What We Want
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The deal is good through June 30th.
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What Do We Want???
The debate about how good the Lions really are and why the team hasn’t been winning more has flared up again in the comments section.
Everyone associated with Columbia football should know how passionately we all CARE and want the team to do the best it possibly can with no excuses.
For my take, let me just reprint the manifesto I wrote late last year.
None of my opinions have changed on the matter so it seems like a good idea to make those heartfelt points once again:
(this was originally posted on December 1, 2010)
Here are my top three in ASCENDING ORDER of importance:
1) Beat Penn and/or Harvard within the Next Two Years
Basing a major goal on defeating just one or two teams can sometimes be foolish because the dominant teams you need to defeat in your league are often a moving target.
Not so much in the Ivies.
Since 1997, the league has been dominated by Harvard and Penn and since 1997, Columbia has a grand total of zero wins over Penn and two wins over Harvard.
It’s hard to believe the Lions will have turned a corner until they can beat the Quakers or the Crimson.
2) A Winning Season NEXT Year (2011)
Two straight 4-6 seasons show that Columbia is tantalizingly close to finally posting a winning season for the first time since 1996.
This streak HAS to end now.
Anything else for 2011 has to be considered a failure.
3) Win an Ivy Title by the end of the Decade, AND Do it BEFORE Cornell and Princeton
For the sake of argument, let’s just say Columbia has some kind of unknown disadvantage that gives teams with equal talent a real edge over the Lions.
Whatever that edge may be, Columbia is currently well ahead of Princeton and Cornell in the talent department.
And that means if either one of those teams gets a winning record or a championship before the Lions do, we somehow dropped the ball big time.
So not only must Columbia make this decade the one where it finally ends its championship draught, it must also not allow Cornell and Princeton to come from behind and grab the lead again over the Lions just like Dartmouth has in just two years.
These goals are very simple to understand and not one of them is impossible.
Don’t think so?
Consider these three facts:
-Princeton was 2-8 in 2003 and beat Harvard AND Penn just three years later on its way to an Ivy title in 2006
-Dartmouth was 0-10 in 2008 and posted a winning season THIS year
-Brown was 0-10 in 1992 and was an Ivy co-champion by 1999
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#79: Back to Back Sacks
Only a newer Columbia fan could really still be breathing easy when the Tigers started a drive deep into Lion territory with about four minutes left in the game.
Sure, the score was 24-10 Columbia and Towson would still need a miracle to win it… but Lions fans are conditioned not to celebrate too early.
Happily, things started to fall apart for the Tigers as soon they got inside the Lion 10 yard line.
First, Towson was flagged for an illegal motion to send them back to the 14 and a 1st and 15.
But then, Josh Martin killed any thoughts of miracles.
First he recorded a solo sack of Towson QB Chris Hart for a short loss to set up 2nd and 15. On the next play, Martin and Ben Popeck sacked Hart again. The next two plays were incomplete passes and the final Tiger threat was over.
Martin was really a monster throughout the Towson game and one can only guess just how worried the Princeton coaches were when they saw him on film in the days in between week 2 and week 3.