Monday, January 24, 2011

News and Notes: Monday Edition

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • Lucas Shaw of the Columbia Spectator gives his quick thoughts on the Cornell-Columbia series. He writes, "...What a difference a year makes. This one isn’t so much an original thought as a statement of obvious fact, but Saturday’s win demonstrated a huge shift in Ivy power. Cornell ruled this league the past three years. Three straight titles. 38 wins. 4 losses. Not only that, but they specifically dominated Columbia, putting the Light Blue in an 0-2 hole three years running. No longer. Columbia winning at home was important enough, but emerging victorious in Kyle Smith’s first road win, in Newman against the three-time defending league champs? Historic, and, no, that’s not hyperbolic. Columbia has not been 2-0 in Ivy play since 2000. It hadn’t swept Cornell since 2002. It hadn’t won at Cornell in five years (and no team had won there in the last 22 tries)..."
  • Michele Cleary of the Columbia Spectator writes:

    As I’m sure you know by now, the men’s basketball team beat Cornell for the second week in a row, beginning its Ivy campaign with a 2-0 record for the first time in 11 years.
    This win by itself was impressive. The Big Red was picked to finish third in the league in the preseason media poll, while our Lions were picked to finished seventh, just above lowly Dartmouth. Columbia hadn’t won at Newman Arena since 2006. It was the program’s first sweep of Cornell since 2002. All of these facts make Saturday’s victory more remarkable, but you know what’s really impressive? They won this weekend without playing their best basketball.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it up to Ithaca on Saturday for the game, but my yearlong subscription to Cornell Athletics’ video feed, REDCast, finally paid off. Sitting down at my computer to watch the game, I knew to expect a close contest, but I didn’t expect it to be so frustrating. Less than two and a half minutes into the game, the Big Red had already built a 7-0 lead and the Light Blue had managed to turn the ball over twice. The Lions finally got on the board at the 17:27 mark with two free throws by Mark Cisco, but their problems didn’t end there. Columbia’s sloppy play continued—the team committed 11 turnovers in the first half alone—and Cornell took advantage, going up 17-7 with just under 14 minutes left in the half. Fortunately for the Lions, Cornell didn’t play so great in the first half, either, and the Light Blue trailed by just three at halftime.

    The second half wasn’t as messy as the first, as Columbia had only five turnovers, but the Lions’ shooting percentage dropped precipitously after intermission. Still, the Light Blue tied it up about five minutes into the half and never trailed by more than four from that point on...

  • There was some positive news out of the Cornell Basketball program this weekend. As verified by the Cornell Daily Sun, injured freshmen Dominick Scelfo (MCL knee) (6'1" PG) and Dwight Tarwater (mono) (6'6" F) will both use this season to medical red-shirt. This means that in effect, Scelfo and Tarwater will become part of Cornell's incoming freshmen class next season. Both players maintain 4 additional years of eligibility beginning next season and have a year in the Cornell program under their belt adjusting to the University and Division I basketball. Other members of the class include: Nenad Tomic F 6-7 North Royalton OH HS, Dave LaMore C 6-10 Whitmore Lake MI Dexter HS, Deion Giddens C 6-9 Surprise AZ Willow Canyon HS, Shonn Miller G/F 6-6 Cleveland OH St. Ignatius HS, Galal Cancer G 6-2 Albany NY Christian Brothers HS, and Devin Cherry G 6-3 Meridian MS HS.
  • Speaking of Cornell's recruits, the Meridian Star reports that Devin Cherry led all scorers with 15 points on Friday night as Meridian dominated Hattiesburg, 84-41. Meanwhile, Shonn Miller and St. Ingantius dominated No. 11 ranked Harding HS, 59-35. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Miller finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
  • A pair of former Daily Pennsylvanian staffers openly commented on Cornell's defeat to Columbia on Saturday. Zach Klitzman tweeted, "And Columbia sweeps Cornell. Music to my ears. #IvyLeague #schadenfreude." His former DP colleague, Noah Becker tweeted, "Congrats to Bill Courtney, most thought it would take two years to return Cornell to its traditional league position, he's done it in one!"
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of January 24 is No. 244 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 204 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 229 Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
  6. at Boston University L 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71 (video recap)
  9. at Binghamton L 68-69
  10. vs. Bucknell L 64-75
  11. vs. New Hampshire (@ VCU) L 66-68
  12. vs. Wofford (@VCU) W 86-80
  13. vs. Buffalo L 66-78
  14. vs. Stony Brook W 60-52
  15. at Columbia L 75-79
  16. Columbia L 66-70

Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell 58 Syracuse 78 [ East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton 64 Monmouth 61 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Bryant 53 Box Score - Recap
Villanova 65 Penn 53 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 11
Boston University 71 Harvard 87 Box Score - Recap
Bryant 72 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Army 68 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 12
Princeton 82 Tulsa 78 (2 OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 14
Dartmouth 61 St. Francis (N.Y.) 69 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 17
Princeton 69 Wagner 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 18
Cornell 68 Binghamton 69 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 19
Dartmouth 42 Iowa State 71 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 71 Yale 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 20
Bucknell 75 Cornell 64 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 21
Army 88 Brown 86 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 67 Drake 59 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 22
Princeton 75 Towson 65 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 52 Connecticut 81 [SNY] Box Score - Recap
Penn 78 Delaware 68 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 28
Yale 44 Stanford 60 [Comcast SportsNet Bay Area] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 29
New Hampshire 68 Cornell 66 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Monmouth 69 Harvard 74 Box Score - Recap
Brown 51 Central Connecticut State 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Marist 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 65 Northeastern 63 [at UCF] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 30
Cornell 86 Wofford 80 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Princeton vs. Furman/Central Florida, 5/7:30 pm [at UCF]
Columbia 74 Maine 71 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 57 Bucknell 74 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 31
Bryant 71 Brown 84 Box Score - Recap
Lehigh 62 Yale 57 Box Score - Recap
MIT 58 Harvard 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 2
Elon 70 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 3
Buffalo 78 Cornell 66 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 47 Army 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 62 Kentucky 86 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
Brown 67 American 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 5
Columbia 76 Lafayette 73 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 78 Boston College 69 Box Score - Recap
Marist 57 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
Yale 77 Holy Cross 76 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 8
Stony Brook 52 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
Baruch 57 Yale 85 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 68 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap
Lyndon State 55 Brown 88 Box Score - Recap
Union (N.Y.) 59 Columbia 64 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 12
Penn 83 La Salle 89 OT [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 15
*Yale 69 Brown 64 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 George Washington 62 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 75 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 17
Quinnipiac 78 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 64 Colgate 67 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 19
Penn 56 Temple 73 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 22
*Brown 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Through January 24, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 7-8 and in 7th place in the 16 team league. McCord is a former 1st Team All Ivy League selection.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico/Puerto Rico Basketball League, Arecibo Capitanes)-Aubry, who splits his time in both Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues, has left his Halcones team in Mexico and rejoined Arecibo in Puerto Rico. Through January 24, Aubry, a 6'11" center, is averaging 4.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Arecibo which is 22-7 and sitting in 2nd place out of 10 teams. Aubry played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Through January 24, Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard is averaging 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for Forli. He previously played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. Forli is 4-13 and in 15th place out of 16 teams.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Through January 24, the 6'9" Hartford is averaging 13.8 points and 6.3rebounds per game. Ginasio is 6-6 and in 7th place in the 12 team league.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-Through January 24 Dale is averaging 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Goettingen is 10-8 on the season and in 8th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga. Goettingen also advanced to stage 2 of the EuroCup and is one of 16 remaining teams in the tournament.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Unsigned free agent)-Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season. He is currently an usigned free agent.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- O Through, January 24, Foote is averaging 7.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Melilla is 10-10 and in 9th place out of 18 teams.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Through January 17, Jaques is averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon is 4-11 and in 9th place in the 10 team Israeli league.
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10)
-Max Groebe ('10)
-Aaron Osgood ('10)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore
-Shonn Miller
-Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, Ithaca Journal ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()

And a few reminders....

Visit The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum and Message Board to interact with other fans of Cornell and Ivy League basketball. Membership is free! You may also follow us on Twitter.

Blueprint for Success, the yearbook commemorating Cornell's 2009-2010 season is now on sale and available for delivery. Visit the Cornell Athletics website to order your copy today! Or pick up a copy sold in the Cornell Store on campus.

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Anonymous said...

The DP guys are complete jerks (I would say worse but this way the comment makes it on).

We've got a new coach, returning no one, give us a break. But fine, I guess our writers at the Sun have a history of ragging on the UPenn team in articles and tweets...right?

No, wait, there is no history of that. Give me a break. I can't wait until we play you, UPenn. Your game is now circled on the schedule in the locker room. Get ready to be DP'ed!

Anonymous said...

It's funny how the posters on the Columbia football blog hate Penn and its fans, as do the posters on this Cornell basketball blog.

Anonymous said...

Oh does Delaney cover Harvard and Columbia now? I didn't know.

Anonymous said...

yeah ignore the DP, those two fools from the DP are just jealous that the last time Penn made the Sweet 16 was before they were born

Anonymous said...

First of all, why do you all even care what the DP says that it elicits so many comments?

Second, I'm sorry but in the end I have to agree with people who say that improvement at this point must ultimately come from the coaches. Courtney seems like a sincere hardworking guy, but I'm beginning to think that the players have ultimately shown up and he hasn't.

It was hard to pinpoint the issue at first. We were constantly looking at pieces of the elephant. First it was Peck's drought, then Groebe or Ski droughts, then frontcourt underperformance. But even when they showed up, we lost.

I suspected that the losing streak might have led to a lapse of confidence in the players. But heading into Ivy play, the players themselves seemed to be turning a corner and seemed more focused. IMHO both Columbia games were just lost due to periods of bad fouling and poor strategy, both of which, I'm sorry, are due to coaching.

