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Joseph W. Minatel

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Going Pro

Firkser ’17 Scores First-Ever NFL Playoff Touchdown by Harvard Player

Tight end Anthony Firkser ’17 scored the first-ever touchdown in the NFL Playoffs by a Harvard graduate in the Wild Card game Saturday night. Firkser also came up with a major third-down catch for the Tennessee Titans that helped to seal the upset victory over the New England Patriots in the Crimson alum’s return to Massachusetts.

HY 7

The Game Set to Return to Harvard Stadium in 2020

Following a brief hiatus, The Game will once again be played in the historic Harvard Stadium in 2020.

14 the Money

Fitzpatrick ‘05 Stuns Patriots, Spoils Playoff Bye in Massachusetts Return

Former Harvard and current Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘05 returned to Massachusetts in heroic fashion, leading his squad to a shocking upset victory over the New England Patriots, ruining the latter’s chances at a first-round bye in the NFL Playoffs.

Leading the Charge

At the Brink of History

The Crimson’s commander has led teams to victory on the gridiron, but he has also shaped many lives of young men.


Around the Ivies: Ancient Eight History

But this week is not for dwelling on the past. It’s Harvard-Yale week. The Game. The supernatural forces of football dare not get involved in tradition.

Senior Citizens

Around the Ivies: Home Sweet Home

As I sing one song for my Old Kentucky Home far away, half of the Ancient Eight’s seniors will sing one final song at their football homes. For this reason, and possibly having to do with the multiple lopsided matchups, I will be picking every single home team this week.

Anyone's Game

COLUMN: Ivy League Parity is Back

This is the league of parity, and as long as you are not named Brown, you should never feel like you are out of a game. This league is all about chaos, and after a few years of dominating superpowers and underforming bottom-feeders, the Ancient Eight is chaotic once again. Ivy League parity is back and better than ever.

Big Ben Strikes Again

Harvard Suffers Second Consecutive Heartbreak with 17-10 Overtime Loss to Columbia

For the second straight week, Harvard football ended its game in heartbreak. The Crimson dropped yet another walk-off contest, this time to Columbia in overtime as the Lions intercepted Harvard late to seal the game, 17-10.

Just Keep Swimming

Harvard Looks to Bounce Back Against Columbia

Playing on home turf, a dominating defensive performance ended in a loss as the Big Green secured a wild Hail Mary as the clock expired. Both squads will be heading to New York this weekend. The Big Apple offers a possible Ivy League crown for Dartmouth and a bounce-back game for Harvard.

An Answered Prayer

Undefeated Dartmouth Stuns Harvard on Last-Second Hail Mary

In the wildest football game of the season, a desperation Hail Mary was tipped into the hands of a Dartmouth receiver to beat the buzzer and provide the undefeated Big Green with a stunning 9-6 victory as the clock expired.

Something Special

Around the Ivies: Pay to Play, Pay to Write

Yesterday, the NCAA delivered bombshell news that it would begin to allow players to profit off of their likenesses. Yesterday, we tried to answer a simple yet complex question: what does this mean for Harvard athletes? I, however, have an even better question: what does this mean for the college journalists that cover these athletes?

Pay for Play
Sports Features

NCAA Greenlights Players Profiting Off of Image: What's Next?

In an unprecedented move, the leaders of the NCAA unanimously approved to begin the process of altering current rules so that college athletes can profit off of their names, images, and likenesses. What will it mean for Harvard?

The Sykes the Limit

Princeton Remains Undefeated, Holding off Harvard, 30-24

In this week’s matchup between two of the Ivy League’s top teams, much of the contest was decided by all-important third downs. While the squads combined for a low 21.4 percent conversion rate in the first half, in later key situations Princeton won the edge and, ultimately, the game.

Full Nelson

Around the Ivies: Return of the Ivies... and the Jedi

We are finally there. That familiar feeling has finally emerged from its slumber, exciting fans once again. This week marks the return of two separate yet important things that have recently been missing from my life: Emperor Palpatine to the Star Wars universe, and exclusive Ivy League conference games to college football.


Football Spoils Holy Cross Homecoming in 31-21 Win

The Crimson wasted no time in taking control of the game after an initial stumble to race ahead to an early lead that it would never relinquish. Boosted by defensive takeaways and 24 consecutive points in the first 20 minutes of the contest, Harvard swiftly retook the driver’s seat and spoiled a well-attended Holy Cross homecoming game, 31-21.