Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Joshua Martin may have been robbed (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

The Ivy League weekly football honorees have been named and no Lions are among them. That's not surprising since the league tends to favor players who have starred in intraleague games.

But I do wonder if Defensive Player of the Week Andrew Serrano of Brown really had a better game than Columbia's Josh Martin.

Columbia's next opposing QB, Tommy Wornham of Princeton, was named offensive player of the week.

CB Calvin Otis was recognized by as a "performer of the week" by CollegePerformance.com.

Otis's fine play also gave us a hint about the health of Owen Fraser. After his second pick, Otis was greeted on the sidelines by a jumping Fraser who certainly seemed like he'll be healthy enough to play this Saturday against Princeton.

Gerst's Gem on YouTube

If you missed Nick Gerst's nice moves as he scored his first collegiate TD Saturday, you can now see it on YouTube.

Back in the Stands

After three years of calling the games from the press box, it had been a long time since I sat in the stands for an entire game at Wien Stadium.

It was a nice feeling, and the best part was that my two young daughters didn't want to leave!

I also like that they moved the pregame picnic area right in front of the stadium, which makes for a better looking "scene" and atmosphere.

As far as getting to the games, I really recommend getting there early.


At Tue Sep 28, 01:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can rectify this injustice by winnning the Princeton game. Foehi thinks we are going to lose. What else is new?

At Tue Sep 28, 03:31:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

Getting to the game has become somewhat of an ordeal. Driving in from Jersey, I noticed that the "new" parking garage (with seemingly much more polite and competent employees) which replaced the "old" a parking garage a few years ago, was in fact open.

So I had to drive several blocks past the garage, cut across the mess and then drive the wrong way down a "one way" lane to park there. The employees were very happy to see me. And there was at game's end only one other couple waiting ahead of me for their car, who told me they'd had to do exactly as I had. All this, too, while assorted groupings of transit workers lounged on overturned boxes, played with their Blackberrys, drank coffee and yelled a each other and generally did nothing that could be classified as "work" by any standards that either Adam Smith or even Karl Marx would recognize.

So yes, get there early. Especially if you want to park someplace, since befuddled Princetonians coming in from across the Hudson will only clog things up all the more.

As for the new picnic area, it's much smaller. And seemingly filled early on with players' parents. Those who wish to barbecue there or simply sit on the picnic benches might then also wish to get to the game plennnnnnty early.

Truly, attending a game this year is a test of one's real fandom. And Homecoming, the only game which attracts a real "crowd," will likely thus be a horror show.

At Tue Sep 28, 03:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin was a beast!Do it again to the Tigers this week.

Just a word on what a great experience we had at our first CU game. Take the Academy bus from CU, it was effortless. The picnic area was a little tight, they will definitely need more room at Homecoming. If I ate your bratwurst on Saturday I'm sorry. I was really hungry and it was really good. Someday I will repay the favor.

Football game was great, very intense and skilled. You should all get to see the shear joy and emotion of each player as they come up the walkway. Worth the trip right there. New Yorkers missing a good way to spend a fall saturday! Seeya in October.

At Tue Sep 28, 04:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree that it was a challenge to drive to Kraft/Wien/Baker, but the trek was well worth it because the Columbia-Towson game was much more exciting than either the Giants or Jets games. Also I sat near midfield for a tiny fraction of what it costs to sit in the upper deck in the Meadowlands. And, finally, I might even venture that it is much more fun watching Columbia's athletic quarterback, Sean Brackett, befuddle the defense, than watch Eli Manning throw 40 or so predictable passes per game to a bunch of professional athletes. Let's get the word out about Brackett, Guitirrez, Adams, Gross, Otis et al. so local Fans will know what they are missing if they don't get to the Princeton Game this Saturday.

At Tue Sep 28, 04:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an old Columbia Alum who made the return trip to campus by Academy Coach for the first time Saturday afternoon. I give the experience an A+ rating for relaxation, convenience, air conditioning, speed of travel, etc. The Lion Football Bus is for me from now on.

At Tue Sep 28, 05:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calvin Otis has been playing great ball and should be a lock for first team all Ivy if he keeps it up. He has really elevated his game and his two interceptions against Towson should have merited more recognition.

At Tue Sep 28, 06:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

try to relax a bit.

At Tue Sep 28, 09:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TD by Gerst is really impressive. The hurdle is nice, but watch the second half of the video taken from the end zone. What's impressive is that at handoff, Gerst is running towards the middle, and the announcers say as much, then when he sees a LB waiting for him right in his lane, he darts for the corner. That's great vision and reaction.

At Tue Sep 28, 07:00:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

I like the new picnic area and the the attendance is much better. It will be interesting to see how it is set up on a wet day. I'm not sure it is possible to put tents up in that area and the hill side could become a muddy mess.

Saturday is suppose to be dry and sunny, hopefully the trend will continue.

