By Chuck Burton
College Sports Journal
BETHLEHEM, PA. – When you study "The Rivalry" as long as I have, the overall trends of Lehigh students, Lafayette students, the football players, and the citizens of Bethlehem and Easton break apart, and the individual stories from each specific instance come to the fore.
Specific "game to end all games", detailed game riots, freezing games, or unusually hot games get broken out, sometimes breaking from the normal expectations of The Rivalry in general. The Rivalry endures, and there are similar stories of seasons being made, or broken, or riots, or order, but occasionally games do have variation. Not every Rivalry game is the same.
The story of the 148th meeting of the most-played rivalry in all of college football is probably more different than anyone might have ever imagined before the season.
For Lafayette, the story is one of unmet expectations, unbelievable tragedy, and, ultimately, they hope, redemption. For Lehigh, the story is one of nerves, loss of destiny, and, ultimately, they hope, redemption.