'Harvard beats Yale 29-29' is a tie to remember
While not watching the Mets Saturday night I used my handy Cablevision movies on demand function to order the much-praised 2008 documentary "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29."
I had been hearing about the 1968 game for decades but didn't fully appreciate the shocking nature of the final minutes until watching the actual footage.
The film is no-frills in the extreme, relying on the game highlights and play-by-play as well as unadorned talking-head interviews with key players from both sides - not including Yale's Calvin Hill.
If you're going to rely on such interviews you have a better-than-average shot at finding articulate subjects from a group of Harvard and Yale men in their 60s for whom that November afternoon remains an indelible life experience.
It's quite a tale, one that weaves in Tommy Lee Jones (one of the aforementioned talking heads), George W. Bush, Al Gore, Meryl Streep and Garry Trudeau.