After nine consecutive losses, it’s a headline that hasn’t been seen in a decade, and long waited for in New Haven: Yale upsets Harvard; 21-14.
And with some degree of accuracy, we can blame the result on the presidential election; after all, everybody else is!
Going into the 133-edition of “The Game,” the Elis, during a year when America chooses its next Commander-in-Chief, it holds a 19-12-1 edge over the “Veritas Boys,” of Harvard.
And in years when a republican captures the White House, that win total climbs to an eye-popping: 14-5.
Well that mark now moves up a notch reading: 15-5, as the visiting Blue of Yale crushed Harvard’s dream of at least a share of a fourth consecutive Ivy League title, (an achievement done only once before; Penn 1982-86) by utilizing more “trickeration,” and sleight of hand, than David Copperfield.
It took a c
ombination of a fake field goal, and a first-down pass by the holder, a momentum changing onside kick and recovery to begin the second half, leading to a 14-7 Yale lead, coupled by a missed fourth-quarter Harvard field goal, which would have given the Crimson the lead, to push Yale to the upset win.
“When we think we have an opportunity to gain an advantage, we do it – no matter if we’re playing Harvard, or if we’re playing anybody else,” said Yale coach Tony Reno, a Worcester State graduate.
With the game tied at 14 midway through the fourth quarter, Harvard’s Jake McIntyre missed a 35-yard field goal attempt, and Yale, and its fans seized on that energy.
In fact, some of the supporters on the Yale sideline were so energized, that a group of male students stripped down to their all-seeing birthday suits (a school tradition), and danced on the top of the wall of the ancient stadium, flashing their behinds to the Harvard faithful, while rooting on their beloved Bulldogs to its victory. (Although they never got to see Yale’s winning touchdown, having been escorted out of the stadium after their “Banned in Boston” bare bottom display.)
After waiting a decade, we say; whatever it takes!
Harvard Coach Tim Murphy, the “Lombardi of the Charles” said, “It’s heartbreaking. You realize you worked all 320 days a year, you only get 10 opportunities, and it culminates in the Harvard-Yale game. I just feel terrible for our kids.”
On the winning side Yale’s Reno said, “What we saw today was all the hard work these kids have put in all season long.” Nice win coach.
Staying with the local scene, the Eagles of Boston College (5-6) kept its bowl hopes alive with its dominating white washing against an overmatched, and in all honesty, woeful bunch of Connecticut (3-8) Huskies; 30-0.
But BC will take a win wherever it can find one. The football season on the Heights is best summarized by a line by Bette Davis in the 1950 movie classic; “All About Eve,” “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
The Eagles, who have one of the worst offenses in America, close out its season on the road, travelling to Winston, Salem to take on a solid, well coached, and gritty Wake Forest (6-5) squad of Demon Deacons.
If it earns the win it accomplishes two goals: it puts the “Sons of Mike Holovak” in a bowl, which in turn, guarantees the continued employment of Mr. A, and his $2.5 million dollar salary. As Donald Trump no doubt knows: what a country!
Moving to the national scene: Hail the Academies! as it was another stellar day for the best and the brightest: as Air Force (8-3), Navy (8-3), and most importantly Army (6-5), (bowl eligible for the first time in 6-years), soared to impressive wins.
It also makes the annual Army/Navy game on December 10th, the most competitive in over a dozen years. Cheers to all three.
Bring on the 18-wheelers!
A call has also been put out for a convoy of moving vans to head to two locations: Austin, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as Christmas coaching changes are on the way.
In Austin it is now a fait-accompli on the tenure of Texas Coach Charlie Strong, whose Longhorns were stunned by the Jayhawks of Kansas in overtime: 24-21.
It was KU’s first conference victory, (who were down double digits in the fourth quarter) in two-years. OUCH!
And it fans celebrated in style, tearing down the goal posts, and carrying them out of the stadium. It was also the first time the Jayhawks have lassoed Texas since FDR was trying to save a nation from the ravages of the Great Depression: 1938. WOW!
