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bethlehempard

2017 previews

League vs FBS matchups:

http://www.foxsports.com/college-...-fcs-vs-fbs-patriot-league-051617

Lehigh:

http://www.foxsports.com/college-...fensive-over-patriot-title-042017
bethlehempard

A glance at 2017

https://athlonsports.com/college-...ns-patriot-league-2017-fcs-season
Kpard

So, other than being mentioned as a past champion in the first paragraph, you wouldn't know we were in this league.
bethlehempard

Lafayette has pursued irrelevance doggedly and embraced losers with zeal.
This is the payoff.

I was on Inis Moor, an Aran Island, today and met an old-timer Holy Cross fan from Wooster wearing a Patriots cap.
This fellow, 85 or so, recalled their title team. As for Lafayette, he politely inquired, more or less ... What happened?

Even in this obscure corner of western Ireland: it's inescapable.
ed65

bethlehempard wrote:
Lafayette has pursued irrelevance doggedly and embraced losers with zeal.
This is the payoff.

I was on Inis Moor, an Aran Island, today and met an old-timer Holy Cross fan from Wooster wearing a Patriots cap.
This fellow, 85 or so, recalled their title team. As for Lafayette, he politely inquired, more or less ... What happened?

Even in this obscure corner of western Ireland: it's inescapable.


This proves that the Patriot League is indeed known in obscure corners of the world - there are not many more obscure places in the world that Aran Island.  It would be even more obscure if that is possible if one of the great silent movie documentaries called "Man of Aran" (I believe that is the title) was not made there.  The island looked bleak then - 100 years ago.  Maybe the island is a metaphor for the bleakness of the LC Athletic program.

Good job by bethpard.
Marooner

bethlehempard wrote:
Lafayette has pursued irrelevance doggedly and embraced losers with zeal.
This is the payoff.

I was on Inis Moor, an Aran Island, today and met an old-timer Holy Cross fan from Wooster wearing a Patriots cap.
This fellow, 85 or so, recalled their title team. As for Lafayette, he politely inquired, more or less ... What happened?

Even in this obscure corner of western Ireland: it's inescapable.

I love this board, but if you're posting from the Aran Islands, somebody really needs to teach you how to vacation!  Cool
bethlehempard

Excellent point!
I actually posted on the way back to Galway. It just struck me as odd that after striking up a conversation with an older fellow on InishMoor, we'd be discussing the state of the PL at a place called Seven Churches (there are only two churches but that's the place) off the coast of Ireland. Perhaps if I went to Antarctica a Red Raider fan would appear.
The one fort, Doon Aonghasa, is among the most beautiful spots on earth when the weather cooperates, as it did Sunday. Back in the USA now and looking for some prognostications that actually mention Lafayette.

BTW a guide mentioned that Man of Aran movie. I'd never heard of it, I think he said it's from 1932. A more recent film, Leap Year, was also filmed there.
The islands rank up there with Mt. St. Michel as peculiar corners of Western Europe, though MSM draws a lot more tourists.

Cong, where we spent the first four days (my wife is a fan of The Quiet Man) is as restful and pleasant as a village can be.
I'm digressing! Go Pards!
bethlehempard

Tied for last with Georgetown in the league poll.
Lehigh is No. 1.

http://patriotleague.org/news/201...to-repeat-as-champions.aspx?path=

A tie would for sixth is not likely, mathematically, assuming somebody actually wins the Lafayette/Georgetown game.
bison137

bethlehempard wrote:
Tied for last with Georgetown in the league poll.

A tie would for sixth is not likely, mathematically, assuming somebody actually wins the Lafayette/Georgetown game.



Not as unlikely as you might think. A tie for last has happened 11 times before in the PL. Would've happened more if Georgetown hadnt been so bad for a number of years.
bethlehempard

A look at Monmouth, which is playing four PL opponents this year:

http://www.newsadvance.com/sports...-76bd-11e7-8cd1-b78ecdee69e5.html
bethlehempard

A look back, not a preview, on a stunning FCS upset and there's even a Lafayette angle. App St beats Michigan:

http://www.jeffersonpost.com/spor...-state-shocked-the-football-world
bethlehempard

A look at Sacred Heart, picked fourth in the NEC by the Sports Network

   OUTLOOK: The Pioneers were rolling along at 6-1 until late
October, when they proceeded to lose their final four games -
all in the NEC. This year, they have one of the conference's
more experienced lineups and Matt Gardner has returned to the
program as the offensive coordinator. His unit will have to get
in sync quickly following the graduation of Noel under center,
but the Pioneers will look to continue running the ball after
they led the conference in rushing yards per game (207) with
Chavious and Imeokparia. On defense, LBs Barry and Parvelus (100
tackles) lead the way. As the Pioneers seek a fifth straight
winning season, they will be a senior-led team.
bethlehempard

Hero Sports:

http://m.herosports.com/fcs/patri...eview-lehigh-colgate-fordham-ajaj

Bryant and the fans get some favorable notice.

