Monday, September 14, 2009

Yale checks in at No. 138

From the take this for what it is worth department: Yale is ranked 138th among all Football Bowl Series and Football Championship Subdivision schools (or Division I-A and I-AA if you prefer) in Jeff Sagarin's power rankings.

The Bulldogs, who open Saturday at Georgetown, are sandwiched between Army and Rice and trail only No. 120 Harvard among Ivy League schools. Georgetown comes in 235th among 245 teams on the database.

Here are the rankings of teams Yale will play this season:
120 Harvard
151 Penn
156 Brown
166 Lafayette
170 Princeton
180 Lehigh
190 Cornell
207 Dartmouth
208 Columbia
235 Georgetown

Two former Ivy League stars are among the three active NFL players who are taking part in a program to donate their brains for post-concussion syndrome (following their deaths, of course). Former Ivy Leaguers Matt Birk (Harvard) and Sean Morey (Brown) and Lofa Tatupu, who played at Southern California, are the only active players to commit to a program where they will donate their brains and spinal cord tissue to a Boston University program that studies sports brain injuries.

There will be a team of walkers showing up in West Haven on Sept. 27 to walk in honor of Bill Gonillo, the former voice of the Yale football team, to raise money and awareness for the fight against diabetes.

The event starts at 10 a.m. at the boardwalk on the West Haven beach and for the sake of full disclosure, I should say that I am the person organizing the team of walkers in Bill's honor.


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