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Lehigh at Colgate Tailgate Report 10/5/2019: Mountain Hawk Trip to Hogwarts, Flaming Drinks, And More

Welcome back to the Lehigh Tailgate Report, a free public service from your pals over at Lehigh Football Nation.

The idea of the Lehigh Tailgate Report is to provide a fun report on what to expect at the game, or not at the game, for this week's upcoming game.

If you're planning to go to the game, great! It's at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, NY.  Kickoff is at 1PM.

If you can't make it to the game, the game is available to watch or listen in a variety of ways.

Lehigh's local radio broadcast, which starts an hour before kickoff and sets the table for the day's game, can be caught on your AM dial on Fox Sports Radio AM 1230 or 1320. Matt Kerr, Matt Markus and Steve Lomangino are on the call this Saturday.

Through internet radio, the pregame, game, and postgame can be streamed through TuneIn or just simply going to the webpage. Full disclosure: When I'm at home, this is my preferred method to catch the game action. Streaming the audio is #LFNApproved.

If not, you can stream the game over the internet.

This week's broadcast is Stadium Network's Game of the Week, and you can click the link above to get directly to the live stream where Matt Martucci, Dave Owens, and Morgan Uber are on the call.  You can also access the Stadium app through your Roku box or the Watch Stadium app on your phone.

(You can also watch the hype video in the embedded tweet over and over, which I'm not ashamed to admit I've done.)

To read the full(er) Lehigh/Colgate preview for the College Sports Journal I wrote, click here.

Game Notes and Injuries

One aspect to my game preview I had forgotten over the past few weeks is my analysis of the game notes and injury situation.  Today, we correct that oversight.

This week's game notes show something that happened for the first time in 2019: namely, Lehigh will have the same starting five on their offensive line.

OL Chris Fournier, OL Brendan Passarelli, C Justin Gurth, OL Matt Fest and OL Damon Stewart are the starters this week for the second consecutive week.

That will help head coach Tom Gilmore determine this week who the starter will be at quarterback.  Even though QB Tyler Monaco is listed as the No. 1 choice on the depth chart, there was a competition at quarterback this week in camp to see who would get the starting nod in Hamilton, according to Keith Groller of The Morning Call.  That includes QB Addison Shoup, who scored the winning touchdown last week after he was flushed out of the pocket.  It's definitely a time when you want to check in with AM 1230/1320, because it might be an hour, at best, before kickoff before people actually know.

Something else that might go unnoticed is a small, but significant, change in the Lehigh secondary.  CB Marquis Wilson has moved back to corner, and freshman SS TyGee Leach has moved up the charts to the starting strong safety.  Leach was Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week last week.

Weather Report

Need any more evidence that global climate change is happening?  Look no further than this weekends' weather report for incontrovertible evidence.  Hamilton, NY, instead of being in the mid-30s with a chance of sub-zero wind chills and freezing rain, has a weekend forecast of - get this - 58 degrees and full sun.

If you're a resident of Hamilton, you might want to make sure to bring enough sunscreen and wear shorts and a T-shirt.  Stay hydrated.

Getting to Colgate

From the Lehigh Valley, the first two and a half hours of the drive to Hamilton, NY are fairly easy - just take Route 81 through Scranton into New York state all the way up to exit 26 N.  It's the last hour, through and around the new Michigan State forest, that is a long and windy path to get to Hamilton, that takes the most time.  Once you get to Hamilton, you can't miss the campus and the stadium - the University is basically the entire southern half of the town.

Parking lots open three hours prior to kickoff (so 10:00 AM for a 1:00 PM kickoff) and Gates 2 and 3 in the map above are the location of the lots, with Gate 2 obviously the one closer to the action.

It's been said that Colgate University has an uncanny resemblance to Hogwarts, which gives me a terrific excuse to bring out this classic article detailing their similarities.  Personally, I like the Instagram picture leading my preview with the faux-commercialization of Voldemort and Colgate toothpaste, which somehow seems perfect for this weekend.

LFN's Tailgate Grub of the Week

Two years ago, when Lehigh beat Colgate 41-38 and ultimately won the Patriot League Championshop and an FCS Playoff autobid, I volunteered a "Burger of the Week" as my Tailgate Grub.  I chose a burger from the No. 10 Tavern in Hamilton, which has a cheesy concoction called the Flat Liner, or No. 10 Burger, that may accurately describe what might happen to my vital signs when I try to eat one.  But it looks so delicious, it might be worth it.

The Flat Liner consists of an 8 oz burger, macaroni and cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, crispy onions, and lettuce and tomato.  (If I were to eat one, I'd probably have to ask to replace the fries with some steel-cut oats and probably a helping of raw kale to balance out my vitals.)

LFN's Drink of the Week

I was all ready to go with an old drink for my "Drink of the Week" - that is, until Twitter intervened.

One of my fave college football follows, Scott Hines (otherwise known as @actioncookbook) has a podcast called The Seventh Circle.  This week, he details how he made grilled margaritas that involved setting something on fire.  Instantly I knew I had to throw my plans for "Drink of the Week" in the trashcan and immediately read all about it.

From his post:

Here’s what’s in it: (for two drinks)
* 4 ounces bourbon (the recipe calls for tequila, but I know better)
* 1-1/2 ounces of a syrup that’s two parts hot water, one part honey
* 2 large lemons (see below)
* Rosemary for garnish
* Salt for garnish
Slice the lemons in half, and slice off two wheels from those halves. Grill them all until they take some char — the book says 4-6 minutes, but it took me about ten. Juice the halves, and add 2 oz of that now-smoky lemon juice to the bourbon and honey syrup. Shake well with ice, strain, and add the rosemary and salt.
"Tastes like a bourbon warehouse fire" was his ultimate verdict - which is good enough for me.  Again, read his whole journey on this, which involves fire.
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.  And leave plenty of time to sober up.


Anonymous said…
Chuck, appreciate your Burger pick, but its now Burger Emeritus. The Number 10 Tavern is out of business. Closed right after you wrote about it in 2017. Need a replacement item tomorrow when you write do your breakdown and prediction.
Unknown said…
Not a bad blog until you had to throw in the climate change, global warming or whatever else you guys call tell me when the deserts in the world were proven to be underwater at some point what caused this?......another man made disaster?
Anonymous said…
3:33PM, yes the majority of the world calls it-climate change. But seriously, were you born without a sense of humor? You obviously have not been to Hamilton in October. No one can remember a temp near 60 this time of year. Chuck's tailgate report is always lighthearted reading about food, drink and weather.

3:33PM, Please get lost and go find an appropriate right-wing blog elswhere. Thanks.

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