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|6 days 14 hours ago||I was really surprised ESPN didn't avoid that possible storyline||
Simmons simply had to be suspended ... he violated the rules and then bragged about doing it. Easy move for any employer.
But doesn't ESPN realize they created a storyline of "Assault a woman? 2 weeks punishment. Call somebody a liar? 3 weeks punishment"?? That's not good PR for ESPN. Really surprised they didn't just suspend Simmons one week.
|1 week 6 hours ago||The Bearcats defense is not very good, they cannot tackle||
That's unfortunate, because Gunner Kiel will put up some points. But probably only half as many as OSU does. I'd guess something like OSU 54 Cincinnati 27 for a Final score.
That said, I will be there w/ my 8-year-old nephew Bearcat fan ....... so please please let me be wrong!!!
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, on Mullen I think people forget it's Mississippi State||
their "ceiling for success" is a lot lower vs. other schools --- you're the 2nd most popular school in a very poor and unpopulated state, competing directly against LSU, Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M --- just within your own division!
All things considered, he's done a fine job at Mississippi State IMO.
Honestly, as a Penn State fan I much preferred Mullen to Franklin --- for whatever reason we never even went after Mullen (who has PA roots). A couple other points I would like about Mullen:
(1) He's still very young. Only 42. Honestly, ask most people and I think they would guess he is 50. Not so.
(2) His offensive coordinator pedigree at both Utah and Florida. Helping develop one of Alex Smith (a damn good college QB if not a very good NFL QB) and Tim Tebow is a nice thing to have on the resume. Mullen helped develop both.
|1 week 2 days ago||I have no doubt that is true, however going forward||
it would seem wise to put at least some sort of restrictions on how your sponsors can use them.
E.g., Coke cannot sell them at (effectively) $1.50 apiece two days after a bad loss and at a time when season ticket holders are already kind of upset about not getting "value for their purchase."
This isn't Brandon's fault, but Good God, even more negative PR?!? I guess when it rains it pours.
|1 week 3 days ago||Let's be honest about your "hypothetical coaching candidate"||
We all know EXACTLY how this is going to play out:
1. "A certain hypothetical B1G school" is going to go 8-4 in each of the next 2 seasons (2014, 2015).
2. The coach of this "certain hypothetical B1G school" will develop mysterious "heart problems" in the spring of 2016, meaning he won't be able to coach them the following fall.
3. This "certain hypothetical B1G school" will turn to their defensive coordinator to be interim coach. They go 6-6 in 2016.
4. At 12:01 AM on December 20, 2016, this "certain hypothetical B1G school" will hire this "hypothetical coaching candidate."
I'm not exactly sure who that "hypotehtical B1G school" may be :-) , but I'm absolutely certain that's the eventual career path of your "hypothetical coaching candidate."
|1 week 5 days ago||How is field hockey dying?||
I'm not disputing what you're saying ----- I'm just wondering what the dynamic is. I haven't heard anything like this before.
|1 week 5 days ago||Obviously, someone inside the Rutgers AD leaked this story||
She made the joke in September 2013 --- so it's not like her joke (which whatever, I don't think the joke was that bad) immediately after she chastised RU fans for their behavior.
But that this story leaks now? Someone who is VERY inside obviously wants her out.
|1 week 5 days ago||On a tangent, a company like A-B CANNOT back away from the NFL||
A-B spent $185,300,000 (!!!!!!!!!!!) on TV advertising during NFL games last year. A-B's Market Research suppliers must be telling them they're getting a strong ROI on that TV advertising --- otherwise they wouldn't be spending such an enormous sum.
And then the subject that even if A-B wanted to back away from the NFL, where would they then spend that money? College football? Yeah, but it's not as enticing (plus, the NCAA is not a fan of this, even though there are no strict rules against it outside of official NCAA Championship events). There literally is no other place for A-B to get the "bang for the buck" that they do from advertising with the NFL.
Kind of sad, but a number of these companies KNOW they're "in bed" (of sorts) with the NFL --- they can say some strong words but they can't truly back away. P&G's different in that they don't depend on sports to reach their target demographic.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is a negative for the NFL, but I don't think it's too huge||
If a beer company or car company backs away from the NFL --- that's a lot more meaningful. P&G is an important corporate supporter of the NFL, but P&G still primarily sells their stuff to women and males are still the NFL's primary demographic.
