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Okay, I get a little giddy when the season ticket package arrives for Columbia football every year.
In recent years, each ticket has been adorned with the image of a Columbia player, (usually all seniors), which serves as a nice honor for our student athletes.
With six home games this season, more of the players got a little chance to be in the spotlight.
First off, the pocket schedule and the football fan guide pamphlet have a picture of two-time 1st Team All Ivy OL Jeff Adams on the covers.
Fellow OL and co-captain Bob Hauschildt is on the game 1 ticket, (vs. Albany).
Co-captain DB Ross Morand adorns the game 2 ticket, (vs. Sacred Heart).
The Homecoming game 3 ticket for the showdown vs. Penn has the image of the only junior, QB and co-captain Sean Brackett.
WR Kurt Williams is on the game 4 ticket for the game vs. Yale on Oct. 29th.
DB A.J. Maddox is on the game 5 ticket for the Nov. 5th game against Harvard.
And make it two Texans in a row as co-captain WR Mike Stephens is on the final ticket, the game 6 contest and season finale against Brown.
Once again this season, the season ticket package comes with passes to the Athletic Director's hospitality tent before each game.
You still have time to purchase great season tickets and individual game tickets here.
Sports Network Ivy Preview
Craig Haley once again provides just about the most in-depth Ivy League football preview for the Sports Network.
Haley puts a lot of emphasis on schedule strength, and he agrees with my assessment from several weeks ago that Harvard has the easiest schedule in the Ivies this year.
Thus, Haley picks the Crimson to win the whole thing.
That's not exactly a stretch.
But once again, Haley picks his hometown Princeton Tigers to finish ahead of Columbia.
He picked Columbia for 7th... just like last year.
I've said it many times, so let me say it again: this is the kind of "respect" Columbia can expect until it starts posting winning seasons. Despite the obvious jump in talent in this program, we need wins.
Of course, Columbia has beaten Princeton two years in a row by a combined score of 80-14... but old habits die hard and Haley picks the Tigers to finish ahead of the Lions once again.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#17: From Bad to Worse
Cornell's stunning 7-0 lead in the week 9 Senior Day at Wien Stadium started to look less like a fluke after the Lions went three-and-out on the series after the Big Red score.
Starting from the Cornell 27, QB Jeff Matthews immediately got things going on the first play with a 21 yard pass completion.
Three plays later, Matthews got another first down with a 10 yard run to the Columbia 38.
But the Big Red momentum was cut down a bit by a holding penalty and a sack by Ryan Murphy, forcing Cornell to attempt a 45 yard FG.
Brad Greenway's kick was good, and at 10-0, the Lions knew their work was really cut out for them that afternoon.