Bulldogs Look To End Skid in The Game
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale football team (4-5, 2-4 Ivy) might be looking at this Saturday's season finale with Harvard (6-3, 5-1) at Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field as a chance to level the record, but it is fighting for much more. The Bulldogs, trying to snap a two-game skid, hope to grab the rivalry bragging rights for the first time in three years and an edge in the off-season recruiting battles. The 126th edition of The Game can be seen live on Versus and heard on WELI (AM-960, 960weli.com), WYBC (AM-1340, wybc.com) and on Sirius Satellite Radio. Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 begin the commentary on WELI at 11:45 a.m. A video stream that includes their call will be available on yalebulldogs.com within an hour of the final whistle.
The Bulldogs lead the Crimson 65-52-8 heading into the 126th meeting but Harvard has won seven of the last eight. Yale is 28-24-5 at Cambridge, 30-27-3 at home and 7-1-0 at neutral sites. There have been 55 shutouts since the first meeting in 1875, and the Elis are 28-20-7 in those contests. The Blue has outscored the Crimson 1,675 to 1,525. Yale is 11-13-1 against the Cantabs when The Game has league title implications. This is the 26th time the result of this game could impact the Ivy League title.
Experts often advise prognosticators to "throw out the statistics" when sizing up the teams for The Game because the favorite is not always going to win. It might be fair to say the Crimson come into this one more of a favorite than any team in this contest since undefeated Harvard beat 0-6 Yale 17-7 in 1997. Though Harvard leads the league in scoring and rushing, and goes up against a Yale defense that is second in the league keeping teams off the scoreboard, the Crimson defense (ranked 2nd in Ivy) has a major advantage over the offense (6th) from Yale.
Offense Y H
Rushing Yards 85.4 179.4
Passing Yards 225.4 183.6
Total Offense 310.9 363.0
Scoring 18.1 26.4
Defense Y H
Rushing Yards 144.9 73.1
Passing Yards 166.7 212.1
Total Defense 311.6 285.2
Scoring 16.9 18.0
The Game has long been New England's largest tailgating event, and there have always been traffic issues causing major delays. Simply put, the roads and parking entrances around the Bowl can not handle the typical volume seen when Harvard comes to town. That is why the Yale Athletic Department implemented a plan that includes the advance sale of parking passes for every available space around the Bowl. If you plan to come to The Game, please click on the "The Game, Fan Information" at the top of yalebulldogs.com.
TIGERS TAKE TURNOVER TANGLE
Yale grabbed four Princeton fumbles and rolled up 400 yards of total offense but lost 24-17 at Princeton Stadium last week. The Tigers turned three Yale turnovers into 17 points while rushing for 247 yards. The Bulldogs scored on a 33-yard pass play from Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) to Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.), a one-yard run by FB Shane Bannon (Southbury, Conn.) and a 26-yard FG by Alex Barnes (Chesterfield, Mo.). The Elis were successful on a fake punt and an on-side kick but couldn't keep the Tigers' offense off the field enough. Junior LB Dan Walsh (Elmhurst, Ill.) led all players with 12 total tackles, including a season-best three for lost yardage, while sophomore DB Geoff Dunham had a game-high nine solos. Another factor was eight Yale penalties, the fourth game in 2009 with that many infractions.
Five different Bulldogs RBs got carries last Saturday, led by sophomore Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), who had 15 for 55 yards. The longest run was a 30-yarder by senior Rodney Reynolds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), while the only score came from "blocking back" Shane Bannon, a one-yard plunge on his first collegiate carry. Senior Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) has the best (3.6) average per carry and the most (3) TDs for a Yale runner this season, but freshman Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) has the most (236) yards.
BALSAM GETS YALE MVP HONOR
Junior WR Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) was Yale's MVP last Saturday with eight catches for 92 yards and a 33-yard scoring play. Balsam had a special teams tackle as well. He is second on the team with 32 catches for 309 yards and two scores. Balsam also has nine tackles, a fumble recovery and has recovered two Yale on-side kicks.
MONEY ON BALL
Junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) leads Yale with three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He is the team's top kickoff return man (23.4) and punt returner (8.1) despite being the No. 3 choice. Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) and Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) had the kick return duties before suffering injuries. Money, who has a 77-yard interception return for TD against Brown, is fourth on the team with 40 total tackles.
