NEWARK, Del. - Greetings from the press box moderately high above a rain-soaked Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium.
I'm here to see Pat Devlin's Blue Hens face Richmond, the No. 1 team in both Division I-AA polls, and to write about it for tomorrow's Inquirer.
But I'm also here to take in the region's best college football atmosphere. Delaware Stadium's 22,000-seat capacity is the perfect size for a I-AA power, and the First State's flagship team has definitely been that in recent years. It's also produced more than a few top pros, including Rich Gannon and most recently Joe Flacco.
What about Penn State, you ask? I would argue that it doesn't really count as the region. Newark is less than an hour from Philadelphia, whereas State College is three and a half hours away if you're lucky.