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I love the NCAA tournament, usually.
I play in the office pool, but more than just that, I emotionally get involved with the games. Yes, that’s not an exaggeration. Emotionally involved. I stand up and yell at the TV set for teams located in places I’ve never visited, becoming hoarse for schools I didn’t attend, cheering for Cinderellas I didn’t know existed a month before.
Like most of America, I have fallen in love with the underdog narrative – the plucky, underdog story we’ve all seen in Hoosiers and Little Giants and countless good, bad, and terrible sports movies over the last fifty years.
And as a fan of my alma mater, Lehigh, I guess I live this underdog story on a near-daily basis. Lehigh is almost always the “smaller school” in all their NCAA athletics contests, whether it’s wrestlers going against the semi-pros of Penn State and Iowa, or the football team going against the 100+ scholarshipped players of Yale or Princeton.
That has to be why, after standing up through two overtimes, yelling at my TV and imploring a bunch of college athletes I do not know to somehow take down one of the richest schools of the country, I felt sick.
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It’s that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 11 of the college football season.
But for Lehigh fans, though, with the kickoff of the winter sports season, there’s a lot more than just that.
Tonight, men’s hoops kicks off vs. Minnesota in an attempt to ruin Richard Pitino‘s head coaching debut; women’s hoops kicks off vs. Niagara, with Matt Markus on the call; for LehighSports.com; and after Holy Cross is wrestling’s first meet of the year vs. Bucknell.
To take any of it in here are the links:
Audio at ESPN Lehigh Valley
Video via ESPN3
During the football season, I’ve gotten in the writing habit of picking a “Sunday Word”, and using it to describe what happened the previous week.
I’ve been slack in getting this going this preseason, but the only possible word that can perfectly summarize this Lehigh football offseason is “pro“.
The NCAA’s big ad campaign for years now has been that “most athletes go ‘pro’ in something other than sports”. And for the great majority of Lehigh athletes, year-in and year-out, this is still true.
But this offseason we’ve seen an unprecedented number of Lehigh athletes trying their hand at ‘pro’ ball – and Lehigh fans everywhere couldn’t be more thrilled or excited. There are a lot of “pro” adventures to follow for Lehigh fans right now, and it’s damned exciting stuff.
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