I always enjoy going to those high school football all-star games in the early summer. Just eight minutes from my house is the Empire State Challenge at Hofstra. It was a great game last year, and one of Columbia's current players, offensive lineman Carl Constant played for the New York City team.
This year, I don't see any Columbia recruits on the roster yet but Penn's incoming tight end Luke Nawrocki and offensive lineman Gregory Van Roten are on the Long Island squad. They both went to Chaminade high school with incoming Columbia safety Chris Paruch, who may pop on the all-star roster in the coming days, (that tends to happen).
The game is the night of June 24th, which is a Tuesday night and kind of tough for me to attend this year. But I will try.
Of course the Empire Challenge is a nice event, but the REALLY big high school all-star game is the Texas High School Coaches All-Star Game July 29 at the Alamodome. Incoming Columbia frosh Jerry Bell will be playing in what may be the first time any Ivy-signee will go under center in that game. It's quite an achievement for Bell and Columbia either way.
Incoming freshman defensive lineman J.D. Tyree is playing in the Virginia all-star game on July 4th. I'm not sure about the official title for that game.
If anyone else knows of future Columbians playing in any all star games, let us know in the comments section or email me.
As a season ticket holder, I received a free t-shirt in a mailing from the athletics department a week or two ago. It's got the words "Already on Board" on the front and the 2008 season schedule on the back.
I wear it to the gym a lot here at FOX and I think it gets a few second looks.
Then again they could be just be staring at my butt.
In any event, check your mail for the shirt. It went out to evert season ticket holder. And it's a good reason to become a season ticket holder in the future if you're not already. I don't think season tickets for 2008 have gone on sale yet, but check back on the athletics web site regularly and buy them ASAP. The more season ticket packages sold early, the more leverage we have with everyone from advertisers to student social groups.