Lent Day Seventeen
Friday, March 21, 2014 – “Fight, fiercely Harvard…” That is not the fight song of Harvard University, but rather the parody by one of its alumni and one of the greatest satirist of the twentieth century. While you are thinking who it is, here is a report from yesterday’s and this mornings’ games. This tournament has already had so many upsets, the name should be changed to March Schizophrenia. Harvard might be the only school who could spell it though. Congratulations to the Billikens and you certainly needed to be and have that good luck charm to pull off the win. Also having good luck were the buzzer-beating Texas Longhorns and of course the Harvard Crimson upsetting Cincinnati. If your bracket had not busted earlier with Dayton over The Ohio State, it probably did with Harvard. My selection, Colorado, played as though they inhaled too much of the air caused by the recent passing of laws in their their state to expand recreational opportunities. And then, am I the only one who sees the irony in the win by the North Dakota Bison over the Oklahoma Sooners? Bison – 1. Native Americans and Sooners – 0. The revenge of the buffaloes, you betcha. And so far today, it has been a good day for bears – both Baylor and Mercer. Mercer upset the Duke Blue Devils. And the brackets continue to bust. Fight, fiercely, Harvard is one of many songs by the fabulous Tom Lehrer. Tom Lehrer earned his AB in mathematics (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1946 when he was 19. He received his MA degree the next year and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. His songs, such as Pollution and A Song for World War III, (Watch World War III on pay TV…) are as meaningful and pertinent today as they were in the 1960’s and 1970’s. So for Mr. Lehrer and all the other key carrying scholars – Fight, fiercely, Harvard.