TigerBlog and Miss TigerBlog walked up to the house the other day to find a box next to the front door.
As TB went to unlock the door, MTB stood there and waited to go inside, which led to this question from father to daughter: Are you actually going to pretend that you don't see the package sitting there?
TigerBlog is about 99 percent sure that had he not said anything, she would not have taken the package inside.
As for TB's other child, TigerBlog Jr. has had TB's car at college, since TB had to take TBJ's car in to get inspected by the end of November. TigerBlog saw his son over the weekend, so they were able to switch cars back.
TB asked his son if the car was clean, and TBJ assured him it was. Then he paused and added two words "sort of."
The final count: six empty water bottles, a box of Fiber One bars, a bunch of Hershey's Kisses wrappers, one unwrapped Life Saver, a few empty random supermarket bags, nearly $3 in change and a few gas receipts. Oh, and four Sacred Heart University parking violations.
So, yeah, sort of.
Actually, though, it could have been worse, TB supposes.
Meanwhile back at Princeton Athletics, TigerBlog would like to talk about two athletes who have made some history lately.
Yesterday was the day for the Bushnell Cup presentations for the Ivy League offensive and defensive Players of the Year, held as always as the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. The Bushnell Cup used to be given to just one player (or in a few cases, co-players) before it was split to have a winner on each side of the ball in 2011.
For the first five years of the award, no school had produced the two winners. TigerBlog went into yesterday's announcement hoping for a Princeton sweep, as John Lovett and Penn's Justin Watson were the offensive finalists and Kurt Holuba and Dartmouth's Folarin Orimolade were the defensive finalists.
As it turned out, Princeton would get only one, Lovett, who along with Orimolade were named the winners. This takes nothing away from Holuba, who is up there with any defensive lineman TigerBlog has seen at Princeton.
Lovett had an incredible season for the Tigers, who went 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the league to earn the 11th Ivy League championship in program history. Among his many accomplishments are the school record for
There are not too many players who can do the things that Lovett can. His numbers are insane, and they don't really measure the impact he has on the field.
But hey, let's consider them anyway. Lovett had at least one rushing touchdown, one pass completion and one pass reception in every game this year. In five of Princeton's 10 games, he rushed for at least two touchdowns and threw at least one TD pass.
He finished the year with a school-record 20 rushing touchdowns, while adding a receiving touchdown and throwing 10 touchdown passes.
TigerBlog looked up how many
Division I football players this season have at least 20 rushing
touchdowns and at least 10 passing touchdowns.
The answer is two.
is Lovett, who had 20 rushing touchdowns (and one
receiving touchdown just for fun) as well as 10 touchdown passes.
The other is Louisville's Lamar Jackson, who has thrown for 30 touchdowns and run for 21.
And that's the whole list. Jackson, by the way, has been the Heisman Trophy favorite for most of the year.
no player in Division II has done it. Tyler Johnson of Alfred (24
passing TDs, 20 rushing TDs) is the only Division III player who has
Beyond that, what Lovett does is
In addition, with some help from his colleagues Warren Croxton and Andrew Borders, TigerBlog did a little research about women's basketball freshman Bella Alarie's numbers from the Tigers' last game.
Alarie, a freshman on the women's basketball team, put up 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in the 94-67 win over the Pirates last Wednesday. The question? When was the last time a Princeton player had at least 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in a game.
For the men, the answer is never.
At no point in Princeton's prestigious men's basketball history has a player ever had a game with at least 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Not once. It took Alarie seven games of her freshman year.
What about the women's side? Well, there it's a little murkier, since the records aren't complete. It's impossible to say with complete certainty that it's never happened before, but no record of such a performance exists.
There's never been a "triple-double" in Princeton basketball history. Ellen Devoe came the closest, with 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks against Rider on Feb. 25, 1984. She didn't have six assists though. She did have 26 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against Lehigh earlier that season. That's one rebound short.
CB Tomasiewicz and Margaret Meier each had a game with at least 20 points and at least 20 rebounds in the 1970s. They didn't have six assists, but those are still wild numbers.
Meanwhile, back at Alarie, that a ridiculous stat line, especially for a freshman.