Nov. 14, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale-Harvard rivarly has had title implications 21 times since formal Ivy League play began in 1956. This Saturday both schools have a shot at the crown and would love a little help from Hanover to increase the significance of the 123rd edition of The Game. The Yale football team (7-2, 5-1 Ivy), which had its seven-game win streak end last Saturday against No. 18 ranked Princeton, hopes to clinch an Ivy League championship with a win at Harvard on Saturday. Ron Vaccaro '04 and legendary Yale football coach Carm Cozza call the action on WELI (AM-960), while it can also be heard on WYBC (AM-1340). Charley Steiner (radio voice of the L.A. Dodgers), former Yale star QB Brian Dowling and ex-Crimson standout Vic Gatto call the action for TV on Boston's WLVI.
How To Watch The Game on TV
Saturday's game airs live on HD NET (National Cable and Satellite), Superstation WGN (National Cable and Satellite), WLVI-TV (Boston), WPIX-TV (New York), WTXX-TV (Hartford) and WCWN-TV (Albany). Many Yale and Harvard Clubs around the world host alumni gatherings to view the game.
The Bulldogs, seeking their first Ivy crown since they shared the 1999 title with Brown, could still take an outright championship by winning the finale and Dartmouth pulling off the upset at Princeton (8-1, 5-1). The opposite would put the league trophy at Old Nassau. If the Tigers and Bulldogs win, they share the 2006 title; if both lose, then it's a three-way tie that includes Harvard.
Tale of the Scale, Stats
Yale's starting offensive line, which leads the league in rushing, averages 283 pounds compared to a Harvard defensive front that goes at 247 (36-pound difference) and leads the nation in sacks (4.5) and rush defense (58.2). However, the Bulldog defensive front (245 lbs) faces a 47-pound disadvantage against a Crimson OL (292 lbs) that has produced the top scoring Ivy offense. Here's how the Yale-Harvard matchup looks like off the scale.
The Bulldogs lead the Crimson 63-50-9 heading into the 123rd meeting but Harvard has won the last five. Yale is 27-23-5 at Cambridge, 29-26-4 at home and 7-1-0 at neutral sites. The Blue has scored 1,635 points compared to 1,465 by the Cantabs. There have been 54 shutouts since the first meeting in 1875 and the Elis are 28-19-7 in those contests. Yale is 9-10-1 when The Game has league title implications.
H-Y-P Means More Than Ever
They guys from Jersey may have won the H-Y-P title, but Yale (5-1), Princeton (5-1) and Harvard (4-2) are all battling for the league championship on the last Saturday for the first time ever. The trophy has not been shared since Yale and Brown both went 6-1 in 1999. H-Y-P have never been part of a three-way tie for the title. Harvard and Princeton have shared the championship once in 1966. Yale shared with the Crimson (1968, 1974) and the Tigers (1969, 1989) twice each.
Memorable Moments From The Game
Whether it was a last-second win, an outstanding performance or something else significant, here are some of the most memorable meetings:
1881: Yale tries the first on-side kick ever in football during a scoreless tie.
1946: Elis overcome a 14-0 Harvard lead to win 27-14.
1952: Yale student manager Charlie Yeager catches a conversion pass in a 41-14 Eli win at Cambridge.
1968: QB Frank Champi completes a TD pass and a conversion play with no time left as Harvard gains a 29-29 draw at Cambridge and shares the Ivy crown with Yale
1972: Yale overcame a 17-0 first half deficit to win 28-17
1974: QB Milt Holt scored on a 1-yard run with 0:15 left in Harvard's 21-16 victory
1975: Mike Lynch's 26-yard FG with 0:33 left gave Crimson a 10-7 win.
1995: Crimson Eion Hu scored from 2 yards out with :29 left in a 22-21 win
1999: WR Eric Johnson (21-244) scoops up a QB Joe Walland (42-67, 437) pass with :29 left to send Yale to a 24-21 win.
2005: Clifton Dawson ended the longest game in Ivy history in the 3rd OT with a two-yard run to give Harvard a 30-24 win at the Bowl.
Last Year at the Bowl
Harvard scored 27 of the last 30 points behind 128 rushing yards by Clifton Dawson and 251 passing by Liam O'Hagan as the visitors won 30-24 in the longest Ivy game ever. Yale, which had two fumbles and an interception in its three OT posessions, got strong rushing performances by Mike McLeod (91 yds, TD) and Jordan Spence (74) and six catches from Ashley Wright. Bulldog LB Lee Driftmier led all tacklers with 18.
