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Date Posted: 20:35:47 10/07/18 Sun
I, too, miss the Halloween date with Dartmouth. That was a long time ago, though.
I think I've mentioned it on this board before, but my belief is that the original (1956-1975) Ivy schedule was devised with the following as the first two steps in the process:
1) Yale plays everyone in alphabetical order, except with Harvard last (B, Col, Cor, D, Pn, Pr, H)
2) Harvard does the same, but with Brown shifted to next-to-last, out of necessity. (Col, Cor, D, Pn, Pr, B, Y)
That resulted in Yale-Dartmouth being around Halloween.
Of course, back then, the season didn't start until the LAST Saturday in September, and was only 9 games long.
Just think: this past weekend's games would've been "Week 2" under that formula -- the second of two OoC games. NEXT week would be Yale/Brown, Harvard/Columbia, opening day of the Ivy schedule.
And, to tie this back into the Dartmouth/Princeton scheduling discussion -- to those bemoaning the moving of that game off of the final weekend, keep in mind that it used to be the finale ONLY in years where it was played in NJ. When it was played at Dartmouth, it was the Ivy opener.
Basically, Dartmouth was always at home in week 3, against either Princeton or Penn in alternating years, and would finish the season on the road against the other. Cornell would do the same. This was presumably to avoid hostile weather conditions at the two rural schools in late November.
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