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Harvard beats Yale (and their ugly pants) 34-7

Chris Smith and his real Yale pants
When the 130th edition of The Game began, I immediately noticed that one of the kick returners was wearing the traditional Yale pants with two stripes. Before this season, an otherwise strong uniform tweak was marred by Nike adding some sort of streak instead of a double-stripe. I was pleased that #3 Chris Smith still had the true Yale pants on.

Then he got injured on the kickoff return.

Chris Smith, injured on the kickoff return

It was that kind of day for my dad’s alma mater. Harvard scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, all by Paul Stanton, Jr. Yale couldn’t get anything going, scoring only once in the third quarter with The Game not in doubt. The Crimson added two field goals in the second half. Final score 34-7, Cantabs.

FOOTBALL: Yale crumbles to CrimsonYale Daily News

My alma mater, Penn State, despite the #1 uniform matchup in all of college football yesterday (scroll down), fell to Nebraska in overtime. I didn’t watch it — didn’t have Big Ten Network.

Harvard’s cheating was even more rampant than last year

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Yale now has a better Penn State jersey than Penn State

Last year, two of my posts with highest traffic were about the Yale football uniforms. I was pleased they restored the traditional Y to the helmet, but not thrilled that they added merit decals. This year, Uni-Watch got ahead of me and posted the video below. he changes keep coming and it is a mixed bag:

Fall (football) fashion previewYale Alumni Magazine

GOOD: The Y-Dog logo has been removed from the sleeve, so Yale now has a better Penn State jersey than Penn State, right? Other than the thicker block numbers, the new Bulldogs jerseys have the same trim and nearly the same color as the pre-2011 Penn State jerseys.

BAD: The striping has been significantly changed — gone are the two blue stripes on the helmet, pants and socks. In the place of the classic double-stripes, some weird none stripe thing that Nike has been doing since the awful Denver Broncos redesign of 1997.

Overall, this is “fixing what isn’t broken” which is the trend in football uniforms of late. It is quite unnecessary, especially for an Ivy League program where merchandising is a non-issue.

Meanwhile, for the third season in a row, the Penn State uniform has been altered:

The “big” change is the “chipmunk” logo is now in the middle of the neckline. Combined with the Nike swoosh and the BigTen logo, it gets pretty crowded. I could take or leave the chipmunk, but the “B1G” is just aesthetically bad right there, a conference-mandated patch by the way. We all know the Nike swoosh isn’t going anywhere unless Penn State finds another outfitter.

Of course, I would prefer a return to the jerseys they wore through 2010 with the contrasting trim on the neckline and sleeves — the new Yale jersey. In 2011, Guido D’Elia claimed to be behind the change, but he may have been lying. Additionally, names are going to be retained on the back of the jersey because Coach Bill O’Brien wants everybody to know the names of the players who chose to be a part of the program during this difficult era. I won’t argue that reasoning.

Now, at least neither of the great blue and white football programs have gone the Oregon or Maryland route…yet.

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Yale adds merit stickers to football helmets

Yale football helmet stickers
I noticed on Saturday that Yale is now putting little Bulldogs on their helmets, presumably for good play. This is the first time I can recall it. Since the photo is not as clear as I would have liked, here is a look at the graphic I believe they are using:

This is the logo Yale is using as a helmet sticker

Yale upset Penn, 27-13 at the Yale Bowl on Saturday. I watched the second half with my dad, an Old Blue. He’s not real excited about the helmet stickers.

OTHER IVY HELMET NEWS

Princeton reversed their colors on their famed winged helmet as well which was news to me. I prefer the black helmet with orange wings over the current version — orange with black wings.

PREVIOUSLY

Yale football helmet goes retro: “Y” no longer outlined

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