Tigers Return The Favor
Jeff Terrell, who threw three TD passes and ran for another, established a new Yale Bowl record with 472 yards of total offense as Princeton came from behind to beat Yale 34-31 before 43,406 at the Bowl. The Tigers avenged a late comeback win by Yale at Princeton last year and ended a four-game Bulldog series win streak. Terrell's effort spoiled a 181-yard, four-TD rushing day by Yale's Mike McLeod, not to mention the Bulldogs' Ivy title hopes. The Tigers (504 total offense) overcame a 28-14 halftime deficit by outscoring the home team 20-3 the rest of the way and shutting down a Bulldog offense that produced four TDs and a missed FG on five first-half possessions. Yale's only second half points came as a result of a Kyle Hawari interception that set up an Alan Kimball field goal. The Elis finished with 414 yards of total offense and five more minutes of possession time.
Siedlecki on The Princeton Game
"I don't know if I've ever seen a game with such contrasting halves. We had the ball five times in the first half and scored four touchdowns. In the second half we really didn't do a thing. We couldn't make a play. You have to give Princeton credit. They did a great job. They had 504 yards of offense and threw it almost every play. We didn't make enough plays to win the football game."
Harvard Falls in Philly
Clifton Dawson rushed for 119 yards and broke the career Ivy League rushing record by finishing the day with 4,781 yards (Ed Marinaro had 4,715 for Cornell), but Harvard's offense was limited to just one TD and two field goals in Penn's 22-13 win at Franklin Field. Harvard was undone by four first-half turnovers, which allowed Penn to build a 20-7 second-quarter lead. The second half saw the Crimson defense limit Penn to five punts and an interception, but the Quakers won the field position battle by dropping their last three punts inside Harvard's 3-yard line. Crimson LB Eric Schultz led all defensive players with 12 tackles but his unit did not record a sack for the first time in 2006.
Jack Siedlecki (Union '74), in his 10th season as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, is 110-66-2 as a collegiate head coach, 54-44 at Yale and 3-6 vs. Harvard. Siedlecki has coached in four of the oldest rivalries in college football (Lehigh-Lafayette, Yale-Princeton, Yale-Harvard and Amherst-Williams). Harvard mentor Tim Murphy, who coached with Siedlecki at Lafayette, is 112-93-1 overall as a head coach, 80-48 at Harvard in his 13th season and 8-4 vs. Yale.
Junior DT Jared Hamilton has been pointed out by the Yale coaching staff as one of the true unsung heroes on the Eli defense. After missing much of the 2005 season with an injury, Hamilton (21-10-31) has started every game this fall and leads the interior linemen in tackles... The Blue is 3-2 at the Bowl this fall and 4-0 on the road. The last undefeated road slate was 1999 when Jack Siedlecki's squad tied Brown for the Ivy title... Yale has had an interception in seven of the nine games... The Elis forced a fumble in each of the first five games but have not forced one over the last four outings... The Bulldogs have outscored opponents in both the first and second quarters but trail in the last two... The last time Harvard, Princeton and Yale all had a winning percentage of .875 or better (as in 2006) at the same time was on Nov. 9, 1907, when Harvard and Princeton were both 7-1 and Yale 7-0-1... An injury to LG Brett Crandall ended his streak of 28 starts at Brown, and he missed the Princeton game as well with an injury... Freshman CB Paul Rice, who had his first career interception at Brown, led Yale in tackles for the first time last week with 8-1-9... Yale is 9-3 vs. Harvard in years ending with six and 2-0-1 in Nov. 18 games at Cambridge.
Abare The Linebacker
Sophomore LB Bobby Abare, the defensive player of the week from the Ivy League, I-AA.org and the ECAC on Nov. 6, leads the Bulldogs with 43 solos and 71 total tackles. His 7.5 TFL and four interceptions are also a team-high. Abare earned the Nov. 6 awards, including Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game, by picking off three passes and making seven tackles. Abare, who picked a Brown pass and went 19 yards for a score, returned an interception for a TD in consecutive weeks. He was the first Bulldog to have a three-interception game since 1998 and the first Yale linebacker to record the trifecta since 1995. Abare is one pickoff shy of the school record for linebackers shared by Lee Driftmier (2005), Carl Ricci (1994) and Jack Sellati (1975).
