By the time Donn Cabral ’12, right, reached the final stretch of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Oct. 29, he was the clear frontrunner, leading Harvard’s Dan Chenoweth by about 10 seconds. Cabral crossed the finish line in 24:03.8, and within a minute, four teammates had followed in the top 13, ensuring a team victory for MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY and a Princeton sweep at Heps.
If you’ve watched any games from this year’s World Cup, you’ve probably heard the hum of vuvuzelas, the long plastic stadium horns favored by South African fans and visitors alike. For the past few weeks, a handful of alumni soccer fans have been contributing their own sort of buzz on the blog Yankee Vuvuzela, a creation of two former Princeton soccer players: occasional PAW contributor Giles Morris ’97 and classmate Jeff Plunkett ’97.
Morris and Plunkett played for U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley ’80 when Bradley was at Princeton, and they have recruited former teammates John Talbott ’94, Tyson Hom ’95, and Lee Topar ’95 to chip in thoughts about Bradley’s coaching style and the U.S. team’s World Cup run. Former Princeton basketball star Mitch Henderson ’98, an avid soccer fan, also is a contributor.
The blog’s authors provide opinions, analysis, and humor — some of it self-deprecating. Morris’ bio, for example, recounts how Bradley responded to a defensive misstep in a game against Seton Hall:
“After the game, Coach Bradley told Giles he lacked competitive maturity and benched him for the rest of the season. Giles did not let that affect their relationship, however, visiting Bradley’s open office hours frequently to contribute to the running philosophical discourse on the beautiful game with comments like, ‘Some players are better in games than in practice,’ and ‘I see myself in the mold of a Finidi George [the former Ajax midfielder].’ Needless to say Coach Bradley was not shaken from his own philosophical foundation and pressed Giles to obtain skills like tackling, shooting, and passing.”
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Alumni of Princeton’s athletic teams are playing key roles in a trio of professional championships this month.
At the men’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, head coach BOB BRADLEY ’80 and assistant coach JESSE MARSCH ’96 will lead the U.S. national team, which opens play against England June 12. The team came to Princeton’s campus in late May for its final stateside training camp, choosing a venue that has multiple alumni connections. Princeton’s soccer facility — Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium — carries the names of two players Bradley coached during his time with the Tigers, Tom Roberts ’85 and the late Rob Myslik ’90.
With a 98-0 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Denny Chin ’75 as a justice on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit April 22. [New York Times]
Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson ’83, the brother of Michelle Obama ’85, discussed his new book, A Game of Character, with Stephen Colbert. [Colbert Report]
Jennifer Weiner ’91 is touring with fellow authors Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, and others in a series of charity concerts by the Rock Bottom Remainders. [Wall Street Journal]
Former Princeton soccer coach Bob Bradley ’80 will be back on campus May 17-23 to coach the U.S. men’s national team as it trains for the 2010 World Cup. The practices, to be held at Roberts Stadium, will not be open to the public. [ESPN]
By Brittany Urick ’10
A 4-0 trouncing of Yale Nov. 13 helped the MEN’S SOCCER team punch its ticket for Princeton’s first NCAA tournament appearance in eight years. Sophomore forward Antoine Hoppenot stole the show thanks to a hard-earned hat trick, but the win, which was televised before a national audience on Fox Soccer Channel, can be attributed to a solid defensive effort, impressive control of the midfield, and an unrelenting offensive onslaught that involved every player on the field. The Tiger teamwork, a product of veteran leadership and talented youth, has been a hallmark of Princeton throughout the season.
The Tigers began the year with high hopes, posting a perfect 4-0 record in their first four matches. Princeton hit a slump toward the end of September, however, and dropped two Ivy League contests to Dartmouth and Brown. The skid stopped when a 3-0 home victory over Columbia on Oct. 17 renewed Princeton’s confidence. One week later, the Tigers earned arguably their most remarkable win of the season when they defeated then-No. 11 Harvard, 2-1, in a double-overtime game in Cambridge.
In soccer, national-team coaches ultimately are judged by how their teams perform at the World Cup, but just getting into the tournament can be a challenging process. This week, head coach Bob Bradley ’80 and the U.S. men’s national team earned its ticket to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, winning in Honduras Oct. 10 to improve to 6-1-2 in qualifying matches.
For Bradley and his players, the celebration was cut short Oct. 13 when Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old forward on the team, was seriously injured in an early-morning car crash that killed one passenger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved,” Bradley said in a press conference. “As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard.”
Bradley, the U.S. coach since December 2006, was a successful player at Princeton and coached the Tigers from 1984 to 1995, leading his team to the NCAA Final Four in 1993. In professional soccer, he coached the Chicago Fire to the Major League Soccer championship in 1998.
