The Day of "The Dillon Deal"
November 22, 2014


What a day! November 22, 2014. Harvard beats Yale 31-24 to tie the longest winning streak (eight games) in the 131 year history of the rivalry! And, what a game! After Yale came back from a 24 to 7 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie THE Game, Harvard scored the go-ahead touchdown with 55 seconds on the clock and, then, withstood another furious comeback effort by Yale!

The Harvard & Radcliffe Classes of 1960 were out in force ; impressively, at least 108 classmates and family enjoyed THE Game. The stands were full; the weather windy, clear and cold. A block of 59 of us sat together on the Yale side in terrific seats between the 40 and 50 yard lines. Our classmate Bill Markus had the foresight to arrange for this block of seats with Greg Collins of the Harvard Athletic Ticket Office.

Prior to THE Game, almost 90 of us partook of the HAA Tailgate Luncheon at the Gordon Track and enjoyed each other's company. We were easily the largest group representing a single class!

After THE Game, thanks again to the foresight of Bill Markus who also secured the venue (with the rental fee waived) over 70 of us gathered in the lounge on the second floor of Dillon Field House for libations and light hors d'oeuvres. Note that Bill, exhilarated by THE Game and his role as custodian of the Little Red Flag -- a Harvard pennant that, since 1884, has been waved by Harvard's "superfan" after each score by Harvard during The Game --, arrived at Dillon in style after attending the post-game press conference. Henry Marcy, who arranged for the beverages and food and the staffing of the event, had extremely positive assistance from the Harvard Athletics Events staff, Andrea Lapointe and Erin West. When delivering supplies the day before THE Game, Henry had the mind-blowing experience of being immediately juxtaposed with several of the HUGE Harvard linemen.

Again impressively (and unexpectedly), those H & R '60 fans who gathered this day came from 15 states, including California, Texas, Ohio, Minnesota, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.