Percy Haughton and the Myth of the Slain Bulldog

Published by J. J. Shpall on November 04, 2011 at 3:12AM

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 3:12AM

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 3:12AM
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 3:11AM
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.


Where Are They Now? Late Fitzpatrick Pick Proves Costly

Published by J. J. Shpall on October 17, 2011 at 3:11AM
Glitzy Fitzy

Fitzpatrick's late interception in the red zone likely cost Buffalo the game, dropping the team to 4-2.

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outside of the labs and law offices of the world.

This past Sunday, Buffalo Bill’s quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05, was hoping to build off of his momentum from a good start to the season with a win against division rival, the New York Giants—but in the end, a couple of costly mistakes from the Harvard alum proved too much for Buffalo to overcome.