Friday, January 14, 2011

Sports Weekend, 1/14/2011: A Must-Win for the Lady Hawks?

In most circumstances, a 10-7 record in basketball - with five of those losses to the top 75 teams in the country, in terms of RPI - would be a reason for celebration in Bethlehem.

But for the Lady Hawks, who are two-time defending champions of the Patriot League and seemed in December to be oh-so-close to becoming a team capable of an upset in the NCAA tournament, the situation is very, very different.

First came the humbling home loss to American, 64-51 - on Lehigh's home court.  Losing at Stabler Arena?  That almost never happens.

But then came the nip-and-tuck game at Navy this past Wednesday, where the game ended with an offensive foul called on F Courtney Dentler with eleven seconds left (no, really, when was the last time you saw THAT happen in a Division I basketball game?), and a choice to shoot a two instead of a three at the end of the game meant that the Midshipwomen pulled off the "upset", 63-62.

In a year where Sue Troyan's Lady Hawks seemed poised to reach the next level, they now are in real danger of reaching 0-3 in the Patriot League. (more)

Monday, January 10, 2011

An Incredibly Crappy Sports Weekend

I found myself saying after this weekend focusing on one positive thing that happened for my teams this weekend:

"Well, at least it wasn't Lafayette that performed the double-sweep on Lehigh this weekend."

Lehigh's basketball sweep against American was only part of the story, however.

In a Wild Card weekend where my defending Super Bowl champion Saints had their hearts broken by a head coach (Pete Carroll) that did his best John Calipari impersonation to flee USC in a swirl of NCAA sactions, and ultimately won the game after "off the field thug" RB Marshawn Lynch on Saturday, and a Sunday when QB Michael Vick underthrew a TD pass to secure an excruciating 21-16 defeat at the hands of the Packers, the theme of the weekend would unquestionably be one of collapsing leads and repeated shots to the stomach. (more)
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