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Monday evening, less than 24 hours before they were scheduled to visit the White House, Trump “disinvited” the Super Bowl Champion Eagles from coming.
The “reasoning” for disinviting the Eagles – if you can call it that – was included in a statement released by the White House.
“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly (sic) stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart (sic), in honor of the great men and women of out military and the people of our country,” it reads, conveniently ignoring the fact that no Philadelphia Eagles kneeled during the National Anthem during the course of the entire season.
I don’t think Trump fully comprehends what he has done.
Certainly Trump probably thinks he is speaking to his “base” – the people Trump thinks voted for him in 2016, and people who think will continue to vote for him and his preferred candidates in the future.
But Trump’s bottomless bad faith in “disinviting” the Eagles wasn’t just a propaganda coup for every Philadelphia-area Democrat running for office. It was an act of bad faith that was colossally stupid for a completely different reason – its unnecessary alienation of a huge number of Pennsylvania voters that might, under different circumstances, approve of what he’s doing.
You are what your record says you are.
So yes, Virginia, Lehigh is 0-4.
It is also true that the Mountain Hawks have been right in the thick of three of the four games they’ve played, vs. Monmouth, James Madison, and Yale – three good teams, and squads with very strong skill players on offense. It is easy to imagine an alternate-universe Lehigh, despite the well-publicized struggles, being 3-1.
With this reality, when senior DT Tim Newton is quoted as saying that “I felt it today. It’s there,” when it came to getting over the hump and into the win column, he’s absolutely right. “I felt like we just need that one little kick to get us over it. But it wasn’t there. We obviously weren’t able to finish the game,” he continued.
Fortunately, “finishing games” is a chapter of my 27 part series on “How To Win Football Games,” something that might be of use to any football player, or fan, that might want to call on my decades of experience of observing different Lehigh teams and what it takes for those teams to turn losses into wins.
Because the season is nowhere near over. There’s not any extra breathing room anymore, and it’s not ideal to wait until your first league game in two weeks to figure out how to win, but the truth remains that with the right work and the right attitude, Lehigh can win.
Even if it looks right now that the Mountain Hawks could finish 0-11.
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