There's an old saying in Pennsylvania— I know it's in Texas, probably in Pennsylvania— that says, "Fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me--- you can't get fooled again."
Now, I want to thank the Quakers for their service. I appreciate the fact that they really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who were trying to defeat us in New York.
But I won't get fooled again. Rarely is the question asked, "Is our children learning?" Well, THIS writer has learned. I keep picking Penn football to win, and I keep getting burned. I keep misunderestimating their competition. No more.
Yale, of course, is a formidable squad, so this should be a good game, and there would be no shame in losing. Their quarterback is innovative and resourceful, and so is ours. Their quarterback never stops thinking about new ways to ensure Penn rarely has the ball, and neither does ours.
But you know what? There IS shame in losing, even to a good team. Penn has only been outscored by a combined six points in its first two Ivy games, but a loss is a loss, and 0-3 would be flat-out ugly. So long as I'm writing SWAMIS, my measure of success is victory... and success.
One of the great things about books is that sometimes there are some fantastic pictures. And one of the great things about sports is that sometimes there are some fantastic surprises.
So maybe I'll be wrong in saying that Yale is going to beat Penn football this week. But color me skeptical.
Prediction: Yale 42, Penn 24