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Yale balances school, national powerhouses

Yale learned important lessons from early-season losses to Duke and North Carolina, writes Graham Hays.

Updated: September 7, 2006, 12:39 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Losing is an unavoidable fact of life in sports. It's losing without learning any lessons that transforms simple defeat into disgrace.

Of course, when a sideline debate on the nature of racism in America breaks out during a practice scrimmage, you're reminded that kids at Yale generally tend to have a good handle on the whole lesson-learning concept.

The opening weekend wasn't especially kind to Yale. Hosting the Yale Classic at Reese Stadium in New Haven, the Bulldogs dropped games ...

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