Category Archive 'Long Cheer'

22 Nov 2014

The Game

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Yale plays Harvard today. In connection with which, a bit of history. In the old days, Yalies encouraged their team’s efforts with a Long Cheer, featuring a quotation from a play by Aristophanes. Frank Gibson, a cheerleader from the Class of ’48 instructs Peter Salovey, then Dean, in the Long Cheer.

I’m afraid it was already extinct by 1966 when I arrived as a freshman.

“I know the croaking chorus from The Frogs of Aristophanes.”

–the Modern Major General in The Pirates of Penzance.

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