The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.
Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?
Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?
With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.
Longtime Catasauqua resident and administrator Eric Snyder couldn’t recall any direct parallel on how coronavirus has halted athletics, but he did recount a similar one.
In 1992, a teacher’s strike didn’t allow Snyder to coach the boys’ team, and his father and then principal, Frank “Jive,” and brother, Mark coached the team until the matter was settled.
“I was getting phone calls before and after the games,” recalled Snyder. “It was a weird and difficult situation because I had just got the job.
Did you catch the IronPigs games over the weekend? Great couple of games as the ‘Pigs opened the home portion of their season with two wins over the Pawtucket Red Sox.
No, the games weren’t real, but they were as real as you can get. The IronPigs, working with Service Electric and WFMZ-TV 69, put together a pair of virtual Opening Day – technically called #HopeningDay – games against Pawtucket, who would have been their opponent for the first weekend series of the season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave final approval for the 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons and bag limits with some significant changes. They are as follows:
Expanding Sunday hunting on three days - Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting, Sunday, Nov. 22, for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.
Adopted a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 WMUs and retaining a split-season in the remaining 13 WMUs.
Across the country the COVID-19 virus has impacted many student-athletes, cutting their training and competition seasons short - and now their sprig seasons.
Without the gyms, field, pools and weight rooms they are accustomed to, these student-athletes can find it difficult to replicate their normal level of training in a home environment.
The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be playing baseball on Friday and Saturday evening – virtually.
The games, which will be played on “MLB The Show,” will be televised locally on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 and Service Electric TV2 Sports in celebration of the IronPigs “#HopeningDay.”
Originally, the IronPigs were scheduled to play their home opener on Friday, April 17, at Coca-Cola Park.
There may have been some skepticism regarding the abbreviated trout stocking that I heard about and mentioned in my previous column.
In case you missed it, I was informed that certain streams in Lehigh County will only get one, in-season stocking that took place within the last two weeks. Some anglers couldn’t believe it, so I was able to contact Mike Parker, PF&BC Communications Director, who issued the following statement:
On Friday, April 17, 2020, PIAA District XI member schools will be honoring the Class of 2020 and supporting the nurses, doctors, and first responders on the front line of COVID-19 by lighting up their stadiums between the hours of 7-9 p.m.
Several schools in Texas have initiated this and the time frame is in conjunction with the National “Porch Light Campaign.”
Scoreboards will be displaying the score as 20-20 in honor of this year’s graduating class, while 4th down and 19 yards to go will be displayed as the down and distance, signifying COVID-19 is on its final down.