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(Photo Credit: Justin LaFleur/Lehigh Athletics)
The problem with having a “Sunday Word” for so long is that you keep wanting to reuse an old one to describe a particular game.
Making things even more challenging was Lehigh’s eventful, to say the least, week leading up to this game. Player suspensions. Critical injuries. Slow starts. Potshots.
In a game where this Lehigh football team could have fallen flat on its face – and appeared to be doing so after a tough first half – the Mountain Hawks took a knee, went back into the locker room, circled the “wagons” (today’s “Sunday Word”), and came out and won the game.
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We break down the Princeton game – and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.
Though I didn’t get much help from the Ivy League website, doing the Princeton preview is always pleasant because I have a network of people that make it that way.
And Princeton’s game notes themselves are also, as expected, top notch. It’s a pleasure to read lead-ins like this:
There is a reason why mid-terms are in October and finals are at the end of the semester. Students do the work class after class, week after week, and then get challenged afterwards.
Imagine getting your syllabus, having a couple weeks to do some reading, and then taking a major test during your first class.
That’s what you, as well as a nationwide audience on the NBC Sports Network, will see Saturday night at 6 pm. The Princeton football team is walking into the classroom for the first time, and it may see the highest-ranked opponent it will see in all of 2013.
But that is the way head coach Bob Surace wants it. After a big step forward last season, he wants to see just how far his team has come in nine months. After all, the next 10 weeks have the potential to be something pretty special.
Princeton has waited long enough. So have you. Let’s go.
Indeed. Let’s go.
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Last season, as he does for the Sports Network every year, Craig Haley gave his predictions for the Ivy League.
Haley, who used to work for Princeton, made a bold prediction: that the Tigers would climb out of the Ivy League cellar after a 1-9 season, saying, for good measure, that “it seems time for the Tigers program to win more often. At least that’s what everybody thinks.”
Like some people, I chuckled to myself. Princeton? Out of the cellar? Really? (Jake Novak, of the Roar Lions blog, noted about his prediction: “Actually, NO ONE thinks that. Princeton is picked last in every other poll.”)
As it turns out, Haley’s prediction came out looking pretty good, making me very glad that I didn’t put my own reservations about Princeton’s chances in writing. (Or put Haley’s face with the caption, “What’s he smoking?” underneath it, like Roar Lions did.)
The Tigers confounded their last-place expectations and instead finished with an extremely satisfying 5-5 record, showing, for the first time, glimmers of hope that the Prince Town Tigers will finally be back in competition for the Ivy League title in 2013.
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We break down the Princeton game, and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.So how, exactly, do you preview a team with so many unknowns at key positions? So many potential changes in offense, defense, and special teams? The answer is you…