First off, congratulations to freshman kicker Luke Eddy for being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Luke was a bright spot for the Lions in the loss at Penn, especially his booming 48-yard FG in the second half. For those of you who are counting, his 16 straight PAT’s put him just six shy of the record of 22 straight set by Larry Walsh in 1983.
All of this week’s posts will focus on Homecoming as the Lions are set to host what should be a well-attended and exciting affair.
Here’s what Homecoming 2010 has going for right now, (there will be more as the week goes on):
-A good matchup between two Ivy teams that are clearly on the rise.
-A Columbia QB who has a legit shot to win the league MVP award, the Bushnell Cup.
-A Dartmouth team that has the Ivy League’s leading rusher, who also has a legit shot to win the Bushnell Cup.
-A Lions team that wants to avenge last year’s embarrassing 28-6 loss to a Big Green team that had lost 17 straight games.
-A Columbia team that has a winning record coming into Homecoming for the first time since 2006.
-As of today, the weather forecast is great. 59 degrees and mostly sunny. It could change in the coming days, but it’s looking good right now.
On a psychological note, you could argue that Homecoming is coming at the perfect time for the Lions. What better way to quickly shake off the downer of a loss at Penn than with a big crowd, and big game against an opponent that hasn’t beaten another Ivy team on the road in four years?
And with a poor showing by the Lion rush defense mostly to blame for the Penn loss, Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger provides a great opportunity for the defense to redeem itself and prove it’s not as soft as it looked against the Quakers.
My challenge to all my readers to buy at least ONE extra ticket for Homecoming and get someone to fill that seat is still on!
This team really deserves your support and this Saturday’s game really should be a good one.