Sometimes, there just isn’t a whole lot to cheer about.
The luckless, winless Buffalo Bills were smashed, 38-14, by the visiting New York Jets, marking the Bills’ second loss in a row with Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 at the helm.
The Jets, keyed by the play of LaDanian Tomlinson, had a 31-point lead going into the final quarter. Things got so out of hand that New York could afford to bring in Mark Brunell, who was born during the height of the Nixon Administration and whose prime probably came in 1999.
We certainly hear about plenty of Harvard athletes making their mark on an international level, even a few on the Olympic stage—but at the Commonwealth Games? Not so much.
The Commonwealth Games, the Olympic equivalent for the members of the British Empire, will be held for the 19th time beginning this Sunday in Delhi, India, where Siddharth Suchde ’07 will be representing the host country.
Suchde was a top-tier squash player at Harvard from 2003-2007 and won the national championship his senior year. According to the Hindustan Times, “with his Harvard degree, hard body and steely nerves, 25-year-old Siddarth Suchde is India’s second highest-ranking player in squash, a game that puts immense strain on the joints and mind.”
Such elaborate praises for Suchde and other individual athletes have been just about the only positive news coming out of the Commonwealth Games so far.
Preparations for the event have been riddled with political and social scandals and various other mishaps.
Several athletes have withdrawn from the Games, with one Australian participant leaving after he found a snake in his bedroom in the athlete village. Other competitors have also withdrawn citing general safety concerns, and it looks like their worries weren’t too farfetched.
In the past week and a half, a footbridge to one of the main venues collapsed, a part of the roof over the weightlifting arena caved in, and two tourists were shot outside of Jama Masjid, one of Old Delhi’s largest attractions.
To find out if the Commonwealth Games can overcome their dismal start and to see how Harvard’s representative performs, click here.
“Hey, this ain’t the MLB, kid. We only have five balls,” said one of the Harvard club baseball team members when a fan caught a foul ball and wanted to keep it.
When Harvard decided to get rid of junior varsity sports programs and transform them into club programs due to budget cuts, the Harvard club baseball team had to take on a good deal of the financial burden. The guys lost their coaches and had to schedule practices and games themselves. The Undergraduate Council Finance Committee gives the club baseball team $2,000, but it’s not enough to cover all of the squad’s equipment.
But these setbacks have not stopped the club from succeeding and coming together as a team. Even though it’s not a varsity sport, the team takes the practices and games just as seriously. The men are 7-1 so far for the fall season. It may sound crazy for a baseball team to already be playing games this early in the school year, but the squad plays a full season in both the fall and the spring.
Harvard Crimson fans have a busy weekend, with many games happening at home and on the road.
The men’s soccer squad faces off against Yale at home in a conference match tomorrow afternoon. Currently, the Crimson stands at 2-3-3, but the team is winless in its last six games. The last two wins Harvard pulled out came in its opening matches against Stanford and Massachusetts. But the Bulldogs are 1-7-1 this season, and the last meeting between the rivals saw the Crimson taking the match in double overtime, 1-0.
The women’s soccer team also takes on Yale at home tomorrow. The squad is looking for its first conference win after losing to Penn in its first and only Ivy matchup. Currently, the women stand at 3-4-1, but they won their last match against Massachusetts, 3-2. As for its rivalry with the Bulldogs, Harvard has won the last two meetings, including a 3-2 victory at Yale last season.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
LOOKING AHEAD: FOOTBALL
18 — Number of points scored by Harvard last year in a 35-18 loss to Lafayette. The Crimson will take on the Leopards this Saturday at noon in Easton, PA.
14 — Number of points scored by Harvard in its loss to Brown last week.
2 — Number of overtimes played between Lafayette and Princeton last week. The Tigers eventually prevailed 36-33, handing the Leopards its third loss of the season.
1 — Win Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani has against Harvard. In his eleventh season, he holds a 1-8 record all-time against the Crimson.