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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: November 23, 2016, 09:57 PM »
Sixers are going to a second OT against Memphis (4th in the west). Embiid is done -- doctors won't let him play more. He got mad and kicked a chair. I like the fire this year. With Noel and Simmons I think this team could be pretty competitive.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:55 PM »
We covered the 9.5 spread. And Stevens had his first really bad freshman game.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:42 PM »
Stevens is having a rough night.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:40 PM »
Going to take a while to gel.

If Samuel can make a three once in a while, that would be an unexpected bonus.

Yep. Did you call that before he made it?

Ha! Nope. Truly unexpected.

I figured it was too big of a coincidence for you to call his first ever college 3.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:38 PM »
We've had a couple of nice runs tonight. Just no consistency in between.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:37 PM »
Samuel having his best game of the season.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:28 PM »
Going to take a while to gel.

If Samuel can make a three once in a while, that would be an unexpected bonus.

Yep. Did you call that before he made it?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 08:13 PM »
Carr is a better shooter than I expected. Good to see Reaves back.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:38 PM »
I guess I was the problem. I took the dog out to do his business and missed an 11-0 run.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:25 PM »
Finally a 2 and now some free throws.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:17 PM »
That was a crappy 4 minute run.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Colgate IGT
« on: November 23, 2016, 07:09 PM »
Good start.

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OT / Re: General College Football
« on: November 23, 2016, 12:24 PM »
Is vacating wins really a heavy penalty?  It doesn't hurt the current team.  It doesn't hurt the future teams.   It doesn't hurt the coffers.

It just annoys members of the past teams.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: November 22, 2016, 07:49 AM »
Hopefully all this nonsense about losing culture finally disappears.

I just read a game recap. I knew they had won 4 of 7. But I didn't realize they had won 4 in a row at home. That will certainly help from a fan's perspective.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: November 21, 2016, 10:19 PM »
The Sixers won their third game of the season already -- 41 days and 21 games sooner than last season.  Noel is back in Philly getting ready to return to action.  And Bayless has been upgraded to questionable for tonight's game.  Last year's 10th win came in game number 78.  What is your guess for the number of games it takes this season to match that total?  I'm going to say they do it in half the time and guess game #39.

Sixers won again -- #4 already. I might have to rethink my guess already.

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OT / Re: College/Pro football coaching changes.....
« on: November 21, 2016, 04:15 PM »
No surprise here, especially after he lost to lowly Kansas.


https://twitter.com/sportscenter/status/800494617904881664




There is still a lot of denying going on around this situation.  I'm not sure what to make of it other than I can't see him being the head coach next season.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: November 21, 2016, 01:28 PM »
The Sixers won their third game of the season already -- 41 days and 21 games sooner than last season.  Noel is back in Philly getting ready to return to action.  And Bayless has been upgraded to questionable for tonight's game.  Last year's 10th win came in game number 78.  What is your guess for the number of games it takes this season to match that total?  I'm going to say they do it in half the time and guess game #39.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: November 21, 2016, 10:30 AM »
More on Smirnov-- he has two assists through two periods. According to the TV guys, he has tied the team record for consecutive games with a point at nine games. He's only played nine games in his career.

Smirnov had a hat trick tonight against Arizona State.  That gives him 8 goals and 12 assists on the season.  He already has the PSU record for consecutive games with a point (10) and tonight he tied the record for goals in a game with 3.  He and Sturtz also set a new team record for fastest consecutive goals when they scored 11 seconds apart in the second period.

Other records that seem pretty reasonable at this point assuming he stays healthy:

Most points by a freshman is 27 by Casey Bailey and Sturtz
Most goals by a freshman is 18 by Sturtz
Most assists by a freshman is 16 by Scott Conway

Reachable, but more difficult:

Most points by anyone is 40 by Casey Bailey
Most goals by anyone is 22 by Casey Bailey
Most assists by anyone is 26 by Taylor Holstrom

I'm not sure about other single game records.  I haven't looked those up yet.  I know he has had 3 assists in a game once.  The way he passes, if they keep him on lines with guys like Sturtz, he could end up with a  5 assist night someday.

Two more points for him in this afternoon's 8-0 route of Ariz St.  Going into tonight's games, he's second in the country in scoring. 

