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I'm sure many people on this forum already know this, but I didn't know it until I heard it on the radio a few days ago....

The guy who does play-by-play for the Baltimore Ravens on WBAL-TV is named Gerry Sandusky, pronounced just like Jerry Sandusky.

Man, talk about having an unlucky name.  And, from what I hear, he still goes by "Gerry", and not Gerald or something.

I knew that, but had forgotten.  If I was him, I'd go with Gerald Sandoosky (new pronunciation of the last name).

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Tim signed his contract with the Celtics today (actual camp starts tomorrow).  Boston's gone through a lot of roster movement over the last week getting ready for training camp (including cutting Chris Babb).  As near as I can tell, the Celtics now have 20 guys on their roster and will need to get down to 15 for the regular season.  Speculation would suggest that Tim winds up playing for the Maine Red Claws (tjb - I'm expecting regular updates  ;) ).

I don't know if Rajon Rondo's broken wrist helps Tim or not.  It might put the Celtics in the market to go out and sign an NBA experienced guard which would make Tim's effort to make the squad even more of a long shot.


Heard this morning that the Celtics just traded for Evan Turner.


Traded?  Wasn't he a free agent?

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OT / Re: Football: Hack Track(er)
« on: Yesterday at 11:03 AM »
For anyone who has been down on Hack lately, I hope you watched Tom Brady last night.  Even a first ballot Hall of Fame, 3 time Super Bowl champion and two time Super Bowl MVP QB looks mediocre when he doesn't have time to find his receivers.  The Chiefs put on a clinic last night on how to stop New England.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 10:34 AM »
Levan Alston Spurns Nittany Lions; Where Does Pat Chambers Go From Here?


Pretty obvious that he shouldn't just fill the last spot to fill it.  Unless somebody Pat really wants decides to commit, he should hold the spot until the spring for a transfer, JUCO or whatever. 

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:50 PM »
tjb, as a liberal, what forms of energy do you see as being green?

There was a time when environmentalism was bi-partisan, but that seems to have gone by the wayside. I'm not much of an environmentalist -- I'm just not reflexively pro big business (like Oil), which is deathly afraid of any change that might affect its profits.

I have thought of fracking as a net gain because we would be burning lower-impact natural gas instead of oil. Lots of awful local consequences for those living nearby, but that's always going to be the case with any industry nearby.

I've also at least re-thought nuclear (I was teargassed and hosed down at the Seabrook nuke plant as an undergrad - great weekend road trip). I like wind and regard much of the "environmental" complaints as NIMBY in green clothes.

I really think solar is the future. I would not mind seeing the government rigging the game so that innovation there is more rewarding.

I agree on solar and also like wind. The sun puts off a lot more energy than anything man made. It's clean and it's free (the harnessing mechanism is not). Seems like we could do a much better job there - solar panel shingles, solar panels on the hood, roof and trunk lids of hybrid cars, etc. Why not install small windmills on every roof? 

Can someone explain the nuclear reactor on campus?  Why don't they build one that powers the campus to use for education as well? 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Alumni Tracker Complete List
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:39 PM »

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:09 PM »
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119603/natural-gas-doesnt-help-global-warming-study



Are we going to get to a point where we put household limits on kwh's and ccf's consumed?  Would certainly provide incentives for wind mills and solar panels to become more common. 

tjb, as a liberal, what forms of energy do you see as being green?  Serious question, because I see many liberals upset about wind mills killing magratory birds.  And I see others (perhaps not liberals) complaining about solar panels being unsightly. 

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 28, 2014, 06:08 PM »
It's down to the last day.

If the Cards lose, and the Pirates win, then there will be a tiebreaker game in St Louis on Monday.  Winner will advance to the NL Divisiion playoffs, a best of five series against the Dodgers, with the Dodgers holding home field advantage (and having Cy Young lock winner Clayton Kershaw).  Loser gets to host the Giants for a one game playoff to see who meets the Nationals in a five game series starting Friday. 

If either the Pirates lose or the Cards win, then the Pirates will host the Giants on Wednesday with the winner headed to DC on Friday.

Bucs lost, so we host SF.

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OT / Re: Football: Northwestern thread
« on: September 28, 2014, 06:01 PM »
Was out of town, so didn't watch. Sounds like a horrible game. With the bye week, hopefully we get some things figured out. Michigan travels to Rutgers. They have been as bad or worse than we have been. Two weeks from today we will have a better idea. I'm back to being happy with a 6-6 finish this year.

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 27, 2014, 10:26 AM »
We are two games up on the Giants with two to play. That gives us home field for the wild card, right? 

Need to win out from here and hope the cards split the weekend against Arizona (worst team in the league this year) to force a playoff with St. Louis. I think I'd rather just take our chances at home against SF than get our staff out of whack playing in St. Louis, then turning around a playing that one game against SF. Of course winning the division would be great too.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: September 26, 2014, 04:49 PM »
The chewbacca defense was one of the all time great defenses.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:26 PM »
Philly.com Breaking ‏@phillynews 22m

AG Kane: State police chief, DEP secretary among those trading porn emails http://bit.ly/1ysOzEI


She doesn't say if any even opened those emails to view the pics. Or who sent them. Cue the angry mob anyway.


