Friday, September 25, 2009

Maybe this will get the Dutchmen on the scoreboard the next time they play the no. 1 team in the land…

Forgive one more foray into the world of pop culture, but this was too good to resist. If you’re not watching Glee every Wednesday night on Fox, you’re missing the most inspired, creative, hilarious and all-around brilliant show network television has offered in quite some time. This is from Wednesday’s episode, when the slumping McGinley High School football team—quarterbacked by a player sporting uniform no. 5, isn’t it ironic?—resorts to catching its opponent by surprise with a last-second dance routine.

Regardless of who lines up behind center tomorrow, history suggests the Dutchmen won’t have to dance for their points against Western Michigan. The Dutchmen have gotten on the board against I-A foes Marshall (losses of 45-21 in 2003 and 54-31 in 2006) and UConn (a 35-3 loss last year). And they did a lot more than just score in 1999, when the Dutchmen went on the road and beat Buffalo (20-13) and South Florida (42-23), each of whom were transitioning from I-AA to I-A.

Of course, as discussed yesterday, a lot has changed in 10 years. A week after one of the most disheartening losses in program history, it’ll be encouraging if the Dutchmen can merely remain competitive against Western Michigan and generate some momentum heading into the rigorous portion of the CAA schedule. Of the Dutchmen’s final seven games, three are against teams currently in the top 15 of the coaches’ poll and another two are against squads that collected votes in the most recent poll.

Remarkably, the Dutchmen also received votes this week in both the coaches’ poll and the media poll. Alas, even that silver lining provides a reminder of the changing times for Hofstra football: The Dutchmen were tied for 57th in the media poll, one vote behind Old Dominion, which has played 668 fewer games all-time. Ahh, to be an overachieving newcomer to I-AA.

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