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BUY TICKETS NOW!!!
This is the last non-Columbia football weekend until Thanksgiving.
It's already WAY past time to buy your tickets, but do it now!
Seriously, buy your tickets NOW for the Columbia home games and BUY EXTRA! Get your friends and family to come and make it an outing.
By the way, if you buy season tickets you get the pass to the athletic director's tent with free food and beer before each home game.
Why would you not do this?
And it's also high time to make a donation to the football program, just as a "kickoff vote of confidence" for the new season.
You can do that by clicking here, and tell them Roar Lions Roar sent you!
(Don't worry, I DON'T get a commission).
Every year, someone on the Columbia Spectator staff writes a piece urging more students to show support for athletics and come to the games.
This year's entry, by sophomore Jeremiah Sharf, was one of the better efforts in the genre and I commend him.
I don't hold out much hope for the ALWAYS snarky campus blog BWOG.Net to make any mention at all of the football team, except maybe the night before the first game next week and at Homecoming.
And that's too bad.
But we all know what will get more students and student publications crowing about football: winning. We start winning, and the snark goes away.
It's as simple as that.
We'll have to see if they deliver what they promise, but I think Dartmouth has set the bar at a new high with its HD streaming video for football this fall.
Bruce Wood's Big Green Alert Blog reports that: "There will be four cameras, including one at field level. There will, in fact, be instant replays, and stats will be included on the screen. All five home games will be carried, even if the college reaches an agreement to have a game or two broadcast regionally on TV."
9/11, Ten Years Later
I'm a little ambivalent about all the 9/11 anniversary events this weekend around the country.
But I do want to remember the very classy way Columbia and the Ivy League handled the situation.
The attacks took place on the Tuesday before a very much anticipated Lions' season was set to begin.
I say much anticipated because Columbia had its all-time leading rusher Johnathan Reese returning for a senior year and there was a lot of excitement in the air.
Everyone did the right thing that Saturday and all the Ivy League teams were idle in honor of the victims of the atrocity.
But then Columbia and would-be week one opponent Fordham took it up a notch and did a few more very good things that we all still benefit from today.
The week one game was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day, thus giving the fans a chance to see a full season, (something no other Ivy team did. Everyone else had just nine games in 2001).
And the following year, Columbia and Fordham began dedicating their annual game to the 9/11 victims with the Liberty Cup game that they two schools still play to this day.
To tell you the truth, this is my way of weighing in on KEEPING the annual game with Fordham no matter how strong the Rams might someday become because of their athletics scholarships.
I wish the deepest comfort for all the families and friends of all the 9/11 victims
As I've written on this blog before, San Diego Chargers star WR Vincent Jackson was very close to coming to Columbia before he chose Northern Colorado for college.
Jackson is quoted in this story about how he was really jolted by the attacks when he realized how close he came to playing his college ball in New York City.
I still say not coming to Columbia was his loss!
And here's another interesting Columbia athletics twist on the 9/11 story.
It turns out one of those kids who was in the class President Bush was visiting when the attacks went down is a wrestler coming to Columbia next year! Read this great story for all the details.
Stotler Made his last play at home really count (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#8: Stotler's Big Hand
After Columbia closed the deficit to 17-13 midway through the 4th quarter against Cornell, the offense suddenly started sputtering again.
Two straight possessions after that produced no points for the Lions and that meant the defense needed to stuff the Big Red when they got the ball back at their own six with just 4:42 left.
Cornell did squeeze out one first down forcing Columbia to burn one timeout and forcing the Lions to make sure they got a stop when the Big Red faced another 3rd down with 2:51 left.
If Cornell had converted that 3rd down, the game would probably have ended with a Lion loss.
But that's where senior D-lineman Matt Stotler came in.
On that 3rd and two play from the 28, Cornell decided to throw the ball and Stotler promptly knocked the pass down not far from the line of scrimmage.
It was a big time play and Stotler had kept the Columbia alive.