A cynic could say that P&G is trying to divert attention away from their OWN negative publicity this week ---- the reports that their Crest Toothpaste contain potentially dangerous plastic microbeads.
|1 week 6 days ago||Would take UMass getting 26.5 points ---||
UMass isn't great, but they do appear to be better since Charley Molnar has left. I'm not sure that the general public has caught on yet that "UMass is a bad MAC team" as opposed to "UMass is really really really bad MAC team"
Penn State appears to have a pretty decent defense, but it doesn't take much (one weird bounce, one garbage touchdown) to get to 10 points.
If UMass gets to 10 points, Penn State then needs to score 37 points to cover. Wouldn't count on that, given Penn State's offense has averaged 20.0 points per game against 3 teams that don't appear to be all that great.
|1 week 6 days ago||That Gary Nova GIF is funny even 5 days later ...||
It is not as hiliarious as Aaron Brooks from several years back. But I think it is second.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||For whatever it's worth, I was at the PSU/Rutgers game Saturday||
I've been to every PSU game not played in State College post-Paterno except one (Iowa in 2012). I point this out just to say I have "other data points" to compare against. This is 13 games in total, including 3 neutral site games and 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
At only three games have I heard anything negative (re: Penn State in general or towards me). One was an obviously drunk older woman at Purdue. The second was at Wisconsin, someone shouted "child rapist" and "pedophile lover" multiple times after I cheered PSU's opening TD. The Badger fans around him strongly advised him to shut the hell up, and that was that.
Game number three was Rutgers: the majority (as is the case everywhere) were good fans but there were at least 20 fans I saw personally who were either wearing clothing and/or chanting things which were "anti-Penn State."
These guys didn't represent the entirety of the RU fan-base, and I have a thick skin so that sort of stuff doesn't bother me personally in the least. But it certainly was a different experience from the usual, that's just a fact (and I think the RU AD recognized this).
Anyway, Michigan's our (Penn State's) next road game --- I'm confident it will be an enjoyable experience like all my prior visits to Ann Arbor. I hope the U-M fanbase proves me correct.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Per a couple items I've read over the years .....||
PSU had the toughest schedule in the country in 1982, when they won their first (of two) National Championships.
Glancing it the Lions schedule that year, it looks legit: Big Eight Champion Nebraska (12-1), Alabama (8-4), Pittsburgh (9-3), West Virginia (9-3), Notre Dame (7-3-1), Boston College (8-3-1) were all on the schedule. All before SEC Champion Georgia (12-1) in the Sugar Bowl.
1982 was one of those years where nobody ran the table, so PSU was National Champs at 12-1 (the loss being by 3 TDs at Alabama).
I do think the "PSU never played anybody tough before joining the B1G" claims that many make are a bunch of hog-wash. That said, it IS true that teams like Rutgers, Temple and Maryland (regular teams on the PSU schedule in the 70s and 80s) had ABSOLUTELY NO chance of defeating Penn State in that era.
But to a degree, that was true of college football in that era: every conference had teams that were absurdly mismatched. Today, the bottom-feeders like Indiana, Vanderbilt, Duke, et cetera have realistic chances to get decent and beat the top-tier teams. A generation ago, the K-State (Big Eight), Northwestern (Big Ten), California (Pac-10), and Rice (SWC) type teams were absolutely hopeless --- just like Rutgers and Temple.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nice column, I enjoy this every week||
I'll be obnoxious here and make one nit-pick: the + and - is mixed up among favorites and underdogs. Some of those lines looked weird. Actually, the Minnesota/TCU looks weird either way: is TCU that good that they are a 16-point favorite over (what appears to be) a semi-decent Gopher team?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'll repeat myself one more time, than I am done||
PSU's "obligation to fulfill" (to use your wording) --- which is thoroughly spelled out in the Freeh Report --- is to pay $60MM to the NCAA, with the NCAA then distributing said money to the various child care agencies. The NCAA cannot distribute the $$$ as of this moment because of an on-going lawsuit (a lawsuit that Penn State is NOT involved in). Those are the facts, take them as you will.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm 100% confident that any U-M fans who do that would be||
in the VAST minority. I have been to every Penn State road game since November 2011 (except Iowa in 2012) and have been treated very well at every venue except one (Wisconsin last year). I've had very positive prior visits to Ann Arbor and expect similiar in 5 weeks.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The $$$ has not been distributed because of a lawsuit||
that Penn State University is NOT a part of it. Penn State University HAS paid ALL of the $$$ they are required to per the consent decree. I'm sorry if you disagree, but each of the two sentences above are facts, and if one is being fair, neither of those can really be blamed on Penn State University.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The $60MM absolutely has been paid ...||