TWO-DEEP BEHIND CENTER
Sophomore Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) has five of the nine starts and has a team-high 1,279 yards and eight TDs. His most productive day was against Brown with 28 completions and 285 yards. Junior quarterback Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who started four games, has a better completion percentage (60.2) and passing efficiency (116.2). Hart's career-best outing came in the win over Dartmouth when he completed 28 of 40 passes for 390 yards (6th best at Yale) and three TDs.
CRIMSON FALL TO QUAKERS
Penn clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title by defeating Harvard 17-7 at Boston. The Quakers (7-2, 6-0) withstood a late charge from the Crimson, stopping them on three consecutive plays within the 5-yard line. Harvard QB Collier Winters, who led the Cantabs in rushing with 57 yards, was stopped at the goal line on fourth down with 2:40 left. An early second half TD from Winters to Chris Lorditch was the only Crimson score. Despite driving rain throughout the game, Kyle Olson and Keiffer Garton combined to go 20-for-32 for 181 yards and one touchdown for the Quakers. Garton also led the Quakers on the ground with 37 yards, while Olson scored Penn's second touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Tom Williams was named the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football last January and came to New Haven after spending two seasons as an assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams has 11 seasons of college coaching experience. He is the 33rd Yale head football coach but just the third in the last 44 years.
Tom Williams takes part in three media events each week. Williams can be heard Monday nights on WYBC (AM-1340) from 8 to 8:30 on the Yale Sports Monday Show. The Yale segment of the weekly Ivy League media teleconference is 11:53 AM on Tuesdays, while he is at the Yale Bookstore every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the Galiette Press Conference, which can be seen on sportingnewsct.com.
Tom Williams, 4-5 in his first year as a head coach, has as many wins as the last two Yale coaches combined in their first seasons. The best debut campaign for a Yale head coach was the first, Walter Camp (13-0 and National Champs) in 1888. The next 20 coaches enjoyed comparable success in the early years of the sport. However, wins for new coaches in the later part of the 20th century did not come so easily. Two of the five Eli mentors since 1950 had better than .500 marks, Jordan Olivar (7-2 in 1952) and John Pont (6-3 in 1963). Herman Hickman went 4-5 in 1948, Carm Cozza was 3-6 in 1965 and Jack Siedlecki was 1-9 in 1997.
MANTE LEADS LEAGUE
Senior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) leads the Ivy with a 40.6 punting average, good for 18th in the FCS. Mante has placed 17 punts inside the 20 and has nine boots over 50 yards. He was Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week two of the first three weeks of 2009. He tied the Ivy League record with a 54-yard FG against Cornell on Sept. 26, while Mante had a 50-yard FG at Georgetown the week before. Mante now shares the league long FG mark with five others, but no kicker had reached from that distance since 1976. He is the only Ivy kicker ever to hit 50-yard field goals on consecutive Saturdays. Otis Guernsey drop kicked a 54-yarder for the Bulldogs in 1915. Mante, an NFL prospect, also has punts of 73 and 65 yards and he recovered one of his own on-side kicks. Mante was an All-Ivy selection at both positions last fall.
MEMORABLE Y-H MOMENTS
The Yale-Harvard series has seen its share of last-second wins, comebacks, outstanding performances, firsts and freaky plays. Here are some of the most memorable meetings:
1881: Yale tries the first on-side kick ever in football during a scoreless tie
1946: Elis overcome a 14-0 Harvard lead to win 27-14
1952: Yale student manager Charlie Yeager catches a conversion pass in a 41-14 Eli win at Cambridge
1968: QB Frank Champi completes a TD pass and a conversion play with no time left as Harvard gains a 29-29 draw at Cambridge and shares the Ivy crown with Yale
1972: Yale overcame a 17-0 first half deficit to win 28-17
1974: QB Milt Holt scored on a 1-yard run with 0:15 left in a 21-16 victory that gave Harvard a share of the Ivy title with Yale
1975: Mike Lynch's 26-yard FG with 0:33 left gave Crimson a 10-7 win and sole possession of the Ivy title
1995: Crimson Eion Hu scored from 2 yards out with :29 left in a 22-21 win
1999: WR Eric Johnson (21-244) scoops up a QB Joe Walland (42-67, 437) pass with :29 left to send Yale to a 24-21 win and an Ivy title
2005: Clifton Dawson ended the longest game in Ivy history in the 3rd OT with a two-yard run to give Harvard a 30-24 win at the Bowl
The Elis have not finished below .500 since a 4-6 campaign in 2005 (3 OT loss to Harvard in Bowl); Yale's last 5-5 season was 2004 (35-3 loss to Harvard)... No kicker has more than one FG against Yale this season... No Yale opponent has more than one TD run... Princeton's 46 attempts and 247 yards are a season-high vs. the Elis... The Blue is 16 for 21 (76%) in the red zone while allowing scores 63 percent of the time... The Bulldogs averaged 13,384 in attendance over four games; Yale road games in 2009 averaged 5,604...Yale has allowed 29 sacks and sacked opponent QBs 13 times... Harvard has won four of the six contests (soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cross country) against Yale this fall.
