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I swear Onward State can screw up even the simplest stories.

"After the baseball team was mocked by opposing teams and the pink faded to black in just two years, the school switched to royal blue and white, a pair of colors that has become synonymous with Penn State."

Note to Onward State:  "Fade to black" is a video editing term, it doesn't happen to real physical things 

We wound up with blue and white because the pink faded to white and the black faded to blue.


Doesn't mention the black fading, but could certainly have been part of the reason for the change.

http://www.gopsusports.com/trads/psu-trads.html

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: Today at 09:15 AM »
Think 1987 Fiesta Bowl. That's our only chance. Get a bunch of turnovers and don't make mistakes.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: Yesterday at 09:29 PM »
Nits down Holy Cross 3-1 tonight. The two play again at noon on Sunday.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: Yesterday at 04:07 PM »
...if the Sixers end the season with only 16 wins, they will have done worse than 5 out of the past 7 expansion teams.   

But with MCW, Noel, Embiid, Saric and their lottery pick this year, they'll have a better roster in a couple of years than most of those rosters have ever had (slight exaggeration, but not much considering most of those teams haven't won anything yet).

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 03:42 PM »
Thought this was interesting....don't be fooled by the headline. 

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/10/so_it_turns_out_theres_an_ecol.html#incart_river

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: Yesterday at 03:16 PM »
Just checked online for the Vegas line on the NBA season win totals.

The Sixers have BY FAR the lowest season win total starting lines for all the NBA teams.

Usually, the season win total lines are somewhat conservative, with no win totals being too high or too low.  The worst teams will be in the 22.0-26.0 neighborhood, while the best teams are around 57.0-61.0

This year, I see the Sixers listed at 15.5 - 17.5.  That is HORRIBLE !!!!  Those are the types of win totals usually reserved for expansion teams, such as the first year of the Charlotte Bobcats.

For example:  Bovada has the Sixers season win total at 16.0   The next closest team is the Milwaukee Bucks at 24.5
As long as they win at least 9 games they won't be the worst team ever (Charlotte's 7-59 disaster in '11-'12 sets the standard).  If they get to 10, they won't be the worst in an 82 game season (the Sixers in '72-'73 went 9-73).  I'm not sure they have double digit wins in them with this roster.  Most of the roster is made up of guys who would sit at the end of the bench on any other team.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 10:53 AM »
I'm an apple fanboy and an enthusiastic money waster when it comes to new versions of apple's products. But I stuck with my iPad 2 rather than upgrade, even though the higher resolution screen of later iPad's was noticeable. Just not enough.

iOS 8 rendered my trusty old iPad 2 unusable, though. I sprung for an iPad Air 2 and it a significant jump and well worth it.  Best Buy also gave me $200 for my iPad 2' which was working with a good screen, but which had quite a bit of body damage (GBS has left me a Dropper Of Things, as a friend has put it).

Anyway, big thumbs up for the iPad Air 2 if you are upgrading from a second generation iPad.

I'm an apple fan as well.  I've needed to upgrade my mini for years since I can no longer update any software.  Now that my wife is finally employed again, I've started to get updated.  First I'm getting the new mini, then the new iPad.  After that, I'll start working on Apple TV, AirPlay and all the other fun toys.

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Dan Wetzel's take on UNC.



That's pretty strong.  I'm definitely interested in watching how this plays out.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:44 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

That doesn't matter.   The NCAA doesn't allow commercial endorsements of any type by student athletes.

Apparently they do.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:30 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

So, Christian Hackenberg is allowed to earn money making basketball commercials?

He isn't famous for basketball. And basketball is a scholarship sport for men. Baseball is not a scholarship sport for women. We don't even know if the kid is good enough at any sport to get a scholarship.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:04 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:52 PM »
If I remember correctly, PSU has about 800 student athletes, so the cost to us will be about $8M.

Wouldn't it be based on scholarship count, not head count?


You would think so, but I don't see how Texas comes up with a $6M figure if they are only going by athletes on scholarship.


The pay for using their image might be by head count and the rest prorated by scholarship.  It doesn't really explain how they got that number though.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:26 PM »
If I remember correctly, PSU has about 800 student athletes, so the cost to us will be about $8M.

Wouldn't it be based on scholarship count, not head count?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:26 PM »
Texas going with $10,000 per athlete: $5K compensation for use of likeness and around $5K for expenses not covered by scholarship.  If the total per year cost is $6M that would seem to be all of their athletes, men and women.

