Ivy history. Keep in mind that each Ivy team usually can bring in 30 players or more every year and that's a lot more than any NFL team can draft.
Has any one single Ivy recruiting class produced four all-time great players? Again, I mean all-time greats as compared to the entire league, not just individual school history.