The Art of the Tailgate

How to host a top one! By THE SPORTS EDITORIAL BOARD Over the summer, The Independent’s Sports Editorial Board was informed of the results of a recent Megabus survey. Against all odds, Harvard emerged as the #1 tailgating destination in the Northeast (see attached graph). The Indy thus answers Megabus’ timeless question: How do you throw the best tailgate? Necessary 1. Alcohol It is to the tailgate as oxygen is to the astronaut, and as meteor-free skies were to the dinosaurs. The crucial importance of alcohol at a tailgate can be distilled thusly: so long as there is booze, so …






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Q&A With Jimmy Vesey

The Indy talks to Harvard’s fourth Hobey Baker winner. Indy: It has been almost two weeks now since you won the Hobey Baker Award. What was that like in the moment, and how has it been in the time since? JV: It was a really cool moment to experience in person and with my eleven family members who were present.  My phone really blew up with congratulatory phone calls and text messages in the ensuing day or so.  Since then, it’s died down, and I’m trying to get back into my regular routine of being a student at Harvard.   …






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Can Harvard Remember the Five D’s?

IM Dodgeball Tournament put students to the test. Dodgeball is the marijuana of sports. Sure, it may look bad from an outsider’s perspective to repeatedly traumatize your head with cantaloupe-sized objects. But come on – it is relatively harmless, and the perceived danger does not justify the huge deal people are making out of it. In spite of dodgeball’s abolition from many school gyms nationwide, Harvard remains a safe haven for repeated trauma to the head. Saturday, February 20th marked the annual celebration of that fact. Several hundred students awaited the start of the double-elimination intramural dodgeball tournament in the …






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Across the Courts and Rinks

A Crimson sports recap.  Men’s Ice Hockey              It’s been ten years since Harvard last won an Ivy League Championship in men’s hockey. On Friday night, they had a chance to break that streak with a win over Cornell at Bright-Landry. However, all they could muster was a 2-2 tie. Less than ten minutes into the games, Harvard was off to a good start in its pursuit for the Ivy Championship when Sean Malone scored to put the Crimson up 1-0. As the second half started, Cornell began to seize the momentum, and as a bevy of shots were flung …






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Basketball Blues

Men’s Basketball Falls to Yale. The balmy days that are now upon us were but figments of the imagination floating around the ice-encrusted heads of Harvard students just last weekend. Still, if any more evidence needs to be added to the bulging file marked “What College Kids Will Do for A Free T-Shirt,” Saturday night’s basketball game would close the case without a doubt. Perhaps it was the long weekend, gallantly promising more time for rest, study, and wanton abandonment of common sense. Perhaps it was the Valentine’s Day eve excitement that drew many to a place of warmth and …






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WoPo Season Opens with a Splash!

Women’s team wins Harvard Mini and heads to Brown. After a 20-win season last year, the Harvard Women’s Varsity water polo team returned this season with a few new faces and even more determination in the water. This past weekend, the team hosted Boston University, Brown, Villanova and Iona at the Harvard Mini Invitational. Harvard faced only Villanova and Iona in the roiling waters of Blodgett Pool. Against Villanova, the home team conquered with a 14-4 victory then followed up with a decisive 14-5 win against Iona. The freshmen of the team presented a strong showing, scoring eight of the …






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Brains Over Brawn

How Peyton Manning’s evolution has led to a Super Bowl appearance.             This may be it. This Super Bowl may be the last time we ever see Peyton Manning grace a football field. As Cam Newton begins to take the reins as the face of the NFL and the mantle of the best quarterback in the league, many believe we are left watching the shell of Peyton Manning’s old self compete against the new wave of uber-talented athletes in the NFL. Many are already assuming that the Panthers will walk all over the Broncos like the Seahawks did two years …






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30 Tips for Super Bowl 50

The Indy’s guide for the least aggravating Super Bowl party. For plebs (read: broke college students) who cannot afford tickets to the 50th Super Bowl in Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium, The Indy brings you a comprehensive guide to help you host a fun viewing party or plan an outing to the most happening bars in Boston and Cambridge. House Events: The Super Bowl isn’t a vacation from the myriad of assignments that you put off until Sunday evening and planning an outing or viewing party might take too much effort. However, you know your chipper HoCo members will be planning …






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Why it’s Not Called Yale-Harvard 

Harvard to Battle Yale in the 132nd playing of The Game.   You have felt it – a palpable tension mounting in the yard, at the river and even in the quad! As the crimson of the foliage continues to fade it only blooms with a fury among the jubilant throng. And the reason for these festival rites? The 132nd playing of The Game draws near. The battle set for 2:30 post meridian Saturday, November 21st is to take place at the historic and slightly inconvenient Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut. The Harvard Crimson has had a winning season …






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Then There Were Three 

An NFL roundup for Week 9.  Following the 9th week of action in the NFL, the number of remaining undefeated teams again fell with the Denver Broncos losing to Andrew Luck and the Colts 27-24. The Broncos struggled early and were unable to pull out a victory after coming back in the second half. Manning threw two interceptions and just missed overtaking Brett Favre who holds the title of the NFL’s all time passing leader. The game was an especially big win for the Colts, who snapped a three game skid and finally looked like the team they were supposed …






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The Win That Shouldn’t Have Been 

How a blown call ensured Harvard’s win over Dartmouth.  By now, you must have heard the narrative of Harvard’s win over Dartmouth. In one of the most anticipated games in recent Ivy League memory, two undefeated and ranked teams fought for control of the race for the Ivy League title. They lived up to its billing as a defensive struggle as both teams failed to eclipse 14 points, and it was as close as could be with the Crimson narrowly defeating the Big Green 14-13. Harvard sealed up the iconic victory by blocking a game-winning field goal attempt as time …






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Water Polo Swims Along

Harvard runs win streak to eight   When Harvard swept its annual West Coast road trip, it should have been a sign that this year’s team may have been better than anything Harvard water polo had ever seen. Each year, Harvard spends a week in California, considered the mecca of water polo, competing against the best collegiate water polo has to offer. This year, Harvard went undefeated on its trip for the first time in recent memory and in the process beat three top-20 opponents. After this weekend, the special feeling is getting stronger as the Crimson pushed its win streak …






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The Fan Base 

The Indy gives you the WWWWH of Harvard Athletics. Another week, another game. Now that it’s November, many of Harvard’s teams are in the midseason crunch, while other teams are just beginning their seasons. The Indy is here to highlight which games to watch and which athletes to root for.   Upcoming Matchups  November 6, 2015 Men’s Swimming and Diving versus Bryant @ 6PM Women’s Tennis Harvard Invitational @ TBA Women’s Volleyball versus Cornell @ 7PM Men’s Ice Hockey versus Yale @ 7PM   November 7, 2015 Men’s Basketball versus McGill @ 3:30PM Women’s Volleyball versus Columbia @5:30PM Men’s Ice …






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