Last weekend, Lafayette traveled up to Harvard to play the Crimson up in Cambridge. It was the 19th meeting between the Leopards and the Crimson, a series that started in 1966 and has been a frequent event since the early 1990s.
It was a pretty historic game, too: the 700th football game contested at Harvard Stadium.
In years past, you might have found members of the local Lehigh Valley media making a trip up to Boston to cover the game from an independent Lafayette perspective, and you would have seen a recap online and some postgame quotes from the postgame press conference in there as well, as well as seeing an article or two about the game in the Sunday paper.
This weekend, though, there was nothing.
The recap in The Morning Call was not the great work of Paul Reinhard, who freelances for the paper - they didn't pay him to go up to Cambridge to take in the game and ask John Garrett about the progress of the team. Instead, someone added a topper sentence to the AP recap of the game - and that was it. Four paragraphs for the online crowd and the Sunday readership.
And on Lehigh Valley Live online, the old Easton Express-Times - nothing. This week, quietly, they dropped their college sports coverage, citing the fact that there wasn't enough traffic to justify their continued coverage of Lehigh, Lafayette, or Patriot League football.
For Lehigh fans, who still get significant coverage of Mountain Hawks football from Keith Groller of The Morning Call, and yours truly, there's still a fair amount of online and print content covering Lehigh football.
But looking over at Lafayette, the need for a Lafayette Football Nation has never seemed so acute. And in the general scheme of things - the loss of Lafayette football coverage is actually a much more historic event than it seems.
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