Abare The Safety
Sophomore SS Larry Abare, Bobby's twin brother, is second on the team with 67 total tackles but has tied his brother with 43 solos. He has led the team in tackles four times this fall.
Abare, The Pair
Sophomore fraternal twin Yale defensive players LB Bobby and DB Larry Abare, possibly the only twins in college football starting together on defense, had another big day for the Blue with a combined 10-4-14 last week. One of the Abares has led the Eli defense in tackles in six of the last seven games.
McCarthy Finalist for Draddy Trophy
Yale left tackle Ed McCarthy `07 has been named to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame 2006 Scholar-Athlete Team and is a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, the academic Heisman of college football. He is the seventh Bulldog to earn this award since 1967, the year his father, Rick McCarthy `68, was named to the team. They are the only father-son combination ever to earn this award. McCarthy, who has helped the Elis rush for more than 207 yards per game this fall, was Yale's offensive line MVP eight times last year and has already taken the honors seven times in nine games in 2006. McCarthy, the 2003 Ivy Rookie of the Year (only lineman in league history to win it) as an OG and a second-team all-league center in 2004, was first-team All-Ivy at LT last fall. He is a pre-season All-America pick who has been getting looked at by pro scouts this fall. McCarthy's uncle, Ed McCarthy `65, also played for the Bulldogs. The current Yale star was a 2005 Academic All-Ivy pick.
McLeod Ranked 4th Among I-AA Backs
Sophomore TB Mike McLeod, who has a school-record 17 TDs (one receiving) this fall, is ranked fourth among I-AA runners with a 141.89 yard average and is seventh in all-purpose yardage (156.56). He is coming off a career-best four TDs (2nd at Yale) against Princeton, the most by a Yale player since Robert Carr had the same vs. Cornell in 2002. On Oct. 14 he ran for a career-high 204 yards (4th best at Yale) on a career-best 40 carries (2nd at Yale) and scored the game-winner in the 26-20 OT win over Lehigh. His Lehigh game rushing total was the most by a Yale runner since Robert Carr '05 broke the school record with 235 in that same Cornell meeting. He earned Ivy Offensive Player of the Week honors after wins over Lafayette and Dartmouth and was Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game in the Cornell, Lafayette and Lehigh games. His first career TD catch was a 41-yarder off a screen pass at Cornell. McLeod, who had three TDs in consecutive weeks (Cornell, Lafayette), is the first Bulldog to score three in consecutive games since John Pagliaro, who had three against Columbia and Penn in 1976. McLeod leads the Ivies in rushing but is second in all-purpose running to Harvard's Clifton Dawson (166). He now has 10 career games with more than 100 yards rushing and has 17 of Yale's 28 TDs this fall. McLeod has produced 37 (34 rush, 3 pass) plays of 10 or more yards. Six of McLeod's TDs over the last two years have put the Elis ahead for good (game-winners) on the way to victories.
McLeod Up and Over
TB Mike McLeod, who broke the Yale record for rushing yards by a sophomore (1,277), became the 11th Bulldog to go over 1,000 yards in a season. He is now second at Yale with his 2006 total with one game left. His eighth straight 100-yard outing is a school record and so is the season total. The overall season yardage record is 1,442 by Rich Diana in 1981, so McLeod would need 166 at Harvard to surpass the former Miami Dolphin. McLeod's 16 rushing TDs, 17 overall scores and 102 points are all Yale records. His 1,966 career yards are 10th at Yale while his 22 career rushing TDs are sixth.
Harvard was picked first in the Ivy pre-season media poll with Yale (5th) and Princeton (6th) way down the ladder. The Bulldogs were picked fifth in 1989 when they tied for the title, while the Crimson was 7th in the 1961 pre-season poll before sharing the championship that fall.
Yale captain Chandler Henley has been the go-to-guy in key situations. Thirty of his 37 catches this fall have resulted in either a first down or a TD. Henley has caught 14 passes on third down and 13 have moved the chains. His two TD catches this year have been in key Ivy games (Penn, Brown). Henley has 110 career grabs (5th at Yale), 11 TDs (7th) and 1,566 yards (3rd).
