Lining Them Up

Yale in Town

The blue-jerseyed horde from New Haven sweeps down on Cambridge this afternoon intent on taking John Harvard into camp for the third successive time, and in adding insult to injury by denying the present Crimson coaching regime a single victory in its three years in office. And no amount of apathy toward the team by Harvard undergraduates can stem the excitement that is going the rounds for this contest. Not for some time has there been so much doubt as to the outcome. That is, the sports-writers have usually been certain before the game that their guess would come true. More frequently than not, they were wrong, witness the clash two years ago, when an undefeated Harvard eleven led by Barry Wood went down to an unpredicted defeat at the hands, or feet of Albie Booth, et al. The Crimson was highly favored that day and L'il Albie hadn't been doing so well that season. Wood still had his passing arm and there was Hageman to receive the heaves. But Albie and his little shoe outwitted them all, and sent the highly-touted home forces off the field tasting the bitterness of defeat for the first time that season.

Teams Perfectly Matched

Last year the sages of the ages had it all doped out that Yale could win and the Blue proceeded to mop up the mud and slime with the crimson jerseys in a masterful fashion. Harvard had lost to Brown and the Army and had eked out bare margins over Dartmouth and Holy Cross. To be sure, Yale hadn't won any championships, but at least she had lost by smaller edges. So the debacle in the Bowl did not surprise the dopesters. But someone is going to get fooled today, for there probably could not be found in the United States two more perfectly matched teams than those who will fight it out on the turf of the Stadium.

Neither is undefeated (that indeed is a rare condition) but from comparative scores, from the calibre of the personnel, and for the general type of plays, there is little on which to base a firm hope one way or the other. Harvard has the advantage of having been under the guidance of the present coaching regime for three years, while Yale is learning from Reggie Root for the first time this year. Harvard seems to be stronger in individual potentialities but has not been able to develop them as yet. Yale has the edge on the offense, Harvard on the defense. So much can be said with certainty, no more. --By TIME OUT.