While the football season just closing seems at first thought to have been a most disastrous one for Harvard, we do not believe that it will prove such in the long run. Our team has been beaten twice; - the first time largely by luck, the second time by distinctly superior playing. Nevertheless, we believe we never stood in a more favorable light before the public than at present. Feeling against the "anything to win" policy has grown very strong, and the sooner that policy is abandoned the better for amateur sport everywhere.
If any action for reforming football is taken this fall by the faculties we trust that it will not be hasty. The game has won a strong place in student life and has probably given the opportunity for vigorous out-door exercise to at least 200 men at Harvard this fall. Any changes which would withdraw the incentive to this physical work would be most unfortunate, for it is a fact that the average man will seldom take the trouble to do a thing that is beneficial to his health for that reason alone. In the next two months we are sure to hear endless schemes and proposals for reforming the game most, of which will be utterly worthless. We believe that if the men who intend offering advice will stop to think a moment of what they feel were the worst features of the game last Saturday, and will then consider what the effect would have been had the present rules been rigidly enforced in all instances, they will be not a little surprised.