Update: I've designed Halloween special edition version of the Penn State game wallpaper. Get the Halloween 2010 JoePa Costume wallpaper.
My road to Michigan fandom was long and twisty. Some of you would refer to my children as Mudbloods (my wife is from Ann Arbor and has claim to "pure blood" status where I do not) and to me as a Muggle (my lack of magical powers kept me from attending
Hogwarts the University of Michigan). Actually, after reading what I just wrote I'm pretty sure that you're more likely to refer to me as a "huge nerd" but whatever.
When I was little my grandmother lived in Pennsylvania so she showered me and my brother with Penn State gear every Christmas. We wore this gear. We rooted for Penn State on the rare occasions when their games were televised out West. We loved Coach Paterno and his crazy thick glasses. Like the rings of a tree, the edges of his lenses marched outward with each advancing year. My friend and I used to joke that the glasses were so thick, and the lenses so curved, that his eyebrows actually appeared below his eyes thanks to extreme refraction.
Although my allegiance was shifted to the boys in the winged helmets once I reached the age of accountability, I still have a deep respect for Joe Paterno and can't imagine college football without him. I was pained to learn last year that he had surgery to correct his vision. Beyond being totally freaked out at how small and beady (and upright) his eyes looked, it felt wrong for the signature glasses to be benched. I'm relieved that he has continued to wear glasses on the sideline, however thin and superficial.
This week's wallpaper is a nod to the stark simplicity of Penn State's uniforms and the throwback style of their legendary coach. I tried to imagine what JoePa's vision was like before his surgery and blurred the text accordingly. The glasses frames were inspired by the style he wore in 1969. You can see the reference photo below.
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
Bonus: Does JoePa have a twin brother and is he a Michigan Fan?
The guy on the bottom was sitting next to me and my wife at the 2004 Iowa game. This is not a Photoshop job. I didn't notice him until the second quarter and I had to pretend to take a photo of my wife like 5 times to get this shot but it was totally worth it.
All of the 2010 Schedule Wallpapers
I've tried asking this in some of the tailgating forums, but have gotten nowhere so far.
My friend and I are driving up Saturday Morning to State College and do not have the necessary equipment to tailgate (e.g. a gas grill). Thus, we are planning to grab a pre-game bite in town. However, I've had no luck in finding somewhere that stands above the rest with the exception of the creamery.
Any ideas on where I should go pre-game? Anywhere to absolutely avoid?
Well, they've done it again!
The bright folks at the WWLIS (aka ESPN) have seen fit to show OSU against a TERRIBLE opponent on national T.V for a second time this season. The OSU @ Minnesota game is going to be shown at 8 PM on ABC this Saturday.
Remember earlier in the season when we were treated to a 3:30 PM ABC showdown of Eastern Michigan @ OSU? Now this classic against 1-7 Minnesota?!?!? I can only assume that someone in the ESPN T.V. scheduling department has a serious hard-on for OSU.
The reason I complain about this is that I watch T.V. so infrequently (pretty much just college football games) that I don't bother to get anything but basic cable, so I don't get ESPN and its myriad variants in HD. The only games I can watch in HD are on the major networks and I get forcefed an OSU v. Minnesota game. Seriously? I guess it is a conspiracy to force everyone to upgrade to digital cable.
Joe Schad tweeted that Robert Bolden may be out this week due to a concussion... reported by the Altoona Mirror originally.
I know we usually dont take what ESPN has to take too seriously but, I thought it'd be some good discussion on this here Monday morning. Obviously they didnt get the memo we were going undefeated the rest of the year, but they'll learn soon enough. Anywho here are there pics.
Mark Schlabach: Insight Bowl vs. Oklahome State--- what a shoot out this would be makes me hope that if this comes to fruition Vinopal as somewhat of an answer for the Defense.
Andrea Adelson: Texas Bowl vs. Texas--- would love a little shot at redemption from the Rose Bowl.
Compleete List here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls/projections/_/week/8
Charles Woodson did this...