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Sunday's Word: Nabob

Yes, I know. How come I have such an obsession about terms made by tragicomic political figures (in this case, Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon's vice president who resigned in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate affair)? One can only wonder what terms I'll be coming up with in the future in these Sunday Words, such as "Henny Penny The Sky Is Falling", or "It depends on what your definition of 'Is' Is".

In any event, I don't think it's any secret that I'm referring to Mr. Agnew's reference to the nattering 'nabobs' of negativism.

Looking objectively, this Saturday's win against VMI was Lehigh's largest margin of victory against an out-of-conference opponent since the Mountain Hawks waxed Central Connecticut State 58-10 on September 29th, 2001 (to what then was essentially a non-scholarship team). For a win against a "scholarship" team of the same magnitude, you need to go back to 1984 when Lehigh throttled Delaware 46-6. (And that was with a team that ended the year 5-6.) With Lehigh at 2-1, with wins over tough Princeton, last year's Ivy League co-champions (and recent victors over Lafayette) and now scholarship VMI, you'd think there would be dancing in the streets.

But here come the "nabobs". The comments I got on my "victory" post yesterday numbered two: one criticizing the "new" way junior P/K John Leo is punting the football, and one lambasting me for neglecting to mention senior WR Pete Donchez' big day on offense in my wrapup last night.

You have to think something is going right in Lehigh Nation when the worst thing folks have to complain about is 1) the punting game, and 2) me choosing the *wrong* players to honor on offense since there were *so many*.

Where's the postings about a great win? The thoroughness that Lehigh played, especially defensively? The fact that we finally had a big blowout victory and had a game where the outcome was not in doubt midway through the second quarter? Wouldn't just a tiny bit of rah-rah be OK?

No doubt, this game was easier than the Harvard game will be next week. VMI was not the next coming in the Big South of Coastal Carolina, circa 2006: this was a less-than-stellar team we whooped on. But would it kill fans to have something positive to say, for once? Have we all gotten so gunshy after losing three straight to "the team in Easton" that even in a blowout victory it's still gloom and doom?

This week's game against Harvard will be big. I think Lehigh fans are still sitting around wondering, "Are we really back?" Rather than being thrilled at another victory, we're complaining about punting. I think the bandwagon will be revving up for these "nabobs" if we can manage a victory - even a slim one will do - against the Crimson.


jen said…
rah-rah! i'm thinking they look good. :)
Go Lehigh TU owl said…
I consider myself one of the optimistic Lehigh fans. I only point out the bad stuff if it's blatantly obvious or in black and white on the stat sheet. I thought Lehigh played very well on Saturday. They executed well and easily defeated an overmatched opponent. Sedale played very well, keep an eye on those attempts, as did the entire offensive unit. The 3rd quarter swoon was simply a result of kids losing a little bit of focus which happens in a blowout. The only two negatives i took away from the game was too many injuries and penalties. Hopefully it's just some bumps and bruises and everyone will be ready to go this week. As for the penalties, 10 is way too many, anyone coach will tell you that. They have to limit those especially against a team like Harvard.
ParZ '92 said…
I'll give a big RAH-RAH to the Engineers.

The VMI game was the perfect chance to start meshing the O and D. I just wish this game was the first of the season, rather than third.

Harvard will definitely be a bigger challenge, but I believe the team will continue to improve and I love the prospects of two freshmen showing the skills Kankam and Walker have.

No more lambasting from me! GO ENGINEERS!
Anonymous said…
Ok geniuses. Please tell me the strategy of rolling out on a punt? Is this some special innovation that the brains at Lehigh have come up with to revolutionize the entire kicking game?

Maybe Leo ought to just concentrate on making extra points instead of trying to be the next Einstein of college football.

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