Friday, October 28, 2011

Change of Heart???

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Back from Bizzaro World

Something has changed in the last 72 hours and my sources now tell me Norries Wilson's tenure as head coach will indeed end at the close of the season.

I apologize for having everyone ride the emotional rollercoaster here, but when you're as insignificant to the program as I am you have to rely on the sometimes shifting information you get from the people who actually have power and influence.

Let the search for the best replacement begin.

Week 7 Picks

A lousy half point in the Brown-Cornell point spread stopped me from getting a perfect week last Saturday!

But the improvement is refreshing.

Here's how I did in each game.

For Penn (pick 'em) vs. Yale I wrote:

"... at Franklin Field, I think Coach Bagnoli will have his Quakers ready to play and beat Yale."

Actual Final Score: Penn 37 Yale 25

1-0 Straight Up, 1-0 Against the Spread

For Princeton +30 1/2 at Harvard I wrote:

"Harvard will win big, but not by 30 points or more."

Actual Final Score: Harvard 56 Princeton 39

2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS

And for the fateful Brown -11 1/2 at Cornell I wrote:

"Watch the Brown offense score in bunches on the fast Schoelkopf field turf. Take the Bears and lay the points."

Actual Final Score: Brown 35 Cornell 24

2-0 SU, 2-1 ATS

OVERALL 2011 RECORD: 23-7 SU, 16-14 ATS.

On to this week's games...

Penn +12 at Brown

I like Brown to win this game by about a touchdown, no more. The weather could be a factor in slowing down the Bear scoring machine. Penn's running game will test Brown, but Estes and his boys will get it done.

Cornell -6 at Princeton

Princeton's big stretch game was last week at Harvard. Now they will come back to Earth. Take Cornell and lay the points,

Dartmouth +24 at Harvard

I don't like big spreads in bad weather games. The height of the storm could be blowing at gametime. The Crimson will probably grab this win by 11 to 14 points.


At Fri Oct 28, 06:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is worth repeating

ATTENTION: All Captains, Seniors & Columbia Football Players its time to call a meeting amongst yourselves and address the following;

For many of you football has been a big part of your life. As Student Athletes you’re special individuals who’ve constantly struggled with the balancing of athletics & academics. In just 4 short weeks your time as Columbia Football Players will be reaching its epilogue. The days of juggling your academics & athletics will become part of a history with only the remembrance of the good, the bad, and the what if’s. Although your book of history is still open it’s up to you how you want your final chapter to read.

I see the passion and greatness in each of you, but it doesn’t matter what I see, it matters what you see. You must have the leadership skills, will & desire to overcome and make the impossible, possible. Stare into the eyes of adversity and negativity and conquer it with a positive and winning attitude. You can win these next four games but you have to believe that. It’s your choice to make. You have to believe in yourself, the bond of brotherhood and the strength that lies within the team. You possess the power, the talent and the character to accomplish all your goals and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

It’s the final countdown guys so play every down like it’s your last. Believe in yourself, your team and the can do mentality. Play these last 4 games for all the years you’ve sacrificed, for all the injuries each and every one of you & your brothers have endured but most importantly play it for YOU the TEAM. This is your time to prove to yourself that anything is possible with the passion and desire to achieve greatness. Throw away your regrets and embrace the can do attitude because your victory is at hand. It’s your time, your history to write so make it count. Take all the negative comments you’ve heard and read over the past few months and use them as fuel to motivate the team to be the best it can be. Leave behind the legacy that states: We were down but never out and in the end we raised above what others thought could never be achieved and sang our victory song with our helmets held high, Roar Lion Roar, and here the echoes of the Hudson Valley, fight on to victory evermore, as the sons of Knickerbocker rally round Columbia, Columbia, shouting her name forever Roar Lion Roar for alma mater on the Hudson Shore.

At Fri Oct 28, 07:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is going to be a wet and cold one:

"Saturday: Rain, mainly after 8am. High near 43. Breezy, with a northeast wind between 16 and 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible."

We better be able to run the ball this week.

At Fri Oct 28, 07:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The players will tell the story. Nothing about my alma mater surprises me at this point. If by some miracle we play like we did at the Penn game for the last four weeks of the season and win 2m or 3 (a very tall order) then who knows what will happen. At this point it is in the hands of the players.

At Fri Oct 28, 08:23:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the 72hour update. You made my day.

At Fri Oct 28, 08:36:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You made my day too.


At Sat Oct 29, 11:25:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Gym Ratt said...

I agree with you Jake on Penn and Harvard but I like Princeton's chances over Cornell.

As for the Lions I like them (+16 1/2) over the Bulldogs.


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