Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fordham Takes on UCONN

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Adding the Huskies

Fordham has made a late add to its 2011 schedule.

Two weeks before the Rams take on Columbia for their home opener/homecoming, Fordham will play the UCONN Huskies in Connecticut.

Going from playing the Big East champs to the Lions in three weeks, (the Rams have a bye in between the games), is quite a swing.

Last year, Towson had a similar experience, taking on Indiana in Bloomington just before coming to New York to play Columbia.

Towson lost both games.

Show Up

It occurs to me that we haven’t paid enough attention to the fact that the start time for the Homecoming game vs. Penn this Oct. 15th is 3:30pm

I have yet to find one fan who isn’t really happy about this.

Homecoming is always a great day to enjoy all the festivities Columbia puts together for the alums.

Now we all have more time to enjoy the tent, the carnival, the bounce houses… and then there’s the stuff for the kids! J

The fact that the game is also being carried nationwide on Versus is another bonus.

I’m willing to bet the that Lions next home game after Homecoming, vs. Yale on 10/29, will also be on national TV vis the “Yale on Yes” series, (which Yale pays for, by the way).

I really like the idea of showing two national TV audiences within three weeks a fully-packed Wien Stadium.

I fell relatively confident we’ll get that packed house for Homecoming vs. Penn.

But the Yale game may be a stretch in case neither team is contending for the title by week seven.

So, make a commitment right now to show up to BOTH games at least in 2011.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#66: Alex’s Perfect Day

It’s hard to imagine a better day in the life of Alex Gross.

On the same morning that he was featured in the Wall Street Journal in an article about his excellence on the field and the classroom, Gross came up big in the eventual victory over Lafayette at Wien Stadium.

With the Leopards leading 10-7 early in the second quarter, Lafayette had the ball and was moving down the field at will once again.

But on a 3rd and 6 from the Columbia 38, Gross came to the rescue. He stepped in front of Ryan O’Neill pass at the CU 31 and raced all the way to the end zone for a spectacular 69 yard pick six.

The PAT made it 14-10, Lions and should have been the final turning point of the game.

But because the Columbia defense still didn’t have enough answers, this competitive phase of this game would last quite a bit longer.


At Thu Jul 14, 10:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord all you talk about is Alex Gross I know he is good but there are many others on the team. He's graduated

At Thu Jul 14, 08:45:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex was great player and one of the most upstanding people you will ever have the privilege to meet, but, I have to agree it is time to move on.

At Thu Jul 14, 09:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Peter Stevens '70 said...

The only time Wien Stadium was sold out was for opener against Harvard in '84. And that's becaue the visitng stands had not been built and this was 1st game at new stadium. The chances of selling out for Penn is nil. Many Quakers will stay home and watch on TV and elcet to attend another Penn gaem in person.

And let's hope that Uconn beats up the Rams so badly that they'll be crippled when they meet us.

And let's hope that Wilson gives Brackett the freedom to operate against the Rams and not repeat the
mistake of last year when Brackett was forced to be a pocket passer for a good chunk of the game.

At Thu Jul 14, 10:06:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I think we had a sellout for the 250th anniversary game against Penn in 2003.

At Thu Jul 14, 10:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Peter
As much as I would like to see CU wins all their games, I can't "hope"that Fordham will be "crippled".

At Thu Jul 14, 10:32:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...


How about crippled emotionally?

At Fri Jul 15, 01:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow - I see the final of this game - Fordham v. CT - as worse than the pounding we took at the hands of Lehigh in 1999. A veritable blood bath.

As for Gross, I am enjoying Jake's stories about specific plays - so naturally, you have to mention him. What else can we talk about in the off season? We have enjoyed pretty good crowds at all of our homecoming games... pity we have not won one in a while!


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