The 2015 Patsy Ratings – Fordham’s Class of 2019

The businesswoman who looked suspiciously like Nicki Minaj was packing her suitcase.

Art sighed, again.

"We're done here," the businesswoman said.  We can stop the work.  Fordham's won.  Head coach Joe Moorhead won the Patriot League last year, the Patsy Points this year, and, for all we know, has won the annual Patriot League head coaching marble championship, too."

"THIS IS A JOB WE NEED TO DO TO THE FINISH," Art said ominously.  One more squad, one more final revision, and we're done for another year.  Coach Moorhead certainly seems like he has a lot of marbles in his pocket, but we need to figure out exactly how many."

"All I know is I'm fairly certain you'll find something bad to say about THIS class too," the businesswoman said.

"You know me well," Art said.

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LFN Lunchtime Reading, 5/21/2015

I'm thinking about starting something daily during the work week - a section of five lunchtime reading links I found interesting.

Most times these will involve the Patriot League, FCS football, college football, or something else that I find interesting or amusing.

Let's get right to it: Your LFN lunchtime reading for today.
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The 2015 Patsy Ratings – Bucknell’s Class of 2019

The businesswoman who looked suspiciously like Nicki Minaj broke out the pink champale, something that made Art very angry.

"What the eff... are you doing?" he angrily asked.

"Aren't we done?" she said, almost levitating off the ground.

"NO!" Art said.  "There are two teams left to do.  I know these have been a grind - and it's taken us an unnaturally long time to do these - but there's really only two left."

Art looked at the spreadsheets again, his eyes uncomfortably glancing at the bottom drawer where he knew the Corvousier was kept.

"Two more," he said as much to himself as he did the businesswoman with the champale.  "Two more, then we can get to our summer plans."

The businesswoman sighed.   "Bucknell," she said.

"Yes, Bucknell," Art said.  "The surprise of 2014, the team that was one play away from knocking off the eventual champions.  While they won't be anyone's surprise team in 2015, what is a bit of a surprise is their overall Patsy Rating.  It's been their best in a while.  A... LONG... while."

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A Farewell to Grandma

How do you summarize a 96 year life?

You can't. But you try.

Such a long life is, by itself, extraordinary. So much has happened in that one life that one entire book, sometimes multiple volumes of a book, can't even cover it.

My grandmother, who died in her sleep a little more than a week ago, was one such person.

She passed away, quietly, and, by all accounts, without pain.  Death is never a complete surprise when it occurs in someone that age, though as soon as you hear of it, you feel the inevitable guilt that all survivors feel.

"Why didn't I visit more? Go out that one last time to see her? To share in her stories?"

 As I heard of her passing, I, too, felt those same pangs of guilt, the same dead feeling inside when someone who loved you, and inspired you - even from across the country - passes away.

Those feelings would eventually give way to a celebration of her life.

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The 2015 Patsy Ratings – Georgetown’s Class of 2019

When Georgetown's envelope appeared at the Committee's relatively empty offices, the businesswoman who looked suspiciously like Nicki Minaj was shocked.

That's because the envelope looked like someone had stuffed a copy of War and Peace inside of it.

"There's no question that this is unusual," Art told her.  "I remember the days when the Battleship Grey's entire recruiting class was released late on a Friday afternoon in May, with all the corroborating information on the class contained on a 3x5 index card.  This is.... different."

The businesswoman nodded.  "I honestly wasn't counting on needing to do this much work with Georgetown's class," she said.  "Looks like we're going to have to put on another cup of nasty coffee.  And don't cross me."

"Huh?" Art said.

"You know," the businesswoman said.  "I was thinking that I was just going to put Georgetown last in the rankings before I even did them.  I'm thinking now that they're going to be one of the best classes in this year's Patsy Ratings."

"I agree," Art said.  "Do we have to do the breakfast defector thing again, or can we charge a new round of pulled pork sandwiches to the Committee's account again?"

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The 2015 Patsy Ratings – Lehigh’s Class of 2019

Art nervously looked around the greenhouse, his hawking glove frozen in place as the hark glanced at it.

"Cripes," the businesswoman who looked suspiciously like Nicki Minaj said.  We've been up all night doing these Patsy Ratings, and it feels like all we're doing is making the same mixtape over and over."

"Keep Drake out of this," Art said.

The businesswoman looked at Art askance, and then continued.  "Who's next?

"Lehigh," a disgusted Art said.

"That explains the protective gear," the businesswoman said.  "Is it really that bad?

"No," Art sighed, "it's actually quite good.  The best, according to the Patsy Ratings?  I don't think so.  But good?  Yes.  Yes, it is."

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Five Things We Learned From Saturday’s Brown/White Game

Brown/White Game 2015 (LehighSports.Com)
We didn't see much of the starting quarterback for 2015 on Saturday.

Junior QB Nick Shafnisky came in for one play - a hold on an extra point attempt, booted by the punter, senior P/PK Austin Devine.

We didn't see much of the kicking game - Devine, who didn't kick conversions last year, is likely in August to revert to full-time punting duties, with an incoming freshman having a golden opportunity to win the starting kicking job.

We saw a little bit of offensive line play - but it's hard to judge how well this unit will represent the same group in the fall, only because the unit was racked by injury.

So what did we learn, exactly, from Saturday's Brown and White game?  The answer is: more than you might imagine.


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Despite Limited Roster, Brown And White Game A Success with 31-20 Win by White Offense

The game among the members of the press at the Brown/White game on a gorgeous Sunday morning was counting players.

Everyone knew that the Mountain Hawks had a depleted roster over the spring, made even more depleted with injuries to junior QB Nick Shafnisky, whose arm was shut down, and entire units, with the offensive line and defensive backfield only having enough athletes to barely fill out a single team of 1's.

In the end, the size of the roster was the smallest anyone in the press box could recall in a Lehigh spring game - a shade under 50 athletes in pads.

Despite the challenges, though, the teams experienced a very productive scrimmage at Murray Goodman stadium, mixing live 11-on-11 full contact drives and 7-on-7 drills.
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Five Questions Going Into Lehigh’s Brown-White Game In 2015

RB Cody Haupt in last year's Brown/White game (Morning Call)
Lehigh will hold its annual Brown-White spring football game tomorrow at Murray Goodman Stadium, to be broadcast on the Patriot League Network starting at 10:00 AM and featuring the commentary of Matt Kerr and Mike Yadush.

Below the flip are five things to watch in regards to Saturday's scrimmage and drills.
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LFN’s 2015 Spring Preview – Quarterbacks and Tight Ends

Coach Coen talking to team (Morning Call)
With a depleted spring roster, there were some doubts that Lehigh would be able to have a full-blown spring game.

Late this week, though, it was confirmed that the Brown and White game was still on.

It will take place at 10:00AM at Murray Goodman stadium, and will be streamed on the Patriot League Network with Matt Kerr and Mike Yadush providing commentary.

(It will also feature stream-of-consciousness tweeting from this guy.)

"Andy Coen is scheduling an abbreviated session for Saturday's 10 a.m. intrasquad scrimmage," Keith Groller of The Morning Call reported today, "with just 40 to 45 live plays plus various drills as his team wants to preserve its limited roster entering the final week of the spring session."

Still, the abbreviated scrimmage will allow a look, however brief, of the three quarterbacks that will enter the 2015 season's depth chart.

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