LAST YEAR AT HARVARD STADIUM
With an Ivy League title at stake for both teams in bitterly cold conditions and swirling wind, Harvard beat Yale 10-0 at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 22. The Yale defense came up with big plays all day but the offense managed just 90 yards. LB Bobby Abare '09 (6-12-18) and DT Kyle Hawari '09 (7-8-15) led the Blue in tackles while SS Larry Abare and CB Adam Money both recovered fumbles.
H-BACK AND A TIGHT END
Six-foot-2, 235-pound senior John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with a career-high 55 catches and 539 yards and is 23rd in the nation with six grabs per game. Only Brown WR Buddy Farnham (65) has more catches than Sheffield this fall. Sheffield can be found in the backfield, in the slot, next to a tackle on the line or split out wide. He has often been referred to as an H-Back (don't confuse it with HB for halfback), also known as a power back, which is a hybrid combining the TE and FB positions. Sheffield has 120 career catches (3rd at Yale) for 1,143 yards. He needs 34 yards against Harvard to move into the top 10 Yale career receiving yards list.
The average crowd for the last five games against Harvard at the Bowl is 53,543. The 2007 game had 57,248, which was the largest since 59,263 saw the 1989 contest.
The first on-side kick was performed by a Yale player in 1881 against Harvard. Yale has been successful on all four of Tom Mante's (Westford, Mass.) on-side kicks this fall. Mante recovered the first one while Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.), has a pair of recoveries. Senior RB Brandon Scott (Chatsworth, Calif.) picked up the on-side kick at Princeton.
HAASE LEADS ENDS
Senior A.J. Haase (Bonne Terre, Mo.) leads the Yale "tight ends" with 14 catches and two TDs (John Sheffield is listed as a TE/H-Back). Haase snared a 10-yard throw from Patrick Witt with 58 seconds left for the game-winner at Columbia. It was Haase's second career TD and one of the biggest for the Bulldogs in 2009. Haase, who has 10 grabs over the last three weeks, finished with a career-best five for 75 yards at Columbia.
LEADERS ON D
Captain and LB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) has a team-high 43 solo stops and 63 overall including eight TFL. Junior LB Sean Williams (Portland, Ore.) leads the Blue with three recovered fumbles. Junior DB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) has forced three fumbles and picked off a team-best three passes. DT Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.) and Williams lead the Blue with three sacks.
Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), a senior LB who leads the team with 43 solo tackles and eight TFL, is the 132nd Yale football captain. He earned Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game honors at Lehigh after his 40-yard run (see photo) with a fake punt turned into the game's only points. He came to Yale as a talented RB but moved to defense when asked his freshman year. Rice, who has 177 total career tackles and six interceptions, started at CB the last three years before moving to LB this season.
IT STARTED HERE
The Game is responsible for a number of original events: Yale performed the first on-side kick against Harvard in 1881; Harvard's flying wedge was first seen in the 1892 contest; the first game in the Bowl was the 1914 meeting; the first crowd at an American sporting event over 80,000 was the 1920 game at the Bowl; and the first triple OT Ivy game happened in 2005 at Yale.
CRIMSON AND BLUE
A pair of starters who transferred to Yale last summer have brothers who played at Harvard. QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) and OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu, Hawaii), have families sharing rooting interests Saturday. Witt, who played at Nebraska last fall, followed his brother, Jeff (class of 2009), into the Ivy League. Fernandez, a former UCLA walk-on, watched his brother, Frank (2007) become a first-team All-Ivy offensive lineman before becoming a pro player in Japan. A third starter, captain Paul Rice, followed his father, Lou Rice (former Harvard defensive player) into The Game.
