Wednesday, July 5, 2017

We're No. 48

Among today's subjects will be Gevvie Stone, James Cagney, TigerBlog's high school yearbook and the number 48.

Busy day, no? 

Let's start with Gevvie, a 2007 Princeton grad who won an Olympic silver medal in singles rowing a year ago in Rio. She's also a medical doctor and the walking, talking personification of everything that makes Princeton Athletics great.

TigerBlog wanted to post a Fourth of July message on the Princeton Athletics Twitter account yesterday, and he was looking for the right picture. He was going to go online and download a picture of an American flag, but then he decided he'd try to find a Princeton picture with a flag in it.

When he did a search on his computer for any images with the word "flag" in it, he found "Gevvie_Flag." It's the picture he tweeted. You can see it here:
That picture isn't quite a year old yet. It made TB think back to how much he liked having the Olympics on last year. Working and watching the Olympics. He can do next do this this coming winter, when the Winter Games are in South Korea.

Also on the horizon is the 2018 World Cup, which will be a year from now in Russia. Actually, it'll be a little past the halfway part a year from today. TigerBlog loves the World Cup. It could be his second favorite major sporting event, after the NCAA lacrosse championships.

Anyway, the picture of Gevvie is a great one. In fact, TB would put it in the top 10 of Princeton Athletics pictures he's ever seen. And it was perfect for what he needed it for yesterday, with the American flag and the athlete with the huge smile.

If "A Christmas Story" and "It's A Wonderful Life" are staples of Christmas Eve, then there's one movie TB never wants to miss on the Fourth of July. It's "Yankee Doodle Dandy," of course.

Now that's a great movie. TigerBlog finds it amazing that he can love different movies or shows that are 180 degrees removed from each other. You know, like "Wentworth" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." There are parts of "Wentworth" that make you need to stay up a little later to do something that gets the image of what you just saw out of your head so you don't have nightmares. You know, something peaceful and calming, for instance, like watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

It's hard to say if James Cagney was better in all of those gangster movies or in "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Either way, he's an A+ in both.

For wholesomeness? It's hard to beat Cagney as he sings and dances his way through one breezy show tune after another, all while reaffirming his patriotism and love of country in a time of World War.

Today is July 5, which, among other things, is the day that Miss TigerBlog has to get her high school senior picture taken. Why do they still do this? TigerBlog didn't get the one from when TigerBlog Jr. was a senior in high school. He could just take all the pictures he wants with his phone.

It's a contrast to TigerBlog's own experiences. He remembers getting his senior picture taken on a very rainy day. He also remembers having long hair. The proof is in his high school yearbook, which he glanced through to remind himself of just what it was like back when he used to own a brush.

It's not the picture itself that has TB's attention. It's the fact that MTB is going to be a senior in high school. What the heck?

Speaking of pictures with flags in them, TB, when he did the search for pictures with the word flag in them, came across this one:

That was MTB, back when she was three. And now she's a high school senior? Again, what the heck?

MTB still has a few weeks until her senior year begins. Class of 2018. Time flies.

As for the end of 2016-17, the end of each year isn't official until the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings are released. With the end of the College World Series, the final numbers have been calculated in a competition that uses NCAA championship participation and placing to determine the best overall athletic programs in the country. Again, Stanford is the winner.

Also, again, for the 21st time in the 24 years the Cup has been awarded, Princeton is the highest finishing school in the Ivy League.

Princeton comes in at 48th this year, just behind Indiana and just ahead of Mississippi State and Maryland. There are only two non-Power Conference schools ahead of Princeton: BYU (31st) and Denver (35th).

Princeton's best season in the Cup standings was the spring, when it received points in women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, women's track and field and softball.

The 48th-place finish means that Princeton has been in the top 50 in 20 of 24 years. The best finish? That would be in 2001-02, when Princeton was 21st.

Maybe most impressively, Princeton has never been lower than 63rd in any academic year.

It's not the kind of success that ever can be taken for granted, of course. And now the slate gets wiped completely clean, with every team back to zero for 2017-18.

Wait, it's 2017-18? But MTB is graduating high school in 2018. How can that be possible.

One last time. What the heck?

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