Thursday, September 02, 2010

New Directions

Duke Ellington even wrote a song about this train!

I've written before about how the #1 train on the NYC Subway will NOT be running on weekends this season.

So, you can't take it to the games at Wien Stadium, (With the exception of Homecoming Saturday against Dartmouth on October 23rd).

BUT there are still lots of options on public transportation for getting to the game!

The best idea for most people coming from New York City is to use the A train. A lot of people staying in NYC for a weekend will be in hotels in or near Times Square, and the A does stop at 42nd Street. Upper West Siders can grab the A at 59th Street.

The last stop on the uptown-bound A is 207th Street, just 11 nice blocks from the Baker Athletics Complex.

A decent walker can usually cover about a block per minute, so figure about 11 minutes for the walk.

If you can, take a left turn after you exit the station and stroll through the lovely Isham Park before taking Seamen Avenue straight to the stadium entrance. This has been my favorite way to get to games for many years.

But Columbia is offering another option this season, and that's a special shuttle bus from 207th straight to the game!

And don't forget about the shuttle bus Columbia offers from the Columbia campus on 116th and Broadway.

And there's also the Metro North option, which is great for people using Grand Central Terminal in Midtown or the East Side in general.

And you can always drive and use one of the many new parking garages near the field.

I will be publishing my full "Getting to Game" in the week before the season opener, with lots more details and "secret" tips for fans.

More Previews

Chuck Burton has the most extensive Ivy preview so far at The College Sporting News.

In his predictions, Chuck mostly falls in line with the overall media poll and chooses Columbia for 5th while agreeing with me that Harvard will win the league.

Chuck’s details and arguments are pretty solid across the board, but some details provide a good example as to why I like to wait until this week to issue predictions about the league.

For example, Chuck lists Jordan Culbreath as a key loss for Princeton and Bruce Fleming as a key returner for Columbia.

Just in the last week, both of those “facts” changed with Culbreath returning to the team and Fleming leaving the Lions.

I like Chuck’s assessment of the Lions overall. He very astutely points out that injuries really sank our title hopes last season and notes that some of those key injured players return for 2010.

Chuck also reminds everyone that this year marks the 80th anniversary of legendary Coach Lou Little’s first season with the Lions.

And I am very happy to forgive the mistake where he identified M.A. Olawale as “A.J.”

Chuck is far, far from the doghouse I put Craig Haley in yesterday.


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At Thu Sep 02, 08:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing really to do with Columbia Football, but if you want to feel tremendous pride in being part of Columbia Athletics, I would suggest everyone watch the video broadcast today of women track stars Monique Roberts, Kyra Caldwell and Sharay Hale on Go Columbia Three very impressive scholar-athletes who are among the best track and field performers in the United States.

At Thu Sep 02, 08:37:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger texaswriter said...

Thanks for the mention about the track stars - you're right, well worth watching!

Jake, any chance the fan busses run for the JV games, too? Although, I like your suggestion about walking through the park.

At Thu Sep 02, 08:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you missed it, Jake, the blog narrator of the two intra-squad scrimmages last week mentioned that several of the freshmen were already making plays including tight end, Chris Mooney (two receptions), running backs Griffin Lowry (running over people) and Sam Williams, and quarterback Chris Rapka. Also,the freshman kicker from Worcester Academy made a 37 yard field goal.

At Thu Sep 02, 10:22:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems as though our AD is supporting the Football program (unlike when I was at Columbia). The fact that they spent money to bring in a former Big 10 head coach as one of the assistants shows that commitment. If we do indeed have more raw talent than any time in recent or long term memory, having this coaching depth can only serve to get more out of that talent both at an individual and team level.

Whether this year or next, all this has to translate to wins wins wins and then the preseason rankings will eventually reflect this.

At Thu Sep 02, 10:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, as much as it pains me I have to take issue with your selection of Harvard to win the league. You, of all people, should appreciate the fact that we had an excellent chance to have a special season.

At Fri Sep 03, 12:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I do not take issue with Jake's call and I commend him for his objectivity in spite of his obvious loyalty to the program. Harvard wooped us at home last year...they are a good team. If we are as good as we think, then we will beat them and surprise everyone.

I am sure he did not pick us to finish 5th or 7th, however. Right Jake?

Chen '82

At Fri Sep 03, 04:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From listening in today's blog it sounds like Kurt Williams and Brian DeVeau are continuing their outstanding play at wide receiver. Sophomore Robert Sigmon also had his name called for two catches and Mark Muston on one for a TD. The narrator also said that Greg Guttas kicked a beautiful punt. The blog narrator knows his stuff and is doing a great job under somewhat adverse circumstances. The poor guy said he is only one in the pressbox. He needs an assistant.

At Fri Sep 03, 05:06:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Actually, the blog is done by a woman!


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