Sunday’s Word: Missing

There have been a lot of movies called "Missing" over the years, but none are as powerful as the Jack Lemmon/Sissy Spacek movie from 1982, still one of the best political dramas brought to the screen.

It's not an easy watch from director Costa-Gavras, but it's a gripping political tale, based on a true story about a leftist sympathizer who disappeared in Chile in 1973 in the run-up to Augusto Pinochet's military coup.  Lemmon plays the father who travels to Chile to find out the truth in a place where the truth is hard to sort out.

My own version of "missing", involving the Lehigh game this weekend, is a whole lot less dramatic.  It was no modern tragedy. It was not as important.  But from this strange experience of "missing" a Lehigh football game, I learned a lot more about myself that I would have ever imagined.
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So where’s the recap?

Here's the deal, for those that care.

* I did not go to the season opener, because I went to visit family this weekend.  I may talk about this a little in my "Sunday Word", though I'm not sure.

* I fully planned to watch the entire recap of the game on Lehigh's Stretch Internet site and compose my recap from that and my other usual sources.  However, it appears like Stretch Internet has mangled the on-demand broadcast, so that when you go on Lehigh's site it comes up with just audio, and no video - in effect, making the broadcast utterly worthless to me.

* I don't feel comfortable writing a recap from the one from Lehigh Sports, nor do I just want to crib from the Express-Times and Morning Call.  So, I am waiting for the video to come available before writing a recap.

The recap, and my "Sunday Word", will be coming as soon as these things become available.  Though I have to admit that it's tempting to make my "Sunday Word" "nothing", because that's what I have in regards to this weekend's game.  And trust me, it's killing me.


Game Preview: Monmouth at Lehigh, 9/1/2012

(Photo Credit: Monmouth Athletics)

We meet again.

Returning last year's trip to Kessler Field in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the Monmouth Hawks swoop into Bethlehem to try to get their first-ever win against Lehigh.

In 2005, when I wrote my preview of that game,  I had to really struggle to find the words to talk about a team I hardly knew.  But Monmouth is no longer "Monmouth Hawks: International Team of Mystery" to Lehigh fans.  They have NFL-caliber athletes on the squad; they can put points on the board; and they won't be a walk in the park.


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Your 2012 Mountain Hawks: The Defense

During Lehigh's media day, the starting defensive line was eager to show off their offseason weight work - to show how different they were, even from last year.

That is a goal that senior NG Sajjad Chagani, told me at Patriot League media day this year.

"My goal this year is to be different," he said.  "When you're on the field, you want to be different than everybody else.  I can't really explain it."

I quickly told him that he perhaps shouldn't want to be too different - after all, the Mountain Hawks were ranked 19th in total defense in 2011, and sitting just behind Bucknell in total defense in the Patriot League.

In 2012, the Mountain Hawks will be reliant on their defense to keep the center together while senior QB Michael Colvin gets his sea legs as Lehigh's opening-day starter.

Keeping that defense together starts with the "different" guys up front.
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Hawk Squawk: Matt Lippincott

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Valley Live)

Junior OL Matt Lippincott took some time out from his busy schedule this week to share with me his thoughts on the end of camp and the 2012 season.

His simple statement of "Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I was getting my classes set up," somehow, speaks volumes about FCS football at this level, and where the priorites lie, as they should.
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Your 2012 Mountain Hawks: The Offense

He's still No. 15, but he won't be just running the Wildcat anymore.

Senior QB Michael Colvin, the Morristown, New Jersey native that has waited patiently for his opportunity, finally earned the right to be the full-time starter for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in 2012.

He always had the athleticism.  He always had the arm.  Now, as starter and the triggerman of offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini's offense, he now has an impressive arsenal, too, to lead Lehigh in the 2012 season.  It's a potential combination that has Lehigh fans excited.
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Sunday’s Word: Giddy

There is only one word to describe the thoughts of many Lehigh fans as the 2012 football season season starts.

"Giddy".

So many offseasons, I have had to come up with words that sum up the thoughts going into a brand-new campaign.  And so many times, they have been words of caution

What's the right way to feel this year?  Cautious, as I probably should feel every single year?  Or "giddy"?
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Know Your 2012 Opponents: Columbia

(Photo Credit: College Football Performance)

When Lehigh lines up against Columbia on October 6th, they will be facing their third first-year head coach in the third consecuttive week.

Had you asked Columbia fans back in December whom they wanted that coach to be, the overwhelming fan favorite - according to the folks at Roar Lions, the Columbia fan community - was Holy Cross' Tom Gilmore, a face that Lehigh fans know very, very well.

Columbia athletic director Diane Murphy, however, had other ideas, ultimately deciding on Pete Mangurian, a former head coach at Cornell as well as an assistant coach with Bill Belichick and Raheem Morris.

It will be interesting to see what Mangurian does when he takes his Lions, who finished 1-9 last year, to Lehigh.
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The Bonds That Tie The Lehigh Family Are Strong, May They Never Be Broken