Senior WR Ashley Wright, who has a catch in 23 straight games dating to the end of the 2004 campaign, is second on the team with 28 catches for 443 yards. His 15.8 average per catch is the highest among Yale receivers. He has TDs of 63 and 43 yards this fall and ranks sixth all-time at Yale with 13 receiving scores. His 71-yard play late in the fourth quarter at Brown, which is Yale's longest play from scimmage in 2006, set up the game-winning TD. He has 96 career catches for 1,305 yards and 13 TDs.
Taylor Made First Downs
Senior FB Taylor Craig has just 12 carries for 31 yards this fall, but most of those attempts have moved the chains. Eight of those carries have produced first downs, including three on four runs at Brown. His one carry against Princeton last week gained a first down.
Junior PK Alan Kimball is 10-for-17 on FG attempts this fall (15-27 career) while connecting on 25 of 27 PATs. His career-long is a 48-yarder vs. San Diego this fall and he has booted a pair of three-pointers in three different games. Freshman punter Tom Mante struggled early to find consistency but is showing his true form recently. He boomed a career-long 61-yarder against Princeton and landed four balls inside Brown's 20-yard line. Against Columbia in foul weather he averaged over 40 yards on four punts. Mante has now placed 15 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He has a 36.0 average this season after recording a 44.0-yard mark at Bishop Guertin High in Massachusetts.
Last Game For Yale
As many as 23 Yale players could be playing their last games for Yale Saturday, a group that includes 17 on offense, six on defense and 16 returning lettermen. Six members of the class of 2007 could return to play next fall including DE Brendan Sponheimer, TB Matt Murray, CB Kevin Littleton, LB Lee Driftmier, FS Nick Solakian and WR Chris Denny-Brown.
Turnovers The Margin for Victory
The Bulldogs, ranked seventh in I-AA and leading the Ivies with a 1.0 turnover margin, have been successful in 2006 by holding on to the ball and grabbing it from opponents. Yale has picked off 12 passes and recovered seven fumbles while throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles. Wofford leads the nation with a 1.60 mark.
Big Bowl Crowd
The crowd of 43,406 last Saturday was the largest non-Harvard attendance in Yale Bowl since 60,820 witnessed the 1970 Dartmouth game. Yale would be among the I-AA attendance leaders this fall if not for a washed out (2,150) Oct. 28 Columbia game. The average crowd at Yale Bowl this fall is 18,562. It was the largest crowd for a Princeton game in the Bowl since 52,210 came to the 1968 game.
Driving 70 Is OK
Yale has had 11 drives over 70 yards this season, including one that may be the longest in college or pro football this year. The Bulldogs closed out the fourth quarter against Columbia on Oct. 28 by taking 10:30 off the clock with a 17-play, 84-yard drive that ended in a TD. The Elis had a 97-yard drive earlier against the Lions and an 8:15 scoring possession at Dartmouth that took 14 plays. The season's longest drive came last week when the Blue went 99 to put the first points on the board against Princeton.
Santoro Finding the Ball
Sophomore FS Steve Santoro, whose first touch as a KOR man went 94 yards for Yale's first TD of the year against San Diego in the opener, became a defensive starter in week two and has made a huge impact. Santoro, fourth on the team with 41 tackles, has had a hand (or a helmet) in six turnovers. He has three interceptions (Cornell, Lafayette, Penn) and has also forced three fumbles. Santoro returned a kick 91 yards against Dartmouth that was called back for a holding penalty. He is first in the Ivy and 18th in the nation in kick return average (24.8).
Polhemus is Dual Threat
Junior QB Matt Polhemus (100-189-5, 1,312 yds, 5 TD) can move the Yale offense through the air or on the ground. His career-high is 18 completions against Lehigh for 236 yards, while his 378 rushing yards are the most for a Bulldog QB since Alvin Cowan ran for 435 in 2003.
Leading the League
The Bulldogs lead the Ivies in rushing (207.44), turnover margin (1.0), third-down conversions (45.3%) and fourth-down conversions (33.3%). Sophomore LB Bobby Abare leads with .44 interceptions a game. Junikor PK Alan Kimball is at the top with 1.11 FG per game. Sophomore FS/KR Steve Santoro is tops with a 24.8 KOR average, while TB Mike McLeod (141.89 rushing) is the top runner. Harvard leads the league in scoring and total offense, rushing and total defense, sacks and tackles for loss. The Crimson are also tops in red zone scoring (80%), while Yale is second.
