Senior defensive back Sean Ahern was named Harvard football’s 143rd captain at the team’s banquet Monday night. He succeeds linebacker Matt Koran to become the 12th consecutive defensive player to take on the role of Crimson captain.
Murphy’s Law is a commonly known adage that posits that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But just because your last name is Murphy does not mean that this law applies, especially if your first name is Tim and you coach the Harvard football team. In fact, there seems to be a very different Murphy’s Law in place in Cambridge, and the result is a system that not only doesn’t fail most of the time, but also refuses to fail.
A long win streak spanning multiple seasons. A chance for a third championship for the first time in school history. I am, of course, talking about the Harvard football team, entering last week’s penultimate contest against Penn with hopes of clinching the Ivy title, right?
One position seems to undergo more demanding preparation, require a bit more adaptability, and perhaps possess a trace more grit, as evidenced by the Crimson alumni at this position in the National Football League. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Harvard coach Tim Murphy draws the comparison between the elite warriors of the U.S. military and this group of players—the tight ends.
Nearly a year after topping Yale with the fanfare of ESPN’s GameDay in the background to secure the Ivy League title and post its third undefeated season in a century, the Harvard football team is poised to make history. Again.
anta must have come a few months early this year, because I’m going to get the best present I could have asked for in Friday night’s clash between Harvard (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (6-0, 3-0). You see, this is not only supposed to be a dogfight in that reminds you why you’re a football fan to begin with, in the heart-pounding, anticipatory, will-this-last-second-field-goal-be-good sort of way, but it might be the only dogfight I get to cover all year.
Spurred by a dominant defense that has allowed just three points over as many games, Harvard delivered a thrashing to a battered Leopards squad, 42-0, to wrap up nonconference play and win its 19th straight.
Just one yard from a touchdown, senior Jason Holdway, recently converted from safety to running back, took the handoff and ran into a wall of Georgetown defensive linemen at the line of scrimmage. On second down, same result.