If it was that innocent, then she would have said as much.


I'm not sure how you reach your conclusion. From the article:

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Kane's office showed only what it called a sampling of the emails and their contents; it could not say specifically if the messages were opened or forwarded, provide the exact dates and times they were sent, or determine if the pornography had been viewed by the intended recipients.



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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:07 PM »
   David Jones (@djoneshoop)
9/24/14, 11:08 PM
Russell Martin left the game tonite in Atl with a hamstring? Ouch. Talk about rotten timing.

 :(

He's starting tonight.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:06 PM »
Philly.com Breaking ‏@phillynews 22m

AG Kane: State police chief, DEP secretary among those trading porn emails http://bit.ly/1ysOzEI


She doesn't say if any even opened those emails to view the pics. Or who sent them. Cue the angry mob anyway.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:36 AM »
So I looked at the blog and found this....

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According to a Lionís Pride source within the walls of the NCAA offices, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Penn State head coach James Franklin was given two choices in regards to a further reduction of the historic sanctions levied upon the football program two summers ago. According to the source, the options were:



Is this the state of news today? An effing T-Shirt shop quoting their anonymous inside sources?

Not to mention, if the NCAA thought that the football program had too much power, why are they communicating with the football coach and not the AD or Prez?


I hope that the "choice" thing is not true.   It would really sicken me if it were.  It would show just how hypocritical and pathetic this whole thing has become.


Clearly it's not true.  They already got BOTH sanctions removed.


It's possible someone asked Franklin which way he would prefer they go if PSU was given a choice. 

I remember BO'B stating that his preference was to play football (maybe he said "play on TV").  He felt as long as he could get kids exposure, he could hold things together and get through the sanctions. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:56 AM »
Anyone know when season tickets are mailing?  First game is two weeks from tomorrow.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:30 AM »
Okay, now it's game over. This is funny.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8q3nmm/burn-noticed

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:16 PM »
I thought one of the great features of ObamaCare was that people with pre-existing conditions could get "affordable" health care.  I guess not if you have HIV/AIDS.

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/09/aids_hiv_public_health_needle.html#incart_river

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:26 AM »
Third consecutive 1-0 game. Second win in a row. Magic number is 2, I think.


Got this from the Post Gazette this morning.  I love that we get so many more interesting stats like this since everything is in a database and easy to find.

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The Pirates completed three consecutive games with 1-0 scores for the first time since 1917, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. This is only the fourth time since the beginning of the live-ball era, which Elias categorizes as from 1920 onward, that a team has played three consecutive 1-0 games and the first since 1971.


Last paragraph of this article.  http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2014/09/24/Pirates-notebook-No-need-to-dig-deeper-on-Tony-Watson-s-season/stories/201409240108

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:47 PM »
Cards are tied 3-3 with the Cubs in the 9th.  Dodgers scored 3 in the 1st to lead the Giants 3-0.  I'm going to sleep now.  Hope to wake up to some more good news.

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OT / Re: OT: Big Ten football
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:50 PM »
Rumors of Harbaugh to Michigan swirling. Would be huge for the conference (and UM).

http://michigan.247sports.com/Bolt/Harbaugh-to-Michigan-speculation-mounts-31427888


Believe it when it happens.  There were very strong rumors of Les Miles to Michigan in the past and it never happened.



Sure, but speculation is fun.  Al Golden was a lock for our job -- until James Franklin got hired instead.

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:00 PM »
Bucs are winning 3-2, Brew Crew is down 2-1. If things hold, we clinch tonight. Come on Buccos.

UPDATE:  Brewers lost 3-1.  Bucs are up 3-2 in the top of the 9th.  Magic number currently 1 -- three outs to go.

UPDATE 2:  Bucs hold on to win and clinch a playoff birth.  Now let's stay ahead of the Giants and catch the Cards.

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OT / Re: OT: Big Ten football
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:11 PM »
Rumors of Harbaugh to Michigan swirling. Would be huge for the conference (and UM).

http://michigan.247sports.com/Bolt/Harbaugh-to-Michigan-speculation-mounts-31427888

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:35 PM »
Third consecutive 1-0 game. Second win in a row. Magic number is 2, I think.

Hopefully this streak ends tonight since Atlanta scored first.

Good news is Milwaukee is down 2-0.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:47 PM »
Staying away from the KC discussion, but on a similar topic.....

I read recently that in the military, men are far more likely to be the victims of sexual assault than women.  Since men outnumber women by such a large margin, that's not so surprising.  What I found interesting, the article mentioned that men who reported being victimized by another male were often kicked out of the military for "the homosexual act" that was forced upon them (don't ask, don't tell at work there).  That (and other factors) led to a majority of cases going unreported.  Since the move to allow homosexuals in the military, the number of reported incidents is up considerably (though the military still feels it's an under reported problem) From what I read, nobody is saying there is a connection to the rule change.  But I do wonder if it's had some impact. 

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