Saturday, November 05, 2011

Gameday in the NYC

Nico in his high school days

Nico Noticed

Senior FB Nico Papas is mentioned briefly in this piece from It mentions how much he wants to beat Harvard and the fact that his father, John, was once an assistant to Crimson Head Coach Tim Murphy. To say that I wish the Lions would use Nico more often would be an understatement.

Super Stunner

Perhaps the football team will get some inspiration today from a major upset pulled off by Columbia tennis senior co-captain Haig Schneiderman who stunned #5 nationally-ranked Chase Buchanan of Ohio State Thursday. Schneiderman won 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarters at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

That quarterfinal match was last night and Schneiderman fell to the #4 player in the nation, Eric Quigley. But what a run!


At Sat Nov 05, 06:53:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today David meets Goliath

One of the biggest upsets in College Football History happened in September, 2007.

Division 1-AA Appalachian State beat Michigan who was ranked #5 in the nation 34 to 32 in front of 110,000 hysterical fans. No Division I-AA team had beaten a team ranked in The Associated Press poll between 1989 and 2006, and it's unlikely that it had ever happened before.

When a team has the heart, passion, motivation, desire and will to win; upsets become reality. I believe our Lions have all the above and are more than capable of beating Goliath today. They must play turnover free and expose the giant’s weakest link their pass defense. Our Football Lions Defense must hit hard, play fast, furious and cause turnovers. If they truly believe they can beat Goliath, they will and we the fans will witness a part of Ivy League Football History that will be talked about for years to come.

Today’s game is yours to win or loose, make the difference on every play, go further today then you ever thought you could, believe in you and your brother next to you, play with a passion that you never knew existed and a determination that never quits. Today it’s David vs. Goliath and I believe you’ll find amongst yourselves the inspiration; the talent and skill trapped within the depths of your lion hearts a way to defeat the giant. Today victory is at hand, it’s your choice and your choice alone. Believe that you can and you will. Believe in the thrill of victory and avoid the agony of defeat. If you want this win today then take it, if you want to make history today then do it.

Columbia Football Players on your walk down to the field today I and others want to hear and feel the roar like we never heard or felt before. Believe in the team, believe in yourself and throughout the game; react, adapt and improvise your way to the ultimate goal; beating Harvard the current Goliath of Ivy League Football.

Today is your day; JUST DO IT, God Bless and Roar, Lion, Roar
And wake the echoes of the Hudson Valley! Fight on to victory evermore,while the sons of Knickerbocker rally round
Columbia! Columbia!
Shouting her name forever!
Roar, Lion, Roar
For Alma Mater on the Hudson Shore!

At Sat Nov 05, 07:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to hear our team sing the Columbia Alma Mater with pride at the end of the game today.
We are with you all the way...GOOD LUCK LIONS

At Sun Nov 06, 12:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ross Morand! whata pick! Loving the audio commentary, wishing video were free.


At Sun Nov 06, 03:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Sun Nov 06, 05:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We already know how the Gerry Faust experiment ends...

At Sun Nov 06, 06:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster who said hiring Greg Toal would be a home run for success and recruting. His record speaks for itself. He is one of the most successful high football coaches in the United States. Under his direction, Don Bosco's football program has become the #1 ranked high school program in the United States. Yet, Don Bosco is very much like Columbia in its stress on academics, so there is no question that Toal will fit in immediately at Columbia. Yes, hiring Toal would be a home run for the Lions!

At Sun Nov 06, 09:56:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

I hear from someone who's been a Bosco trustee that Toal has turned down college coaching offers before.

He doesn't even have to recruit much. Prospective players come to him. Bosco is supposedly also heading towards a renewed emphasis on "residents," meaning on its being a boarding school. (The old ratio used to be 15-20% of its males were residents; my source says they'd like 50% or better.)Whether that can be accomplished, I don't know, but the rumors are that Bosco would like to have dorms enough for at least half of its student body. This alone greatly differentiates it from archrival Bergen Catholic.

As for high school coaches moving into the college ranks, does anyone remember the well-knoiwn instance when Gerry Faust moved from Moeller High in Ohio to Notre Dame? That one ended badly.

Still, why not approach Toal? (although the colleges that supposedly already have have been much bigger-time programs)

Does anyone even know if Columbia ever actually goes after coaches, however? Or does it just basically sit back and await resumes? (Because they will come.) If it's the former case, the search process is going to prove very costly. And I really do think Columbia has shown itself many times in the past to be more close-pursed than the proponents of new practice fields, parkas and wide-ranging coaching searches seem willing to acknowledge.


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