Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Otis Island: Calvin Otis needs to come up big again tomorrow

Lafayette Leopards vs. Columbia Lions

Location: Robert K. Kraft Field at Wien Stadium on the Baker Athletic Complex, West 218th Street and Broadway, New York, NY.

Kickoff Time: 12:30pm

Gametime Weather Forecast: Sunny and 70 degrees

The Spread: Columbia is favored by 9 points

Columbia Game Notes

*Make sure to click on the Princeton Game Highlights icon on the game notes page to see super high quality video highlights from the big 42-14 win over the Tigers last week.

Lafayette Game Notes

HOW TO GET TO THE GAME (Jake’s EVEN NEWER preferred methods):

By Subway: Take the Uptown A train to the final stop at 207th Street. Exit from the 211th Street exit and walk up to 218th Street.

By Commuter Rail: Take the Metro North train from Grand Central to the Marble Hill stop and walk back over the Broadway Bridge to the stadium.

By Car: Do whatever you can to avoid the Cross Bronx Expressway. But ALSO avoid the tie ups at Broadway north of Dyckman that are also a result of the subway construction. And the Harlem River Drive is now backed up on weekends because of GW Bridge construction. You can still take the RFK/Triboro Bridge to either 125th Street and stay on 125th going west until you reach the West Side Highway North, or take the RFK/Triboro to the Major Deegan North to the 230th Street exit and drive down Broadway to 218th.

If you choose the parking garages along 10th Avenue, I would get under the tracks as soon as you can on 10th and pull into the first garage you see within 10 blocks of the stadium.

More driving, subway, and bus directions and tips here


Logon to to see the game live. Turn down the sound there and go onto the SideLion Pass and hear the Columbia commentators, Jerry Recoo and Sal Licata with the ESPN3 video!


Columbia has lost eight straight to the Leopards, some in horrific fashion thanks to the refs and some of the Lions own errors.

But last year’s 24-21 Columbia loss was especially stinging as it came with the massive injury to Alex Gross and killed the momentum the team earned from the big win at Princeton the week before.

On the positive side, Lafayette’s coaches and some players said the Lions were the best Ivy team they played all last season, including Harvard and Penn.

The 13-3 loss in 2008 also stung, as the Lion defense played its best game of the year, only to see the offense squander several scoring opportunities.

Columbia’s last win over the Leopards was in 2000, an unusual off year for them.

Lafayette comes into the game 0-4, reeling from injuries, and still not settled after a lot of key graduations. Last week, they were tarred by Harvard, 35-10, thanks to 311 rushing yards by the Crimson. But the Leopards three other losses, including one to Penn, were much closer and could have gone either way.

History Alert!

The Lions have NEVER won three straight games at Wien Stadium in the same season. They did win the last two contests in 1996 and the first home game in 1997, but that's it. Of course, Columbia had many long home winning streaks at the old Baker Field. The 17,000 seat Wien Stadium opened in 1984, replacing the all-wooden, decaying, 32,000 seat Baker Field stadium, which opened in 1923.

Familiar Faces

-Columbia TE Clif Pope, who scored his first varsity TD last week, was a high school teammate of Lafayetter QB Ryan O'Neil at Iona Prep.

-Freshman defensive back Chris Alston was a teammate of Lafayette freshman DeOliver Davis at the Hun School in New Jersey, (though Alston is from Virginia).

Keys to the Game

Take an Early Lead

The Leopards confidence needs a boost with an 0-4 record around their necks. The Lions can go a long way to killing any optimism by scoring first, something they haven’t done all year.

Last year’s loss to an 0-5 Dartmouth team was sealed when the Big Green scored a TD on a long opening drive of the game. Yes, Columbia had some massive injury issues that day, but as soon as Dartmouth saw they could win, they were well on their way to winning.

And the Lions, who haven't scored in the first quarter of any game, need to give their defense a lift with an early score.

Dominate the Lines of Scrimmage

Columbia, flat out, has better offensive and defensive lines than Lafayette and that needs to come through loud and clear. The Lions need to do a better job than last week at harassing the Leopard backfield, especially if the returning Owen Fraser gets real playing time.

On offense, the Columbia O-line must continue the job it’s been doing the last two weeks and establish the running game against Lafayette’s questionable ground defense.

Be Ready for the Deep Ball

The Lions still haven’t been really tested deep down the field with any regularity. I like our chances in that scenario, but that may be the only way to win if you’re Lafayette.

Cut the Penalties

The Leopards are a very young team playing on the road, there’s no reason why Columbia should even come close to committing as many penalties as Lafayette might in this game. Penalties have cost the Lions two of the last seven losses to the Leopards and this needs to stop now.



At Sat Oct 09, 02:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be wrong, Jake, but I believe the Hun School is in Princeton, NJ, not Virginia.

At Sat Oct 09, 02:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hun School is in Princeton, NJ. It could, however, fit nicely in Virginia. PS, last year at Dartmouth the lousy weather gave Dartmouth's run game a big boost. But admittedly we were very flat after a tough Homecoming loss to Penn in which we were ahead at the end of the first half. Amazing how important the Big Mo is in football.

At Sat Oct 09, 05:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESPN3's pictures may not be in sync with SideLion audio.

At Sat Oct 09, 06:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WKCR's audio may be in sync with ESPN3.

At Sat Oct 09, 06:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw on Voy Forums that Columbia/Lafayette gaming is on DirecTV ESPN Gameplan - channel tomorrow at 12:30pm eastern.


At Sat Oct 09, 11:56:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Andrew Kennedy said:"We are in the business of making history this year." The talent is there. If we can play turnover free football today then our winning streak will surely continue. Some people call this a trap game- good teams don't get "trapped." Lay the points.

At Sat Oct 09, 06:00:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, great story in today's WSJ about Alex Gross and Columbia football. Nice touch about the bus ride to Baker Field being a bonding experience. Interesting about how we get great press from the WSJ and zilch from our so-called home town paper, the NY Times. Alex should be put up fpr a Rhodes.

At Sat Oct 09, 08:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to rid yourself of the notion that the Times is a New York newspaper. It is not. The New York news is buried inside the newspaper and the Times is not interested in saying anything favorable about any New York institutions including Columbia. The Wall Street Journal is indeed a "New York" newspaper and is a strong booster of everything that is great about New York City including Columbia. Go Lions!

At Sun Oct 10, 03:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, great win against the Leopards - their 8 game winning streak has ended.

But I've never really been annoyed at the NY Times until today. You have the WSJ with the great article on Gross, and who does the Times sports section feature? The GD Harvard football captain. I told my wife, can't we cancel our subscription?

Anyway, on to Penn. Do you faithful readers realize that we just put a lot more points on the Leopards than Penn did. \\GO LIONS!!!

At Sun Oct 10, 04:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have said before, the NYTimes hates Republicans, Israel, Columbia and Columbia football. Now that the WSJ covers sports, there is no reason to read the NY Times. PS, Brackett was absolutely incredible today. I have seen every Columbia QB since Archie Roberts, and the way that Brackett is playing, with his arm, his legs, and his head, puts him right up there with the best I've seen i almost 50 years. He follows his reads beautifully, has deceptive quickness, can make all of the throws, and turns nothing into something again and again.

At Sun Oct 10, 06:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said... is where to write, as I just did. My missive alluded to the stories they had on the website about Fordham, Yale, Penn, Stony Brook and Princeton but not on the game player on their island.


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