They call it the longest or most played rivalry in American Football. This year mark's the 150th playing of a game that confuses most of the planet, unless you clarify "football" means, "American football."
I smiled when I read the NY times piece about the 150th playing of what I guess is the most played rivalry in college football with the Lafayette- Lehigh game. From the players perspective, I think it has to a be a great memory in that they get to play the game in Yankee Stadium of all places. You don’t play football at either school with the dream of playing in the NFL. You go because you can get a great education at the college and in Lehighs case, the University Level.
Someone once asked if I had any regrets going to a Lafayette? I said, “none, I only that I wish I had known football and engineering school was not a good mix for my mind sooner and/or the light bulb that turned on in my mind one day in a class about business with engineering came on a year earlier – I would have went to UPenn.
Other than that, I am appreciative of all the gray hairs I gave my professors and the deans I dealt with, the glazed look in their eyes that said, “What is this guy doing here? What on earth will he ever become?”
Either I have been hit in the head too many times, or I really don’t remember much about Lafayette-Lehigh weekend. I really only have one clear memory, that of my freshman year, I was happy to make special teams on the varsity team, and nothing prepared me for what the Lafayette-Lehigh game was like. I just remember late in the game, the crowds would all descend upon the field for some event called tearing down and keeping a sliver of the goal posts.
All I remember was missing a punt assignment late in the fourth quarter, the game winding down, as I stood mesmerized that a policeman was clubbing someone that didn’t pay attention to him while a few thousand people that were over-fueled by libations were breaking down barriers to hold them back so that they could get a piece of a goal post and/or toothpicks. That was my first and i think only vivid memory of any game.
All I can say about Lafayette, is that if you are given the chance to go to the large public university, or the small, really low teacher to student ratio that private schools allow – you probably will learn a great deal more. They teach you a better way to think, from understanding not only the theory, but also the actual application of how it applies to the world. The larger schools tended to just be better at having a lot of people regurgitating a learned “correct” answer.
That is my two cents. I hope everyone with the 150th playing of the Lafayette –Lehigh game truly enjoys the memory of being able to play inside Yankee Stadium.
For the unexpectedly turnout of fans that has surpassed what was imagined – be safe, have a great time in NYC.