Tuesday, September 06, 2011

School Bell's Ringing!

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Getting Started on the Right Foot

Classes began this morning on campus, so training camp is officially over.

Even though the first game of the season is not for another 11 days, regular weekly practices begin now.

Men's soccer already has two games, and two wins under its belt this season, and sophomore David Najem was named Ivy Player of the Week yesterday.

Tonight the soccer team is at home against Saint Peter's.

Football fans will have plenty of time to check out the soccer team this season, but a prime date is October 29th when the Lions take on Yale at 4pm just after the football team also faces the Elis with a 12pm start.

The following week, the soccer team plays Harvard at home starting shortly after the football team hosts the Crimson in a 12:30 kickoff.

Nice Start!

I like the tenor of a recent piece in the student paper about the top 10 Columbia athletes newcomers to campus should know.

Sean Brackett is right at the top of the list as he should be.

Nice Foot!

Home opener opponent Albany has a very strong placekicker in Herb Glass.

Glass was named NEC Special Teams Player of the week after booting 48 and 41 yard field goals in the Great Danes' OT loss at Colgate.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#11: First Strike

After Cornell took a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter at Wien Stadium, gloom descended into the stands despite the beautiful sunny weather.

Those fans would have been more gloomy had they known how banged up star Columbia QB Sean Brackett really was.

But Brackett played through the pain and wasted no time after the Lions got the ball following the Cornell score.

On the first play from scrimmage, Brackett hit WR Kurt Williams with a strike for a 23 yard gain and the drive was on.

Columbia still had a long way to go, but that completion turned out to be the longest pass of the day for the Lions and it couldn't have come at a better time.


At Tue Sep 06, 09:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Columbia alum, I enjoyed reading the terrific article in the Columbia Spectator by Jeremiah Sharf. However, I do take issue with Sharf omitting our outstanding offensive lineman, Jeff Adams, from the list of Columbia's top ten current athletes. Adams is generally considered to be a possible high pro pick after dominating the Ivy League his first two years. I'm looking forward to Jeremy making up for this omission with a great article on Adams. Go Lions!

At Wed Sep 07, 02:20:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Agree, that's a big omission from such a list.

At Wed Sep 07, 06:33:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's an OT, not really a high profile position in college. Good player but let's keep it real.

At Wed Sep 07, 07:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if OT is a low profile position as the last poster suggests, Adams deserves to be considered one of the top ten Columbia Athletes that students should know. I doubt the newspaper writer intended to exclude Adams because he played a "low profile" position. Rather he wanted to include some outstanding athletes from some less-publicized sports like Archery. Easy solution is for Jeremy to expand his list from 10 to 11.

At Wed Sep 07, 07:26:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut the lad some slack. At least what he wrote was good and at least Spectator ran such a thing.

He will no doubt run a follow up in May when Adams gets drafted

Chen 82

At Wed Sep 07, 09:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, just a follow-up to the FAQ piece Jake wrote: As a CC student for the past three years who goes to every home game and several away games (exams permitting), you neglected to address one KEY question: How many losing seasons will it take to replace these coaches? I was a reporter for my HS newspaper in Ohio and it is not a stretch to say that coaching cost us SEVERAL games over the years. I'm not going to get into individual games, or specific plays, however, the current staff's body of work; especially compared to Norries' peers, is unacceptable by ANY measure. I will continue to ROAR at the games, but in a frustrating purr. Also, who will be the commentators this year for radio and on-line? Will you be doing any half time, sideline, or post-game reporting for the Lion Pass?

At Wed Sep 07, 09:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the two deep look like as of today?

At Wed Sep 07, 09:52:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do people really think Jeff Adams is going to be drafted? I am not being sarcastic just wondering what the genesis of this talk is. I know he's a big kid and has played very well at the Ivy level, but have you been to an NFL practice? Those guys on the DL and OL are absolute super-freak monsters these. If he is truly in that class more power to him but I'd like to see an NFL draftnik's analysis of his potential vs. just CU fans. Very interested in any color that someone might have here.

At Wed Sep 07, 09:54:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Jeff Adams is on several draft list watch-sites and websites. This is not a question.

At Wed Sep 07, 11:06:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link me

At Wed Sep 07, 11:13:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Here's one link: Projected 7th-rounder as of now.


At Wed Sep 07, 11:19:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Here's another link:


This ranks him as the #21 overall OL going into the draft.

At Wed Sep 07, 11:24:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

This site has him ranked as the #13 LT coming out:


At Thu Sep 08, 12:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard that a sizable number of NFL scouts have been attending camp/practices for Adams

At Thu Sep 08, 01:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something like 7 NFL teams have been to practice this season to evaluate Jeff. The interest is real and substantial. My guess is he needs an outstanding year in order to get picked, but that's to be expected.


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