Growing legacies: Mike McLeod and Ryan Lavarnway

New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Three years ago: CCL had not been renovated, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had not yet been published, Beta was still a fraternity. I arrived at Phelps Gate for the first time, a wide-eyed freshman eager to experience all that Yale had to offer, mistakenly understanding four years to be […]

Who’s the MVP? Well, it depends what you mean

It’s been going on for months and months and a clear winner has yet to emerge. The public looks on with great intrigue; new developments surface daily, with supporters on all sides lavishing praise upon their candidate, while poking holes in the cases of opponents. Some point to a laundry list of accomplishments, some their […]

Holy Cross upends men’s lacrosse in season opener, 7-6

After receiving some lofty praise in the form of preseason polls, this probably wasn’t how the men’s lacrosse team wanted to kick off its season. While it wasn’t quite the Super Bowl, the nationally ranked Elis suffered a significant 7-6 upset this weekend against the relatively unheralded Holy Cross squad — predicted to wind up […]

One game: Dreams end, hope realized

I love sports. They’re exciting, they’re competitive, they’re suspenseful. I love playing sports, I love watching sports, I love the little cereal boxes with sports on the back. I love them in the morning and in the afternoon. I love them in the evening and underneath the moon. Okay, enough. A few days ago I […]

To win or not to win? Does it matter to Yalies?

Vince Lombardi, one of the most celebrated coaches in American sports history, once said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” But as I mosey around campus, I sometimes wonder: At Yale, is winning anything? I have no doubt that every varsity player and coach here fully expects athletic excellence, works tremendously hard during both […]

Put the pain from The Game behind, focus on hoops

This year, perhaps more so than in the past, Yale needs a big season out of the men’s basketball team. Forgive me for rehashing painful memories, but it has not yet been two months since our hopes and dreams of Ivy domination were shattered, as we watched Harvard march into the Yale Bowl and systematically […]

Give football a chance to go to the FCS playoffs

The Yale football team has not lost a single game this season, has pummeled opponents by an average of three touchdowns per game and, depending on the outcome of this Saturday’s showdown, has the chance to capture its first back-to-back Ivy title in more than two decades. After having had the pleasure of watching a […]

Give your support in football’s nervy final three weeks

When the undefeated Yale football team — perched atop the league standings and ranked No. 13 in all of the Football Championship Series — traveled to New York City this past weekend to face Ancient Eight bottom-dweller Columbia, few of those in the stands expected to witness five turnovers and a scoreless first half from […]

Football on a roll, but let’s wait and see

I think it’s safe to say the Yale football team is for real. After witnessing the Bulldogs’ fifth consecutive lopsided victory and yet another record-breaking offensive performance this Saturday against Lehigh, even the Elis’ harshest critics must concede that there is indeed something very special about this team. This past weekend, Yale dominated the clock, […]

Just sit back and enjoy the McLeod show

Yale fans who have had the pleasure of attending a football game this season have inevitably come away with heightened school spirit, intoxicating excitement and general euphoria — and this year it has much more to do with the quality of the team than the quality of the tailgate. After the first four games, Yale […]

Elis stop Crusaders’ march in Mass.

It’s good to be a Yale football fan these days. Between record-breaking individual performances and outstanding all-around team efforts, 2007’s Elis (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) have shown critics and supporters alike why they were picked as overwhelming favorites to repeat as Ivy League champions. Far from being overconfident after laying a 39-point spanking on Cornell last […]

Spring ’07 ends with split

For the second consecutive weekend, the men’s tennis team battled hard but ended play with mixed results. After dropping a 5-2 decision at the hands of archrival Harvard at home on Friday afternoon, the persistent Bulldogs (8-11, 2-4 Ivy) bounced back with a 5-2 thumping of their own against Dartmouth (16-8, 1-5) when they traveled […]