Tuesday, January 11, 2022


TigerBlog starts today with a trivia question that has absolutely nothing to do with Princeton Athletics.

If you get it right, then you know a lot of trivia. 

There are currently five living ex-Presidents (Carter, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama, Trump), which ties for the most living ex-Presidents ever. In fact, it's the fifth time this has been the case, with four of those five being from 1993 on. Here is that list:

1993-94 (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41)
2001-04 (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton)?
2017-18 (Carter, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama)
2021-present (Carter, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama, Trump)

Here's your trivia question: When was the only other time that there were five living ex-Presidents. TB will give you the answer at the end.

Seguing into today, TB goes back to yesterday, and Matt Allocco's game-winning shot against Cornell Saturday night at Jadwin Gym.

What was the best buzzer-beater Princeton has ever had? You could get a lot of votes for Douglas Davis' shot in the 2011 Ivy playoff to beat Harvard 63-62 and send the Tigers to the NCAA tournament.

In case you forgot that one, you can see it again here (the entire video is Davis highlights; the game-winner against Harvard is at the 2:47 mark):

Davis is Princeton's third all-time leading scorer in men's basketball, by the way, with 1,550 points. When he graduated, he was second; a year later Ian Hummer passed him to finish with 1,625. Neither came close to No. 1, which is Bill Bradley and his 2,503.

The most amazing thing about Davis' shot in 2011 is that it comes from a mid-range distance that he couldn't have practiced often. It's not like it was a three-pointer or a drive. It was, what, a 14-footer or so? He even did the up-and-under move just to get it off in the first place. This was a completely unsettled situation.

Davis almost certainly didn't have a "Sense of Where He Was," as it were.

That, of course, is a reference to the John McPhee book "A Sense Of Where You Are," which he wrote about Bradley when Bradley was a senior. It was McPhee's first book, and it refers to the idea that Bradley practiced every shot on the court so often that he always knew exactly the spot and what the shot would be.

Meanwhile, back at Allacco, his shot earned him some national attention, especially through SportsCenter. In doing so, it also got Derek Jones some national attention with his call, which went along with the clip everywhere it was aired.

Jones and his partner Noah Savage are so good together. With the rise of videostreaming has come a demand for broadcasters that has not been seen before, and Princeton basketball is lucky to have these two (and Jon Mozes and Dei Lynam on the women's broadcasts).

Jones, who had been the women's play-by-play man, took over from Savage's first partner at Princeton, John Sadak, when Sadak left to do Triple-A baseball. He is now the TV voice of the Cincinnati Reds.

Before that, Sadak had been the women's broadcaster, and he moved over to the men's side when Tom McCarthy left. McCarthy is now the Philadelphia Phillies TV voice.

McCarthy also does the NFL on CBS, including this past weekend, when he took over for an ill Jim Nantz and did the Tampa Bay-Carolina game with Tony Romo. 

There are six NFL playoff games this weekend, and two of those six will feature Princeton basketball broadcasting alums on the Westwood 1 radio broadcasts. McCarthy has the Eagles at Tampa Bay, and Sadak has the New England-Buffalo game. McCarthy gets the better weather.

That's a pretty good statement on just how good the Princeton broadcasters have been.

And if you need more Princeton, Sadak will be working with former Tiger offensive lineman Ross Tucker on that broadcast. Tucker has worked with both of them at various times.

Again, that's a lot of Princeton in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

And finally, the trivia question answer: 1861-62 (Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan).

TigerBlog was an American history major and he had no idea. 

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