The 2017 schedule is difficult. There isn't one sure win -- a "Mercyhurst" - on the list.
This year's team could win two games and still be a lot better than last year's.
bethlehempard

This is an interesting look at Monmouth, including speculation of a move to the CAA. It also shows a program that has been dedicated to improvement.

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...th-must-bolt-big-south/547409001/

Plus a little speculation on FBS matchups:

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...-closer-than-you-think/540321001/

BTW the major donors to the new Monmouth Football Stadium also provided money for ... "The Endowed Cheerleader Scholarship." Seriously.

Well, I guess we will see! Sorry - I just couldn't resist but really, they could have chosen a better name.

So the first game of the year will be the unveiling of the opponent's new stadium. From Monmouth's website (with what looks like an error in the timeline):

Construction began on the Kessler Stadium project prior to the start of the 2016 football season, with the old structure being completely removed days after Monmouth's last home game on Oct. 29. The new stadium features more than 4,200 seats, including 800 chair-back seats, and stretches from endzone to endzone. The facility includes full concourse with concession stands and bathrooms, a state-of-the-art press box, multimedia booths, coaches' booths and a ticket office.

**It's probably a great venue but 4,200 seats, that has to reflect a sense of reality about their future. Also, the stadium stretches "from end zone to end zone." That's usually the case.
bethlehempard

STATS picks Lafayette last:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.fo...-season-preview-082217%3famp=true

Just about everybody else is getting better. Lafayette is rebuilding. Their analysis is reasonable.
leopard88

bethlehempard wrote:
This is an interesting look at Monmouth, including speculation of a move to the CAA. It also shows a program that has been dedicated to improvement.

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...th-must-bolt-big-south/547409001/

Plus a little speculation on FBS matchups:

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...-closer-than-you-think/540321001/

BTW the major donors to the new Monmouth Football Stadium also provided money for ... "The Endowed Cheerleader Scholarship." Seriously.

Well, I guess we will see! Sorry - I just couldn't resist but really, they could have chosen a better name.

So the first game of the year will be the unveiling of the opponent's new stadium. From Monmouth's website (with what looks like an error in the timeline):

Construction began on the Kessler Stadium project prior to the start of the 2016 football season, with the old structure being completely removed days after Monmouth's last home game on Oct. 29. The new stadium features more than 4,200 seats, including 800 chair-back seats, and stretches from endzone to endzone. The facility includes full concourse with concession stands and bathrooms, a state-of-the-art press box, multimedia booths, coaches' booths and a ticket office.

**It's probably a great venue but 4,200 seats, that has to reflect a sense of reality about their future. Also, the stadium stretches "from end zone to end zone." That's usually the case.


The CAA would be an interesting move for Monmouth.  That said, I don't see a school with a 4,200 seat stadium getting invited into the CAA.
Pardsfriend

Monmouth to CAA

leopard88 wrote:
bethlehempard wrote:
This is an interesting look at Monmouth, including speculation of a move to the CAA. It also shows a program that has been dedicated to improvement.

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...th-must-bolt-big-south/547409001/

Plus a little speculation on FBS matchups:

http://www.app.com/story/sports/c...-closer-than-you-think/540321001/

BTW the major donors to the new Monmouth Football Stadium also provided money for ... "The Endowed Cheerleader Scholarship." Seriously.

Well, I guess we will see! Sorry - I just couldn't resist but really, they could have chosen a better name.

So the first game of the year will be the unveiling of the opponent's new stadium. From Monmouth's website (with what looks like an error in the timeline):

Construction began on the Kessler Stadium project prior to the start of the 2016 football season, with the old structure being completely removed days after Monmouth's last home game on Oct. 29. The new stadium features more than 4,200 seats, including 800 chair-back seats, and stretches from endzone to endzone. The facility includes full concourse with concession stands and bathrooms, a state-of-the-art press box, multimedia booths, coaches' booths and a ticket office.

**It's probably a great venue but 4,200 seats, that has to reflect a sense of reality about their future. Also, the stadium stretches "from end zone to end zone." That's usually the case.


The CAA would be an interesting move for Monmouth.  That said, I don't see a school with a 4,200 seat stadium getting invited into the CAA.


 My kid played on the former field, without the renovations.
Nice school tucked into northern end of jersey shore.

I don't envision Monmouth suiting the CAA, in academic profile and facilities.
bethlehempard

When Monmouth left the NEC for the non-football MAAC a few years ago, Monmouth wanted to be an associate NEC member for football. The league to its credit told the Hawks to buzz off.
Thus the Big South affiliation for the sport.
Meanwhile NJIT's gypsy basketball program will compete in the Atlantic Sun, with Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville and a variety of "Never heard of'em" schools.

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