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Prognosticators Pick Lehigh; More Press; Booters

Progonsitcators Pick Lehigh
Since the Colgate/Lehigh game is one of only 2 showdowns between ranked teams this week, there was a lot of speculation on the outcome of the game.
1-AA Preview picks Lehigh
Sports Network Picks Lehigh
Express-Times: Michael Blouse picks Colgate

For the record, I picked Lehigh to win 27-24 (see Wednesday's post).

Personally I think Michael Blouse went to Lafayette, don't you?

Press Roundup
LehighSports.Com:
The Hospitable Southerner (Neal Boozer-Gallman)
Morning Call:
Lehigh, Colgate Brace For Telling Contest
Brown & White:
Clash of the Titans

Striking in the pre-game press conference and the press was the lack of trash-talk. If you clip the quotes, you'd think it was any other game being played this weekend.

"Dick Biddle's voice never came through the speakerphone clearly at Lehigh's weekly luncheon Wednesday... After each question, Biddle's voice seemed to trail off with only a few words audible to the ears of the media and audience gathered at Starters Pub to get a preview of Saturday's Colgate-Lehigh showdown at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem.

"What was heard from Biddle, the Colgate football coach, was typical coach-speak, anyway; gems like, ''One team's going to be undefeated in the league and the other is going to have a loss.''

Biddle and Lehigh's Pete Lembo were careful to acknowledge Lafayette, which is off to its best start since 1988 and is also unbeaten in the league. The Leopards remain on both teams' schedules.

''When you play against a great defense like this, you have to stay balanced,'' Lembo said. ''Based on what's working and what looks you're getting, you may gravitate one way or the other.''

“Branch is most effective late in the game because of his durability,” Lembo said. “He can carry the ball 30 to 40 times and still have the power to run you over.”

“We have to tackle well and have great pursuit,” he said.

''It's the game I've been looking forward to all year,'' said offensive guard Adam Selmasska. ''I didn't get to play in the game last year, so I'm real anxious for this one.''

''On almost every play they blitz or bring zone pressure,'' said Selmasska, a junior from Easton. ''We have to work on our keys and be ready for whatever they bring at us.''

''It's going to be an intense, physical game,'' Lehigh nose guard Will Mitchell said. ''It doesn't matter where we play it; it's going to be emotional.''

CSTV Game of the Week
Colgate/Lehigh is CSTV's game of the Week. If you get DirectTV you will be able to watch the game on channel 610. In the Lehigh Valley you'll be able to watch the game on Service Electric TV2.

Also, on CSTV's web site, I found a great Lehigh picture:



Nice pic of Adam Bergen, eh?

Finally...
Couldn't resist this gem from the Brown & White:
School Spirit Needs a Boost

"I was running late for the football game last Saturday and I saw something that was disturbing and sad at the same time... As a Lehigh bus pulled up carrying students to the game, a flock of students was sprinting toward it so that they could guarantee themselves a ride home — just as the opening kickoff could be heard in the background. "

It seems like Mr. Thornton, as a real Lehigh football fan, encountered last Saturday a gaggle of "booter" Lehigh fans. The new definition: when the football is first booted to start the game, they are on the bus home (possibly to do a little "booting" in their rooms after too much alcohol consumption).

Memo to Mr. Thornton: Your heart is in the right place, but I seriously doubt these "booters" will change their behavior as a result of your piece. Morally questionable? Sure. Would you want one of them covering you in a foxhole? Never. But are they in your foxhole? Yes.

Like Billy Carter to Jimmy Carter, or Roger Clinton to Bill Clinton, these inebriated, mentally challenged fans can be annoying, and sometimes you'd like to smack them upside the head and say, "What the hell were you thinking?"

But they are Lehigh fans, not Delaware fans. They are on the team, so no matter how much we'd like to smack them around, we can't. We must learn to observe, be amused, and study Adam Bergen's stats a bit more.

Hope, though, they come into the game tomorrow too.

Tomorrow: 1-AA Predictions; Audio Blogging from Murray Goodman



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