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Harvardiana

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

I just wrote about The Game. If you’re wondering what to sing while watching it, here are my favorite lyrics, the first verse of Harvardiana, written by R.G. Williams and S.B. Steel of the class of 1911.


With Crimson in triumph flashing
‘Mid the strains of victory,
Poor Eli’s hopes we are dashing
Into blue obscurity.
Resistless our team sweeps goalward
With the fury of the blast;
We’ll fight for the name of Harvard
‘Til the last white line is passed.
Harvard! Harvard! Harvard! (2x)

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The Game

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment
Pete Varney catching the winning 2-point conversion

Pete Varney catching the winning 2-point conversion

In an hour, the 2008 enactment of The Game will begin. (The Game refers to the annual season-ending football matchup between Harvard and Yale.) I’m paying more attention to The Game this year than usual, both because I learned that it will be televised on the cable channel Versus and because of recent publicity surrounding the movie Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 that opened Wednesday in New York. The title, of course, refers to the headline in the student paper the Harvard Crimson– as famous as the game itself — that appeared two days after Harvard’s great victory of November 23, 1968.

Why the strange headline? Read more…

Categories: Film, Sports