In this week's "Who's hot, who's not," we've got some really fast mile runners, an NFL prospect, an Ivy Leaguer in the NBA and more. Check it out to see where they all fall on the list.
Growing up in Minnesota, one of my favorite athletes was Matt Birk, a former all-pro Minnesota Viking (now with the Baltimore Ravens) who went to Harvard. This season, there were only two offensive linemen from the Ivy League on active NFL rosters (Birk and the Giants’ Kevin Boothe). Now if Adams were to get drafted, it would mark a 50 percent increase in Ivy League offensive linemen in the NFL. Some mock draft boards have him going as early as the sixth round. Bottom line: Jeff Adams is going to the NFL, and even more importantly, you could play as Jeff Adams in Madden 2013.
We find all sorts of excuses not to go to the gym (too much homework, too crazy of a night, other “obligations”). Many Columbians don’t set their first foot in Dodge Fitness Center until they have to take their P.E. requirement. On the other hand, Waverly Neer did strength and conditioning workouts throughout the season, despite suffering a near season-ending injury, and her anti-laziness has paid off. Having already established herself as a cross country phenomenon in the four meets she ran this season, Neer wasted no time in showing she's a formidable indoor runner as well by breaking the women’s indoor mile record with a time of 4:41.92.
If only you were as hard-working as Waverly Neer, you too could make it to on the next "who's hot, who's not" list.
At Columbia, it is customary to complain about classes in Pupin, even though they really only take around four minutes to get to from the south part of campus. Now in four minutes, Kyle Merber can run a mile (to put this into context 20 New York blocks is a mile. So in the time it takes you to walk from Butler to Pupin, Kyle Merber would have run all the way up to Manhattanville). Merber recently qualified for the prestigious Millrose Games at The Armory on Feb. 11, and for his accomplishment he was featured on Fox 5's Good Day New York!
The "Lamestream" media
For anyone who knows me, Sarah Palin is a big idol of mine (partially due to our shared Midwestern/Alaskan accent). Regardless, we can agree on one thing---haters gonna hate and players gonna play. Who am I referring to as a player in this case? None other than the Ivy League’s Jeremy Lin (yes…we are claiming him). His stats are off the roof, averaging 25.3 points per game over the last three games and leading the Knicks in scoring twice over their last three wins. Now who are we saying are the haters? That’s right: the media. Several publications have said Lin was expendable, minor, inconsequential. Even this blogger is guilty of a little sarcasm at the cost of Jeremy Lin, but who is laughing now?
Well…not Jeremy Lin. You see, Jeremy Lin is like the Tim Tebow of basketball (except just a lot better at his sport). His devout religious humility in my mind makes him far more exceptional than someone like Alex Rodriguez.
The men’s squash has dropped three straight, having been swept by Harvard and Dartmouth at home last week. Part of the reason is that freshman standout Ramit Tandon, who is ranked as the No. 2 junior squash player in the world, is playing for India in the Squash World Cup. Without Tandon in the lineup, the Lions have struggled, having lost five of their last seven matches. On the bright side, the program is still in its first year, and if head coach Jacques Swanepoel can get top world talent like Tandon on the team, Columbia will squash (...get it?) the competition.