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Alumni, students begin competition
Twelve Princetonians – 11 athletes and one coach – are representing their countries in Beijing during the opening week of the 2008 Olympics. (Apologies to Konrad Wysocki ’04 and Bryan Tay ’12, who were not included in The Weekly Blog’s July 9 list of Tiger Olympians.)
The early headlines belonged to rower Caroline Lind ’06 of the U.S. women’s eight. Her crew won its opening heat Aug. 11 to advance to the event finals Aug. 17. In other rowing action, Lia Pernell ’03 and the U.S. women’s quadruple sculls settled for third place in their heat and will row again in a repechage Aug. 12. Three-time Olympian Paul Teti ’01 and his U.S. teammates qualified for the Aug. 13 semifinals in the men’s four.
Two Tiger classmates, Steve Coppola ’06 of the United States and Sam Loch ’06 of Australia, will face off in the first heat of the men’s eight repechage Aug. 12. Another Class of 2006 rower, Andreanne Morin, will compete with the Canadian women’s eight in the repechage Aug. 13.
Canadian soccer standout Diana Matheson ’08 started both of her team’s first two games, a 2-1 win over Argentina Aug. 6 and a 1-1 tie against China Aug. 9. The Canadians will play Sweden Aug. 12 in the last game of the preliminary round.
Wysocki, a former Princeton basketball player, started alongside NBA star Dirk Nowitzki in Germany’s opening win over Angola Aug. 10. The Germans will face Greece Aug. 12. David Blatt ’81, the Russian men’s basketball coach, won his Olympic debut against Iran. The Russians play Croatia Aug. 12.
Princeton’s two swimming competitors, Tay, an incoming freshman representing Singapore, and Doug Lennox ’09 of Puerto Rico, did not advance from their opening heats in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly, respectively. Lennox will swim again in the 100-meter butterfly Aug. 14.
Shooting competitor Sandra Fong ’12 will make her Olympic debut Aug. 14 in the 50-meter three-position rifle event.
Exploring the nuances of fear
One aim of the enlightenment was to end the era of fear, according to Gyan Prakash, director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Scholars hoped to use science, rationality, and knowledge to eliminate the anxieties of the Dark Ages. But, Prakash said, “It turned out to be different.”
Fear endured, taking new forms throughout history, and this year, the Davis Center is taking a closer look at the nuances of fear in several periods, from the Incan empire during the Spanish conquest to fascist Italy in the first half of the 20th century. “I thought that it would be interesting to look at other contexts of fear, so that we don’t always see fear in the context of the present,” Prakash said.
Weekly workshops draw 40 to 50 participants to discuss papers about sources of fear in history. The author’s paper is distributed in advance, and a designated commentator opens the discussion with questions about the research.
Prakash said that Davis Center devotees were very enthusiastic about the idea of studying fear. (Other popular seminar themes have included “utopias and dystopias” and “cities: space, society, and history.”) In addition to papers from historians, the center received submissions from psychoanalysts, political scientists, diplomats, and retired military officers.
Prakash, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, said that the discussions have been building from week to week, despite the seemingly disparate topics. The series resumes its weekly schedule Feb. 7 when Alain Boureau of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales will discuss “Fear as a Passion of the Soul in Scholastic Thought.” A full-day fear workshop is scheduled on April 12. For more information, visit the Davis Center Web site.
Tigers on the ’Tube
If you search for “Princeton” on YouTube, you’re likely to find a range of material not related to the University, from clips of Avenue Q to rock concerts featuring New Jersey teenagers. But the video-sharing site also includes material from Princeton’s student artists, athletes, scientists, engineers, and amateur filmmakers. Here are just a few recent additions spotted by PAW:
Roaring 20 meets Third Eye
A capella singers from the Roaring 20 perform Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” at Richardson Auditorium, with soloist Julian Hertz ’07 front and center.
Let’s hear it for the bio
Molecular biology students learn lab techniques, with inspiration from the movie Footloose.
Goal! Goal! Goal!
CSTV posted highlights from its broadcast of the women’s soccer team’s Oct. 2 win over Rutgers, which gave coach Julie Shackford the program record for wins. Ivy League Player of the Year Diana Matheson ’08 sparkles with two near-perfect assists. Also on YouTube: a maddening moment for Princeton soccer, from a Sept. 17 men’s game against Seton Hall. One of the Pirates scores from near midfield in a clip dubbed the “most incredible soccer goal ever.”
A team of undergraduate engineers takes a spin through town to make final adjustments to its self-driving truck, which was entered in the DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored contest. Reporter Kevin Coughlin of the Newark Star-Ledger captured the action.
Back to school
In their undergraduate days, Nick Confalone ’03, Brandon Tung ’03, and Andrew Wang ’03 experimented with walking, running, and even talking backwards and then reversing the film and soundtrack to create an amusing video.