We do not wish to pose as prophets, nor have we any desire to make Inter-University football of less importance than it is, but the first of the "championship" football games between the winning teams from the Harvard Houses and the new Yale Colleges last Saturday afternoon at the Bowl may well be the start of a new era. it was poetically fitting that Harvard sent down her leading team from Winthrop House, and that Yale's challenger was Saybrook College. Both of these old New England Colonial names--one that of the first Governor of Massachusetts, and the other the fourth English settlement in Connecticut, founded by the same John Winthrop--gave an interesting touch to the occasion. But the real interest lay in the fact that the first game was being played between Yale and Harvard on the new lines of purely amateur-coached and informally selected elevens. The game was a tie, but was a good one, full of hard playing, quick thinking, fumbles, and off-side enthusiasm, and all that goes to distinguish a purely undergraduate contest when not made too mechanical or professionally trained. There was a respectable crowd in attendance--compared with the Georgia game one might say small, but respectable, so far as manners in public are concerned. It was a dark and rainy afternoon, but the "rooting" made up for the lack of seats for sale at a premium. Other sports will follow during the year, each University holding league House and College tournaments and matching its winning team against the other's. It is an interesting innovation -- filled with possibilities not only for more competition between the two universities, but sport for sport's sake, which after all is what American undergraduate athletics should stand for. --Yale Alumni Weekly.
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