FOOTBALL | Last meetings

2007 YALE 27, PRINCETON 6 It’s not often that a 27-6 victory can be considered an escape. Although the Bulldogs left Princeton Stadium last season with their perfect season still intact, they were outplayed in nearly every facet of the game. The Tigers held a 25-13 advantage in first downs and limited running back Mike […]

FOOTBALL | Keys to the game

1. Wash, rinse, repeat. The Bulldogs’ upset over Brown last week was classic Yale football. The defense was its same dominating self, limiting the vaunted Brown offense to just three points, while the offense turned in its most balanced performance of the season. The Elis won nearly every meaningful statistical category: time of possession (+6:00), […]

M. SQUASH | In opener, hard work is key

For most teams, finishing third in the country would be an accomplishment. For the men’s squash team, it is a stepping stone. After finishing third at the College Squash Association’s team championships behind Ivy League champion Princeton and 10-time defending national champion Trinity, the Bulldogs spent their offseason making sure no team would be working […]

FOOTBALL | Keys to the game

1. Slow down Dougherty. Brown senior quarterback Michael Dougherty won Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after his impressive performance last Saturday against Penn, which has one of the Ivies’ best passing defenses. En route to the first 4-0 conference record in Brown history, Dougherty threw for 234 yards and four touchdowns, putting the […]

Arakotaram: Elis: the Cowboys of Conn.

The past few weeks have been a disaster. My Dallas Cowboys are 5-4 and have become the league’s biggest punch line. From the Pacman Jones disaster to T.O.’s whining, Valley Ranch is starting to look more like “Days of Our Lives” than an NFL team. It’s not a surprise that Dallas has gone from preseason […]

FOOTBALL | Keys to the game

1. Find an offense. Against Penn, the Bulldogs limped to 92 yards of total offense. Ninety-two yards. That’s just six more yards than what linebacker Bobby Abare ’09 gained in his interception return against Fordham. When your team’s best offensive weapon is your middle linebacker, it’s time to consider a serious change in offensive philosophy. […]

FOOTBALL | Keys to the game

1. Find an offense The Yale defense is doing all it can to keep the Bulldogs in the game. The Eli defenders scored yet another touchdown in last weekend’s matchup against Fordham, the fourth defensive score this year. The Bulldogs also forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles. Despite having the game gift-wrapped to […]

Arakotaram: Vote Eli Manning, Tony Romo ’08

Forget Barack Obama and John McCain. The real changing of the guard has already happened. Nearly halfway through the NFL season, the lone unbeaten team is the Tennessee Titans. Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall leads the league in receptions, despite serving a one-game suspension. Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner and Chris Johnson have more yards than […]

FOOTBALL | Keys to the game

1. Pick Six. The Bulldogs have returned an interception for a touchdown in all three of their wins this season. The Elis’ aggressive defense, which leads the Ivies in interceptions and defensive scoring, gives this team a chance to win every game. They’ll get another opportunity this weekend against Fordham quarterback John Skelton, who has […]

Football Preview | Keys to the game

1. Win the battle in the trenches The Dartmouth defensive line weighs an average of 241 pounds. That’s 45 pounds less than the average Yale offensive lineman. Although Mike McLeod ’09 had his first 100-yard day in the past four games against Holy Cross, he only averaged 3.35 yards per carry. That may be enough […]

Arakotaram: Sports’ nominally blessed — and cursed

Last weekend was the 12th edition of my family’s annual Cowboys Weekend (read: 40 family friends using a Cowboys game as an excuse to get drunk and yell “let’s go Cowboys” in thick Indian accents as loud as they can). For the first time in years, we chose a Cowboys game that started at 3:15 […]