The team tied a record for most goals in a game with 8.  It's a new record for largest margin of victory.  8 different players scored those goals, which is obviously another record. 

If Smirnov wasn't off to such a great start, we'd probably be talking a lot more about Nate Sucese.  He now has 8 goals and 6 assists on the season.  He's on pace to break those freshmen records as well.  As excited as we were with the freshman class last year, this class is blowing it away.  Smirnov, Pavlychev, Sucese, Myllari and Peyton Jones are all playing their positions better as freshmen than we've seen before (Kerr and Pedrie might be exceptions but Myllari is holding his own for sure).

Speaking of Pedrie, he has 5 goals this year putting him in good position to break the single season record for goals by a defenseman (8 by Pedrie and Luke Juha last year).  I think he's also only 2 goals shy of the career mark for goals by a defenseman (pretty sure Juha had 15 total).

Really when you look at our roster and the number of freshmen and sophomores that are leading the way, you can't help but get excited about the future of the team. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: November 21, 2016, 10:07 AM »
Hope Mahon is back for MSU.

If Mahon is back (and I'm already assuming McGovern will be since he was dressed for Rutgers), I expect that he'll be at left tackle with Wright staying at right tackle.  That would be a pretty solid front.  I don't know what to make of Michigan State.  They seem to have a pretty good roster.  They played Michigan and OSU close, but got beaten by Illinois and Maryland.  I can understand getting up for OSU and Michigan.  I hope the Land Grant Trophy isn't much motivation for them now that they have been completely eliminated from bowl contention.

I wouldn't say this on a Rutgers forum because it's too mean, but they should be more offended by the play of their team than anything PSU did on the sidelines -- especially after one of their fans tossed a baseball onto the field during a play.  Heck, there were no Rutgers fans left in the stadium to offend. 

They have been outscored 224-0 in their 4 games against PSU, OSU, UM and MSU.  They have been outgained by more than a mile in those games.  They averaged less than 100 total yards in those 4.  In two other games, they only managed to score 7 points.  Even with two games of 32 and 27 points, their offense is averaging under 10 points per game. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: November 18, 2016, 09:39 PM »
More on Smirnov-- he has two assists through two periods. According to the TV guys, he has tied the team record for consecutive games with a point at nine games. He's only played nine games in his career.

Smirnov had a hat trick tonight against Arizona State.  That gives him 8 goals and 12 assists on the season.  He already has the PSU record for consecutive games with a point (10) and tonight he tied the record for goals in a game with 3.  He and Sturtz also set a new team record for fastest consecutive goals when they scored 11 seconds apart in the second period.

Other records that seem pretty reasonable at this point assuming he stays healthy:

Most points by a freshman is 27 by Casey Bailey and Sturtz
Most goals by a freshman is 18 by Sturtz
Most assists by a freshman is 16 by Scott Conway

Reachable, but more difficult:

Most points by anyone is 40 by Casey Bailey
Most goals by anyone is 22 by Casey Bailey
Most assists by anyone is 26 by Taylor Holstrom

I'm not sure about other single game records.  I haven't looked those up yet.  I know he has had 3 assists in a game once.  The way he passes, if they keep him on lines with guys like Sturtz, he could end up with a  5 assist night someday.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: November 18, 2016, 11:05 AM »
Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers.  That's all I want to talk about right now.  Franklin said the team was sloppy in practice on Wednesday.  This is a pretty young team that needs to stay focused on each step or they will fall off the ladder.

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Not defensive at all, just believe steals and blocks are very overrated when it comes to good defense.  Which is why I think those who believe the return of Reaves will fix a lot of our defensive woes are going to be disappointed.  Which is all I said originally.  There's a heck of a lot more to being a good off ball defender than ripping a few passes.

Fair enough, and I agree with you completely that Reaves isn't going to solve most of our problems out there defensively.

Pat had us playing pretty solid defense two seasons ago, but that was a team with a lot of juniors and seniors.   Hopefully it doesn't take 2 years for these guys to get there.

