Posts Tagged ‘football’
Dear readers, thank you for taking the time to read Getting Graphic. If I could, I would fly a plane above campus with the banner “THX READERS GO LIONS LUV U!!”
Football season wrapped up yesterday in at atmosphere of frustration that literally reached new heights. A plane trailing a banner that read “THX SENIORS GO LIONS LUV U!! MANG & MURPHY…JUST GO” flew ahead during the second quarter.
Today marks the last football game of the season for the resilient Columbia Lions. The athletics department is giving away free shirts to the first 200 students in attendance, and the 21 seniors on the team will be celebrated for their many seasons of dedication. The game is at 1:30pm at Baker Field against Brown University.
The New York Times highlighted our players’ persistence and loyalty in Juliet Macur’s article Columbia Football’s Dogged Futility. Macur explains that although we may be finishing a winless football season—something not entirely shocking to the Columbia community—we need to recognize the effort and resilience of our players. They have brutal training schedules along with school work and still manage to keep their heads up and optimistically plow onward. More »
Mistake-free football. Executing plays. These are the things that Lions coach Pete Mangurian talks about constantly. Limiting turnovers is the name of the game, and all the well-designed plays in the world aren’t enough if the decision-making by the quarterback isn’t good. Columbia committed only one turnover against Cornell, and it ended their chance to come back in the fourth quarter.
We haven’t talked much about different types of defending pass plays. There are two basic ways to defend the pass. In man-to-man, each defender is assigned a specific receiver and follows that person around the field, trying to prevent a catch. In zone, the defenders are each assigned a zone of the field that they are responsible for, covering the guys who end up in their area. Most defensive schemes actually rely on some combination of the two, but Cornell’s zone—and Columbia’s inability to read it correctly—cost the Lions last Saturday. More »
The Columbia football team is nearing the end of a tremendous, tragic, winless season. This weekend’s final game against Brown could put Columbia football at 0-10 for the first time since the 1987 season.
There’s been a lot of discussion about what to do about our unlucky Lions. Some people think we should just dismantle our team and put the money from the football program towards scholarships, better facilities, and other school-wide initiatives. Others think that football players don’t deserve respect on our campus because they’re “not good at school and not good at football” or because some of them are hateful and mean.
All of this discussion, objective or otherwise, makes me wonder what our community stands for—who we are, what we value, and what behavior we are willing to tolerate from each other. I’m not talking about valuing doing homework over going to pep rallies, or preferring jazz clubs to frat parties. I’m talking about supporting each other’s talents and ideas.
The same way that we respect and support the existence of the Intercultural Resource Center and Q House, we need to respect and support the athletes on this campus. They are our neighbors. They are our classmates. We are all Lions. More »
Hi, Columbia. I am writing this in a NyQuil induced haze for I am finding things hard to swallow — both literally and figuratively.
First off, it appears that the semester is ending.
Columbia does not run the most dynamic offense in the world. If the offense has any animating principles, they are simplicity, power running, and timing-based routes. The Lions haven’t had much success this year with this offense.
Much of the rest of the Ivy League has moved this year toward a much more exciting and dynamic style of football. This style is animated by a few key principles: speed and a lack of huddling (a trend largely driven by Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks), the spread offense, and read-option running plays.
I am fairly certain that you’re currently wondering what the hell a “read-option” is. Simply put, it’s a running play where the quarterback has the option to either hand the ball to a running back or keep it himself. He chooses what to do by reading the defense—specifically, the actions of one player on the opposing team. When done well, it can be very difficult to stop. More »
Is the Columbia football team a waste of money? This article in the NY Daily News weighs the pros and cons of cutting football. It is interesting to see an analysis of our athletics program from someone outside of the Columbia community. Here are the pros and cons, as put by the article, for dropping our football program:
– The infrastructure is already there at Baker Field, the facilities are available and there is no prettier view from the press box anywhere.
– The program brings racial and geographic diversity to the student body.
– Some students (though not enough) still enjoy the whole Saturday football experience in northern Manhattan.
– A segment of alumni would be loudly miffed if the program were discontinued.
– The halftime band is a lot of fun.
This has not been a good year for the Columbia football team. It’s been a case of everything that could go wrong going wrong, usually at the worst possible time. Columbia has been plagued by injuries, and the team is relying on very young, inexperienced players. This week, I’m going to take a look at a play from the Yale game where youth really hurt the Lions.
Columbia is down 23-6, but they have the ball at the start of the third quarter and they’ve just picked up a first down. The game isn’t out of hand yet, and it’s a big chance for the Lions to make it a close game.
At halftime, the Lions trail the Bulldogs in New Haven, 23-6.
Yale got on the board first, scoring on its second possession of the game. Quarterback Henry Furman made a couple of big throws on the drive, including a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Cameron Sandquist that gave the Bulldogs a first and 10 at the Columbia 35. The Lions defense regrouped and forced a field goal attempt, but Yale kicker Kyle Cazzetta’s 46-yard attempt narrowly cleared the crossbar to give the home team a 3-0 advantage. More »