Bulldogs Celebrate 2017 Title, Work Towards 2018
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The last time the Bulldogs won an outright Ivy League Championship, there were no ring ceremonies. In fact, players had to pay if they wanted celebratory jewelry in 1980.
Things have changed, and there have been other football championships won with ring presentations. None have been as grand as was seen today after the 2018 Blue-White Game on the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl.
Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach, and 2017 captain Spencer Rymiszewski presented rings to players, staff and other members of the University who were instrumental in the 9-1 season that culminated with a victory in The Game at Yale Bowl and the school's 15th Ancient Eight crown.
"We set the goal in November of 2016 and accomplished it. The legacy of Team 145 lives on forever," said Rymiszewski, who led the Elis to the 2017 title.
A table with more than one hundred rings, sandwiched between the Ivy championship trophy and the Bushnell Cup (Ivy MVP won by Matthew Oplinger), was set up at the center of the field. Reno and Rymiszewski stood in front of it and hugged each person whose name was read by the Yale coach. One of those names was Yale President Peter Salovey.
"Team 145 means there has been 145 years of tradition. You all were able to add a significant element to the tradition," said Salovey. "We will take that with us for the rest of our lives. It really was an Ivy League takeover."
One of the largest spring game crowds in recent years enjoyed sun-splashed afternoon dominated by the Bulldog defense. There were some points scored and a few offensive highlights in this Blue-White contest, but it was clear that the guys in the Blue shirts had the edge today.
"I saw some really good things today on both sides. I loved the defensive energy I saw today, especially the ability to get off blocks and make some plays," said Reno. "The identity of the team is formed from its experiences. Hopefully, this team will draw from the positive experience of last season to build on who they are for 2018,"
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org