A Little Comic Relief & the Cornell Rivalry
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"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.
The Sports Network's Craig Haley picks our Lions to defeat Cornell.
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.