Showing posts with label Lehigh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lehigh. Show all posts

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oh Well.

Lafayette 50
Lehigh 28

It was a tough loss in this most played rivalry in college football. This was game #149. (Wikipedia info on The Rivalry.) Game 100 was two years before my freshman year. In my four years there the record was split with two wins each. Lehigh was also known as The Engineers in those days. They became The Mountain Hawks in the 1995-96 school year.

Next year will be game #150. Because of the historic significance (?) that game will be played in 52 weeks (11/22/14) at....

(are you ready for this?)

Yankee Stadium.


Sidebar: The most played rivalry in Division I football also has my interest. That's Wisconsin vs. Minnesota. They played game #123 yesterday.
Badgers 20
Gophers 7
Rivalry #3 for the weekend later today
Go Packers!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Go Mountain Hawks!

Go Lehigh!
Beat Lafayette

The 149th meeting of these two... 
the most played rivalry in college football.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hey, I Know That Place

I picked up a copy of Popular Science from the magazine rack at work to look at over lunch. I'm paging through a section on innovations in flight and as I get ready to turn the page I see a familiar logo and name. So I took a picture of the page:

That's my Alma Mater there on the wing. Lehigh University.

It's a plane that can fly using wind differential (Huh?) so it hardly needs any fuel. Amazing things going on in the world. But I know Lehigh!

Link to article.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

From the Past

Abba Eban at Lehigh, 1967, Brown & White Photo

The news in the Middle East reminded me again of an opportunity I had when in college. As part of the campus radio station I was part of a news conference with then Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban. The picture at right from the campus paper, The Brown and White, shows Eban with me sitting in the front row at the local public TV station's taping.

All these years later I remember one part of what he said to the reporters about negotiations in the midst of war and conflict. They must always, he told us, be done in private, even secret, away from the glare of the press. Otherwise everyone will play to the media and not be serious.

Abba Eban, 1915 - 2002
Born in Cape Town, South Africa
In his career he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education  Minister, 
Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also
Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly
and President of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

A Way Back Machine- 1968

How's this for an oldie. It is the WLRN-WLVR (Lehigh Radio Network) studio on election night, November 5, 1968. That's this "young" pmPilgrim as anchor of the broadcast on the right with the arrow pointing at me. I was a mere 20-year old and too young to vote at that time. I will protect all the other innocent parties in the picture.

By the way, it was Nixon vs Humphrey vs Wallace. We went late into the night and I believe I went out on a limb around 3:00 am and predicted Nixon in a very tight election.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Discoveries (3)

An old picture from 1969 of the Lehigh university Band in a script "L" formation. 
 I'm in there somewhere.

Lehigh University Band 
Bethlehem, PA 
November 1969

Monday, March 19, 2012

Oh Well... It was Quite an Adventure

But we didn't make it.

Lehigh gave it quite the "old college try" for a team that wasn't supposed to be there.

Lehigh? Le-who?

In the end it wasn't quite enough.

The clock ran out a little too soon.

They head back to South Mountain with their heads held high!

Thanks Mountain Hawks. It was still unbelievable.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Big Day at the Dance Again

7:40 EST
Lehigh vs Xavier

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I So Wanted to Brag

I don't have any Lehigh T-shirts anymore. But I so wanted to be wearing one today. Everywhere I went I wanted to say

HEY! I know where Lehigh is! I am one of them!
When the other teams I like win- Badgers, Packers, Marquette, Twins, Brewers, Phillies- well, they are big teams and well-known. But when a small, relatively unknown team like the Mountain Hawks makes national headlines, I want to show my pride and strut my their stuff. This same thing happened last summer when the local Pennsylvania team did so well in the Little League World Series.

Some of it is that it is exciting to be part of something BIG, even vicariously, through some personal connections. But part of it, too, is the attraction of the underdog, the "Cinderella-Team"-effect. We generally like it when the unexpected, the little guy, David, beats Goliath and the Big Guys. Yesterday two teams and their unknown fans had the chance to do that with the two 15th-seeded teams beating number 2 seeds.

It's appeal shows how seldom it truly happens. No one, I am sure, expects Lehigh or Norfolk State to make it to the Final Four. Except their fans, of course. Shouts of "We're # 1" were all over their hometowns last night. Hey- even we didn't really think it would happen yesterday. But it is always the hope that we, each one of us "little guys" can make a difference, do something important or noteworthy when facing The Favorites.

We have to live in that hope, of course. If we didn't believe it, we might never do anything. So, every once in a while, when lightning even strikes twice on the same day, we rejoice.

Tomorrow? Norfolk State meets #7 Florida and Lehigh faces #10 Xavier. Yes, the odds are actually better for both Cinderellas tomorrow than they were yesterday. We actually believe the chances are even more in our favor. But if they lose, we, their fans, will still feel good about ourselves because "our team" made it that far.  I want to make a life-lesson out of this, naturally. Anyone can.... Any team can.... Believe your dreams.... Which is true. But the reality is the BIG things don't happen to most of us. The BIG things we do are the ones that happen in our everyday relationships, actions, and decisions.

And in the end, those may be the most important for in the end they are the foundation of who we are and the world we live in.

Anyway- for today- Go Badgers

For tomorrow- Go Lehigh

Note: It is interesting how the marketing works, as well. Go to the NCAA store and you can get either one of THESE T-shirts.

Friday, March 16, 2012


I was there in 1967- Lehigh beat Iowa State in wrestling for a BIG upset.

I have cheered the Phillies in World Series play and the Packers in Super Bowls.

But this



(15) Lehigh 75
(2) Duke 70