Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Football? Baseball? Both?

Mike Weisman

(Today’s post is almost entirely courtesy of original reporting by Bruce Wood)

Bruce’s Big Green Alert Blog notes today that North Andover High School’s Mike Weisman has been honored by the National Football Foundation, (Eastern Massachusetts chapter), as one of its scholar-athlete awardees.

Weisman is a 6-0, 195-pound linebacker who was twice named to the Cape Ann League 1st Team.

Weisman is definitely heading to Columbia this fall, but there’s one catch… it looks like he’s coming here to play baseball.

As good a player Weisman is on the gridiron, he’s more of a star on the mound. He’s current the ace for the North Andover staff that’s expected to lead the team to the league title.

In the pre-Norries Wilson era, it wasn’t unusual to see students play for both the football and baseball teams, despite missing football spring practice which takes place during the height of the baseball season.

Perhaps we’ll see Columbia athletes doing double again one day, but I don’t expect that to come soon.

Running for Office

Many times on this blog, I have called for more Columbia athletes, any even, to run for student government office.

It’s a necessity that the large block of Lion athletes and their fans be represented better and it’s a great way for them to become more visible in more parts of campus life.

Without the athletes, student government continues to be dominated by the same old “politicos” who ran the joint when I was student and well before and after.

Now, one current member of the Dartmouth squad is running. Rising senior Aaron Limonthas is trying to make it as a write-in for president.

Let’s hope he starts a league-wide trend.


At Wed Apr 13, 07:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that our football recruit Ryan Flannery is also on the Scholar-Athlete awards list.

At Wed Apr 13, 06:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Michael Grassa of BB&N, the younger brother of junior defensive back Steven Grassa?

At Wed Apr 13, 06:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's difficult to play both football and baseball at an Ivy League school, because of spring football practice. However, it is possible to combine football with wrestling as Lou Miller did successfully for the Lions. In fact, Columbia has an outstanding heavyweight wrestler coming in from California next year who was also a standout offensive lineman.

At Wed Apr 13, 06:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Grassa is the brother of Steven Grassa

At Wed Apr 13, 09:41:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's no reason you can't play both baseball and football and be excused from spring practice. At Notre Dame, standout WRs Golden Tate (2nd rd nfl pick) and jeff samardzija (in mlb) played both. If you can do it at Notre Dame and be an All-American I would think you can do it in the ivies.


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