Skip to main content

I Love Being Called "Blissfully Pretentious"

As the Lehigh football offseason gets in full swing, it's time to get some dibs and dabs from "The Rivalry" that somehow got missed in the flood of football from "The Rivalry" to the FCS National Championship game.

But nothing is better than having your school called "Blissfully Pretentious" by a columnist for the Virginian-Pilot. Bob Molinaro is lamenting the fact that the Virginia/Virginia Tech game doesn't have a snappy nickname, and talks about - you guessed it - "The Rivalry":

This time of year, we're reminded of the catchy nicknames attached to college football rivalries.

Then there's Saturday's game between Virginia and Virginia Tech.

What it lacks, besides a decent rivalry, is a nifty nickname.

...

Football in the state wasn't much to shout about for many years, going back to the days when people didn't have anything better to do but hang silly colloquial names on games. By the time somebody tried to come up with a nickname for the Tech-U.Va. series, all the good ones were taken.

...

Then there's Lehigh and Lafayette, small football programs so blissfully pretentious that they call their game "The Rivalry." As if there's no other.

...

The Commonwealth Cup, though, doesn't work at all. Isn't there something catchier we can come up with? If you've got suggestions, reach me by e-mail.

At this late date, thinking up a good nickname for the series is going to be difficult, especially in light of Tech's eight victories over U.Va. in the past nine years.

While Lehigh and Lafayette claim "The Rivalry," what's going on between the Hokies and Cavaliers is "The Redundancy."


At first, I took exception to it - but I've warmed to the reference in Mr. Molinaro's column. Oddly, I don't mind having our school being called "blissfully pretentious". Maybe that's what happens when you write about a team (and a Rivalry) for so long - you start to wear the jabs as badges of honor. For the first time in my life, I think I understand why people get tattoos.

Speaking of tattoos, the classic dog-bites-man story about "The Rivalry" is that there were dozens of citations for underage drinking during the game.

Harris said one of the biggest busts was shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday when his officers confiscated 47 cases of Natural Light beer from a 20-year-old carting it around campus in a station wagon.

Andrew Horgan, of Delmar, N.Y., was cited for transporting alcohol after he stopped to ask a security officer for directions at a checkpoint on High Street.

Reached on Monday, Horgan said he told the security officer his age, but didn't think he was breaking any laws. As Horgan understood it, underage people could transport alcohol if it is not open, he said.

"I'm originally from New York and I didn't realize the law was different in Pennsylvania," Horgan said.


That certainly IS a crime. Forty-seven cases... of Natural Light??? It's unclear whether Mr. Horgan was getting busted for transporting beer because he's underage, or simply that he doesn't have good taste in beer. I mean, Natural Light? I mean, couldn't he have sprung for Yuengling Black & Tan? Magic Hat? I'd even give the boy some slack for bringing Coors Light. But Natural Light?

He may as well been transporting Zima across state lines. Which may not be a crime, but it ought to be.

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending:

Harris said Horgan's beer is currently inside an evidence locker and will be disposed of at the end of the school year.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Mr. Burton

Though I couldn't agree more with you about the terrible taste of natty, it is a favorite amongst students on the hill because of it cheap price. Quantity over quality is the mantra of greek life wheb it comes to booze.

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…