What football fan doesn’t love the coolness of the logo and the name of the Washington and Lee Generals? Here at Balladeer’s Blog that logo is the honorary 27th letter of the alphabet, forming a combined w and l sound like in “bowl” or “knowledge”. The Generals are the defending champions of the Continue reading
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At Washington and Lee, where the sports teams go by the incredibly cool and incredibly appropriate nickname The Generals, Athletic Director Jan Hathorn (Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: “The Hath” as in “Don’t hassle the Hath””) announced the rededication of the school’s Student Athlete Mentor group as an organization known simply as “23”. No it doesn’t have anything to do with Discordianism or The Law Of Fives, the group is called 23 because that’s how many varsity sports the university sponsors. Their motto is “Many sports, one team.” The mission of W&L’s “23” is to create and promote a united community of student-athletes. Their goals are to develop and strengthen a sense of responsibility and wellness through risk reduction and bystander intervention.
Lacrosse player Lauren Acker, Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname, “L.A. Woman”, is the student chair of 23 and is outspoken about the group’s mission:
“Being a student-athlete at W&L is something that I am very proud of — it is a very important aspect of my identity on campus,” said Acker. “I am passionate about “23” and its mission because I believe it has the potential to greatly enhance a student-athlete’s experience at W&L. Our inspiration stemmed from the fact that we have 23 varsity sports on campus, yet there is little interaction and camaraderie amongst these sports. I feel that as student-athletes, we must all look out for each other, just as we would a teammate. It is important to transcend our teams’ boundaries to build an even larger support base as we pursue our athletic and academic goals at W&L.”
The idea for the rededication was born when Hathorn and Associate Athletic Director Shana Levine attended the APPLE Conference at the University of Virginia last January. The APPLE Conference offers teams of student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, administrators, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention specialists an opportunity to evaluate the ATOD environment within their athletics departments, and to develop a specific action plan to enhance prevention efforts. After attending the conference, Hathorn and Levine began devising a way to re-energize the SAMS in order to achieve the mission for what has become “23”.
“At the Apple Conference last year, it became apparent that our student-athlete leaders have been seeking a new way to articulate their pride as an athlete, individually and collectively, on campus,” noted Hathorn. “Specifically, they wanted to become a more unified group, and they felt that focusing on bystander behavior would be a great stepping stone towards expressing their care, concert and support of one another. I am very pleased and proud of the efforts of ‘23’ and the work they have already accomplished. If the dedication and spirit that has been demonstrated so far continues, this organization is well on its way to creating a new spirit of unity among our student-athletes on campus.”
Already, “23” has organized the first-ever student-athlete picnic (Sept. 19) and they have printed T-Shirts intended to identify athletes as a group on campus. The group intends on continuing their mission throughout the school year in order to provide a sense of unity among the school’s teams and athletes.
We start with the Sioux Falls Cougars as they continue their quest to threepeat as NAIA football champs. The Cougars are 4-0 and this week host a team with one of the coolest logos in the biz, the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. NWU is not having a great year so we won’t rub it in, we’ll just remind readers that USF stars like QB Jon “Jonny East” Eastman, RB Chevon “Fire” Walker and K “Brassy” Braden Wieking (Everybody say “MITCHELL!”) will be in action at USF Sanford Complex looking to go 5-0.
It’s Wisconsin, so the “UW” part is assumed. The 18th-ranked Eau Claire Blugolds are getting ready for their Homecoming opponent, but they’re not facing the cupcakes a lot of schools like to schedule for Homecoming. No, they’re facing the Stevens Point Pointers, who have won the last 2 in a row in this series. A few weeks after his boys upset St John’s, Blugolds Head Coach Todd “Not Albert” Glaser (fans of bad movies will get it) hopes to keep this season’s positive vibe going in Eau Claire’s 1st conference game of the season. Both teams come into Saturday’s game sporting 2-1 records.
Speaking of 2-1 records, that’s also the record held by the Wingate Bulldogs who will be hosting the Catawba Indians this weekend. You could call this game “The Coincidence Bowl” because both teams are also coming off bye weeks and both teams won their previous game. For the Bulldogs it was their upset of the then-ranked UNC-Pembroke Braves. Wingate Head Coach Joe “Joe” Reich is already the winningest coach in the school’s senior college history and his team is burning to keep adding to that win list.
