Out of Left Feld
The goal of a good sports story is to make you feel like you were at the event, or at least make you wish you were. After Harvard football’s 24-7 win over Cornell at Harvard Stadium Saturday, I can’t write that kind of story.It would be impossible to convince readers that they should have gone to the game and just plain rude to force them to relive it.
Crimson games normally boast the intricacy and cohesion of a Rembrandt or a Leonardo. Saturday’s action, on the other hand, was like one of their famous works soaked in water until the paint ran everywhere.
The whistle blew. The flag flew. The crowd booed. And booed.
That’s the story. But what happened?
Conner Hempel. Wow. That offensive line. Jeez.
That’s the best way to describe the Harvard football team’s season-opening 41-18 win against Holy Cross on Friday. Sometimes, verbs aren’t necessary.
By the end of this column, you will understand why the Ivy League schedule is going to change, and why I have to start by talking about pre-term planning.
The tool that tries men’s souls, a Cthulhu-like nightmare worthy of True Detective, pre-term planning has no proper historical or cultural precedent. Except maybe Frankenstein’s monster, since Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris called the program “horrible” two years after witnessing its profane creation
You have never seen senior Zach Hodges quite like this, you might have thought if you went to Harvard football practice this week.
Maybe you have seen Hodges line up many times, hands on the turf like an elite sprinter, ready to attack his prey with unmatched ferocity.