Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Little Comic Relief & the Cornell Rivalry

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Will Geist

"Us vs. The Golden Pants"

It turns out humorist Willie Geist was at the Columbia game last Saturday and he took his four year old daughter with him.

This piece explains all he went through to keep his daughter entertained and still enjoy the game.

As the dad of girls aged 8 and 3, I know exactly how he feels.

Some Optimism

The Sports Network's Craig Haley picks our Lions to defeat Cornell.

Two-Deep News

Columbia released its two deeps for the Cornell game last evening and as some readers have already pointed out, RB Griffin Lowry and DE Wells Childress are among the newly listed starters.

But once again, it's important to take these two-deeps with a very big grain of salt.

The Empire State/Mega Bowl

Saturday's CU-CU game is the second official "Empire State Bowl" with a shiny glass trophy at stake.

Of course, Columbia players call it "The Mega Bowl" and have done so since 2009.

For the last two decades, Columbia's most consistent success has come against the Big Red.

It's hard to nail down an exact reason why other than the fact that Cornell has struggled with weaker teams than most other Ivies since its last co-championship season in 1990.

But the Lions still defeated excellent Big Red teams in 1992, 1994, and 1996.

Columbia is 11-9 vs. Cornell over the last 20 meetings and has won three in a row.

My top 5 Lions-Big Red Games since 1991:

1992: Columbia 35 Cornell 30

In the first of two straight amazing games by senior Des Werthman, Columbia ended a seven game Cornell winning streak and a 16-year losing streak to the Big Red. Des had more than a dozen tackles, and scored 16 points with two TD's, two PAT's, and a 2-point conversion. Possible (?) future Ivy head coach Bill Lazor had a super day passing the ball for Cornell, totaling 400 yards, but it was not enough.

1994: Columbia 38 Cornell 33

The Lions clinched their first winning season since 1971 with the back-and-forth win. QB Jamie Schwalbe was the star with four TD passes.

2000: Cornell 35 Columbia 31

The broken clock game. A malfunctioning Wien Stadium clock that went black for the final quarter or so made Columbia's valiant final comeback effort a mystery. The refs blew the game dead just as the Lions were about to snap the ball inside the Big Red five yardline. The win kept Cornell's championship hopes alive, but they were dashed by Penn in Ithaca a week later when the Quakers came away with a rout.

2009: Columbia 30 Cornell 20

M.A. Olawale's last hurrah in a Lion uniform. Olawale came off the bench despite a number of injuries to lead Columbia back from a 20-16 deficit to win the game at Schoelkopf Field.

2010: Columbia 20 Cornell 17

Sean Brackett used mostly his legs to bring the Lions back from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit. Columbia hasn't won a game since.


At Fri Nov 11, 03:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That article by Geist was really funny!

At Fri Nov 11, 04:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommmend that everybody with five spare minutes read the Willie Geist piece. It's exceptionally well written.

He provides an amusing side bar monologue about how girlfriends and wives slowly figure out the difference between Time On Clock and real time elapsed -- namely, that men lie when we say, "Look, honey, there's only two minutes left!"

It reminds me of the time that I took my new girlfriend to her first college basketball game: Princeton at Harvard. She had dutifully sat through a few college football games in the past few months and was thus vaguely familiar with the concept of four quarters to a game.

As the horn went off at the end of the second period, the fans of course started filing out. I told beautiful Suzanne, "It's the end of the second quarter. Those people are just getting up to buy refreshments; stay here until the third quarter begins."

God bless her, she sat there faithfully as the entire crowd emptied out and it was just the two of us and the clean-up crew left. I kept up my end of the charade, staring at the court expectantly but finally she piped up, "Are you sure the game isn't over?"

There is something awesome about taking women to sports events.

At Fri Nov 11, 05:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Inwood Tiger said...

Hope the Lions win. (The CU band, however, will certainly lose this one, being outnumbered 10-to-1.)

At Fri Nov 11, 08:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake- any word on some key high school, or JUCO recruits that may have applied ED?

At Sat Nov 12, 12:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cornell Vs. Columbia

The key to this game is keeping heavy pressure on Cornell's quarterback and the d backs bumping the receivers at the line of scrimmage. I hope they blitz him all day. Their running game IMO is not a big threat. Our offense needs a balanced attack with 0 turnovers and we have to maintain ball possession for more than 30 minutes. If we do this our Lions get their first win of the season. Go Lions

At Sat Nov 12, 08:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our basketball team is soooooooo slooooooooow.

At Sat Nov 12, 07:53:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, they're not. That's a silly comment.


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