Ooh la la! Several Yale students stripped naked at the football game against Harvard on Nov. 19, upholding a bizarre tradition that’s lasted over 40 years! Nearly 64,000 attendees witnessed the scholars baring all, even causing the kickoff to be delayed! See the NSFW pics here.
Harvard and Yale students have a deep-rooted rivalry that goes all the way back to 1875. So, when the two Ivy League schools geared up for their annual match-up at the Yale Bowl field in New Haven, Connecticut on Nov. 19, it was ON. With victory on the line, 12 to 15 students rooting for the home team decided to pull out all the stops in order to distract their opponents. The tradition, known as the “Saybrook Strip” even delayed the kickoff, since many stripped naked before jumping on the wall surrounding the football field. My, oh my!
Several Yale students have removed all their clothing at the Harvard/Yale game. Police intervention is in progress. pic.twitter.com/sG8Hi3d24E
— Jessica Noglows (@nojessicaglows) November 19, 2016
Game being held up because there are a dozen Yale students standing atop wall in front row. All are naked.
— Chip Malafronte (@ChipMalafronte) November 19, 2016
After causing a scene in front of the nearly 64,000 people, police got involved and made the Yale students put their clothes back on. One attendee even took to Twitter to recount the experience, writing, “Several Yale students have removed all their clothing at the Harvard/Yale game. Police intervention is in progress.” Another noted, “Game being held up because there are a dozen Yale students standing atop wall in front row. All are naked.” It looks like their little plan worked, since the Yale Bulldogs defeated the Crimsons 21-14, ending Harvard’s 10-year winning streak!
The “Saybrook Strip” is actually a 40-year tradition upheld Yale’s Saybrook residential college. “Neither rain, nor snow, nor the harsh New England weather can prevent another nude Yale tradition,” according to the Yale Daily News. “For decades, the Saybrook Strip has entertained and shocked fans of Ivy League football. It began in the 1970s, when a single Saybrook student mooned the opposing fans at the Harvard-Yale game. The next year, some of his friends joined him. In the decades since these intrepid acts of anti-Harvard (or anti-clothing) rebellion, the Saybrook Strip has become a fixture at every Yale football game.” Wowza!
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