As the calendar turns from September to October, Harvard athletics, and thus WHRB's coverage of Crimson athletics, begins a transition from the fall season to the busy and exciting time when the fall season and winter season are both in full swing. As the student voice of Harvard football, and the home of Harvard hockey, there are some exciting games ahead on our calendar for the next two months. The month of October will have us broadcast six contests across two different sports, before yielding to a November that will feature fifteen games across four different sports, in addition to Crimson Sportstalk every Sunday at 1pm. Here are some of the highlights:
Friday, October 29th: Harvard women's hockey vs. Yale, 7pm.
Harvard's quest for an ECAC title and a return to the NCAA Tournament begins as the Crimson start their season at the Bright Hockey Center against their arch-rivals, the Yale Bulldogs. Harvard, led by the winningest Division I Coach, Katey Stone, take on a Yale team led by former Harvard assistant Joakim Flygh.
Friday, November 5th: Harvard men's hockey vs. Union, 7pm
The Crimson look to get their season off on the right foot as they take on the high flying Union Dutchmen at the Bright Hockey Center. Led by head coach Ted Donato '91, the underdog Crimson, picked 7th to finish in the ECAC by the coaches, will look to prove themselves against a preseason frontrunner for the Cleary Cup.
Saturday, November 13th: Harvard football at Pennsylvania, 1:30pm
The two favorites for the Ivy League title collide in Philadelphia and the Crimson will be looking for revenge against the toast-throwing Quakers, the only team to beat the Crimson in Ivy League play last year. If Harvard is to have any shot of being Ivy League champions, the Crimson will need a win at Franklin Field.
Wednesday, November 17th: Harvard Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross, 7pm
The season gets under way at Lavietes Pavilion as the Crimson take on Bay State rival Holy Cross. Harvard, fresh off a 20+-win season and its first postseason bid since 1946, will now be looking for an Ivy Championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Saturday, November 20th: THE GAME, Harvard football vs. Yale, 12pm
Always circled on both Harvard and Yale fans' calendars every year, The 127th edition of The Game, held this year at Harvard Stadium, needs no introduction. Be sure to tune in for our special, hour long pregame show at 11am, and stick around as Tim Murphy's Johnnies seek their fourth straight win over the rival Elis.
Tuesday, November 23rd: Harvard women's basketball at Boston University, 7pm.
Harvard women's basketball, a WNIT participant last year, has an early season trip to face local rival Boston University. Last season, the Crimson defeated all four Bay Area opponents, including Boston University, for the first time in school history.
Sunday, November 28th: Harvard men's basketball vs. Colorado, 2pm
It's sure to be a big game with a BCS school making the rare visit to Cambridge, as the Colorado Buffaloes wrap up their potential final season in the Big XII before heading to the Pac-10 conference. Harvard will be looking to earn a "signature win" at home, hoping to impress both the Crimson Crazies and the tournament selection committee. The Crimson, 1-1 vs. BCS schools last year, last hosted a BCS school in December of 2007, when Tommy Amaker's former program, the Michigan Wolverines, paid a visit, with Harvard getting a 62-51 win.
Below the jump, we present our full October-November schedule.
Except where noted, the WHRB pregame begins 30 min. prior to kickoff for Harvard football games, and 15 min. before the drop of the puck or the opening tip for Harvard hockey and basketball games.
Saturday October 2nd:
Harvard Football at Lafayette, 12pm
Saturday October 9th:
Harvard Football vs. Cornell, 12pm
Saturday October 16th:
Harvard Football vs. Lehigh, 12pm
Saturday October 23rd:
Harvard Football at Princeton, 1pm
Friday, October 29th:
Harvard Women's Hockey vs. Yale, 7pm
Saturday, October 30th:
Harvard Football at Dartmouth, 1:30pm
Friday, November 5th:
Harvard Hockey vs. Union, 7pm
Saturday, November 6th:
Harvard Football vs. Columbia, 12pm
Harvard Hockey vs. RPI, 7pm
Friday, November 12th:
Harvard Hockey at St. Lawrence, 7pm
Saturday, November 13th:
Harvard Football at Pennsylvania, 1:30pm
Harvard Hockey at Clarkson, 7pm
Wednesday, November 17th:
Harvard Basketball vs. Holy Cross, 7pm
Friday, November 19th:
Harvard Hockey at Princeton, 7pm
Saturday, November 20th:
The 127th Playing of The Game, Harvard Football vs. Yale, 12pm (Note: Pregame Coverage will begin at 11am)
Harvard Hockey at Quinnipiac, 7pm
Tuesday, November 23rd:
Harvard Women's Basketball at Boston University, 7pm (Note: Pregame Coverage will begin at 6:50pm)
Friday, November 26th:
Harvard Hockey vs. Dartmouth, 7pm
Saturday, November 27th:
Harvard Hockey at Dartmouth, 7pm
Sunday, November 28th:
Harvard Basketball vs. Colorado, 2pm (Pregame coverage will begin at the conclusion of Crimson Sportstalk)
Tuesday, November 30th:
Harvard Hockey vs. Merrimack, 7pm
The December-Janaury schedule will be finalized in conjunction with the WHRB Winter Orgy programming guide (available at whrb.org) at a later date. James Yoon and Raafi Alidina will serve as the pregame hosts for Harvard football, with Scott Reed providing play by play, and Charlie Hobbs serving as the color commentator. Brendan Roche will serve as the play by play analyst for Harvard men's hockey, with Raafi Alidina as the color commentator. Future broadcasters for other Harvard sports will be announced as plans are finalized. Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen and/or unavoidable conflicts with WHRB programming will be announced on the blog if and as the need arises. Any additional games, whether on GoCrimson.com or WHRB, will also be announced here. The WHRB Sports schedule will also be updated throughout the year on the sidebar on the right hand side of the blog, and all of WHRB's on-air schedule can be found at whrb.org as part of our October-November Program Guide. Thanks for listening.