With both teams 3-0 in the Ivy League, the Big Green took on the Harvard Crimson Friday night in Cambridge for a match that likely determined the conference champion. Most people can agree that watching the game on TV or catching up with the highlights is not the same as being there in real-time. It’s a full experience that’s defined by the little things. To help you feel like you were there, Dartbeat has created a narration of that experience (complete with GIFs, of course). Continue reading →
To be honest, I have no idea why I thought I was qualified to write anything about the Super Bowl. I know nothing about the teams playing (for those still unsure of the names, this year it’s the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks), nor do I really understand the rules of football. But I still usually watch some of the game every year, so here are my Super Bowl tips for those who feel the same way I do.
Super Bowl parties provide the perfect opportunity to consume all the unhealthy finger food you’ve been craving. So indulge in the hearty (and probably fried) selections!
If you have a lot of friends, or are feeling particularly hungry, I recommend that you try your hand at making your own Super Bowl Snackadium à la Buzzfeed. Make sure to Instagram it though – it would be sad to devour all of your craftiness without impressing your friends via social media.
If you thought you had to wait until the Super Bowl to watch the most entertaining parts (the ads!), think again! This year many companies have released teasers, or even leaked entire commercials, to tantalize viewers. This gives you a chance to preview them so that you can prepare witty commentary to regale your companions with.
My personal favorite so far, for obvious reasons, is the Budweiser “Puppy Love” ad. If you’d rather watch adorable puppies instead of football, I suggest that you sneakily switch the channel to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl.
The Halftime Show
Last winter I was studying abroad and didn’t bother with anything Super Bowl related, but I still managed to watch Beyoncé’s entire halftime show: if it’s Beyoncé, I find a way. The shows tend to be hit or miss, but at least they provide a necessary break from the game. No guarantees about Bruno Mars this year – he has nowhere near the cachet that Queen Bey does.
Acceptable Sunday Drinking
As a warning, one beer might make you a bit tipsier than usual since you’re not used to drinking on a Sunday. Make sure to drink a beer suitably patriotic for watching such an American sport. None of that imported craft beer allowed; this is not supposed to be a hipster or high-class pursuit.
Comment on who has the best “tight end” (if you catch my drift). See what other football terms you can make into puns or irreverently mock.
Just Give Up on Actually Trying to Follow the Game
“Which color are we rooting for again?” is a question that I have asked way too many times during football games. I have yet to fully learn the rules, and I haven’t been interested enough to try to learn. At this point, it’s best if I just don’t bother commenting on any of the actual plays. Instead, I save my insight for all the other aspects of the event.
Homecoming weekend is, arguably, Dartmouth’s oldest and most beloved tradition. Students, trustees and alumni alike come from ’round the girdled Earth to march in the parade, yell around the bonfire and of course, to watch Dartmouth sports teams return from visiting opponents to play on their home fields. With only 72 hours of precious Homecoming to go around, I give you the good and bad of two of the College’s most popular spectator sports, in classic-Dartmouth “pro-con-pro,” fashion, so you can decide whether making it to a sporting event this weekend is more worthwhile than the Steam Tunnel Tours (note: it is). Today I’ll discuss football, tomorrow I’ll explore the American game’s up and coming rival — rugby.
Pro: The facetime. Whether at the height of gridiron glory, like in 1996 when the eventual Ivy League Champions held onto a perfect season, or in the depths of loser territory (er—2008 was a rough year for Heath Ledger, too) the Dartmouth community just can’t get enough of Big Green football. Football always draws a sizable crowd and attending their games is a sure-fire way to see and be seen. So even if that date with your hot floormate from Malta turns awkward (you took her to the wrong game; in Europe, football = soccer), no worries—try and see if you can land a sick internship with that belligerent ’81 sitting next to you who just happens to own a hedge fund.
Con: There is that whole losing thing. Though slated to finish in the Ivy League this year, Big Green football suffered its fourth-straight loss to Holy Cross this weekend. Sure, the seven new light towers at Memorial Field give off a ‘Friday Night Lights,’ feel — but it’s hard to enjoy that greasy concession stand hotdog in freezing rain after watching Penn end an 89-yard drive in a touchdown with only 17 seconds left. And nothing will make you choke up that Diet Coke faster than a fumbled return that gives possession back to the Bulldogs. Ouch! Let’s hope the Big Green can duplicate last year’s 24-21 win against Columbia this Homecoming weekend. Kick-off at Memorial Field will be on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Pro: You have a good chance of being on TV and all your friends in the SEC and Big 12 (R.I.P.) will finally believe you when you say that Dartmouth does have a real football team. This fall will mark the eighteenth consecutive season that Dartmouth football has had at least one season game televised. Fox College Sports Network will show the Big Green’s contest with Crimson host on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. But perhaps you should skip the hotdogs altogether, since I hear the camera adds 10 pounds.
