Friday, November 01, 2019

Focus On Harvard

Lede to a story in the Boston Herald:

No matter how you slice it or dice it, Harvard is facing a must-win situation when it entertains unbeaten and untied Dartmouth at Harvard Stadium on Saturday.
“Absolutely, it’s a must win. Our approach, though, is we take every game as a must win,” said leading Crimson tackler Cameron Kline. “Given the circumstances of last week and what we want to accomplish, no doubt this game has bigger ramifications. It’s big and we always get a big crowd for the Dartmouth game. I think we’re excited about the game plan. They have some great play-makers and limiting their big plays is the focus.”
Find the full story HERE.
The Harvard Crimson has a piece under the headline Football Hosts No. 14/15 Dartmouth in Must-Win Contest. Harvard coach Tim Murphy, as quoted in The Crimson, offers this on the Big Green:
“This may be the best Dartmouth team I’ve seen definitely in my 26 years. They’re definitely one of the best FCS teams in the country. I don’t think anyone has even given them a game yet.”
And Harvard sack leader Brogan McPartland agrees with Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens that the game will be won or lost in the trenches:
. . . (A) game like this, it’s going to be a lot of banging each other, a battle at the line of scrimmage, and just who’s stronger, who’s more physical up front.” 
There's an interesting contrast in news judgment between The Crimson and The Dartmouth. The sports story in today's issue of The Dartmouth? A recap of a Tuesday game under the headline, Women’s hockey falls 4-2 to Vermont in second game of season.

Green Alert Take: By all means coverage of a variety of sports should be encouraged. But that game was played three nights ago and attendance at the non-league, early season contest was 108. The nationally ranked football team, meanwhile, will be playing a league contest against its archival Saturday in front of more than 10,000 fans – a great many from Dartmouth – and . . . bupkis.
Athlon has a story under the headline, FCS Football: Predictions for the Best 10 Games in Week 10 that I fully expected to include Dartmouth-Harvard. It didn't. I suppose that might be because Princeton-Harvard was included last week, and Dartmouth-Princeton will be featured next week, and there's a push to spread the publicity wealth.
Lest you think Dartmouth is the only one promoting next week's Yankee Stadium encounter, here's a video from Princeton: