Harvard Columnist: Yale Wins Come Just Once in a Decade

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Harvard senior defensive back Tim Haehl gestures to the crowd at Harvard Stadium last year during The Game. Haehl and the rest of Crimson football will look to give traveling Harvard students lots to cheer about this Saturday at the Yale Bowl in New Haven as they try to rebound from last year’s loss.
Editor’s note: This column continues a yearly tradition in which sportswriters on The Harvard Crimson and The Yale Daily News write dueling articles in advance of The Game. The column written by The Yale Daily News can be found here.

It took 10 years for Yale to beat Harvard once. A single time. Winning can be hard, apparently, but beating the Crimson took the Bulldogs longer than it took the US to build the first continental railroad, or Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling, or the Revolutionary War, or the UAE to finish the construction of the Burj Khalifa.

It’s not just that 10 years is a long time, but that winning only 10 percent of the games in the last decade is atrocious. Even a Yale grad has better odds at landing a job than that. Heck, Donald Trump had a better chance of winning the election than the Bulldogs had at winning a game in the last decade. Of course, competing against a Yale grad, it’s no wonder he pulled out the victory. The Bulldogs historically choke.

Like in 2014 when Harvard scored with 55 seconds remaining to win. Or in 2009 when Yale lost 14-10 after holding a 10-point halftime lead. Just like losing to the Crimson, choking is a tradition.

Another storied Bulldog tradition is staying off the crime-ridden New Haven streets.


In anticipation of the upcoming trip to the college, I’ve purchased both a full bullet proof vest and a lock box for my valuables in addition to drafting my last will and testament.

It may sound excessive, but this is only standard procedure when traveling a city that is in the 94th percentile for crime. Yale denies a lesser percentage of applicants than the percentage of cities that are safer than New Haven.

But Yale students can always leave when they wish—which I assume is most of the time.

New Haven is, after all, only an hour’s drive from the exciting town of Hartford. If you wish to find actual civilization, that’s in Boston and only two hours north.

On the plus side, New Haven is supposed to have great pizza. But if you have a desire to eat anything besides that, you’re out of luck. Just ask former Dean of Pierson College, June Chu. The theatres are supposed to be nice though.

According to the former dean, the Criterion Cinemas allegedly has a “small theater feel without the sketchy crowds (despite it being in New Haven).”

Though one would figure that after hanging around Yale students all day, the dean would be used to sketchy crowds.

Look I get it, Yale has good architecture.

The school spends so much time talking about how pretty the buildings are that it’s almost like they’re compensating for something. After last year’s “Saybrook Strip,” at least we can now be sure what for.

Let’s not forget about the Poopertrator. But who can blame the poor student.


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