There may be a lot of con flict in this world, but there’s one thing most na tions agree on: a love for soc cer. Dart mouth showed its “foot ball” spirit last Sat ur day, as teams rep re sent ing 22 coun tries bonded over the In ter na tional Stu dent As so ci a tion’s World Cup Soc cer tourna ment.
The event began at noon with a bar beque, and the tour na ment started around 12:45 on the Gold Coast lawn. For 4.5 hours, teams of six played each other in four rounds of com pet i tive play. Teams had to meet ahead of time to spray paint shirts for their adopted coun tries, which or ga niz ers Richard Wai t umbi and Richard Asala agreed con tributed to the in tense amount of team spirit they wit nessed on the field.
Though the stakes at Dart mouth’s World Cup weren’t quite as high as those at FIFA’s tourna ment, play ers took the game very se ri ously. True to good foot balling form, sev eral groups got worked up about bad calls by ref er ees. Ale jan dro Gomez-Bar bosa ’14, who played on the Licht en stein team, even squat ted and prayed be fore his team took a penalty shot.
In the end, Dji bouti beat Swe den 2-1 in the fi nals. Team Dji bouti con sisted of Max Deibel ’14, El liot San born ’14, Kath leen Her ring ’14, Eliana Piper ’14, Sam Tanyos ’11 and Matt Dahlhausen ’11. Dji bouti was an un der dog through out the tour na ment and most be lieved that Swe den would prove vic to ri ous. The MVP of the tour na ment was Carlo Pizzinelli ’12, who played for Sey chelles.
The In ter na tional Stu dents As so ci a tion has hosted in tra mural bare foot soc cer over the sum mer, but this tour na ment was the first open to the whole cam pus. Wai t umbi and Asala said they hope that the tour na ment will be come an an nual spring event.
Dartmouth College has agreed to resume its traditional football rivalries with the College of the Holy Cross, the University of New Hampshire, Colgate University and the University of Rhode Island, according to the Concord Monitor. Competition between these schools began in October of 1901, but the series has been on hiatus since September 2009. Dartmouth will play an away game against UNH on September 27, 2014 and host UNH for the season opening game in 2016, according to an announcement made by Dartmouth’s athletic department.
Super Bowl Sunday is a time when people all over the country get together with friends, turn on their TV sets and watch the big game. A range of options was available to Dartmouth students for viewing this Sunday, and the spot where a student watched the game left a larger impact on their experience than the game itself.
Within Dartmouth’s Greek system, many fraternities hosted watch parties, setting up a big screen TV or projector in order to accommodate a larger viewing audience.
“It was fun,” Reilly Bertasi ’13, a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, said. Bertasi watched the game at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity with many of her sorority sisters.
“They had a projector set up and a lot of good food,” she said. “It felt like a party.”
Bertasi, who wasn’t rooting for any particular team, went to SAE for the social atmosphere more than anything else, she said.
“There were a lot of people talking and hanging out,” she said. “I feel like if you’re really trying to watch the football, it might not be the best place to go.”
Bertasi also noted the presence of many freshmen, as the event was also an informal rush event for SAE.
Rett Young ’14 chose to watch part of the game at a party at Phi Delta Alpha fraternity. Young also noted that there were many dorm room watch parties, one of which he returned to for the second half of the game.
Off of Webster Avenue, many students decided to watch the game on the big screen set up for the occasion in One Wheelock. One Wheelock Manager Antonio Brown ’11 described the event as a last-minute effort, but one that was well received.
“We weren’t sure if we would end up having a party until essentially the day of,” Brown said, citing funding uncertainty and paperwork issues. “However, we were able to secure some resources through [Collis Governing Board], and we ended up ordering some wings and pizza.”
Although the crowd fluctuated, Brown estimated that roughly 30 people were watching the game at any time in One Wheelock.