Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sad News

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Myra and Robert Kraft

Myra Kraft, (1943-2011)

Myra Kraft, wife of Robert Kraft, died today after finally losing her battle with cancer.

She was 68.

Baruch Dayan Emet.

Myra joined Robert as being a very generous friend of Columbia and Columbia football.

We all wish him and his entire family our deepest sympathies.

Concussion Decision

It seems like most of the initial response is positive for the new Ivy League rules on full contact football practices.

After the death of Penn’s Owen Thomas last year, I am not surprised by this.

And before anyone jumps to call the Ivies a “soft league” for doing this, remember that the NFL doesn’t really conduct full contact practices after training camp anymore either.

A number of former Columbia players have already told me they think this is an especially good development for our program as they believe our practice schedule was too rigorous for its own good.

I think the real issue is that the referees will surely be even more aggressive when it comes to throwing the flags for helmet-to-helmet contact.

But here’s another thought: the next time we see a bunch of missed tackles in a real game, how quickly will we blame the dearth of full tackle and contact practices?

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#59: Fumbled Away

Trailing Penn by 7-3 late in the first quarter, the Lions began their second possession of the game looking like they had a chance to either draw closer to the Quakers or take the lead.

After QB Sean Bracket ran for one first down and put Columbia on its own 37, disaster struck.

Brackett was sacked on the 1st down play, lost the ball and it was picked up and returned for a 25 yard touchdown by Penn’s Drew Goldsmith.

The Lions offensive line was very strong overall during the 2010 season, but it gave up five sacks in the Penn game for a total of 42 lost yards and a very costly TD.


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