Sunday, August 31, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
|I'd rather do this than prepare for Colgate|
But you can enjoy a lot of games, many of them free to stream over the internet, that have an awful lot to do with the Lehigh football season.
Because it's what we do here, we discovered that you, dear Lehigh football fan, can turn on your TV and computer at noon on Saturday, and watch non-stop FCS football action all the way to when you're either hitting the nightlife, or heading to bed, depending who you are.
One of these games even includes former Lehigh head football coach Pete Lembo, as you'll discover below with my broadcast information and two-sentence picks.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Before World War I broke out, or the Great War as it was then called, President Woodrow Wilson pursued a strict policy of neutrality in regards to the trench battles in Belgium and France, echoing popular opinion.
But when World War became inevitable, it naturally affected the campuses of Lafayette and Lehigh in the seasons of 1917 and 1918.
Through the seriousness of war, the Rivalry continued where other college football seasons were halted, complete with much of the same pageantry.
In tough times, the Rivalry provided a much-needed escape though the seriousness of the times.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
After all, Lehigh always beat Bucknell. It was what they did.
The last time the Bison beat the Mountain Hawks anywhere, RB Rich Lemon was their star back, and Monica Lewinsky was still welcome in the Bill Clinton White House.
But for a fifteen year stretch, the Bison couldn't beat Lehigh with a ten-point head start.
So you might have been forgiven for not making the trip to Lewisburg fully anticipating No. 16.
Except that, on October 26th, 2013, Bucknell changed the narrative.
Bucknell didn't just beat heavily-favored, nationally-ranked Lehigh in their own house. They put on the type of beating that left Lehigh fans absolutely stunned, a 48-10 stampeding that will not soon be forgotten by either side.
Bucknell used to be another name on the Patriot League schedule for Lehigh to beat. Now? Their name is circled, a critical game in early October that will be a pivotal game for both sides in the Patriot League title race.
Friday, August 22, 2014
For Monmouth, though, who visits Lehigh on September 27th, there's a whole lot more new stuff.
Start with a new football conference. The Hawks (or Jersey Hawks, as I call them) move to the Big South in football only, where they will be competing against some football powers like Coastal Carolina and Liberty. Gone is their independent schedule from 2013.
Then head to the helmets and uniforms, where it shows off Monmouth's status as an up-and-coming athletics program. Gone are the gothic interlocking "M" and "U", and in its place a silver helmet, with a classic looking "M", takes its place.
Perhaps unfortunately for the Mountain Hawks, though, the players who inhabited the old uniforms last season return to inhabit the new ones, meaning Lehigh will face a team with a boatload of experience.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sure, some of that was due to the fact that Fordham, now for the first time in years an full, card-carrying member of the Patriot League, was ineligible.
But in 2010 and 2011, Lehigh was the undisputed king, with wins over their Rivals, undisputed Patriot League championships, and even playoff victories against Northern Iowa and Towson.
This season, it's a new team with a dynamic offense and a team loaded with talent that is the undisputed champion going into the 2014 season. With one of the best FCS quaterbacks in the nation, QB Michael Nebrich, and a talented defense backing them up, the Rams now have the targets on their backs.
And if Lehigh hopes to stand a chance to challenge the new kings of the hill, they will have to improve immensely on the defensive side of the ball.
Monday, August 18, 2014
It's been called narcissism masked as charity.
But the "ice bucket challenge", which has torn its way in the amazing span of three week from a thing that college athletes and coaches were doing to a world-wide phenomenon, is nothing to cynically wag your finger at.
During the last few weeks, a multitude of Lehigh coaches, players, media members, and even athletic director Joe Sterrett have taken the icy bucket of water over their heads.
In doing so, they have done incredible good in raising awareness about an awful disease that really needs all the help it can get in regards to a cure.
I know this because I didn't just start giving to ALS causes in the last two weeks.