Saturday, November 12, 2005

Princeton discovers an entirely new way to lose to Yale 

After leading 14-0 at halftime, Princeton managed to give up three reprisal-free touchdowns in the second half to lose to Yale at home and thereby surrender its lead in the Ivy League. That Yale's ferocious second half derived in part from flukish plays did not mollify the hometown crowd, packed as it was with grey alumni who remember Princeton's glory of fifty years ago. More thoughtful observers than me put the blame squarely on Coach Roger Hughes, who came out of the locker room playing not-to-lose, calling one uninspired play after another. The grumbling in the crowd was palpable. There is no support for Hughes among the alumni, who ask very little of their football coach. All we want is to finish in the top half of the Ivy League, win a championship once a decade or so, and beat Yale. But actually, beating Yale pretty much makes up for failing to do either of those other things.

Roger Hughes has a losing record as a coach over six seasons, and has not beaten Yale since 2001. His home losses in 2003 and 2005 were particularly humiliating and indefensible.

I've heard "Bulldog! Bulldog! Bow wow wow! Eli Yale" quite enough in recent years.

Fire Roger Hughes now. Click here to send an email to Gary Walters, Princeton's Director of Athletics, and here to send an email to Princeton's president, Shirley Tilghman.

UPDATE: Check out SportsProf's somewhat less hate-filled and much more learned review of Saturday's disaster.


By Blogger The Tiger, at Sun Nov 13, 07:32:00 AM:

I'm heartbroken. I'd already been planning to head down for the bonfire...  

By Blogger TimDido, at Sun Nov 13, 08:04:00 AM:

My wife and I took off after the first half. Shoulda stuck around. Too bad, it would have been nice to see a bonfire.  

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