Monday, May 10, 2010

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.


At Tue May 11, 12:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake - Yale class of '82: John Rogan, Rich Diana, Curtis Grieve and Jeff Rohrer, is the first that comes to my mind, though I don't think Grieve came in the same year. I'd be curious to see other classes that were better.

At Tue May 11, 06:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Columbia class with Don Jackson, Jesse Parks, and Paul Kaliades may be the closest Columbia has come -- and one short. I suspect if you look at Dartmouth's great, ranked teams of the late sixties through the mid-seventies you may find a class. 1971 had Brink, Bowden and Bogan for the Green -- each a major defensive star. For the fourth, I don't know if the QB Chasey qualifies. Regardless, what a class that was -- undefeated, led the nation in defense, and nationally ranked for a reason.


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