Sunday, August 28, 2011

Remember #10

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Storm is Almost Here

I thought I would publish one last post before I suspect the power may go out early tomorrow morning.

The hard rain, wind, lightning and thunder is already here from Hurricane Irene.

Don't let this young man become anyone's afterthought

NY Times on QB's

Saturday's New York Times includes a piece on all the great returning quarterbacks in the Ivies for this fall.

Unfortunately, Columbia's Sean Brackett gets just one mention.

(And the piece also incorrectly says Princeton and Harvard shared the title in 2006, it was actually Princeton and YALE).

Once again, the obvious needs to be said: Columbia and its outstanding players -- even it's MOST outstanding players like Sean Brackett -- will not get the credit they deserve until the teams starts putting together some winning seasons and, eventually, a championship.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#20: Going Down Swinging (again)

Several Columbia games last season ended with the Lions refusing to die.

The Harvard game in week 8 was one of those games.

Trailing 23-7 with 59 seconds to play, the Lions somehow rattled off seven plays and marched off 36 tough yards before the final second finally ticked away.

Every one of the plays on the final drive was either a run or pass by QB Sean Brackett, Columbia's grittiest and most variably talented QB in at least 16 years.

The following week, Brackett and the Lions' never say die attitude would finally pay off.


At Sun Aug 28, 09:15:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, for reasons I will never understand, The New Yok Times hates Columbia. It is dominated by Harvard types and willmnever give us the right time of day. It used to be a good newspaper, but it is now a vehicle for extreme left wing views and biased reporting. The fact that Brackett wasn't the feature of the story is typical.

At Mon Aug 29, 01:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New York Times does not hate Columbia nor is Columbia football on the list of the top one million things they care about. Get a grip on reality. If Columbia has a winning season, we'll get more respect. If we go 4-6 again, we won't get any. Or deserve any.

At Mon Aug 29, 04:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you said when Columbia learns how to win and Brackett converts final drives into wins then he deserves the recognition. We have to stop crying about newspapers and first get a winning season

At Mon Aug 29, 06:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once upon a time, the NYT had many CU connections. Peter Millones '58CC worked there for years; ditto Robert Lipsyte, '57CC. There were others.
Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891–1968)graduated in 1913; there's the Punch Sulzberger Program at the Journalism School; the late Dr. Judith P. Sulzberger, P&S graduate,a physician whose philanthropy led to creation of a center for genome studies in her name at P&S and a member of the Times Sulberger family; BC's Sulberger Tower renamed in memory of Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, an alumna and trustee, in 1991;

At Mon Aug 29, 07:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quit whining ... press would be nice .... but remember Brackett made the Coach's All-Ivy 1st team ... same for Adams .... they ARE recognized .... if we become a CONSISTENT WINNER, the Times will jump on the bandwagon ... how much press did Penn get when they were at the bottom of the league ...

At Mon Aug 29, 11:02:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In The Year of the QB, I don't see Stop the Run being the key to our success. We're going to need to stop the pass. And that means interceptions and pass breakups. I just don't see these teams putting in a ground and pound game plan on us when they have this type of experienced talent at the QB position. If they do, they're doing us a favor by going away from their top player. All these Ivy QB articles have made an impression on me.

At Mon Aug 29, 11:28:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You start winning against the big teams you start getting good press. Brackett did some great things, but, one person does not make a team. Until the offensive play calling starts quickly adjusting based on what is happening in a game (less tendencies) we will continue to have trouble. For at least the past 3 years we have been extremely easy to defend against. More often than not everyone in the stadium knows what the next play will be depending on the situation. Tendencies kill you. We have the potential of having one of the best defenses in years, but, if they are on the field too long even a great defense is going to get beat. The NY times like almost everyone else writing about the IVY teams aren’t going to say much about Columbia until we start running a game like a true D1 Ivy school and start winning against teams like Penn.

At Mon Aug 29, 11:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One suggestion for our offensive coordinator. Please stop the practice of having the team set at the line of scrimmage and then have Brackett walk over to the sideline to get the play call. It breaks our momentum.

At Tue Aug 30, 12:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The roster changes are posted (weight/height). One interesting thing is the person that has the weighs the most on the team is on the defensive line. If has the speed he has shown in the past it could make things interesting.

At Tue Aug 30, 12:16:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the Times does not have a consistent bias against CU and Brackett. If you remember, a year or so ago the NYTimes had a nice feature on Brackett after he won some early games--then the team fizzled, and we were no longer a story worth covering. It's as simple as that: you have to MAKE news to BECOME news. We also need to get over the games we "almost won". They are meaningless: for example, one of the reasons I suspect we started to come back in the Yale games --with all due respect--was that after it was 28-0, Yale put in many second stringers and we started to get some points.


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