The Team, (and the train), Return Soon!
Hello old friend
Just FOUR days to Homecoming and I still urge you ALL to buy at least one extra ticket to the game and get someone to use that seat!
LATEST WEATHER UPDATE: The forecast for this Saturday is now UPGRADED to 64 degrees, (originally 59), and mostly sunny!
LATEST TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Great news! The #1 train will be running this weekend and will be an option to get to Wien Stadium for the game!
The team needs a boost from the fans right at the start to avoid a letdown against Dartmouth. The Lions lost tough games against the Big Green in 2006 and last year mostly because of TD’s scored by Dartmouth on opening drives.
Some More “Rooting Points”:
-Columbia hasn’t won a Homecoming game since 2000, a very bad streak that I believe has hurt long-term attendance more than any other single factor. That last win in 2000 came against… you guessed it, Dartmouth, 49-21.
-Perhaps some wind is out of the sails for a possible Ivy title, but Columbia is striving for its first winning season in 14 years. 14! Achieving that would be a big feather in the caps of all the seniors on the team. A win Saturday makes that much more possible.
-The recruiting battles with Dartmouth for many of the same players has been occurring a lot more often in recent years. We win this game, we probably get more of those recruits.
-The overwhelming majority of Columbia-Dartmouth games since 1997 have been very close and exciting. Last year’s 28-6 Big Green win was the first 14+-point spread in the annual rivalry since 2000.
Jake’s Week 6 Ivy League Power Rankings
1) Penn (#1 last week)
Quakers make a big statement against Columbia and win on defense and running alone. With Harvard and Brown fading with injuries, this team is looking like a lock for the title.
2) Brown (3)
A very weak offensive effort against Princeton, but does anybody doubt that Estes and Co. will have this team scoring points in bunches very soon?
3) Columbia (2)
The Lions still have the best QB in the league despite the loss to Penn. That counts for a lot.
4) Yale (5)
Starting to look very good on defense, but will they look good against mighty Penn this Saturday?
5) Harvard (4)
Losing to Lehigh at home is a shocker. Something is amiss in Cambridge, and it’s not just the QB situation. Injuries at WR are hurting too.
6) Dartmouth (6)
Very solid win over Holy Cross and the OT loss to Penn in Philly looks better and better in retrospect.
7) Princeton (8)
A near win against Brown gets them out of the cellar.
8) Cornell (7)
Back to the bottom after a crushing loss to Colgate.
One More Thing
... And you just gotta love this story!