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Date Posted: 12/10/15 11:51:15pm Thu
Author: 'gate80
Subject: I am happy, Future, trust me on that!
In reply to: The Future 's message, "The glass is 98% full" on 12/10/15 9:01:55pm Thu

I haven't been as optimistic about the future of Colgate football since 1982. I said our victory last week was one of the most impressive in my 40 years of following the Raiders. I think Vicky and Hunt are terrific. When have I said otherwise? I was going to travel to Texas this weekend until the game time was changed.

I didn't start this thread about bidding for home playoff games. But when I hear it said that Biddle didn't want to play at home for the semis in 2003, after 2 great home playoff victories against spirited crowds, I have to call bs. This is the first I've heard this in 12 years.

I trust we now are bidding for home playoff games, which is terrific. I agree with you completely that we will almost always lose a competitive bidding process for the reasons you cited. Which is why it was such a shame when we forfeited home field in the rare situations we could have obtained a home game. Wagner was 3 years ago, not 30. Did you see the post from the SHSU grad about how they always bid high to make sure they get a home game? I was off by a factor of 10 in a prior post - our endowment per student is over 125 TIMES what SHSU's is. Do we bid high? This is the first year we have bid at all.

It wasn't just ESPN showing our players studying and taking tests before a title game. The Colgate Scene ran pictures of this, as they did in 1990 when the hockey team played Wisconsin in the national championship game. The only thing more absurd than sending out those pictures would be if we actually made the players take tests in their Chattanooga hotel the morning of a freaking title game! (Did we??) This has been a recurring theme since my college days, when we fed Bob Hope lame jokes about our fb players studying so much that they were neglecting their football. We couldn't go to the playoffs when we were ranked #1 because "academics are paramount at Colgate". Even our athletic website motto - champions in the classroom and in Div 1 athletics - betrays a totally unwarranted academic insecurity that insults me as an alum. We are a top 25 liberal arts college for cryin out loud, why do we need to do this crap?

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