Saturday, August 20, 2011

IN Season!

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This field won't be empty for much longer!

As the players, (about 110 in total), report to training camp today, New York City is not as hot as it was most of the summer. It may rain tonight and tomorrow, but the forecast is very clear and not too hot beginning Monday when the players actually hit the field.

Now is the time where a lot of do a lot of intense roster-watching to see if any names get added or deleted from the team, what the new weights are, and anything else that might surprise us.

The most intense attention will probably be on the 30 incoming freshman and 1 sophomore transfer, (Wells Childress), over the next two weeks.

The other major issue is the hope that every one of the players avoids the kind of injury that would keep them off the field for any time this fall.

Finally, when camp opens it means that our long, long, long, offseason is really over. Sure, there are another 28 days to go before a real game actuallu kicks off. But from now on, we're IN the season!

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#28: Mehrer Strikes Again!

A Yale interception of a Sean Brackett pass in the Eli red zone midway through the 4the quarter seemed to put the breaks on the Lions rally with Columbia still trailing 31-21.

But on the first play from scrimmage, Eli RB Alex Thomas fumbled the ball and it was recovered nicely by Adam Mehrer at the Bulldog 34.

It only took four plays for Columbia to score, as Brackett found TE Andrew Kennedy for the third time that day in the end zone.

Suddenly it was 31-28, when Yale had led 31-7 at the half.

And there were still 6:17 left in the game.


At Sat Aug 20, 11:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake ... you did't mention Wells Childress as a potential starter on the D-Line .... what's your thinking ??? ...

Frank F

At Sat Aug 20, 11:17:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I need to reserve judgment on Childress until we see how good he is in real practice. He certainly has the size and pedigree, but does he have the strength at this point?

At Sun Aug 21, 12:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few of the returning players who worked out with him this summer say that Childress will be an I,pact player from day one, and that he is actually bigger than his listed roster size.

At Sun Aug 21, 12:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I am bummed by the total lack of respect we get on voyforums. Dartmouth, a beat we should have beaten, and Yale, a beat we could have beaten, get all the love. I just don't get it. We have Brackett , Adams, a big and talented OL, a lot of good defenders, and yet we seem to be dismissed as a contender.

At Sun Aug 21, 02:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't go to Columbia (my father is a graduate), but I was taken to many games at the old Baker Field through the 70's and 80's. Those were some brutal time to be a CU fan I can assure you! Outside of my alma mater, there's no college team that I pull for more than the Lions. You guys are way overdue for a league championship...let's make the 50th anniverasary of your only Ivy championship a memorable one! Those old alums like my dad are counting on it. Go Lions in 2011!!

At Sun Aug 21, 05:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's painful to relive that Yale game. It would have been one of the great comebacks in CU history, and we had a very real chance to win it! Any fan at the Yale bowl who would have left at halftime would have fainted if the learned we pulled it out.. Oh well, coulda, woulda shoulda...

At Sun Aug 21, 05:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't get any respect on voyforums because we lost all those games we coulda woulda shoulda won! What did we do last year to command respect? Beat Towson? This year's team has a lot to prove and yet the posts on this blog sound like we're contenders.

At Sun Aug 21, 10:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's OK to be somewhat loyal and perhaps optimistic fans of our's what we have done and will continue to do. But somewhere in our honest inner core, we know that winning has not been our tradition since the last Ivy championship in '61. It is not our DNA......yet. That simply takes time. IMHO, the only way for our team ever to be able to recruit consistently the depth of roster that can compete every year for the championship is if our football stadium was close to right on the Hudson adjacent to 116th street. Players would to have to schlepp up to baker field everyday.

That is a project that you could get NYC involved with and raise real money for it. Kraft could name it. Kids coming to visit would be in awe....imagine an open ended "C" shaped stadium facing either up or down the Hudson river.(I guess up if it is to be a C.

It would be the envy of all the Ivies.

At Mon Aug 22, 12:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you need an on-campus stadium to be more attractive to recruits. What you need is an on-campus (or close to campus) practice field/facility. Teams with off-campus stadiums have been very succesful in their respective leagues (at the FCS level, look at the University of Richmond who, at the time, won the 2008 FCS national championship while playing at at an off-campus, 80-year old city-owned stadium several miles from their campus). The Baker Field complex is very of the better athletic sites at the FCS level...don't replace it! CU needs to identify acreage closer to Morningside Heights for practice fields, that's all.

At Mon Aug 22, 05:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as our alumni continue to push the notion that practicing at Baker Field is a disadvantage, so will the other 7 Ivy coaching staffs.

Building a stadium on teh Hudson? Even the Jets couldnt get NYC politicians to embrace that. You think Columbia can get that through?

Either you want to embrace NYC or you dont. The space isn't there. Get over it. Baker is awesome, and getting better with the new Campbell Center. We are getting the kids to come - now we need the adults to climb aboard.

At Mon Aug 22, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no way you can get the Baker Field site changed at this point. Interestingly the concept was drawn up in 1907 for a stadium at 116th and Riverside drive but never completed:

In any case, a much more reasonable concept is a practice field/facility near campus, which might be possible and would make a HUGE difference.

At Mon Aug 22, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the notion of a stadium closer to the school is unrealistic. A practice field maybe. But more important would be a shiny multi-sport facility where the players could lift. I hope i'm wrong, but a weight facility at Baker just doesn't seem practical.

At Mon Aug 22, 07:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except during the peak of rush hour the trip to Baker Field takes 20 minutes. We should start thinkingbabout it as an advantage. It is a time to unwind. And with the new Campbell Center ther will be a training table there.

At Tue Aug 23, 01:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the answer is some shuttle service between school and Campbell. it needs to feel less like a destination and more of a convenience. Either way, it is definitely better to have it than not.


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