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Memorial Field's Old Scoreboard to Come Down

The older scoreboard at Dartmouth College's Memorial Field, shown above, will be taken down now that it's been replaced by a more modern, video board at the opposite end of the field. (Valley News File Photo - Tris Wykes)

The older scoreboard at Dartmouth College's Memorial Field, shown above, will be taken down now that it's been replaced by a more modern, video board at the opposite end of the field. (Valley News File Photo - Tris Wykes)

I was told at Dartmouth football practice earlier this week that Memorial Stadium’s old scoreboard will soon be taken down. That’s the one that’s stood in front of Davis Varsity House for decades and is pictured above. It seems as if fans would benefit from seeing the time, score and other details both on the new video board at the opposite end and on the old board, but that’s apparently not to be.

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Saturday’s home football game with Holy Cross will be televised by Fox, which provides nice exposure for the teams and schools involved but makes my temples ache. A 7 p.m. kickoff, combined with numerous television time outs, means a contest that lasts at least three hours, maybe more. With an 11 p.m. deadline and the desire to get quotes into the story, well, you can do the math.

So if you hear anguished cries and the gnashing of teeth in the press box late in the fourth quarter, please pay it no mind.

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Dartmouth dual-threat quarterback Dalyn Williams is part of what’s sometimes portrayed as a new breed of running-and-throwing signal callers, but let’s not forget there were a few of them back in the old days.

Roger Staubach at Navy and to some extent with the Dallas Cowboys. Fran Tarkenton at Georgia and with the Minnesota Vikings. Archie Manning at Mississippi and with the New Orleans Saints. You watch footage of them in their prime and tell me they weren’t as nimble as Steve Young, Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick and Colin Kaepernick.

This thought struck me last night while watching the ESPN documentary The Book of Manning, which shows Archie weaving through and around tacklers of all types. No idea why his sons, Peyton and Eli, didn’t get that particular football gene, but man, ol’ Arch could make opponents look foolish.

This brings me back to Williams, who earned 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors despite starting only three games. He looked fairly good again in last week’s opener at Butler, but as with all mobile quarterbacks, one wonders how long he can ramble before being felled by injury.

The Big Green has an able replacement in Alex Park, who started the first seven games last fall, but there’s no doubt Dartmouth would be less dangerous without Williams under center.