Monday Morning Musings Redux

October 11, 2005

I flew back to DC from Iowa on Monday and it only took me twelve hours door to door. Remind me next time that I should drive. Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, IA, has a very pleasant campus and is filled with bright and energetic young students (including my daughter). The train tracks running alongside the campus suggested to me that this liberal arts school of 1,400 students in central Iowa perhaps should be known as "The Little College That Could."

The Division III athletic facilities are quite good and though the football team lost 62-14 to league opponent Monmouth College (Illinois) over the weekend, the campus is already getting excited about the hoop team with their now ESPN-exposed run & gun offense.

While at Grinnell, I lunched with a former classics classmate from my student days, Dennis Hughes. Dennis, the son of former GU English prof Riley Hughes (deceased), is now a classics professor at Grinnell. We swapped stories of former mentors Fr. Bodnar and Fr. Kelley from our days of studying Greek and Latin together. And, I learned from Dennis that Josiah Osgood, the son of Grinnell's current president, is a classics professor on the Hilltop. It's a small world. And classics do rule!


Newly completed Darby Center is home to the high-flying hoop Pioneers

























My picks for most interesting contests this coming week:

> Men's Soccer: The Hoyas (7-5) host #13 ranked Maryland (8-3) on rain-drenched North Kehoe Field. The Hoyas have already knocked off local rivals Howard and American. No rest on the horizon either. Notre Dame comes to town on Saturday and #23 ranked Creighton on next Tuesday. All are must-see games!

> Football: I don't understand the vagaries of football scheduling, but two seasons ago, the Hoyas (3-3) faced Cornell (2-2) in Ithaca. Last year, we did not play them at all. This year, we are back in Ithaca to play the Big Red on their homecoming weekend. I won't care about fair if we beat them, just like last time.

> Women's Soccer: After splitting games with two Big East opponents last weekend, the Hoyas (11-3-1) will meet the #23 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers next Sunday after facing an underdog Pittsburgh squad (2-8-3) on North Kehoe on Friday.

> Swimming & Diving: Opening weekend for the Hoya natators (0-0) with the local Potomac Relays on Friday. On Saturday, we will open the doors of Yates to let the smEagles from Boston College swim in our Big East pool. Let's send them right back to their ACC north country with a big L.

Last week, the Hoya athletic teams posted an overall win-loss record of 2-6 and earned a 1st, a 3rd and a 12th place finish in standings competition.




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August 9
4:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Shaw Field
August 11
7:00 PM
Maryland
College Park, Md.
August 12
7:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
August 15
7:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
August 18
4:00 PM
West Virginia
Shaw Field
August 19
1:00 PM
Virginia
Shaw Field
August 19
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
August 20
1:00 PM
George Washington
Shaw Field
August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C.
August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.
September 3
1:00 PM
Lock Haven
Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 9
TBA
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 13
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 15
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 15
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
TBA
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 16
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 16
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 17
TBA
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 17
TBA
Bedford Cup
College Park, Md.
September 18
All Day
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Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 19
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Shaw Field
September 20
2:00 PM
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
September 22
6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Norfolk, Va.
September 22
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 23
TBA
Columbia
New York, N.Y.
September 23
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
September 23
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.
September 24
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shaw Field
September 24
1:00 PM
Longwood
Farmville, Va.
September 24
TBA
Joe Hunt Memorial
Annapolis, Md.