The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 1

Published by James D. McCaffrey on September 27, 2011 at 10:11PM

Just over three weeks into their fall seasons, several Harvard varsity athletic teams have had strong starts to their years. Here is a look at the Crimson’s five best fall teams and their most notable achievements thus far.

5. Football

The Crimson rebounded from a 30-22 loss at Holy Cross with an impressive 24-7 victory over Brown last Friday night. Junior back-up quarterback Colton Chapple threw for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The team will look to improve its record on Oct. 1 at Lafayette, a team that beat Ivy-League favorite Penn handily two weeks ago.

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Where Are They Now? Fitzpatrick Downs Pats

Published by Emily Rutter on September 27, 2011 at 10:11PM

Our alumni tracker for the week again remains focused on Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05, who completed Mission: Impossible on Sunday, when he led Buffalo to victory over New England for the first time in eight years.

The Harvard alum, who is currently leading in ESPN.com’s poll for AFC East Player of the week, threw for a season-high 369 yards, completing 27-of-40 throws with two touchdown passes. With the help of running back Fred Jackson and a couple of key interceptions by his defense, Fitzpatrick directed a come-from-behind win to give the Bills’ their first 3-0 record since 2008.

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(Harvard) Love and Basketball

Published by Christopher L. R. Keller on September 26, 2011 at 10:11PM
ZENA-PHOBE

Harvard-Westlake School senior Zena Edosomwan is on Harvard's campus this weekend for an official recruiting visit. Men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker will welcome Edosomwan and seven other blue-chip prospects.

Though the season doesn’t get under way for nearly two months, this weekend had important implications for the future of Harvard men’s basketball.

For the fifth straight year, head coach Tommy Amaker hosted a slew of high school basketball prospects on campus for the football team’s home opener. The campus visits—official for the high school class of 2012 and unofficial for the class of 2013—are an important part of the decision-making process for all prospective athletes.

Some of the blue-chip recruits listed Harvard as one of their top choices, up there with the likes of basketball powerhouses as Kansas and UConn. To gauge their interest in Harvard, we’ll refer to the most authoritative source of news we know: the players’ Twitter accounts.

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Mishaps at the Game: Harvard-Brown

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on September 25, 2011 at 10:11PM
Brown Being Brown

The Brown band used an unusual formation during halftime of the Harvard-Brown game.

The artistic folk aren’t normally the kind to make a big splash at a football game.

But at Friday night’s football game, a pair of on-field performances caught the attention of the 18,565 in attendance.

Entertainment during pauses in games has been around almost as long as the sports themselves. Still, the Harvard Crimson Dance Team may have taken its mandate to entertain a little too far. The troupe came on at the end of the first quarter, but as the Crimson and Brown made their way back onto the field, the dancers didn’t move.

And for a solid 30 seconds, the dancers and the football players shared the gridiron, much to the confusion of the fans and apparent bewilderment of the referees.

The stranger performance of the night came from Brown’s band at halftime. It started just like any other band performance—unfamiliar fight songs, two-year-old cultural references—when it took a rather peculiar turn.

They arranged themselves like, well, what looked like a male sex organ that spanned most of the length of the field. I’m not sure if they meant to give Harvard the shaft.

So, without further ado, readers can choose their cheap one-liner about the picture from the following options:

1. It definitely looked smaller than when they practiced. Must’ve been cold.

2. 25-second routine? That’s about right.

3. Insert your own joke based on the fact that the name of the school is, hilariously, Brown.

It was an exciting game, and it was much tighter throughout the contest than the final score indicates. But there really is nothing quite like a little fifth-grade humor to make a rainy football Friday game that much better.

Harvard Tennis Courts Undergo Resurfacing

Published by Tyler Kugler on September 24, 2011 at 10:11PM

Despite Harvard University boasting a 24-court tennis facility, varsity and recreational players alike were left searching for a place to hit throughout the fall.

Beginning just weeks prior to freshman move-in, the courts at the Beren Tennis Center and Murr Centers underwent complete court resurfacing. The construction, which was recently completed, left Harvard’s tennis community in search of a place to play.

Many ventured over to the QRAC’s four-court venue, where a unique blend of community members, club players, and varsity athletes converged in search of court space.

While the resurfacing may have caused frustration, many feel the pristine new courts were worth the wait. The completed courts—six located at the Murr center and 18 at the Beren Tennis Center—boast a fresh new paint job modeled after the US Open’s blue courts.

The new courts will see their first action this weekend as Harvard hosts the Chowder Fest Tournament featuring defending NCAA National Champion USC, Michigan, and Texas A&M.