Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yale-Princeton: Prepping for Harvard


Most Yale football fans know the Princeton game to be an afternoon to prep for The Game, the real showdown against Harvard a week later, even though the Princeton rivalry has vast amounts of tradition and history.  Yale played Princeton for the 137th time Nov. 15 at the Yale Bowl (above photo), a rivalry that has more games played than Yale vs. Harvard (the 131st in 2014).  This year, Yale beat the Tigers easily, 44-30, in chilly weather that seemed unbearable to many fans who departed after halftime.

The Princeton game was Yale's opportunity to honor the all-time Yale Bowl team of 67 players, including 44 honorees who were present (legendary names like Brian Dowling '69, John Pagliaro '78, Rich Diana '82, and Calvin Hill '69.) Yale ventures up to Boston with an 8-1 record. Harvard enters The Game unbeaten.

Against Princeton, it was also Yale's day to honor seniors on the team.  Bronxville's Stephan Shoemaker '15, a reserve  offensive lineman, joined his senior teammates when Yale honored them before the game. His parents greeted him on the field. It would be Shoemaker's last appearance as a player in the Bowl. At Harvard Stadium in The Game, his father, a Harvard graduate, will likely sit on the Yale side during his son's last college game.

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