Thursday, July 07, 2011

Light it Up!

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Night Fever

The night game rage is still on throughout the Ivies.

It was just announced yesterday that the Dartmouth-Harvard game in week 7 will be played at night at Harvard Stadium.

Dartmouth is installing lights at Memorial Field as we speak and since it hasn’t yet announced the start time of the Big Green-Columbia game in week 6 that could be a night game too.

Columbia was one of the first Ivy teams to play night games, starting with the Fordham game in 2000.

But the practice has gone by the wayside since Coach Norries Wilson took over the team in 2006.

I also know that there have been some “community objections” to the later night noise associated with games under the lights, but that’s a bit dubious when the games are over no later than 9:30 or 10pm.

I’d like to see one night game each season, just to mix things up a bit.

But that’s just me.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#73: Tigers Bearing Gifts

Columbia fans were pretty happy when the Lions took a 14-7 lead with just 48 seconds left in the first half of the Princeton game in week three.

But there was more good news to come in the very short time before the break.

After a short kickoff return to their own 37, the Tigers had 44 seconds left and they decided to try for a score.

The first play seemed to justify the decision as Princeton got a 14-yard completion to the CU 49, but it was called back on a penalty.

Two plays later lightning struck.

On 2nd and 7 from the Tiger 34, QB Tommy Wornham dumped off a short pass to Trey Peacock who was hit hard right away by Columbia’s Ross Morand. The ball popped loose and Ben Popeck grabbed it out of midair and lumbered all the way down to the Princeton seven.

The crowd at Wien Stadium went wild, but with only 17 seconds left, it was not a certainty that the Lions would be able to cash in on the turnover.

QB Sean Brackett and TE Andrew Kennedy, two eventual 2010 1st Team All Ivy players, would end all doubts about that. Brackett found Kennedy at the back of the south end zone on the very first play, giving Columbia two TD’s in just 42 seconds.


At Thu Jul 07, 08:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the life of me, I cannot find any explanation as to why Jamal Sims, who was listed as an oral commit for the entire year, was dropped from the incoming BB class of 2015.

Jamal suffered a serious injury at the beginning of his senior year. Did that injury make Columbia shy away? Is Jamal taking a PG year, and if so, where?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

At Thu Jul 07, 10:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noise from our games a big issue? Michigan is playing Notre Dame at night this year and I haven't seen anyone in community complaining that there might be too much noise. If 110,000+ isn't an issue our cheering shouldn't be.

Karl Groth

At Fri Jul 08, 01:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lions will play a night game at Princeton, Oct. 1; start at 6.

At Fri Jul 08, 01:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Dart AD:
Sat, Oct 22 COLUMBIA (Homecoming)Hanover 1:30 pm

At Fri Jul 08, 02:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither Michigan nor Notre Dame Stadium is situated on Manhattan Island, whose residents love more than anything to complain, especially when they can play the role of aggrieved victim to an oppressive institution.

At Fri Jul 08, 03:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate night games. Ivy football is Saturday afternoons.

At Wed Jul 13, 09:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should shed some light on the Sims situation.


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