Magic of Numbers: Ready for Some Football

Published by Kevin T. Chen on September 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

Each Friday, 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.

KICKING OFF THE NEW SEASON

2 — Number of days until the Harvard football team plays its home opener against Holy Cross. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

2 — Harvard’s rank among all FCS schools in all-time wins. The Crimson, second only to Yale, boast 805 victories.

4 — Number of consecutive night games the football team has played to open the season.

5 — Number of blue chip basketball recruits slated to be on site for the Crimson’s football game on Saturday.

250 — Number of students that will get a free BBQ dinner at the Crimson Athletics-sponsored Pregame Party. The event, part of efforts to boost undergraduate attendance at the football game, is scheduled for Saturday at 5 pm in the Dillon Quad.

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Intramural Guidelines No Joke

Published by Madeleine Smith on September 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard boasts a nation's-best 41 varsity sports teams and makes sure to include that fact in as many recruiting and admissions publications as possible. But for those students who didn’t quite make the cut (or don’t really care for 6 a.m. lifting sessions) but still enjoy a little competition, intramurals offer the perfect venue.

But before anyone takes to the field/court/track/pool for their house or dorm, it may be helpful to know some of the basic guidelines–and surprisingly enough, there are a lot of them, all included in the Intramural Athletics Rule Book.

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The Full-Court Press: Max Eliot '13

Published by Madeleine Smith on September 15, 2010 at 3:11AM

Here in the Northeast, where people are obsessed with hockey and other frozen sports, water polo doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. But as sophomore Max Eliot proves in this interview, Harvard’s water polo team has got just as much going on (and wants to beat Brown just as badly) as any other Crimson squad. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Max Eliot

Year: 2013

Stats: Eliot made his mark during his freshman season as Harvard’s fourth-highest scorer with 25 goals and was named the CWPA Rookie of the week three times. He has also scored a goal in each of his three collegiate matchups against George Washington, including the game-winner in the last minute of play in Sunday’s 9-8 win over the Colonials at the Princeton Invitational.

1.Typical pre-game meal.

Whatever looks good in the dining hall that isn’t really fatty or loaded in grease. I always try to have some rice or pasta for carbs too.

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Hatch To Replace Injured Winters at QB for Harvard

Published by Kate Leist on September 14, 2010 at 3:11AM

The Harvard football team has its starting quarterback, and his name is Andrew Hatch.

The senior and former LSU signal caller won the starting job in preseason after senior Collier Winters, a second-team All-Ivy pick last year and the incumbent starter, suffered an injury that will likely be season-ending in an intrasquad scrimmage.

“He’s got a torn adductor muscle, he’s also got a torn labrum, so it would be miraculous to see him again this season,” Crimson coach Tim Murphy said. “That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but we’re certainly not counting on it.”

That leaves Hatch in sole possession of the quarterback job. Though the senior has never started a game for Harvard, he did make three starts for the then-defending national champion LSU squad in 2008.

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Californian Lonnie Jackson in Men's Hoops Recruiting Mix

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on September 14, 2010 at 3:11AM

Lonnie Jackson, a 6’4”, 170-lb. senior at Valencia High School (Valencia, Calif.), has confirmed to The Back Page that he is being recruited by Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker and his staff.

According to ESPN, Jackson “has a terrific looking jump shot with a very smooth release.” The shooting guard, rated at three stars by both Scout and Rivals, averaged over 23 points per game for Valencia last season.

Jackson said he currently has offers from Southern Methodist University, Boston College, Pepperdine, Penn, Harvard, and Northeastern. He is also interested in Stanford, which has not given him an offer at this point. Having not taken any official visits, Jackson said all the schools are even at this point.

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