Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Future Football

The Princeton football team becomes Ohio State-like in 2017, at least in terms of scheduling. The Tigers will open the season with four straight home games, as San Diego, Lafayette, Columbia and Georgetown all come to Powers Field at Princeton Stadium on consecutive Saturdays.

At least if it's still Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. Palmer Stadium lasted 83 years, so there's no reason to believe that Princeton Stadium will be gone before it turns 20. Still, who knows what the future will bring.

If you look back nine football seasons, Web-based items that are taken for granted today such as video streaming, live stats, audio and the like were in their infancy. Who knows what technology will exist on Sept. 16, 2017, when San Diego takes on Princeton?

If Roger Hughes is still the Princeton coach that day, he will pass Bill Roper's program record for longest tenure as a head coach by beginning his 18th season. Were Hughes to go one game over .500 in that time, he'd tie Roper's school-record 89 wins in 2017.

Princeton will play some news faces, such as Georgetown and Davidson, and renew young rivalries with Hampton, the Citadel and San Diego in that stretch.

The order of Ivy League games remains the same, as it'll be Columbia, Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Penn, Yale and Dartmouth each of the next nine years.

TigerBlog will be there for all of it. Or whatever comes along to replace TigerBlog.

If only TigerBlog knew now what the next big technology would be. It's like Rocky said to his turtles in the first 20 minutes of the first move in the series: "If you guys could sing and dance, I wouldn't have to be doing this."

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