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THE FOOTBALL SITUATION.

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Though the 1913 football team has not been seen in action, we all of us have a feeling that it will be about as fine a team as ever represented Harvard. The CRIMSON hesitates to nip this feeling in the bud and assume the pessimistic and cynical air; but we do, nevertheless undertake to make a few remarks of warning on the football situation. The prospects of this team are peculiarly similar to those of the team of 1910 that, after a whirlwind season, allowed Yale her famous "moral victory." We learned then a bitter lesson, that a game is never ours until it is won. We have, however, absolute confidence in Coach Haughton and Captain Storer to keep their men from any over-confidence. It is the men in the stands who should remember that Yale is fighting the fight of a drowning man and is dangerous. More than that, men who are playing the game and those following the play agree that we have not this season the same sort of second string backfield to fall back on as we had a year ago. New players have yet to be found who can fill the places of any who may be taken out of the game.

And so we ask every single Harvard man to show that he has confidence in the football team, but that he also recognizes the fact that it will have something besides plain sailing. We have dared to take this apparently skeptical stand, not merely to give the time-honored warning against over-confidence, but to see if we cannot unite team and College in a desperate attempt to make 1913 see Yale at last beaten in the Stadium.

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