Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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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.


At Thu Sep 01, 01:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope we beat Princeton be 80-14 this year. We can't beat them enough or by enough as far as I'm concerned.

At Thu Sep 01, 01:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... does it really matter, 6th or 7th place .... he's still saying we are not a very good team compared to the other Ivy's ... I think we should be favored against Princeton ... and Penn CAN be beat ... with the talent we have, we have a shot because especially because it's a home game and they don't respect us ....

At Thu Sep 01, 01:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year, Craig Haley picked six of eight Ivy teams within one place of their actual finish and he picked all eight teams within two places of their actual finish. He also correctly picked Penn to win the league. You really can't give the guy too much crap.

At Thu Sep 01, 03:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you look at the returning players on the other Ivy rosters there is no reason to think we will finish higher than 6th. We graduated a lot of starting seniors off a team that didn't perform that well last year. There is a lot to prove.

At Thu Sep 01, 05:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are going to win the league this year. We are going to have an incredible season. This is the most talented team since '96, with a better offense.

At Thu Sep 01, 06:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prediction: 5-5

Fordham: Win
Sacred Heart Win
Albany: Loss
Princeton: Win
Penn: Close loss
Yale: Loss
Dartmouth: Loss
Cornell: Win
Brown: Win

At Thu Sep 01, 08:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume from your prediction (5-5) that you assume Harvard will be a loss ... my prediction would be losses at Cornell and Dartmouth (traditionally we haven't played well on the road) ... we beat Sacred Heart and Albany ... loose to Fordaham (our 1st game, their 3rd game) ... we beat Penn, Yale (close), and Brown outright ... we loose to Harvard close ... that makes us 6-4 and puts us in 4th place in the Ivy League

At Thu Sep 01, 08:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made a mistake ... it will only be Fordham's 2nd game, but they will have to weeks to prepare for the Lions ...

At Thu Sep 01, 08:12:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haley is suffering from memory loss as evidenced by his omission of our super star wide receiver, Mike Stephens. Obviously the guy only knows comets. Columbia will win the Ivy League Championship this year and Haley will be riding his comet to nowhere!

At Thu Sep 01, 08:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Governor Dewey learned some time ago, predictions mean nothing. Despite the pundits, Harry Truman was elected President and he is surely rooting for the Columbia Lions to win the Ivy League Championship.

At Thu Sep 01, 11:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig Haley's list of key Columbia players does not include our standout wide receiver and captain, Mike Stephens. That's a bad oversight and shows why the writer's predictions have no credibility.

At Thu Sep 01, 04:43:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot understand the mentality of my fellow Lion fans who are not predicting great things for this team. That mindset really galls me. We have a great group of players in key positions, including by far the most dangerous offensive player in the league at QB, a big, strong and seasoned OL, outstanding talent across the board on defense, and a coaching staff which believes we can make a serious run this year. Let's believe in these guys!

At Thu Sep 01, 08:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our biggest need during the preseason is to find a couple more speedy playmakers on offense; i.e. human lightning bolts types who can get you six points from anywhere on the field. As my high school coach said, speed not only wins games, but sucks the breath out of the defense. We need a couple of lightning bolts who can breakaway for a quick six points when the defensive backs blitz Brackett like they did in Philly last year.

At Thu Sep 01, 08:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we said so many rosy things last year as well

critique not aimed at the players

At Thu Sep 01, 08:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chen '82 predicts:

Win at Fordham
Win vs Sacred Heart
Tough loss vs Albany
Win at Princeton
Nail biter vs Penn
Win vs Yale
Loss in Hanover to Dartmouth
Loss to eventual champ Harvard
Win at Cornell
Win vs Brown

6 or 7 wins

emergence of garrett behind one of the FBs
impact by stephens, childress, murphy, olinger
balanced attack from brackett

At Thu Sep 01, 10:02:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone confirm that there will be a live blog during practice tonight?

At Thu Sep 01, 11:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia Sportfans we have the talent to win, it all gets down to coaching now and play calling! Enough of the predictions, lets play football and will games.

At Fri Sep 02, 01:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... do COACHES win games ? .... NO ... they only lose games .... PLAYERS win games .... COACHES set tone, PLAYERS block and tackle ... Brackett is an emotional kid who has shown he is a LEADER with a strong WILL to win ... PLAYERS doing their job on every play will determine whether we WIN or LOSE a game .... the final TD drive against Cornell showed the type of team we have to be (on both sides of the ball)in order to be a WINNER ... we need to "PLAY ABOVE THE COACHING" ... 2011 will be a GREAT YEAR if we demonstrate that type of determination on more plays than each of our opponents, whether opposing defenses know what play is coming next or not .... ON ANY GIVEN SATURDAY, any team in the league can beat any other team in the league .... we see that happen every year ...

At Fri Sep 02, 05:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if I'm only the Columbia Football Fan having trouble using the new Columbia Athletics Website. I have a two year old Sony VAIO laptop computer. Everything is garbled. No issues with any other websites, including all of our opponents. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks!

At Fri Sep 02, 05:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

re AD websitesometimes I see images on top of images, but infrequently

At Fri Sep 02, 06:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, this certainly got everyone talking

At Fri Sep 02, 08:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the thread that expresses the usual hopes and anxieties that peak a week or two before the opener.

We have plenty of cause to believe that this is the team and this is the year.


At Fri Sep 02, 08:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are having trouble using the AD website, try clearing your cache. Happened to me and as soon as I did that, it worked fine.

At Sat Sep 03, 12:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the advice, I cleared the cache and now the Columbia AD worksite works on my Sony VAIO computer. Thanks again!


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