Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Great Lull

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Busy Days Ahead

That long sleepy period between the Spring Game and the ramping up for the actual football season is finally ending.

We’re 47 days away from the opener at Fordham, but things will start getting interesting a lot sooner than that.

In just eight days, we’ll get a chance to hear from all the Ivy coaches at the 2011 football media day teleconference which I will again be covering and participating in for you.

Coverage begins at 11am on this blog as I will transcribe as many highlights as possible.

I will have pointed questions for each of the Ivy coaches, (except for Norries Wilson, who I leave alone so the non-Columbia media can get a fair chance to ask all their questions), and hopefully get more than the stock answers that are oh-so-easy to give over the phone.

The best news is that this event does usually clarify who is starting at key positions and who is and isn’t injured. It doesn’t dig much deeper than that, but it’s something and it certainly helps us get through these last few weeks before the season finally starts.

Big Name Change

Hey! Now we can all honestly say that Columbia football will be televised on NBC Sports this fall… sort of.

That’s because Versus is officially renaming itself “NBC Sports Network,” (although the change doesn’t take effect until January 2nd).

The only question I have is will the current Versus deal with the Ivy League extend beyond the big name and logo change next year?

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#47: The Great Lull

After both Columbia and Dartmouth scored on their opening drives of the week six game at Wien Stadium, one of the oddest sequences of the 2010 season ensued.

Both teams inexplicably were unable to score for five possessions each, stretching from early in the first quarter through early in the third.

The failures included a medium range missed field goal by the Big Green, a three-and-out for Columbia after a kickoff out of bounds gave the Lions a 1st and 10 at their own 40.

Dartmouth stalled at the 23 after a failed pass on a 4th and 6 play.

Both teams committed some untimely penalties.

The end result was Columbia went into the locker room with what turned out to be an undeserved feeling of some security with a 7-3 lead.

But after the Great Lull of 2010, most of the next two quarters would be anything but boring.


At Tue Aug 02, 08:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking news! Columbia Men's Basketball will open its 2010-11 season on Friday, November 11th against the reigning national champions, the UConn Huskies.

At Tue Aug 02, 12:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that the NFL adopted practice contact limitations that were very similar to those adopted by the Ivy League?

At Wed Aug 03, 01:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake .... when does the Lions start preseason football camp ?

At Wed Aug 03, 01:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I'm not sure, but I am going to be it's Sunday August 21st.

At Wed Aug 03, 01:08:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

The long off season lull is made more bearable by your 100 Moments series, Jake.Thanks for putting it together!
I'm stricken by the contrast of how well we performed offensively against certain teams and struggled mightily
against others. It seemed like the tone for the rest of the afternoon was set in the first quarter of many games. The question is: what can coaching due to try and get us off to better starts? different play calling? personnel?

At Wed Aug 03, 03:31:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should refrain from choosing to kick of fto start games,a s we oftern did last season. Let's put our offense on the field as early as we can. And in our first offensive series let's not waste the first two downs by "testing" the defense with inside hand-offs which lead to 3rd and 6.

At Wed Aug 03, 05:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh Martin has been moved to LB. He was second team all Ivy at DE last season, as a soph. He should be a dominant LB in a 3 4.

At Wed Aug 03, 07:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CU vs UCONN in BBall.....uhhhh.....we must want tv revenues or a lesson in how to take defeat well. This game will be a 40 point loss!

At Wed Aug 03, 10:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are numerous obvious benefits of going up against the #1team in the nation, the least of which is the tv revenues, if any. I believe it's a great idea for Columbia to play the UConn Huskies at Storrs in the opening game of the season. Not only will the Lions be getting tremendous exposure, but the Lion players will have a chance to test themselves against the very best. Whatever success they might have against UConn is bound to translate into more victories against lesser opponents. Finally, one should note that Columbia is actually the strongest opponent UConn will be facing in its first four games.

At Wed Aug 03, 08:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah.....and our FB team should scrimmage against Nebraska in August to toughen them up.

At Wed Aug 03, 08:52:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike football, if mismatched teams play in basketball no one gets hurt. I think it's a good idea to play UConn in bball. The guys get a chance to play against the best. I think it helps to play people who are better than you and see how you stack up.

At Wed Aug 03, 11:22:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard to believe that someone on this board is criticizing the Lions for scheduling a basketball game against UConn. Probably a jealous fan from one of the other Ivies. Incidentally, two weeks after us, Harvard probably will be playing the same Huskies in the during a Thanksgving Tournament in the Bahammas.

At Wed Aug 03, 11:31:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very clever idea to schedule a scrimmage against Nebraska in the summer even if such scrimmages are forbidden by Ivy League football rules. Think of the great national publicity the two teams would get before the players and coaches sat down together for a good old fashioned barbeque before 10,000 Cornhusker fans.


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