Further separation between the haves and have nots.  I would think the biggest impacts will be in basketball, since football is already well stratified: Power 5, rest of FBS, and FCS.  If we are recruiting against the Temples and VCUs of the world, will an extra $10K or so per year be the deciding factor for us.


Small schools don't all have FBS football teams, 30 varsity programs and 600 scholarship athletes.  Schools like Temple (who is in FBS for football) might have problems.  VCU (who is not in FBS for football) might not.  Remains to be seen how this plays out.


I don't see why these things even come into question.  Who cares about all FBS programs.  Does ANYONE really think that the cards are NOT stacked already?  Does it matter that the BIG TEN has 100K seat stadiums, national TV channels, multimillion dollar coaches, multimillion dollar training facilities, multimillion dollar student lounges, etc.?

Does anyone REALLY think that Temple is "competing" with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, or Texas for ANYTHING right now?

Why does anyone think that this will suddenly shift the balance of power ?!?!?!   :P


The question wasn't about shifting the balance of power in football.  It was about basketball.  My response was that FBS schools who can't compete now, might have trouble keeping up in basketball since they would likely have to pay football players in order to be allowed to pay basketball players.  VCU, for example, might not have that issue since they don't have an FBS football team.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:10 PM »
Texas going with $10,000 per athlete: $5K compensation for use of likeness and around $5K for expenses not covered by scholarship.  If the total per year cost is $6M that would seem to be all of their athletes, men and women.

Further separation between the haves and have nots.  I would think the biggest impacts will be in basketball, since football is already well stratified: Power 5, rest of FBS, and FCS.  If we are recruiting against the Temples and VCUs of the world, will an extra $10K or so per year be the deciding factor for us.


Small schools don't all have FBS football teams, 30 varsity programs and 600 scholarship athletes.  Schools like Temple (who is in FBS for football) might have problems.  VCU (who is not in FBS for football) might not.  Remains to be seen how this plays out.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:09 PM »
Mo'Ne Davis is in a Chevy commercial.   Geno Auriemma was can't be happy about that.


Does that effect her college eligibility?  I can't help but think that if blue chip high school athletes can do commercials and get paid for it, then there would be a LOT MORE of those kids doing commericials.


She was cleared to do the commercial by the NCAA so the answer is no.  That decision is probably another one that a couple of years ago would have gone the other way but the folk at NCAA HQ in Indy are feeling the heat of public opinion turning against them. 


http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11742373/mone-davis-appearance-commercial-compromise-ncaa-eligibility


The funniest part of the article...

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UConn's compliance department had given the OK for Auriemma to wish Davis luck over the phone since they said it had nothing to do with recruiting her. However, the NCAA later ruled it was a secondary violation and the coach should not have made the call.


How secure does that have everyone feeling about Davis being "cleared"?  The NCAA is so messed up, they do not even know their own rules.


The difference is Davis was cleared by the NCAA.  Geno was cleared by UConn's compliance department, not the NCAA.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:46 AM »
Mo'Ne Davis is in a Chevy commercial.   Geno Auriemma was can't be happy about that.


Does that effect her college eligibility?  I can't help but think that if blue chip high school athletes can do commercials and get paid for it, then there would be a LOT MORE of those kids doing commericials.


She was cleared to do the commercial by the NCAA so the answer is no.  That decision is probably another one that a couple of years ago would have gone the other way but the folk at NCAA HQ in Indy are feeling the heat of public opinion turning against them. 


http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11742373/mone-davis-appearance-commercial-compromise-ncaa-eligibility

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Give Pat a contract extension
« on: October 21, 2014, 03:33 PM »
But, perhaps Pat does NOT want that type of deal.  Perhaps he is holding out until he has a good season in which to leverage his new contract.  We don't know.

That can work out for both sides though.  If PSU can fire him at no cost, he can negotiate to walk at no cost as well.  He can sign an extension that allows him to tell recruits he has a longer contract.  And he has leverage following a good season.  To me it is only a negative if he doesn't get extended soon.  Can't think of anything positive about the situation.

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It's funny because Comcast has a terrible reputation but I've never had a single problem with them. I guess there is a degree of randomness as to when we have good or bad experiences with different companies.

