Alumni Tracker: Lin, Fitzpatrick Suffer Tough Losses

Published by Hope Schwartz on November 15, 2012 at 3:12AM

While the Harvard football team is looking for redemption against Yale this weekend, two Crimson alums will also have to redeem themselves after a week of last-second collapses.

Jeremy Lin ’10 and the Rockets held their own against the world champion Heat on Sunday in a close 113-110 loss, but the Heat had the last laugh when Lin air-balled the potential game winning shot with ten seconds on the clock.

The Rockets went down 17 points at the beginning of the first quarter but gradually made up ground throughout the night. Lin finished with a mediocre nine points and six assists, but more impressive was the Rockets’ ability to contain LeBron and the Heat for most of the night.

Lin seems to have found a home on the young team, and the Lin-Harden backcourt continues to show promise.

It wasn’t too long ago that Lin called Lavietes home, where he led the team to a record 21 wins in his senior season, including two dominant victories over the Bulldogs.

With rumors circulating that Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 may be out of a job next year, the Buffalo Bills quarterback is not doing a lot to help his cause. With 28 seconds left to play on Sunday, Fitzpatrick threw into an interception in the end zone, cementing a 37-31 loss to the Patriots.

The loss was reminiscent of another Sunday just three weeks ago, when Fitzpatrick threw an interception with two minutes left to play, allowing the Titans to score the decisive touchdown in a 35-34 nail-biter. With the loss, the Bills move to 3-6 and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

The Amish Rifle’s recent performance makes us long for the days when he donned a Crimson jersey and led Harvard to its best season since 1901—a perfect 10-0—crushing Yale 35-3 along the way.

It’s okay Ryan. We’ll always have 2004.