Other than the Abares, sets of twins that played Yale football are: Chris and Andy Kagan (1999-2000); Rob and Chris Michalik (1988-90); Jim and John Quinn (1984-96) and Bob and Dick Jacunski (1960). There are 35 sets of brothers who have played at Yale and here are the last names: Abare, Athanasia, Balme, Bliss, Burkus, Cautero, Conway, Coombs, Flaster, Freccero, Gallagher, Hallas, Handlon, Hinkey, Hoopes, Iwan, Jacunski, Kagan, Kiernan, Kenney, Littleton, Lovejoy, McCarthy (2), Michalik, Miller, Noetzel, Perkowski, Quinn, Ryan, Schulte, Sigal, Spence, Walker, Wimer.
Around the Ivies
Adam Brekke, Tad Crawford and Drew Quinn made key interceptions as Columbia topped Cornell 21-14 Saturday, ending a 16-game Ivy League losing streak. Brekke returned his interception 25 yards for a first-quarter touchdown that gave the Lions (4-5, 1-5) a 14-0 lead. Crawford's interception in the third quarter was followed by a Craig Hormann 33-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Russell that put Columbia in front 21-7. Senior tailback Jason Bash blasted over from the one-yard line in overtime, propelling Dartmouth (2-7, 2-4) to a 19-13 victory over Brown on Saturday. Bash's touchdown capped off a dramatic comeback that started in the fourth quarter as Brown held a 10-0 lead after three periods.
Nutmeg State Connection
Connecticut has always provided talented athletes for the Yale football team with offensive stars such as Rich Diana (Hamden) and John Pagliaro (Derby), but historians would be challenged to find a Bulldog squad with more in-state accolades than the 2006 team. QBs Ryan Fodor (Madison) and Matt Kelleher (Southington) both earned state player of the year honors as seniors. RB Mike McLeod (New Britain) was the New Haven Register's player of the year while OT Ed McCarthy (Fairfield) and DE Brendan Sponheimer (Orange) were all-state players before coming to Yale.
Tossing The Coin
Former Yale player Jerry Kenney '63 (Kenney Family Field Center at Yale Bowl) and ex-Harvard standout Tom Stephenson '64 (endowed Harvard Football Head Coach position), both of whom are to be honored by the Ivy League Football Association at a Manhattan dinner on Jan. 25, take part in the official coin toss Saturday and will be joined by athletics directors Tom Beckett (Yale) and Bob Scalise (Harvard).
The 2007 Bulldogs, who open at Georgetown next September, should return seven starters on offense (4 OL, 3 skill) and 10 on defense (all but LB Chris Barry) in addition to both kickers. Yale also returns 10 of its top 11 tacklers from 2006.
Consistency Always Helps
Seven offensive players and as many on the defense for Yale have started at the same position for all nine games. Both kickers and the punt returner have started every game as well. Eleven of those 17 players could return to the lineup next fall.
Do These Stats Matter?
Yale's possession time has been greater than its opponent in six of nine games... The Blue has had more first downs than the opposition in just three games... The Elis have had more passing yardage than opponents in just two games.
Cornering The Rookie Market
RB Mike McLeod became Yale's second Ivy League Rookie of the Year in three seasons when he earned the 2005 honor. The Bulldogs have had three since DB Todd Tomich became the school's first in 1997. The league began selecting its top rookies in 1981 but an Eli was not selected until 1997. Yale's two newcomer starters, DB Paul Rice and P Tom Mante, have made an impact this fall. Rice had a career-high 8-1-9 against Princeton and intercepted his first pass at Brown, while Mante had a 61-yard punt against the Tigers.
Yale Still Leads the Nation
Yale has not won a national football title since 1927, but the Bulldogs still have more championships (26) than any other school in the country. Notre Dame is second with 11 national titles. In addition, the Elis were the first collegiate football team to win 800 games but have since been overtaken by Michigan.
Catching Bulldogs At Practice
The normal practice week is from Tuesday through Friday, 4:15 to 6:15. Note that Friday times could be altered on travel days. Practice is held on the fields behind the baseball stadium and inside the outdoor track. Inclement weather could bring the team inside to either Coxe Cage or the Lanman Center. Players might be available for interviews before/after practice around the Smilow Center or out on the fields. It is best to email Steve Conn to arrange a meeting at least a day before you would like to speak with a player.
