Feb. 17, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale football team capped its 2006 Ivy League championship celebration with a special ceremony during the Yale-Harvard men's basketball game Saturday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, receiving their rings in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,532.
The team members came out on the floor at halftime and Jack Siedlecki, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, addressed the crowd.
"One of the interesting things about this team is we had a theme at the beginning of the year, `Teamwork makes the dream work'," Siedlecki said. "Our captain, Chandler Henley, came up with that theme over the summer. They actually have that on the ring. One of the most unique aspects of the ring is what they have around the inside of the ring, and it says: `We finished the job: Y 34, H 13.'"
The Bulldogs defeated Harvard 34-13 in the season finale to clinch a share of the title with a 6-1 league record (8-2 overall).
After recognizing the coaching staff, Siedlecki recalled what the team had to do in order to win Yale's 14th Ivy crown.
"We lost our opening game, and then we played eight games in a row where every game was decided in the fourth quarter or in overtime," Siedlecki said. "We won seven of those football games. That says a tremendous amount about the team, about character, about the way these guys believed in each other all year long in every game right down to the end."
Siedlecki read off the names of Yale's 13 All-Ivy players along with the winners of the team awards. The members of the senior class were recognized before Siedlecki concluded the ceremony by thanking the fans. Henley and several of his teammates went over to lift up the Ivy League championship trophy that was on display in front of the team.
The Bulldogs then sat back and watched the basketball team beat the Crimson 86-71, remaining a half-game behind league-leading Penn and within striking distance of some rings of their own with four games left to play.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity