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Men's Water Polo Tonight, 7 p.m. -- Be There

Column by Chris Brocoum
Sports Columnist

Well, I would argue that the lack of pride and support on the part of MIT students as fans also contributes to the problem. Turnout in the stands is absolutely disgraceful.

I love sports. I want to feel the thrill of being in a Bowl Game or having a team in March Madness. This may never happen, but things are going to start changing tonight.

The men's water polo team is hosting Harvard University tonight and those stands are going to be packed. There had better be people falling out of the stands and lining up at the door to get in and support the Engineers.

The water polo team is better this year than it has been in a long time and they are going to make a little history tonight when they beat Harvard for the first time in a long while.

For all those people who need a little more convincing to put off the studying for a whole hour let me give you a few more excuses.

First of all, for anyone who doesn't know, water polo is a great sport to watch, especially at MIT's cozy little Alumni Pool. The games are fast, fun and physical. It really is a good time.

Second of all, the team this year is very good. The entire starting seven have speed and quickness to make for an exciting, fast-paced game. The team recruited two talented freshman from California in Matt Hausman '01 and Stefan Bewley '01. Goalie Ryan Adams '00 has returned from a year hiatus and senior captain Zac Lee '98 is as good as ever.

Third, they are playing Harvard. Need I say more? There is always a substantial Harvard contingent in the stands for MIT games. If there is any room for them this time, I want them to leave hearing "Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye!" all the way back to Harvard Square after we win. I mean rivalries don't get much better than this, only we usually end up on the losing side.

Fourth, I never want to hear anyone complain about sports at MIT again if I don't see you at this game. I mean, get psyched. How often do we actually have a legitimate shot at beating Harvard

This water polo team is that good. If there one event to go to, this is it.

Finally, I want to be the one writing the huge "MIT beats Harvard" headline all over the next issue of The Tech because everyone came out had a good time and cheered on the team.

Varsity men's water polo vs. Harvard, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Alumni Pool. Be there.