As part of the original NCAA consent decree, the $60MM was to be paid in 5 annual installments of $12MM. Penn State University has done that to the letter. Admittedly, the $ is in an escrow account and not actually been distributed anywhere (because of a lawsuit that Penn State University is NOT a party too). But it's incorrect to state that the fine has "not been paid."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No offense, but you got a basic fact wrong there||
Sandusky was not DC in 2001 when the McQueary incident occurred.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Would disagree that this is the "end of the punishment" ....||
Penn State has a "scarlet letter" that they will wear for a couple generations. That may not be a punishment in a "tangible" sense, but it's certainly something that EVERYBODY who is a Penn Stater --- be they players, alums, professors, et cetera et cetera --- carries around with them for the rest of their lives. I'm not complaining about that (I am a Penn State alum myself), just disagreeing that today is the "end" of this all.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding I-75 in Dayton ...||
I've been doing the Cincinnati to Detroit drive about 6 times a year for 10 years now (since 2004). It is a very un-enjoyable drive. I-75 in Downtown Dayton is especially painful: it has never NOT been under construction during that time! And it still looks like they're several years from completing whatever it is they're doing. Just horrible.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Very very nice ---- basically hits it on the head||
an argument could be made for chopping "The South" down to just a handful of counties (Hamilton, Butler, Warren) --- and extending "West Virginia" a few counties further to the west. But otherwise it's spot-on.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Stubhub is very safe, however ....||
I'm 99.9% sure they sell e-mail/street addresses to various teams and Universities. That's not really a terrible thing, but I do find it hilarious how I now get all kinds of e-mail blasts and direct mailers from the likes of Virginia, Illinois, the Washington Nationals, St Louis Cardinals, et cetera. All teams or schools where I have bought a ticket off of StubHub.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||Ireland expressed interest in hosting the game ...||
that's the primary reason it's there versus, say, Barcelona or Nassau or Honolulu. Someone in Ireland seems to think this game will make $$$ (we'll see about that). Non-Notre Dame Dublin games are not entirely unprecedented: the Emerald Isle Classic was envisioned in 1988 as an annual NCAA Dublin game but it made it only two years (1988 was BC v Army; 1989 was Pittsburgh v Rutgers) before being discontinued. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Isle_Classichttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Isle_Classichttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Isle_Classic
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah, if not for the sanctions, this game never occurs||
It's a PSU "replacement bowl game" of sorts. Some people think scheduling this game is "against the spirit of the NCAA sanctions", which fair enough, I won't get into that argument. But it's definitely a unique experience for the team and those fans who are going (I'm going myself, estimates are that about 18K Penn State fans and 10K UCF fans will be there).
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Now, that scenario (PSU & UCF getting stranded in Ireland)||
would really be bizarre. UCF at least has a bye week scheduled the next week. Penn State does not. Would Akron be able to argue for a forfeit victory because --- hey, the Zips made it to State College but somehow the HOME team wasn't able to make it there ?!?!?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Livonia Clarenceville Trojan --- so good in High School||
That's where I first saw him. Nearly single-handily got Clarenceville to a state title (it's tough to beat a team like Lumen Christi with one player though). Always one of my favorites at Penn State and the NFL because he brought the effort and was an over-achiever. I wish him well going forward.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||This is good .... on a side note, there may be a sub-plot here||
Taliaferro is an alumni-elected member of the Penn State Board of Trustees.
I won't bore anyone with the details, but many Paterno Loyalists are angry with Adam for a vote he made earlier today at a PSU Board session. Many PSU fans will be at this game. Some Paterno Loyalists who will be attending the game are now talking about booing Adam when he walks on the field with LeGrand!
If this happens, hopefully the Rutgers fans in attendance beat up and then eat these people. God would that be embarassing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Except for the M's on the uniforms (and the helmets) ...||
the visual come October is going to look a whole lot like Penn State v. Pitt.
When 2 schools with rather well-known uniforms play ..... I'd prefer they both wear those rather well-known uniforms. Oh well.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Even though a car would be quicker than 4 hours ....||
one cannot do as much drinking/partying in the car.
I've done a few bus excersions for games. Definitely time for partying there! It is a whole lot of fun, without the assorted head-aches of parking, traffic, et cetera. A train would be the same dynamic.
I sort of wish I could see that 1906 train ride. Would have been a grand old time: drinking on the way down, hanging at the equivalent of the Varsity Bar for pre-game, seeing a 6-0 win, and then drinking some more on the ride back!