The 3-1 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats take it on the road this Saturday to play the Susquehanna Crusaders in a Centennial Conference matchup. The 1st time these 2 schools played a football game against each other was 1898, when Joe Paterno was only in his 3rd year at Penn State and was pushing the virtues of McKinley-nomics. There’s probably no truth to the legend that JoePa had to cut a player named Leon Czolgosz from the team, forever embittering him toward President McKinley. (Obviously the preceding is all just a joke. Paterno was only in his 2nd year at PSU.) Anyway, QB John “The Arm” Harrison lit up the Juniata Eagles defense last week and is no doubt keeping the Crusaders Defensive Coordinator up at night this week.
The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays are finally playing their 1st home game of the season and are planning a Blackout (Does that mean the Long Island Black Birds will be planning a Blueout?) ) so all fans are encouraged to wear black. QB “Hurlin'” Hewitt Tomlin (nicknamed for his prowess at throwing the football, NOT for any unfortunate sickness on a Tilt-A-Whirl) and company host the Muhlenberg Mules. Tomlin can become the all-time winningest starter for the Blue Jays with a victory.
Generals vs Quakers may sound like a hot new Reality TV Show, but it’s really the team names in the Washington and Lee vs Guilford football game. The Generals are 12-11 all-time against the Quakers and look to even their record at 2-2 with a road win. Head Coach Frank Miriello is trying to get Washington and Lee to their 11th-straight non-losing season under him. There’s still plenty of time left in the season to win the Generals’ 1st Old Dominion Athletic Conference title since 2006, so stay tuned.
The NAIA’s 14th-ranked Azusa Pacific Cougars leave their California stomping grounds for one of the longest road-trips a team can make, traveling all the way to Florida to play the Webber International Warriors. The Warriors would like to make their own case for a ranking by upsetting the 4-0 Cougars, but Azusa Pacific’s QB, “Johnny V” himself, John van den Raadt, has other plans. Johnny V can kill the defense with his legs as well as his arm, and only Michigan’s Denard Robinson has more rushing yards (for a QB) than van den Raadt! Let that sink in for a minute. Now, for those of you who missed my weekly “Azusa Pacific Rules The World” posts, let me recap their 4 wins for you – In Week 1 they beat NCAA DIVISION FREAKING ONE’S San Diego Toreros! Weeks 2-4 they beat Division 3 teams the La Verne Leopards, the Whittier Poets and the Chapman Panthers. Rumor has it the Oakland Raiders are too scared to play this team!
It was 1894 when Franklin & Marshall and Ursinus 1st played each other in football. How can things like that NOT make you fall in love with college football? The Diplomats have won 6 of the last 8 meetings, but Ursinus is much-improved and some are calling this the de-facto Centennial Conference Championship Game! It will be played this Saturday at 1pm on Sponaugle-Williamson Field. How can a name like that NOT make you fall in love with college football venues? I may name my first child Sponaugle-Williamson Wozniak. Send contributions for the kid’s therapy bills to me if you like!
The Eau Claire Blugolds will be hosting the 9th-ranked St John’s Johnnies this Saturday night at 7pm under the lights at Carson Park (in case my child needs a sibling with an equally odd name I can call them Carson Park Wozniak). Last season the Blugolds fell 35-28 in a back and forth game for the ages. Tomorrow night Head Coach Todd “Blugold Football Fiiiiiive” Glaser hopes to lead Eau Claire to their 1st win in the series since 2004.
The Sioux Falls Cougars have won 84 of their last 85 conference games. This week they hope to make it 85 of 86 as they go on the road for the 2nd week in a row. Tomorrow’s opponent will be Great Plains Athletic Conference rivals the Midland Lutheran Warriors. The last time these 2 played was 2007 and the Cougars won 69-3, with USF scoring 23 field goals for the win. I’m just kidding of course, but with a kicker like Fred Mitchell Award Watch List member like “Brassy” Braden Wieking 23 field goals would be no problem, probably from the mid-field mark!
The 19th ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays are the defending Centennial Conference Champions and tomorrow they host the Old Dominion Athletic Conference‘s Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets. It’s the season-opener for the Blue Jays but the Yellow Jackets opened last weekend with a win over the Methodist Monarchs. JHU is 11-8-1 in season-opening games under Head Coach Jim “Madman Jimmy” Margraff. To link to live video and audio for the Jays and the Jackets game tomorrow at 2pm ET click here: http://athletics.rmc.edu/sports/fball/2010-11/schedule
And speaking of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the Washington and Lee Generals will be on the road against the Sewanee Tigers tomorrow. The Generals have seized the high ground in the series by winning the last 5 in a row and also hold an overall edge in the series 36-22. Sewanee comes in with a win under their belts and W&L is looking to bounce back from a loss by reasserting their dominance over the storied Sewanee program. Kickoff is 1pm CST. For video click here http://www.sportsnation360.com/schools/Sewanee-University-of-the-South or for a radio link: http://wlu.edu