I still have comcast for internet.  I have had horrible luck with them.  I bought my own modem so I could save $7 per month (their rental fee at the time).  I had a heck of a time getting it set up on their end.  The customer service person was more interested in trying to sell me some sort of service plan than getting my internet to work.  When I got DirecTV, I turned in all my TV equipment at the local comcast office, they gave me a receipt but didn't take it off my account and continued to try to charge me for it.  If I didn't have a family member pretty high up the comcast food chain, I wonder if I'd still be trying to get that corrected.

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Having the BW game before  a home football game is much like being a DirecTV subscriber.

Everything they do is geared towards getting new subscribers, not keeping existing ones happy.

perfect analogy.

Yes it is a perfect analogy except you've made me think about Directv. It is the WORST company I've ever dealt with. From installation to service to billing to termination they screwed everything up. EVERYTHING. I'm not one to complain but their customer service experience was awful.

Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

Knock on wood, I've never had a single issue with DirecTV.  I love it.

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:55 AM »
No, I get your point.

I'm just saying you don't know what the selection committee is going to do. You are guessing without having seen their first poll, which we will see October 28. We will know what they think then. We will know if they are looking at putting two SEC teams in. Maybe they'll rank all conference leaders ahead of those who aren't leading their conferences? WE JUST DO NOT KNOW. Which is what I have been saying the whole time, and the WE in WE JUST DO NOT KNOW, includes you.

And again, let's not project like we can predict college sports. It's inherently unpredictable given the age of the participants, for all we know another big upset can happen this weekend.

But again, are you going to rescind your point on the Big XII?

Going back to the original point, I was not trying to predict each individual game.  Actually, that's part of what I felt was off about Palm's article.

What I am saying is that there is something that is VERY predictable in college sports...   ...the media's opinion.  That's why I say that ther will be 2 SEC teams in the playoffs.  It doesn't have near as much to do with individual game outcomes as it does with what the media and pollsters will think about the SEC.

I have said before that none of the voters will care about the OOC played in Sept when the end of the season rolls around.  Mississippi State is ranked #1.  Can you, off the top of your head, tell me who they beat OOC?  Do you think that anyone else has gone back and looked over their schedule?

If Mississippi State goes unbeaten, they will have beaten Auburn, won at Alabama and at Ole Miss plus beaten Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Their OOC is somewhat irrelevant from that perspective IMO, they'd have three or four wins over top 10 teams in this scenario. The OOC wouldn't matter as much in this scenario.

However, you are also assuming that the playoff committee is going to weigh very heavily into what the AP and Coaches polls are saying. Again, we don't know what is factoring into their decision. I find it likely that the committee would be hesitant to put two SEC teams in a playoff given the backlash from 2011 but I don't assume that this is completely accurate.

I think the committee will be under some credibility pressure to avoid two SEC teams in the playoffs if an equally deserving BCS conference champ is also available

This is the key. Let's assume TCU, Oregon, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Florida State all run the table (they all won't, but let's assume this for the exercise). Does the committee put in Mississippi State and Alabama let's say? I don't think they do. If three of the five complete this task, do they put in an SEC team? Again, I think they'd be hesitant too. I currently believe that the most likely scenario is there will only be one representative from each conference unless there's multiple two loss conference champions.

They have to get to a point where they take out the selections -- at least to a certain degree.  There are 10 conferences plus a few independents.  If they made it a 12 team playoff, it only adds extra games for the few teams that advance.  It's not the end of the world and it means all conference champs would have a shot -- the way it really should be (in my opinion).

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OT / Re: Texans
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:56 PM »
Looked like an OB offense on that first drive.

Steelers have been making everyone look good this year.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:02 PM »
Penn State made an appearance (I believe for the first time) in the others receiving votes this week.

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Next two games are against Alaska and Alaska Anchorage -- both beat Wisconsin, so might not be there for long.


Our appearance in the rankings (others receiving votes) was short lived.  After going 0-1-1 in Alaska, we didn't get any votes this week.  Somehow, UAA managed to move up from 25th to 20th despite their tie with us .  Kind of a shame.  We led UAA with just over a minute left and led UAF with just under 6 minutes to play.  Gotta figure out how to close these games out.   

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can't tell you how much i hate when they do this.  makes it a logistical nightmare trying to go to this if you aren't planning on attending the football game already.

I hear you.  And I wonder how many take time out of their tailgate to go to the game vs. how many would show up the next day, say at 3 PM following the hockey came (which starts at noon).

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