Program Director's Chair
Everyone channel your inner Roone Arledge '52 and program a season of Ivy football on TV
Let’s pretend you’re back living in the world before everyone had a multimedia set-up in their homes, offices and cars.
Let’s pretend you can ONLY watch or listen to one Ivy football game each week on TV, radio, or the Internet thingy.
Let’s pretend you HAD to make your choices NOW, instead of adjusting week by week.
What games from week 1-10 look the like best choices for your valuable time?
Here’s how I’d make my suggestions for the “Game of the Week” to the fans who just can’t make up their minds:
This is the only week of the season where there are absolutely no in-conference games on anyone’s schedule. But the Harvard-Holy Cross game at Harvard should be a very good game as it has been for the last several years. This will be a night game at Harvard’s very impressive home stadium.
Harvard at Brown. This is a no-brainer. Some of the best games over the past 15 years in the Ivies have been Brown-Harvard matchups… and that’s even without the games having a big impact on the final standings. Throw in the fact that this will be the first ever night game at Brown Stadium and that clinches the deal.
Dartmouth at Penn. This game has been more competitive lately, including the 2008 game at Franklin Field when Penn ended up third in the Ivies and the Big Green finished 0-10. This will be the game when we really see if all the excitement in Hanover is warranted.
This is a tough week, because it doesn’t look like you have a lot of great choices. But Dartmouth at Yale seems like your best bet, especially since the Big Green has a really good chance to get some revenge for the whippings they’ve suffered at the hands of the Yalies recently.
Columbia at Penn. For some reason, Columbia has played Penn better on the road since 2004 than they have at home. The Lions come into Franklin Field looking for their first win over the Quakers since 1996.
Dartmouth at Columbia. Last year’s game was an exception, but most of the games between these two teams over the last decade have been very exciting. It will also be Columbia Homecoming, and the matchup between two teams a lot of people believe are going to turn in around 2010. Harvard and Princeton meet up this weekend as well at Princeton in the renewal of that great rivalry, but I don’t expect that game to be very competitive, (at least not at this point in the preseason).
Brown at Penn. This game is also starting to become a traditionally wild and crucial matchup year after year. Brown may have a tough time keeping it close this year without so many recently-graduated stars, but don’t underestimate Head Coach Phil Estes!
Columbia at Harvard. Good matchup between two “first division” finishers from 2009.
Harvard at Penn. It would be a surprise if this game doesn’t have a profound effect on the league championship. That’s been the case for most of the last 15 years.
You have to go with “The Game” between Harvard and Yale here, but that’s not so much because of tradition as it is the result of the fact that it doesn’t look like the other three games on the schedule will be that important.