Friday, February 08, 2013

The 2013 Patsy Ratings

Something new is coming to Lehigh Football Nation, and no, Jerry Lewis has nothing to do with it.

Once upon a time, there was a legendary Lafayette message board poster called carney2, who came up with a way to attempt to rate, in a somewhat unbiased manner, Patriot League recruiting classes.

For years he posted his spreadsheet-based evaluations on the Any Given Saturday message board, and his somewhat dry, humorous description of the methodology and the rating.  For hardcore Patriot League fans, it was an important, must-read part of the offseason.

This year, his Patsy ratings - which don't have to do with real Patsies, incidentally - come to LFN.

All those printouts, formulae, and (hopefully) some of the dry wit now are a part of the website.

In the upcoming weeks, I'll be going through the data and coming up with the rankings.  But before I do, I thought I'd whip up a quick blog posting to describe exactly what it is we're doing here.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Spadola Represents Nation, Speeds Towards Combine

When you are looking to make the NFL, every moment, and every all-star game and combine, matters.

This past week, former Lehigh star WR Ryan Spadola, who is currently looking to be one of those guys that play on Sundays, looked to make every moment of his appearance in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game matter.

That didn't just mean the game itself, where Ryan's stat line read 1 catch for 8 yards, a pass from Tulane QB Ryan Griffin, or the outcome, which was a 24-13 win for the (appropriately named) Nation team over Texas. 

(In a strange twist of fate, Ryan didn't wear the gold helmet of Lehigh at the game, but more on that later.)

It also meant the positive press in the run-up to the game, and the large number of scouts available to see their progress. 

In my exclusive Q&A with Ryan about his experience, I talk to him about his experience with the game, what he's been doing, and what's next for the Lehigh star.
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