November 20th, 2009 | Uncategorized

Predictions for the 2009 Harvard-Yale game

Prominent figures from Harvard and Yale predict the outcome of this year’s Game.

FROM THE YALE SIDE:

“Upset of the year: Yale 14, Harvard 9.”

— Richard Levin, University President

“In a shocker, Yale will win 17-14 due in large measure to the electrifying performance of the Cornhusker transplant, Mr. Witt, a stingy and fired-up defense, and the inspirational preachings of Coach Williams. Having grown accustomed to thinking that the Yale Bowl was their home field, Harvard will sulk home and begin a futile campaign to persuade Colt McCoy to transfer to Harvard.”

— Roland Betts ’68, Yale Corporation Senior Fellow

“Yale 24, Harvard 7. With the return of Abare, Yale’s defense is better than ever. Meanwhile, our offense really gets rolling. Harvard’s team will fight to the end, but Yale — will — win!”

— Peter Salovey, Provost

“Harvard forfeits on Friday, citing UFO scare.”

— Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

“Research suggests that one cannot do better at predicting games than using the betting odds. So my best prediction is whatever the betting odds say!”

— Ray Fair, John M. Musser Professor of Economics

“Yale will win by 14.”

— Sen. Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67

“The Game will rage on, now Yale ahead, now Harvard, but Harvard’s innate smugness will unravel their luck. Yale will surge and win.”

— Robert Thompson, Master of Timothy Dwight College

FROM THE HARVARD SIDE:

“Following a disappointing setback at the hands of UPenn’s stingy defense last week, the Crimson respond with a balanced offensive showing and come away with a 24-10 victory.”

— Drew Gilpin Faust, University President

“Harvard 35, Yale 23. My confidence in this year’s Crimson is based on probability, the laws of the physical universe and the important lessons that history has taught us.”

— Evelynn Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College

“Harvard by 10.”

— Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council

“Harvard 26, Yale 16. I figure that each billion dollars of endowment translates into about one point.”

— N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics

For more Harvard-Yale coverage, visit yaledailynews.com/thegame.

  • Yale 08

    Awe-f****ing-some!

  • Harvard ’91

    Sorry, Elis, but Hammond takes the cake.

  • Hmmmm

    “Harvard forfeits on Friday, citing UFO scare.”
    — Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

    I have always liked Brenzel.

    “Yale 24, Harvard 7. With the return of Abare, Yale’s defense is better than ever. Meanwhile, our offense really gets rolling. Harvard’s team will fight to the end, but Yale — will — win!”
    — Peter Salovey, Provost

    Further proof — as if it were needed — that becoming an administrator drains one of all imagination.

    “Following a disappointing setback at the hands of UPenn’s stingy defense last week, the Crimson respond with a balanced offensive showing and come away with a 24-10 victory.”
    — Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University President

    See above.

    “Harvard by 10.”
    — Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council

    Now how are women supposed to understand this statement with a number in it.

    “Harvard 26, Yale 16. I figure that each billion dollars of endowment translates into about one point.”
    — N. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics

    Then you better be ready to revise down score your estimates regularly up to the end of the Game.

    “Yale will win by 14.”
    — Sen. Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67

    Let me guess, and leave the Ivy League and compete as independents?

    The piece fails to list my favorite quote:

    “Bow, wow, wow” (roughly translated “Huck Farvard!”)
    — Hansome Dan

  • @hmmmm

    Best comment ever.

  • Hmmmm

    When I said that “becoming an administrator drains one of all imagination,” little did I realize how draining…

    2008
    Yale 14, Harvard 3

    “Harvard’s team will fight to the end but Yale-will-win!!” Yale defense dominates. And on offense, McLeod runs for 100+ yards as an effective passing game spreads the Harvard defense.

    —Provost Peter Salovey
    http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/university-news/2008/11/21/the-game-professors-predictions/

    2009
    “Yale 24, Harvard 7. With the return of Abare, Yale’s defense is better than ever. Meanwhile, our offense really gets rolling. Harvard’s team will fight to the end, but Yale — will — win!”
    — Peter Salovey, Provost

    Which leads to my prediction:

    2010
    “Yale _4, Harvard _

    ___. ___. __,__. Harvard’s team will fight to the end but Yale-will-win!”
    — Peter Salovey, Provost