NEWCOMERS MAKING THEIR MARK
It's unusual for a Yale football team to have so many newcomers making an impact. Five members of the class of 2013 are on the two-deep offensive depth chart, while two are on the defense. A pair of freshmen receivers have a combined 25 catches in seven games, by far the most ever for a Bulldog squad. To show how significant that offensive production is, consider Yale's career reception leader Ralph Plumb '05 had two total catches his freshman season while former NFL player Eric Johnson '01 caught four balls his rookie year. Allen Harris (Detroit, Mich.) established a Yale record for catches by a freshman in a game with five against Dartmouth and has seven this fall. Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) is second on the team with 18 grabs after equaling the Yale record with five grabs at Penn.
CLASS OF 2010
Here are some numbers to measure the impact of the 23 members of Yale Football's class of 2010:
2 student assistant coaches
3 All-Ivy players
4 had brothers who play or played at Yale
7 All-Ivy selections
9 switched positions since freshman year
12 different positions represented
14 players who have started a game
15 states represented by the class
19 players listed on the two-deep
26 starts on the 2006 Ivy Championship team
27 wins, most since 1982
195 points scored
201 total starts
230 average weight of the players
596 total tackles
2965 total all-purpose yards
Tom Williams taped an interview from Yale with CNN that aired Nov. 4 on HLN as part of the show "What Matters"... Two Yale assistant coaches spent time last summer at NFL training camps as intern coaches. Kefense Hynson, who works with Yale's receivers, was with Oakland. Ikaika Malloe, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Defensive Coordinator, worked with Jacksonville... Mike Sanford, the mentor for the Yale TEs and a former Boise State QB, is the son of UNLV football head coach Mike Sanford... Student assistant coach Isaiah DeLeon-Mares, who worked at the Warrick Dunn Foundation, also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer.
Yale senior Isaiah DeLeon-Mares has been a student assistant coach ever since he recovered from the post-concussion syndrome that ended his football career as a sophomore. DeLeon-Mares has taken "coaching" to a new level with his outreach efforts for the Black Men's Union. He developed the curriculum, prospected at local high schools and devised a plan to recruit and train good mentors who would help area youth. "We hope to use our position, our lives and our influence to help mold these young men. We push them to be better in all aspects of life," said DeLeon-Mares, who also worked on the September presidential motorcade in New York City and got to meet President Obama.
OTHER IVY GAMES LAST WEEK
Buddy Farnham caught a 17-yard pass from Kyle Newhall-Caballero in overtime to lead Brown to a 14-7 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday. After Farnham's score, Brown's James Develin tackled Dartmouth quarterback Greg Patton for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-2 to preserve the victory. Farnham finished with seven catches for 90 yards and Newhall-Caballero, the nation's second-leading passer, was 20-for-44 for 179 yards for the Bears (6-3, 4-2 Ivy League)... Columbia quarterback M.A. Olawale ran for two touchdowns in the second half, sparking the Lions to a 30-20 win over Cornell on Saturday. Trailing 20-16 at halftime, Olawale ran it in from a yard out with just over a minute to play in the third quarter to give Columbia (3-6, 2-4 Ivy League) a 23-20 advantage. His 19-yard touchdown scamper with 1:51 to go in the fourth sealed the win for the Lions. Olawale was 9-for-11 with 68 yards and added 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Zack Kourouma had 105 yards on the ground and a score on 11 carries for the Lions.
OPENING DAY FOR KENNEY, JENSEN
The Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza are finished and officially opened last Saturday at Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field. These two additions, to be dedicated the morning of the Nov. 21 Yale-Harvard game, constitute the final phase of the $30 million restoration of the facility.
SNAP WITH SPIRAL
Senior DT Matt Kelleher (Southington, Conn.) has handled all the long snapping with great accuracy and timing this year. Kelleher, the former Connecticut State Player of the Year as a QB, moved to defense his third year at Yale after injuries prevented him from taking any offensive snaps. He was a starter on defense last year but an injury this fall has limited him to snapping duties. NFL teams are always looking for versatile players with size and skill, especially if they can snap.
FATHER OF FOOTBALL
For the 10th straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road. Walter Camp (class of 1880), commonly known as the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others. He compiled a 67-2-0 record and won three national titles as coach. Senior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.) earned the first award in 2009 with a 5.4 average per carry and two scores at Georgetown. Week No. 2 went to senior PK/P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.), who tied the Yale record with a 54-yard FG and punted a Yale record 12 times with six inside the Cornell 20-yard line. Week three and four went to QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.), who came off the bench to complete 13 of 17 passes against Lafayette before throwing for 390 yards in his first start of 2009 against Dartmouth. Captain Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) earned the honor at Lehigh with the game-winning TD and five tackles. Tim Handlon (Valparaiso, Ind.) made 11 total tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass to get the nod at Penn. Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) was the clear choice at Columbia with 148 all-purpose yards, a game-saving tackle and a key forced fumble and recovery. John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.) was named the winner after nine catches against Brown. Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) earned the award with eight catches for 92 yards and a TD at Princeton.
Eight former Yale football players are working in the game this fall, either in the college or pro ranks. Mike McCaskey '65, chairman of the Chicago Bears, Oakland assistant Don Martin '71, Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron '73, Bob Wallace '78 (Executive V.P. and General Council, St. Louis Rams) and New England assistant coach Pat Graham '01 are the Bulldogs in the NFL. Bob Shoop '88, defensive coordinator at William & Mary, Merchant Marine Academy offensive coordinator Kyle Metzler '02 and Bobby Abare '09, linebackers coach at Wagner, work at colleges.
BULLDOGS LOVE BOWL
Yale is 364-194-26 overall in 584 games played at the Bowl. The Elis are 124-75-4 in Ivy games. Yale has had seven perfect and 11 undefeated seasons in the Bowl since it opened in 1914.
Three members of the Yale coaching staff have ties to Hawaii, and Tom Williams has instituted Hawaiain Fridays in the football office. Any staffers caught without a Hawaiian style shirt on a Friday on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House is subject to a one dollar fine. Sophomore OL Gabriel Fernandez (Honolulu) is the first Yale football player from Hawaii in 10 years. WR Jimmy Bennett '00 (Honolulu), who played on the 1999 Ivy League championship squad, was the last Eli from the 50th state.
Seven current Bulldogs have brothers who play or played Yale football. Current Yale football brother combinations include junior OLB Sean and freshman QB Scott Williams (Portland, Ore.) and junior DB Marcus and senior OLB Jack Wallace (Germantown, Wis.).
LAST JV GAME
The Yale JV team takes on Harvard Friday at 1 p.m. at Clint Frank Field.
The Bulldogs have begun a tradition befitting the school responsible for shaping the game of football. Prior to every home game, Coach Williams gathers the team under the Walter Camp Field Memorial to remind the Bulldogs of their proud heritage before they walk with the Yale Band and Bulldog fans to the Bowl. Walter Camp '1880, who coached the Blue (67-2) for five seasons and was instrumental in shaping the rules as we know them, is commonly referred to as the father of American football.
YALE ON TV
Saturday is the eigth Yale football game on TV this fall, including four of five home games. Yale on YES returned for a second season with three straight Ivy League games (Columbia, Brown, Princeton) on the network of the New York Yankees. Two contests (Cornell, Harvard) are on Versus, the national cable home of the National Hockey League that is in more than 73 million homes. Other Yale games on TV in 2009 included Penn (Comcast), Lafayette (RCN) and Lehigh (Service Electric 2).
A survey of this fall's squad revealed interesting character traits. Here are the results of the player voting:
Most Humorous: H-B John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.)
Most Intelligent: QB Rich Scudellari (Saratoga, Calif.)
Most Vocal: DB Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.)
Most Likely to be US President: DL Patrick Moran (Alexandria, Va.)
Unusual Hobby: RB Rodney Reynolds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), gospel-rap singing
Best Singer: WR Lars Knudsen (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Strongest: RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.)