At Tue Sep 28, 07:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a first year Columbia game attendee, here are some thoughts from someone who lives outside driving distance for games. We stay at 79th and Amsterdam and get to campus and take the bus from campus. The picnic area is a little small, but there was ample room on the hillside, which won't be as much fun in the cold or rain. I am amazed by the dedication of the young student athletes who are playing for the love of the game. I wish there were more fan support, especially from students, but I can understand they likely did not attend Columbia for the football viewing opportunities. After the game is special when you see the players emerge from the locker room and greet their parents (if the parents are there). Jake, thank you for informing us about Fairway Markets (74th and Broadway ?)for pregame tailgate items, and Mel's Burgers for postgame. Our son saw quite a few other players and their families there as well. All this is very much appreciated from us new to these parts of the city and Columbia. Thank you Jake.

At Tue Sep 28, 10:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By Carla Zanoni

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

While Inwood commuters are stuck with years of headaches caused by construction on the 1 train each weekend and snail’s pace shuttle bus service that replaces the skipped stops, the MTA is footing the bill for a special free shuttle for Columbia University students and alumni en route to football games at Baker Field, DNAinfo has learned.

The agency said it agreed to supply the University with an extra bus that runs a special loop from 211th Street and Broadway, where northbound riders are being detoured, to a custom-made stop at Broadway and 218th Street, the same street where the Ivy League’s football field is located.

The shuttle bus goes into effect every time the university has a game during the construction outages, officials said.

Read more: http://dnainfo.com/20100928/washington-heights-inwood/mta-gives-columbia-university-special-shuttle-football-field-amid-construction#ixzz10pwLJGgt"

At Tue Sep 28, 11:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for you fans. We are coming in from Florida and wanted to know about tailgating. We realize they have free drinks in the tailgate area but is there somewhere to buy food as well?

Thanks in advance.

At Tue Sep 28, 11:16:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger HBShannon said...

Martin was outstanding!

At Tue Sep 28, 11:59:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya....I saw the Gerst run on video..He looks like the real deal...Electric...He can go to the house at any time...Resembles Ray Rice at 5"8 190...

At Wed Sep 29, 01:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the details on how to catch the s0-called Academy bus on Saturday for the uptown ride to the Princeton game? This out of towner needs instructions. And it sounds like the bus returns to campus after the game?

Thanks in advance.

At Wed Sep 29, 02:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gerst was all State at Bergen Catholic. My guess is that his size kept him from going to a D 1 school. Starting at RB at BC for two years and making all State to boot is no mean feat. It is a sign of progress that we got him and our usual rivals didn't.

At Wed Sep 29, 02:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake has written on this Board: Columbia has been running free shuttle buses to and from Baker Field on game days. They usually run from the 116th Street and Broadway entrance, but ask the security guards at the gate to be sure.

At Wed Sep 29, 02:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the AD page has:
Prior to every home football game, Columbia University Athletics will sponsor complimentary shuttle buses from the Columbia Morningside campus to and from the Baker Athletics Complex. Buses will run starting 90 minutes prior to kickoff and return to campus immediately following the game.

At Wed Sep 29, 03:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gerst and Ivery really looked like a solid running back tandem against Towson. And, Kouroumna made a nice catch and run for the TD on an outstanding pass from Brackett. Our offensive line looked tremendous in the second half. Go Lions!

At Wed Sep 29, 05:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story I got was that Gerst had many offers from D1 schools but wanted to go IVY...Thats how valuable this kid is...Get this kid on Kickoff return also and watch him go

At Wed Sep 29, 11:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you drive from NJ, do not take Broadway from the GWB. Take 9A N to the last exit in Manhattan. Take a left at the first light after the exit, then go right and left at Seaman Ave --it goes right to 218th and Baker Field. If you see a spot take it, and if not go right at 218th across B'way.

At Thu Sep 30, 09:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one issue I had last week was that the Harlem River Drive was backed up for miles (I was coming from the airport) due to contruction on I95. Not sur if that was just a weekend project.

At Fri Oct 01, 07:50:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger UtSky said...

Since people have asked, here is the local rundown on food:

Q: Where can I find food near the game?

A: Walk up Broadway from 207th to 218th. You will find, in order going north:

- Pizza Haven - classic ($)
- Piper's Kilt - burger pub ($)
- Garden Cafe - lovely outdoor seating ($$)
- Yummy Thai - Thai food ($$)
- Grandpa's Brick Oven - pizza ($)
- Carrot Top - baked goodies ($)
- Hashi - sushi fusion ($$$)
- La Estufa - cozy, excellent ($$)
- Ming Moon - cheap Chinese ($)
- Antillana Food Plaza - supermaket with very low prices and a good spot for yogurt, cheese, bread, prepared deli items. Go here for your tailgate picnic stuff ($)
- Sazones - new Dominican ($$)
- Twin Donut - nicer than you think ($)
- Park Terrace Deli - good deli bar ($)

and finally down 218th by Indian Rd:

- Indian Rd Cafe - the hotspot cafe of Inwood since it opened, and a ridiculously sophisticated beer list. ($-$$$)


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