Kansas had lost 19-consecutive Big-12 contests, and this was supposed to be a stroll in the park for the 24-point favorite Longhorns (5-6) who, like BC, have yet to reach bowl eligibility, which is why there are searching for a new coach.
University of Houston Coach Tom Herman is now on the speed dial of the Texas boosters, who want Strong gone, almost as much as Elizabeth Warren would like to see the disappearance of our President-elect.
The other relocation move is in Baton Rouge, where a mere 3-feet ultimately changed the employment address of native Louisianan, and LSU’s interim head man; Ed Orgeron.
It is rumored that Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher is on speed dial of the Bayou Bengals big hitters.
This game was supposed to be played in Gainesville on October 8, th but was postponed by a Hurricane named Matthew, and when the Gators, who had more injures than a Aleppo mash unit, made a stand for the ages stopping LSU’s tailback Derrius Guice on a fourth and goal game ending leap, Florida captured its second consecutive SEC East title nipping the Tigers: 16-10.
Afterwards, an emotional Gator Coach Jim McElwain said, “We won a home game on the road, and Florida won the SEC East for the second year in-a-row. How about that!” Good for you coach!
Continuing to bounce around, how about the Buffs of Colorado, who have gone from a feel-good story, to a legitimate Pac-12 Conference championship threat.
CU defeated a high quality eleven of Cougars in Washington State, who had won 8 in-a-row; 38-24, and if the Buffalos defeat Utah in Boulder next weekend, it will punch its ticket into the conference championship game. WOW!
Can you say; Coach of the Year for Mike MacIntyre?! Amazing! It’s been 15-years since CU has gone to a major bowl.
Speaking of amazing, how about the Irish of Notre Dame.
Once thought to be a longshot threat for a playoff spot, the Golden Domers (4-7) will be staying home for the holidays after coughing up a 17-point lead at home, falling to the Hokies of Virginia Tech: 34-31.
If Irish coach Brian Kelly is smoked by USC Saturday night, (a real possibility) falling to 4-8, there might be a cacophony of “Off with his head” cries coming out of South Bend. Stay tuned.
VaTech’s new man Justin Fuente stood on Notre Dame Stadium’s historic field as chants of; “Let’s Go Hokies” showered down on the snowy night in South Bend. What a scene.
And if the Hokies beat its rival Virginia next weekend, it will capture the ACC Central Division, and earn a date with Clemson in the ACC championship game. VaTech will be a very dangerous opponent.
Another team of high rejuvenation is the Trojans of Southern Cal, who went out yesterday and rolled a pair of sevens.
After its disastrous 1-3 start, The Men of Troy have now won seventh straight, and defeated its cross-town rival UCLA, (in the 86th edition of this classic), for the seventh consecutive time: 36-14.
USC also has a star in the making in freshman QB Sam Darnold, (whose father was one of the four models used for the Marlboro Man) and since being given the keys to the Garnet and Gold caddy, the Trojans have responded like the state of Wisconsin on election night.
There is also a lot of noise emanating from our least favorite league, the Big-12, aka the “We don’t need no stinking defense” conference, as Oklahoma, and its rival Oklahoma State, have a shot to sneak its way into the playoff.
And how about some Heisman love for Stanford’s All-Everything tailback/receiver Christian McCaffrey, who obliterated the Cardinal rushing record by garnering 284-yards, leads the nation in total offense, while tying for the longest win streak (7) in the “Big Game” by throttling Cal: 45-31.
As always, we close with our pal, the bloviating gas-bag himself, Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks the last team that Charlie “fixed.”
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But instead of coming to bury the lowly KU program, we come to paraphrase Shakespeare, to praise them for its emotional victory over Texas. For one week at least – we won’t be doing our “Star –Kist” Sorry Charlie rant, and handing out kudos to the “Fighting Jayhawks.” What a win!
That’s it from cyber-space, we’ll be up and running with week 13 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK