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Archive For August 11, 2014

"Team Market", "Libertarianism" And The Right Direction for College Athletics

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"Team Market", "Libertarianism" And The Right Direction for College Athletics

When you look at politics, whether on a formal or informal basis, you see fads appear and disappear as so many fashion trends.

Today the fad goes to “libertarianism”, which, supposedly is being revisited by the younger set and some of the cognigentia as an interesting, currently viable political philosophy.

I’ve always been of the philosophy that people can believe politically in what they want.  Generally, I have no quarrel with “libertarians”.

Until their worldview creeps into a narrow subset of collegiate athletics, using faulty, incorrect applications of economic theory to justify an economic world that is wrong – and dangerous.

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LFN Look Back: Two Blocked Kicks Save the Rivalry

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LFN Look Back: Two Blocked Kicks Save the Rivalry

In 1927, the Rivalry was in trouble.

“Thousands of vacant seats at Saturday’s game, mostly on the south side of the field, were a silent protest to Lehigh’s poor teams,” the Easton Express wrote after another lopsided Engineer loss to the Leopards.  “The dear public was asked to part with $4 a ticket to see Saturday’s game.  Of course, the public doesn’t have to go.  They can stay at home.  That is what many did on Saturday.  But there are thousands of Alumni of both institutions who deplore the situation and a crying for relief.“

The game in question was a 43-0 shellacking by Lafayette, capping off a dismal 1-7-1 season for Lehigh where the Brown and White were outscored 196-31 by their opponents.

For Lehigh, losing to Lafayette had become routine.  It was their eighth straight loss to their rivals.  The Brown and White had last scored a touchdown against Lafayette in 1921.  Three entire classes had gone without scoring a touchdown against them, let alone come close to victory.

In the span of two years, though, Lehigh would break Lafayette’s spell – first by scoring their first touchdown against the Maroon and White in nearly a decade, and then by beating them in one of the closest games in Rivalry history.
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Know Your 2014 Opponents: New Hampshire

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Know Your 2014 Opponents: New Hampshire

Ever think that, sometimes, it takes all the stars to align for an upset victory?

In Lehigh’s 34-27 win over New Hampshire last season, it felt like that could have been the case.

The Wildcats were a young team with somewhat dampened expectations, coming to Murray Goodman stadium to try to find themselves.  Meanwhile, Lehigh, fresh off one of the most improbable Mountain Hawk wins ever, their 29-28 win over Princeton, had momentum and confidence to spare.

While Lehigh is expected to lose to supposedly “full-scholarship” teams from the CAA, everything seemed to align – the weather, the home game, and a Wildcat team that was still a work-in-progress.

But the stars aligning for Lehigh last year, however, makes for a much steeper challenge in 2014.
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