Harvard Sports Tradition of Documenting Women's Hotness Extends to the Cross Country Team

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In late October, the Harvard Crimson exposed a tradition amongst the Harvard men’s soccer team that involved rating the women’s soccer team’s perceived hotness in a shared document. After further investigation suggested the tradition had continued since, Harvard suspended the men’s team for the season. Now the Harvard men’s cross country team is coming forward with their own spreadsheet.


The Crimson reports that men’s cross country captain Brandon E. Price emailed his team to ask that they “come clean with anything that we have typed down in the past,” in particular referencing a spreadsheet regularly produced by team members on the women’s cross country team. That spreadsheet was created each year before an annual dance with the women’s team, and the notes on it sometimes included comments about those women’s physical appearance.

The Crimson obtained access to some of the cross country team’s GroupMe chats in which they discuss the soccer team scandal, and notes from the past that could potentially be incriminating:

“Hahaha dude 2012 was the absolute worst I saw. It got tamer each year after that,” wrote one recent graduate.

“It’s terrible God,” agreed another member of the group, a recent College graduate.

“Also 2014 talked about a specific person getting black dick a lot,” he wrote.

The messages also indicate that they decided to change viewing permissions on some of the spreadsheets, to prevent anyone outside the tea from reading them. However, Price did write to his team, “We don’t want the school to find this, without us first bringing it to them,” noting that the issue “with the Men’s Soccer team was they tried to hide their stuff.”

Before reporting on the cross country team, the Crimson interviewed University President Drew G. Faust about the soccer team scandal, and the possibility that similar traditions exist on other sports teams at Harvard.“I felt it was important to at least try to get some preliminary notion of, are there people who know of other incidents, so the question has not been delved into deeply beyond the soccer team,” she stated. “I have asked that it at least be raised as a question: is this wider spread?”

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OK, so for some male perspective: I played basketball & track in H.S., and BBall in college. I seem to recall the occasional “hey, did you catch so-and-so on the women’s team? She’s really hot. Damn right she is. Know if she’s available?”

Listing, ranking, pointing out unattractive women, speculating about sexual histories??? That’s shits fucked up. Don’t buy any of the Trumpian “locker-room talk” bullshit. This spreadsheet of misogyny nonsense only happens in the most fucked up environments with the most fucked up traditions. I think the whole Harvard athletics program needs a kick in the nards.

-Some Guy