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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:15 am  Reply with quote
jb'74
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It would take hours to exhaust every "back against the wall" sports cliché that could be invoked as we head to Bethlehem (even though it's our league opener!). It seems that most of "The Faithful" posters have gotten up off the canvas and share in the view that we had a train wreck at Homecoming following our inability to punch in the TD at the close of the first half. (Much like the last four minutes of the first half at Richmond when we missed a golden red-zone opportunity and surrendered a 95 +/- scoring drive). That is football, and it's scary to see how much the game's unpredictability parallels the bizarre, tacky, but compelling toy that we older alums grew up with : ELECTRIC FOOTBALL . (What a stupid product. It took five minutes to set up the pathetically depicted player figures prior to each play, followed by the thrill of flipping the " on" switch to initiate the noisy vibration of the two and one half feet by one and one half feet pressed steel field to actuate player motion. Virtually every "play" ended up with the designated offensive "weapon" either "running" immediately into the side wall barrier (i.e. out of bounds), or more likely, running backwards to kill the play. And then you would repeat the process (unless you were so pathetically devoted to your prized "NFL" endorsed state of the art sport table-top masterpiece that you would dig into the box and set up the cheap steel-sprung device that was utilized to imitate a pro passing game by loading in a pea sized piece of felt that was to be flicked like a small rubber band slingshot towards one of your miniscule plastic pawns to effectuate a "pass completion". And Tudor Toys et al sold millions of them!!       ANYWAY, We truly support this Team and Staff.  We are proud of the collective unity and Esprit de corps displayed as they emerge on the field and then continue thereafter with sideline bumps and high-fives. NONETHELESS, here's a thought about a change of pace to launch our Patriot League schedule: Let's take a page from the Oakland Raiders gameplan of the late 1970's (when the Silver and Black ruled, aided in a significant way by our Marv Hubbard and Mark van Eeghen) :We show up at the factory at dawn, roll up our sleeves, punch the time-clock, don't talk to anybody, crack open our lunch-pails at noon, and don't punch out until we've gotten the job done. We can out "Clint Eastwood - Jack Reacher" these Mountainhawks/Engineers.  Let's Do It !
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:19 am Reply with quote
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Well said, jb'74.

Go Red Raiders!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:49 pm Reply with quote
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This road game with Lehigh really could be for all the marbles. Their QB's, due to an injury, have split time. They have averaged something in the vicinity of a 73% completion rate, a 4 to 1 TD/int. ratio, and they have a Soph. PA. RB with great stats, a stellar game 1 under his belt with us, and Nate E.  DNA. Our pass D has (and always has) shown vulnerability. We are limping in to Goodwin Stadium reeling from possibly our most devastating choke (against our oldest, most significant rival). Sounds to me like we have them right where we want them.  GO GATE !!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:16 pm Reply with quote
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BTW, I suspect that anyone on this Board is aware of this point, but if not, you should google "Lehigh Football Nation". The Blogger (Chuck Burton Lehigh '92 ??) obviously has no life, but he does his alma mater (and the Patriot League) proud with his diligent and thoughtful tracking of FCS football. He will have, I'm certain, an interesting prediction posted tomorrow for Saturday's game. While Chuck is the enemy, he gets a pass because he treasures Fred Dunlap the same way that we all do.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:43 am Reply with quote
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I wonder if the defense is getting tired in the second half.  If the offense scores quickly,or we are 3 and out, the defense has to take the field repeatedly with little rest.  It was clear we had less effective pass rush in the second half.  Maybe that was due to Cornell's adjustments, but maybe not.

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