Out of courtesy, we will unfortunately have to politely tolerate whatever the coach does for approximately four years. I pray to God that he isn't waiting for "his" recruits like people are saying. Kyle Smith doesn't have "his" recruits either. He too is using relatively inexperienced players who are even younger than your's. Were Courtney waiting for "his" recruits, he would indeed have insulted this year's seniors. Aro and Wire are extremely talented individuals the likes of which he might not see for a while, and he will have squandered their potential.

We can count on the players to do everything the coaches tell them and more. IMHO right now it's the coaches that need to step up.

Anonymous said...

No Delaney got that quote from Smith after the Cornell Columbia game

Anonymous said...

That big Penn win over St. Joe's has gone to their heads.

We either take it or beat them like the pigs that they are......

Anonymous said...

Mark the 10th and the 11th on the schedule and make sure that Rosen and company do not get any sleep during their stay in Ithaca.

Anonymous said...

Forgive me, but who or what is "DP?"

Anonymous said...

Everyone keeps focusing on what Cornell lost as an excuse for how Courtney is doing. They keep acting as if Ski and Wire and them should be less talented than a bunch of Columbia frosh. They keep talking about losing Foote in the low post as if every other opponent we face has a 7-footer with 2 years of experience at the center. The truth is, most Ivies have 6'8 or 6'9 sophomores and juniors; the biggest big we'll face is Mangano at 6'10; the three 7-footers in the league barely play. There is nothing untalented about the group Courtney inherited. Just because they weren't as talented as the previous guys doesn't mean they should be losing to Binghamton. No one was expected last year's team; no one was ever that insane. Not even the blog was projecting them to win; we were just not expecting this utter bull year.

He has bad strategy. His strategy results in too much fouling. The game flips around in the other team's favor when key guys go to the bench in addition to when the other team gets too much shots. I am not knowledgeable enough to know whether he poorly manages endgames, but anyone can see the game change when guys are on the bench and he's subbing in frosh that have barely played. And that's another thing, the way almost every team has a couple of reliable frosh when our frosh and soph who are kinda like frosh barely got a chance to develop in the 14 preconference games.

When Courtney was hired, I was suspicious of his lack of experience or any clear evidence of x's and o's. But he seemed to be of the character that if things weren't going well, he wouldn't make excuses. But heading into Ivy play with little progress... he began to make excuses.

He began to agree with initial naysayers that expectations had been unrealistic. He began to make excuses for players who were underperfoming, saying that guys like Coury, for example, played like 1 point per game last year and now were playing much more and it was hard. Excuse me, Coury is averaging only 5 minutes more, how arduous can it be that it results in a 15% drop in field goals and 20% drop in FT shooting? Why don't you check if personal problems are resulting in a lack of focus or if your strategy is consistently causing him to foul out in 2 minutes?

When we faced Columbia, he pretty much couldn't make the same excuses because Columbia was in the same position with even younger players. While Delaney had begun to echo the excuse of unrealistic expectations due to limited prior floor time, even he had to bluntly admit in the latest article that Columbia had faced similar conditions and achieved opposite results. (Delaney btw has been duplicitous this year, praising courtney in interviews or live chats but hinting otherwise in articles, calling Courtney "defensive" when flaws in games are pointed out.)

Is he going to get better? Probably. But right now we've had a horrible year not because of who we lost but because Courtney has not been a very good coach. It has been a pity and a waste.

Anonymous said...

I used to come to this blog a lot because I thought it was a great repository of information about Big Red basketball, but the posters/commenters really make it not worth it anymore. I love how so many anonymous folks think they know so much about basketball--and about coaching! It's hilarious because I'm absolutely certain that none of them have coached at this level in their lives. Probably don't even know a basketball coach who's coached in the college game. Coach Courtney has demonstrated that he has great potential as a coach--recruiting has been strong, the players have been prepared, etc. But he's adjusting to a new conference, a new team and a new staff. We have players who are adjusting as well. The haters on this board are just too much to take sometime. Think I'll take my "business" elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Opinions are allowed to differ. I have no idea where u can go to escape from the fact that some people will have opinions that differ from yours.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

It goes without saying that the opnions of The Cornell Basketball Blog's readers are not and do not reflect the opinion of The Cornell Basketball Blog.

Anonymous said...

Anon 820:

With all due respect, are we to assume that you are a coach at this level? Do you know coaches at this level?

If so, you should know the deal.

Take a good look at other blogs from big conferences. The press etc. nail the coaches daily. Coaches and players have thick skin, and I am sure that they consider the source.

It all comes with the territory, particularly if a program is good.

The coaches know this, and they deal with it - that is why they are paid to do what they do, and we are not paid.

Have some fun with it. Anons 1010 and 619 can say whatever they want to say - they are actually amusing. They likely started following the team in the last three years. Again, consider the source or what you think the source may be.

Some of us will always follow and support the team, and it is ok to be disappointed that we have gone from where we were to where we are right now. I would not trade with Harvard etc.

Cool head, win game.

Laugh at the haters and keep your business here, where it belongs.