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SPORTS of the 'CRIME'

By Richard D. Paisner

There isn't too much to say about Saturday's football game. It wasn't awfully exciting even during those 12 explosive minutes when George Lalich moved Harvard to 31 points.

It especially wasn't exciting in the second and fourth quarters when both teams' reserves ran for daylight like kids playing in a mud puddle.

In the third period, quarterback Lalich brought his troupe back for yet another scoring sally, but this momentary titillation failed to offset the boredom and the chill of a 59-0 football game on the first day of fall.

The Bisons didn't have a band, nor did they have many partisans, but they did have female cheerleaders. Even their smiling faces leading a H-A-R-V-A-R-D cheer, however, lacked a certain something. Sincerity, perhaps.

Harvard did not prove itself a great football team against Bucknell. After the demoralization of the first quarter blitz, the Bisons wandered about as aimlessly as a herd of their Pawnee-persecuted ancestors.

If we are to be encouraged from the events of the weekend, (within limits, there is good reason for optimism of a less dreary season than originally seemed likely), then it should be more because of Holy Cross's upset of Dartmouth than of the Harvard romp.

Comparative scores boggle the mind. The University of New Hampshire beat Harvard in a scrimmage and then Dartmouth topped UNH. Harvard edged Holy Cross and then Holy Cross surprised Dartmouth. So what? Your guess (especially after my prognosticating success so far) is as good as mine. One thing, however, is sure: Harvard has improved.

Columbia comes next and then Cornell. The first should be easy; the second will not.

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