Yale's Witt To Take the Field

Published by Chelsea Gilbert on November 14, 2011 at 10:22PM

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt '12 has chosen to play in The Game instead of going to his Rhodes Scholarship interview.

A dilemma for many athletes is balancing school and their sport. Yale quarterback Patrick Witt ’12 had to face this challenge in a big way—he had to decide whether to play against Harvard this Saturday or to take his interview for the Rhodes Scholarship, which happened to be on the same day. He chose The Game.

This is no decision that could have been made by picking a daisy in a field, plucking the petals off one by one, and saying “play, interview, play, interview…” This was a serious pro-con list situation.


Percy Haughton and the Myth of the Slain Bulldog

Published by J. J. Shpall on November 04, 2011 at 10:12PM

Percy Haughton is undoubtedly one of the most successful coaches in Harvard football history, but while his results are indisputable, his legendary motivational tactics are dubious.

The legend of Haughton goes like this: In 1908 right before The Game, Haughton strangled a bulldog in front of his players in an attempt to motivate them to beat Yale.


The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Athletic Teams, Week 6

Published by James D. McCaffrey on November 04, 2011 at 10:12PM

The top five in last week's power rankings did not fail to impress last weekend. With just a few more games remaining in the fall season, a few teams are really making some noise in the Ivy League.

5. Winter Sports Hype

Ok, this isn’t a team by any stretch of the imagination. But with student tickets to the men’s hockey home opener against Princeton on Friday nearly impossible to obtain—Who doesn’t like free?—the official start of the winter athletic season is just around the corner. Get excited.


Freshman Will Whitman Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Published by Scott A. Sherman on October 27, 2011 at 10:12PM
Quick Whit

Freshman Will Whitman (#71) was recently named to the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in FCS football.

Harvard freshman right tackle Will Whitman doesn’t have much in common with Jerry Rice.

But the Lexington, Ky., native does share one similarity with the greatest wide receiver of all time—both established themselves playing for FCS schools, and for that, Whitman has the chance to be honored in the wideout’s name.

Last week, the rookie was mentioned on the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the most outstanding freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision. This is the first time the honor, presented by The Sports Network, is being awarded.

The trophy is named for Rice, the Hall of Fame receiver who was an FCS (then Division I-AA) star at Mississippi Valley State University during his college days. Whitman and 17 other FCS rookies were named to the watch list for their contributions to similarly-small football programs.


Football Puts Cheerleaders to Work

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on October 22, 2011 at 10:11PM
Workin' Hard

Because the Harvard football team has scored 98 points in its last two games, the Crimson cheerleaders, pictured in the Bucknell game, have been put to work.

In its past two games, Harvard has scored 98 points. Its quarterbacks have thrown for 10 touchdowns, and in Saturday’s game alone the team had 560 yards of total offense.

But not everyone is a winner when the Crimson’s offense explodes. There’s probably only one group sorer than the football team right now: the Harvard cheerleaders.

As some of you may know, it’s fairly common practice for collegiate cheerleaders to a pushup for every point that the team has put up after every score.