NEWS/Talk 960 WELI broadcasts all Yale football games on AM (960) and online at weli.com. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, is in his 12th season as the color commentator for WELI broadcasts. Ron Vaccaro '04 returns for his fourth year as play-by-play announcer. Vaccaro is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his work with NBC Olympics, his primary employer since 2004. His on-air resume also includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NBC and the 2009 World Swimming Championships for Universal Sports. Sideline reporter Alex Goldberger '08, engineer Tom Ivanovich and spotter Kevin Guarino add the finishing touches to the broadcasts.
Former Yale football standouts Bob Blanchard '61 and Jonathan Reese '90 will join Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro in the WELI radio booth for the second and third quarters respectively this Saturday. Reese captained the 1989 Ivy champions and was a first-team All-Ivy LB. Blanchard was a first-team all-league DB who helped the Elis to their last perfect season in 1960. John Pagliaro '77 (Georgetown), Greg Burkus '83 (Cornell), Will Conroy '04 (Lafayette), Tom Doyle '75 (Dartmouth), Chandler Henley '06 (Lehigh), Stephen Schmalhofer '08 (Penn), Alex Faherty '05 (Columbia) and Erik Jensen '63 (Brown) and Greg Hall '77 (Princeton) have all been guest commentators this fall.
WYBC (AM 1340) also covers each game. WFAN Radio personality Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks '03 MM, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale students who can also be heard on wybc.com. Yale football is also included in WYBC's Monday night sports lineup from Lansdowne Bar & Grill (179 Crown Street). At 8 pm, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday."
BULLDOGS AT YORKSIDE
Yale coaches and athletes will frequent Yorkside Restaurant (York Street, New Haven) Monday nights from 8-9 for WYBC Radio's sports lineup. At 8, Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow ‘54 Head Coach of Yale Football, makes a weekly appearance on "Yale Sports Monday" with Anthony Brooks'03 MM and Sam Purdy ‘10. Athletes and coaches from all sports, including football, will be interviewed each week on "Yale Sports Monday" from 8-9.
Another way to listen to Yale games live is by calling TEAMLINE at 800.846.4700 and using Yale's code 5682.
BULLDOGS AT BOOKSTORE
The Dick Galiette/Yale Football Press Conference has moved from the Course at Yale back to campus with the first edition on Sept. 15. The new location is the Yale Bookstore, which will host this event for 10 Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Coach Williams and a selection of players will take part in the press conferences that are streamed live by Sportingnewsct.com. They will take place on the second floor where all the book signings are done. The press conferences are open to the public, but questions for Williams and his players are limited to the working media. The Yale Bookstore is also the sponsor of the Yale Sports Hotline (203.432.YALE), where Yale fans get game-day scores without going to their computers.
Ron Vaccaro '04 hosts a series of video netcast interviews, which will include the Yale football team and other Yale athletics content, on yalebulldogs.com. Vaccaro also has a set of audio netcasts featuring the team for Apple iTunes users at itunes.yale.edu.
YORKSIDE AT BOWL
Media take note... The Yale Bowl may be in West Haven, but the press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices and salad on home Saturdays. Rather than interrupting your work with a lunch at halftime, the food is now served on its arrival before kickoff.
TRUE BLUE ROSTER
The 2009 Yale football roster includes 60 high school football captains and 41 captains of other sports. The Elis also list 52 National Honor Society members, six student body presidents, six valedictorians and three salutatorians.
IVY WEEKLY TELECONFERENCES
The Ivy League will hold a weekly football coaches' teleconference every Tuesday during the 2009 season beginning September 15 and running through November 17. Each teleconference will begin at 11 a.m. ET. Each coach will be available for a seven-minute window to preview his team's upcoming opponent and answer questions from the media. A replay of the teleconferences will be made available on www.IvyLeagueSports.com. The call is for working media, who can contact Steve Conn for the pass code.
100 YEARS AGO
This November the Yale/Harvard contest in the Bowl will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the historic National Championship Game of 1909.The 1909 Yale-Harvard game, an 8-0 Bulldogs win, featured two undefeated teams (the next matchup of undefeated squads in The Game was in 1968). Yale won the national championship and preserved its unbeaten, untied and unscored on marks. Three future members of the Football Hall of Fame suited up for the game. For Yale: fullback Ted Coy and end John Reed Kilpatrick and for Harvard: tackle Hamilton Fish. A reunion of family members is planned for this November's game.
Image from Sabby Frinzi of 1968 Yale-Harvard Game
release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director
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