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Victory!

Patrick Belton, a graduate of America's premiere safety school, tries desperately to spin away Yale's unprecedented fourth-straight loss of the Game (by a particularly humiliating 35-3 margin) with the argument that at least Yale controls the government. And indeed they do. But what a government it is! If Stephen "Where's The Memo?" Hadley really is a typical -- nay, exemplary -- product of Yale education, standards there are even worse than I was led to believe by my brother's acceptance....

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Now, now. With malice toward none, please. It's time to heal the family's wounds. (Also, there are sharp implements available at the Thanksgiving table.)

Posted by: Rafael Yglesias | Nov 21, 2004 11:09:36 AM

Apparently the tentacles of the Bonesmen don't reach into the ranks of Ivy League fottball referees.

Posted by: Dan Kervick | Nov 21, 2004 11:31:41 AM

My first year living in Cambridge, I was excited to see the time-honored tradition of the Harvard-Yale game up close. That was until I realized that no one was going to be wearing raccoon coats or carrying around pewter flasks and felt pennants.

Posted by: Chris Cagle | Nov 21, 2004 11:40:31 AM

Ha ha, all very funny. However, after we're done with the chummy teasing, maybe it would be better for Harvard and Yale graduates to recognize that one reason for the deterioration of politics in the US is that the conflict between Democrats and Republicans is much like the Harvard-Yale game.

What I mean by this is that, no matter who wins the Harvard-Yale game, New Haven (or Cambridge) loses. Likewise, no matter who wins the presidency and whose friends from college get exciting offices in the White House, most people in America go on losing. If politics continues this way, getting more Americans to care about politics will be as hard as getting more people in New Haven to care about the Harvard-Yale game.

Posted by: A Tiny | Nov 21, 2004 12:44:49 PM

That was until I realized that no one was going to be wearing raccoon coats or carrying around pewter flasks and felt pennants.

For that old-timey shit, nothing beats the annual croquet death match between St. John's and the Naval Academy. Women with parasols, spreads of caviar and white wine, and a sea of blue blazers.

Posted by: jpe | Nov 21, 2004 1:18:16 PM

nothing beats the annual croquet death match between St. John's and the Naval Academy. Women with parasols, spreads of caviar and white wine, and a sea of blue blazers.

I'm so there!

Posted by: Chris Cagle | Nov 21, 2004 1:31:32 PM

Well, I say let Harvard have its football and academics. Yale will always be first in gentlemanly club life.
- C.M. Burns

Posted by: Angus Dwyer | Nov 21, 2004 1:38:19 PM

Fucking cheaters.

Posted by: praktike | Nov 21, 2004 2:17:02 PM

My single greatest live sports thrill was watching Milt Holt go over from the one-yard-line in the final seconds to beat Yale in 1974. My second biggest was being at the WHRB mike when Mike Lynch's last-minute field goal did the same in 1975. And now that Yale controls the government, each win is ever more obviously a victory for good over evil.

Peter Goldstein, Harvard '76

Posted by: PeterG | Nov 21, 2004 3:14:47 PM

For that old-timey shit, nothing beats the annual croquet death match between St. John's and the Naval Academy. Women with parasols, spreads of caviar and white wine, and a sea of blue blazers.

You've obviously never been to Eights week here at Oxford. That's a scene: hordes of English people crammed on those 1920s boathouses drinking Pimms and Lemonade.

Posted by: Marshall | Nov 21, 2004 4:02:26 PM

...America's premier safety school...

If Yale is America's premier safety school, I wonder what that makes my alma mater, a state school whose name I am ashamed to mention here. Oh well, I'll just stand over here with the rest of the losers.

Posted by: Reject | Nov 21, 2004 4:18:00 PM

What is it with Yale and that dreadful preemptive strategy. It so never works as planned.

Posted by: garyw | Nov 21, 2004 5:02:27 PM

What is it with Yale and that dreadful preemptive strategy. It so never works as planned.

Posted by: garyw | Nov 21, 2004 5:03:34 PM

OK, but the important thing here is whether student cheers from the stands have changed any. When I was in school, the best ones we used were:

"That's all right, that's OK, THEY're going to work for US someday."

"Break their legs! Break their knees! We've got higher SATs!"

"Harrass them! Harrass them! Make them relinquish the ball!"

Ah, the joys of Ivy League football. Yale's last great football moment was being undefeated and ranked 19th in Division 1 (really!) before the Princeton game in 1981. I can't remember what happenened there. :-)

In any case, the next year, the NCAA changed the requirements for division 1A teams in terms of the minimums stadium size (and other related junk) and the Ivy League had to bow out because schools like Brown and Columbia didn't qualify. That pretty much ended the hope that any Ivy League team could ever recruit a draft-caliber athlete in football, not that such athletes were exactly thick on the ground in either New Haven or Cambridge before then...

Posted by: Jonathan King | Nov 22, 2004 12:02:18 AM

Speaking of Brown, their mascot punched me in the face once. I was around 10.

Posted by: mark | Nov 22, 2004 8:18:48 AM

Not sure what you mean by unprecedented. Harvard has won four straight games before, and Yale has done it on numerous occasions. And Yale's series advantage is 63-49-9. Plus, the party has been and always will be more fun in New Haven:

http://www.boston.com/dailynews/327/region/Cops_eye_tailgate_ban_after_Ha:.shtml

Posted by: Eli | Nov 22, 2004 1:41:18 PM

Speaking of Brown, their mascot punched me in the face once. I was around 10.

The only Brunonian to make it into the NFL in decades, if ever, almost punched me once.

I was around 21.

And very drunk, if memory serves.

Posted by: jpe | Nov 22, 2004 6:41:54 PM

For what its worth, Yale's Eric Johnson is tied for 4th in the NFL in receptions right now. Not so coincidentally, Yale has not beaten Harvard since he graduated.

Posted by: jmsmcd | Nov 22, 2004 8:29:44 PM

Speaking of Brown, their mascot punched me in the face once. I was around 10.

I once got a forearm shiver from Mr. Met.

Posted by: Social Scientist | Nov 22, 2004 9:21:40 PM

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