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Six Days to Media Day

Next Thursday, the Patriot League will be hosting their 2008 Football media day, and as always I couldn't be more excited. It's one more indicator that kickoff for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (at home September 6th versus Drake, 12:30pm) is right around the corner.

I thought for a Friday before media day it might be a good idea to post some of the big Patriot League questions going into the 2008 season.

1. How will Fordham do in 2008 with the bullseye on its back? Oddly for a team who is a returning champion with so many returning players (including junior QB John Skelton), some publications are hesitant to pick the Rams to win the whole thing (in fact, Phil Steele picks them 4th). Why? Is it simply because it will be harder the second time around? Will Forhdam's spread offense be easier to solve when teams are more prepared for it? Or are folks just putting a lot of stock in the defending Patriot League champions' losses to Dayton of the PFL and Bucknell last year?

Got $4,000 Just Lying Around?

I am a huge nerd for Lehigh football history - and somebody just put something very intriguing up on Ebay that is a part of that storied history: a scorecard from the 1896 Michigan/Lehigh game.

And for only $4,000, it can be yours.

112 years ago, the "Lehigh XI" made the trip to the midwest to play Michigan's fearsome football team in a classic David-versus-Goliath match at the Detroit Athletic Club field in Detroit, MI (which is still around today and once hosted amateur fields in the late 1800's). It would be the only time Lehigh would play Michigan - and quite unlike Appalachian State last year, Lehigh would get throttled 40-0 from this reprint of the game summary.

Special thanks to the Michigan Victors blog for all the images from this unbelievably rare item - and an extensive description of the item, including scans of every page inside (including this picture of Lehigh's 1896 team). One of the pages features a list of the players on Lehigh's 1896 travel …

Eagles Swoop Into Lehigh For Training Camp

With the 14th Dalai Lama's historic visit just ending last week, and Lehigh's high school 7-on-7 shootout and the final Lehigh University Youth Football clinics slated to end on Wednesday, there certainly isn't going to be any rest for the support staff at the Goodman Sports complex this summer.

After hosting youth football players, believers in Tibetan Buddhism from all over the country, members of the media from around the world, hundreds more students and alumni interested and inspired by the Dalai Lama's teachings, and even some Buddhist protesters, the Goodman complex now has an even bigger challenge - the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp (admission: free) and the circus of fans and media that accompany this intriguing annual event. The first practice is tomorrow, starting at 8:45AM.

Lehigh is entering its 13th year of hosting the Eagles preseason camp - before 1995, the Eagles had chosen to host the camp in a variety of different non-D-I sites, including Wi…