Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yes, You SHOULD Be Here

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Baker Field, 1944

No matter how frustrated most of us are about the progress and lack thereof of the program, no one should stay home Saturday and hold out on rooting for our players and enjoying what looks like it's going to be a beautiful day at Wien Stadium.

Here's a good link with lots of info on what you need to know for Homecoming 2011.

Now, here are a few other things to keep in mind:

We're Playing Penn

Do we really want to give the Quakers a cake walk without any fan noise to contend with in a nationall televised game?

I thought not.

Our players really need to hear the cheers this Saturday so they know that while many of us are not happy with the coaches and the administration, we support and love them!

Meanwhile, Penn's players should come away knowing that win or lose, Columbia fans are still here and vocal and proud and we want a program that wins!

The Athletic Department Needs to See Us and Hear Us

If you do happen to bump into someone from the administration, first BE POLITE. But also let them know your name, your connection to the program, (alum, former player, fan, donor, etc.), and tell him or her what's on your mind.

Then, get into the stadium and yell your head off for Columbia. Show your passion in and out of the game.

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

The athletic department does a better job year after year making Homecoming a fun family experience. This is something they do better than just about every other Ivy school. So enjoy it, spend a few bucks on the food and other goodies and make a good memory.

Homecoming Hardships

... and the team will need your support as it attempts to win its first Homecoming match since 2000.

Even in lean Columbia eras, the Lions usually did pretty well on Homecoming.

Ray Tellier was 8-6 overall on Homecoming with some big wins over Princeton, Dartmouth and Yale in that mix.

Larry McElreavy's first win with the program was on Homecoming to end the team's then record losing streak against Princeton in 1988.

But not since a 49-21 rout of Dartmouth in 2000 have the Lions managed to win on their biggest annual stage.

Five of those 10 straight Homecoming losses have come against Penn and none of them has really been that close.

That means coming out to the game this Saturday means you really have a great chance to witness real history.

Life is Funny

I just got this letter today from Athletic Director Dianne Murphy thanking me for my donation "in honor of Roar Lions Roar Blog."

You got to love form letters.

And you should also keep donating too... and make sure you note in the special box that you're also donating in honor of this blog... if you agree with the sentiments or the spirit of the sentiments here, that is.


Many of you have emailed or called with words of support since I posted my controversial opinions about our coaches and the program yesterday.

Everyone knows how supportive of the school and athletics I am and all the readers of this blog are.

... and we expect more of the things we love.


At Wed Oct 12, 07:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching this team for 4 years now and the one thing you can always count on is that these guys never give up/quit regardless of how the game is going. That energy and drive alone keeps you watching until the end. This will be a great game and hopefully all the peaces will fall in place this week.

It will be a beautiful day for football according to the forecast and what better way is there to spend the day than at a great football game.

Karl Groth

At Wed Oct 12, 07:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From one Michigander to another: we'll be there!


At Wed Oct 12, 08:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to end with a Go Blue which goes to both my favorite Lion teams and of course my maize in blue brothers who will destroy Sparty Saturday.

Karl Groth

At Wed Oct 12, 09:01:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous TreBlue said...

Keeping with the Michigan theme, Karl ad Doc, may our Lions in blue take a page from the book of Detroit's Lions in blue. If they're 5-0, anything's possible! Every game is brand new!

At Wed Oct 12, 09:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The season starts on Saturday.

At Wed Oct 12, 09:30:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming in from Midwest too. Looking forward to Autumn in nYC, football on the Hudson and victory over Penn! Love these players.

Go Lions!

At Wed Oct 12, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The meaning of: ROAR, LIONS, ROAR

Respect one another and reject all negative comments, if you dig deep within yourself the winner will always find the positive within the negative.

Overcome any and all objections and obstacles you’re faced with not as individuals but as a team.

Attitude is a state of mind. You have it live it.

Remember as you practice so shall you play. Practice every play as though it’s your last. Hard work, sweat, tears and a tireless effort on every down makes the difference.

Leadership is having a positive influence on your teamates in which you and others can motivate and lead the team in the accomplishment of a common goal to win at will.

Individuals don’t win games. The power and will to win comes from the strength of 106 players playing as one. This is the key to victory.

Overwhelm your opponents everytime you take the field with a passion and desire that you will not loose. This is your time, your game, your opportunity to turn the doubters into believers.

Never say die. You can if you think you can. Remain positive because negative thoughts and quiting is no longer an option.

Solitify your purpose as a Columbia Lion right now. It’s time to turn your season around. No more excuses, no more we can’t, the new attitude is we can and we will.

Read, react and destroy the opponents determination to win the game by hitting them harder than they ever thought they could be hit. Hitting them hard, fast, and furious will damage their will to win.

Obsess over the thrill of victory. The team has the power to win and defeat any opponent it faces. Believe in the team concept, and the team will prevail.

Acknowledge your weaknesses and improve them, acknowledge your strengths then make them stronger and acknowledge that the team will never quit because once it does, quitting gets easier. You're the Columbia Lions and you'll no longer be denied the victory.

Recognize all your sacrifices and commitments to the team. The hard work, tireless efforts, sweat, injuries and all the team endures throughout the year to claim the title, we are the Columbia Lions Football Team. Our Team will win because the hearts of the Lions will beat as one

At Wed Oct 12, 11:57:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPenns has posted their game notes for Staurday's game vs Columbia:

At Thu Oct 13, 01:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have potential to be the BEST "feel good" 0-10 team ever! Dr. Phil would be prpoud of your optimism. After the season, I only hope that you people will speak freely.

There has NEVER been any questionn of support for the kids and we ALL want CU to win. It is just fustrating to read that some people have Jim Jones reaction to Norries.

At Thu Oct 13, 03:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, they don't give up, but at some point doubt has to set in, and when that happens, that's one way you can mentally quit. I believe you can always find some positives in any game, but when you have to do that every week, so you can make the team feel better about losing, then that's when you have a real problem.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Now is the time to try different players, and see what kind of spark they can bring to the table. You can't continue to use the same players, that are making the same mistakes, and hope for a different out come.

I started quarterback in high school on a team that went 26-0-1 and started quarterback in college, that produced the best record the school ever had at a D1 level, so I know a thing or two about winning.

But you have to ready to step outside the box, and mix it up, and give different players a chance to make a difference, you'll be surprised to what that can do for a team.

At Thu Oct 13, 03:40:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second that...all this wonderful philosophy..of course we support this great group of kids.


At Thu Oct 13, 03:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure to whom "you people" refers. I have spoken freely and directly to the appropriate ears. But this thread is focused on the players and the game. Let's keep it that way please. Go Lions!


At Thu Oct 13, 06:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to develop players at every level and then mix it up. 100 players who are the best they can be and confident about it are better than just 30 best players.


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