Reeves might not be Kwahi Leonard type on the ball defender, but he is the best that PSU has and is pretty good.  I suspect that a year in the weight room and more experience will only make him better than last year.  And adding what everybody agrees is the best defensive player from last year's team back into the line-up is going to make the PSU defense better, zero question about that.  Are they going to go from what they were the first few games to Top 3 elite defense by Reeves returning, of course not. But to say they won't be better defensively with Reeves on the court is just as ludicrous.

So riddle me this.  Reeves is told to stick to Cremo from Albany like chewing gum, do you think Cremo still scores that many points?  And if Cremo has to work real hard to get his points because Reeves is on him all game long, does Albany still score that many points?  Does Albany win?

Josh Reaves

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/josh_reaves_970872.html

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OT / Re: Donald Trump
« on: November 17, 2016, 03:57 PM »
I have not recovered from the jolt of this election, but came upon this which sums up my feelings almost perfectly. A Wisconsin Republican who has worked on both GOP campaigns and in government for Republican politicians, writing to James Fallows:


Quote from: Joseph Britt
“What a pathetic thing is decadence. Millions of Republicans as comfortable and secure as any people who have ever lived, who owe everything to the historic miracle that is the United States, chose to go along with a presidential candidacy shot through with moral degeneracy and contempt for the public good. They had other choices in the primaries; they were warned by their own former leaders what Trump represented. They voted for him anyway, hoping to give their team a win in the game, the shallow entertainment that is all they think of politics.

“They have put this Republic that has been the light of the world for 240 years in danger. They have put freedom in danger. Years of easy prosperity and soft living have taught them that America could be taken for granted. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Stimson, Eisenhower, Reagan might just as well be random groups of letters to these people, stifled by material wealth and physical sensation.

“They will have second thoughts, these comfortable Republicans of means. They will flake off from Trump long before the sad nostalgists and struggling rural voters who actually believe his promises of magic. They will lower his approval ratings. But they made him President, and gave him a Congress full of cyphers, slackwits, and doddering old men to work with. What a price our country and the world will pay, and for how long they will pay it, because those Americans most richly blessed failed so completely in their duty as citizens.”

I would add an identical blast at people for whom Hillary Clinton was not sufficiently pure. They saw the same things and decided she was somehow awn equivalent danger.

I made no attempt to find soft Clinton supporters - or people who should be soft Clinton supporters - and convince them that the scandals were BS and the stakes were immense. I figured it was obvious; that's no excuse.

This is a huge moral failure of the entire electorate.

A small ray of hope emerging from the slimmest that is Trump:

http://www.nbcnews.com/card/romney-trump-meet-weekend-n685451

If only Joe Biden had decided to run for President.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: November 17, 2016, 01:21 PM »
Not sure the year to year offer really would change anything except to give you an undeservedly clear conscience when you don't renew it.

It would change whether or not the kid has to sit out a year or not by going to another school.  It gives the kid the option to pull the plug without that consequence as well. 

In other sports, where scholarships are handed out as full rides to everyone, schools have to negotiate with the kids on some level (one school offers half ride, another offers full ride).  This kind of brings more of that to basketball and football.  I don't know if that's good or not.  But it seems like it would help out kids more than hurt them. 

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:28 AM »
The Sixers won their second game last night -- and it's not even Thanksgiving Day (they started the season 1-30).  They didn't get win number two last year until the day after Christmas.  I know, not much to get excited about.  But hey, baby steps right.  They've also been close in a few other games -- Game one against OKC was tied at 97 but OKC scored the last 6 points; led Orlando by 18 and lost by 2 points; led Cleveland 101-99 only to lose 102-101; lost to Indiana in OT (beat Indiana in OT the next game).  That's 4 losses out of 9 that could have gone either way.  Feels to me like this team is closer to getting out of the cellar than at any time in the last three years.

This article shows some good signs......

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/sixers/Five-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-76ers-today-Nov-17.html

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2.  Joel Embiid and Dario Saric are the NBA’s only rookies with multiple double-doubles. Each has two.

5. The Sixers are one of eight NBA teams to hit 10 or more three-pointers in six games this season. They joined the club by making 10 of 28 on Wednesday.

And Noel should return soon giving more depth on nights Embiid or Okafor sit.  Plus, Simmons should be back in another month and a half or so (hopefully). 

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