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2018 Week 5, Princeton: Tailgate Report

After a long, long weekend without Lehigh football, the Mountain Hawks this Saturday head to Princeton, New Jersey for a 1:00 PM date to play the Princeton Tigers.

If you can't make it to the game, the game is available in two ways.

If through your cable service you subscribe to NBC Sports Philadelphia, you can watch the game live on that station.  Additionally, you can stream the game through the NBC Sports Live App.

If you don't subscribe to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the game will also be streamed though the pay streaming service ESPN+.

ESPN+ requires a monthly subscription of $4.99/month also carries a lot of college football games during the course of the season (including all the Ivy League home games), so it might be worth your while.

With a subscription, if you have a Roku box in your home, you can stream ESPN+ directly to your TV from there.  If you have the ESPN App on your phone and Chromecast, you can bring it up on your phone and push the "Cast" button to have it stream directly on your TV.  Or you can navigate here on your desktop in a Chrome browser and use the "Cast" button from there.

Of course that solution works even better when you pair it with the local radio broadcast, either off your old-fashioned radio, streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the webpage and listening that way.  Matt Kerr, Lance Haynes and Matt Markus are on the call this Saturday.

Weather Report

Currently the weather forecast is calling for a picture-perfect warm fall day, with an afternoon high of 69 degrees under partly sunny skies.  Hard to imagine a more perfect weekend for a beautiful tailgate at one of the most pretty places in FCS to tailgate and watch a football game (not named Murray Goodman Stadium, of course).

Getting to Powers Field at Princeton Stadium

From Bethlehem and points north, the easiest way to get to Princeton is to take I-78 East to I-287 South.  After about 4 miles, take Exit 17 for 206 South.  Just continue on 206 South, and eventually you will get to Princeton.  Overall from Bethlehem it's an hour and a half trip.

From points south it's a lot easier (and from where I live, it's a very quick and easy drive.  Find your way to 295 circling Trenton and take the exit for either 206 N or Route 1 N.  Personally I find Route 1 North and taking a left onto Washington Street is the best "back way" to the stadium and conveniently ends up where the visiting tailgate areas are.

Parking at Powers Field at Princeton Stadium

Unlike Penn, Princeton's football stadium is next to multiple ball fields which provides ample parking for visiting fans.  Going the Route 1/Washington Street way is a convenient way to get to the tailgate area: just make a right on Faculty Road, and you will end up at "Lot 21" on your left.  Cost is $10 but there is a lot of room for tailgating and you'll undoubtedly find other Lehigh fans there.  The lot opens at 10:00 AM.

Special Stuff Happening

The Central Jersey Lehigh Club is hosting a Princeton Tailgate that already has more than 100 attendees listed!

The event is fully catered and staffed, and includes plenty of table seating for your convenience.  There will be door prizes, lawn games and a special visit by the Marching 97!  Come early and take advantage of this opportunity to meet and greet old friends!  It is located at the Prager Metis tent at the Upper Strubing Field ("S" on the above map) and costs $50 day of game for adults, but with a large number of reduced cost options.  There may even still be time to sign up for reduced admission.  Check it out.

Adding to the fun is that it's Mascot Day at Princeton, and fans can come take pre-game pictures with the Tiger and all its mascot buddies, and watch them compete at halftime.

(No word as to whether Clutch the Mountain Hawk will be there to challenge.)

There will be a free mascot magnet giveaway to first 1,000 fans. The game is presented by the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal.

LFN's Burger of the Week

This weekend's "Burger of the Week" comes from The Alchemist and Barrister, one of the many, many terrific places to eat around Princeton.

One of the A&B's specialties is a fairly straightforward but tasty Tiger Burger.

Grill some high-quality meat, perhaps a little less pink than usual, then cover it with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and "tiger sauce" (ketchup, mustard and mayo).  Serve on a Kaiser roll, or, my favorite, a Brioche bun.

LFN's Drink of the Week

Some people like Bud Light.  Some people like the "Dilly Dilly" commercials.  I might be getting old, or perhaps I'm becoming less fun, but I am not one of those some people.  As a form of protest against those dim commercials, I will take another page from the A&B and make Mead the Drink of the Week.

The Alchemist and Barrister - really - has a "Mead of the Month" they serve at their establishment, and as a trip through Google reveals, there are a lot of ways to buy, enjoy and make your own mead.  (There is even a website called "Meadist".)

One mead mixed drink that really intrigues me is the "Meadist Kir", a sweet drink that I promise will transport you away from the kingdom of Bud Light for good.  It couldn't be easier to make: 6 ounces chilled dry mead, and add to it 1 ounce of creme de cassis.  It's a great capper for a Lehigh win in football.

As always, Drinks of the Week have a place in responsible tailgates, but only if you behave yourself, don't get behind the wheel while impaired (or worse), and are over 21. Please do that.


Anonymous said…
66-7 against a non scholarship Ivy League team that got to summer camp two weeks after Lehigh?

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