Sport: The Big One

In recent years, it had seemed to Harvard football players that they were awash in seas of indifference. Pre-game rallies, a kind of Nürnberg spectacle on many campuses, usually proved duds at Harvard. Only once a year did the mask of indifference drop—the weekend that Harvard met Yale. Then past Crimson heroes, old and out-of-shape, revisited Cambridge to talk do-or-die. This year, Harvard had imported Art Valpey (formerly one of Fritz Crisler's aides at Michigan), and the old order changed.

Besides Michigan football tricks, Coach Art Valpey brought along some Michigan collegianism. All season long, the Harvard boys had whooped it up—and...

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