Home Cooking in the Bowl
Since opening the national historic landmark in 1914 with a 36-0 loss to Harvard before a full house, the Bulldogs have gone 355-187-21 (563 games) in Yale Bowl. Since formal Ivy play began in 1956, the Elis are 117-74-3 vs. Ancient Eight foes at home.
Galiette Luncheon at Yale Golf Course
Tuesday's at Morys
Listen to Ron Vaccaro '04 as he interviews Yale football personnel past and present Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The broadcast from Mory's can be heard live on yalebulldogs.com.
Yale Bowl Restoration
The restoration of Yale Bowl is nearly complete with a number of additions planned in the near future. The playing surface has been named the Class of '54 Field to honor the majority gift for the project from former Yale football player Charlie Johnson and his class. One of the additions will be the Jensen Family Plaza, which will be located on the walkway to the Bowl from Central Avenue, and honors the Jensen brothers: Irving '54, Colin '57, Erik '63 and Mark '67. The welcoming plaza will serve as the perfect place for fans to gather before and after games. The Kenney Family Field Center, which includes renovations to the exisiting field center and halftime room and additional special event space, will also be completed in the next phase of Bowl renovations. It honors the Kenney brothers: Jerry P. '63 (who will be honored by the Ivy Football Association in January), Brian R. '60, Robert D. '67 and Richard L. '71, and a son, Jeffrey S. '93.
Father of American Football
For the eighth straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out both at home and on the road. Chandler Henley earned the honor against USD (six catches) and Dartmouth (eight). Mike McLeod took Cornell (three TDs), Lafayette (172 yds, three TDs), Lehigh (204 yards, two TDs) and Princeton (4 TDs) honors. PK Alan Kimball was the WCYPG after his game-winning FG against Penn in week six. LB Bobby Abare was the first defensive player to take the honor. He put the Columbia game away with a 52-yard interception return for a TD and then took it again at Brown with three interceptions. Walter Camp (class of 1880), commonly known as the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others.
Working Like Dogs
Three current Yale football players have already begun their business careers. CB Andrew Liyana, who was Yale's Special Teams Player of the Week against Princeton, and TE Jordan Stevens manage a personal investment management firm called Adonis Financial, which has assets over $55,000 and 15 clients. OL Louis Gresham, who has been out with a shoulder injury all season, co-founded a shuttle bus service that began by transporting Yale students during spring break from campus to airports and back. The current project for ASA (Associated Student Agencies) Transit is taking Yale students by bus to Harvard this weekend and then getting them back. They expect to handle between 800 and 900 students who want to be at Harvard Stadium Saturday.
Radio, Internet, Home Page and Hotline
NEWS/TALK 960 WELI broadcasts Yale football this fall on 960-AM. You can also listen on TEAMLINE by calling 800-846-4700 and entering Yale's code (5682). WELI's Jerry Kristafer begins home game coverage from the Bowl with a half-hour tailgate party. WYBC (1340-AM), the Yale student station, also covers each game and has a 30-minute pre-game show that includes an interview with Eli head coach Jack Siedlecki. Sports Coordinator Anthony Brooks and Director of Football Broadcasts Bob Heussler lead a talented student staff. Yale games can be heard live on the internet at www.960WELI.com and www.wybc.com. The latest scores and game information from Yale varsity athletics are available by calling 432-YALE. The Yale Sports Hotline is sponsored by Barnes & Noble at Yale University, which is located on Broadway. Call 1-888-730-YALE for a copy of the store's fall catalog.
Bulldogs Featured in New Book
The Yale football team is the subject of a new pictorial history book, "Yale Football". The 128-page softcover book is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Sports" series. It includes 200 black-and-white photographs from athletic department and university archives with detailed captions, dating from Yale's first football team (1872) to the present day. All of the Elis' 13 Ivy League championship seasons are discussed and dozens of members of the College Football Hall of Fame from Yale are featured as well. The book was written by Yale Sports Publicity Department staff member Sam Rubin '95, who has covered the team for the Yale Football News since graduation. The Images of Sports series also includes books on Yale baseball ("Baseball in New Haven") and Yale men's hockey ("Bulldogs on Ice").
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director