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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Today at 03:01 PM »
247 is always a good resource for things like this. http://pennstate.247sports.com/Season/2016-Basketball/Offers.


What do each of the two "star rows" represent. It looks like two different ratings, but I can't find an explanation...


The top number is a composite ranking of several services.  The bottom is the rating given by 247.

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Today at 01:41 PM »
If we're limiting it to GA, AL, MS & LA in the power 5 conferences, the choices are pretty slim.

I'm not limiting. We are trying to figure out the power 5 schools we've played from CA, TX and the "Deep South". Those 4 states were my definition not necessarily the original poster's.

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Today at 01:27 PM »
We need to schedule 2 and 4 game home-and-home series with schools in the deep south, Texas and California.

Good luck with that.  Not many of those schools are willing to travel north of the Mason Dixon Line / East of the Mississippi.  Alabama & Texas are the only two schools from Power 5 Conferences and the geographic areas you described that I can remember visiting Beaver Stadium in recent memory.  NC State visited in the 70's (and maybe the 80's).  I'm not sure they are the "deep south" though.  We played USC in New Jersey before.  Did we ever do a home and home with them?  I wasn't at the game if we did.

The USC games in NJ were Kickoff Classic games.  Nothing that we scheduled.

We have played USC in a home and home though, albeit not recently ('90, '91, '93, '94) 

Texas Tech (1995) also fits the criteria.  So does Miami (several years) although some may not consider them a Deep South school. 

Those are the only ones in the last 25 years. 



You forgot Virginia. We also had Louisville before they were in a 'power 5 conference.' 


The geographic region mentioned in the original post was "deep south".  I wouldn't count Virginia (I mentioned NC St isn't even really deep south.  I don't remember playing Louisville.  We played Kentucky too I believe.  And of course Maryland is below the M-D Line.  I think of the deep south as GA, AL, MS, LA.  But that's just me.

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Today at 01:23 PM »

Why don't I remember 90 & 91?  I was in the army 92-96, so no surprise I don't remember the other two.

I do remember the Texas Tech game. Tighter game than I expected.

'90 and '91 were there.  '93 and '94 here. 

Okay that makes sense.  I wasn't close enough to home for the two home games. 

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Today at 12:45 PM »
We need to schedule 2 and 4 game home-and-home series with schools in the deep south, Texas and California.

Good luck with that.  Not many of those schools are willing to travel north of the Mason Dixon Line / East of the Mississippi.  Alabama & Texas are the only two schools from Power 5 Conferences and the geographic areas you described that I can remember visiting Beaver Stadium in recent memory.  NC State visited in the 70's (and maybe the 80's).  I'm not sure they are the "deep south" though.  We played USC in New Jersey before.  Did we ever do a home and home with them?  I wasn't at the game if we did.

The USC games in NJ were Kickoff Classic games.  Nothing that we scheduled.

We have played USC in a home and home though, albeit not recently ('90, '91, '93, '94) 

Texas Tech (1995) also fits the criteria.  So does Miami (several years) although some may not consider them a Deep South school. 

Those are the only ones in the last 25 years.

Why don't I remember 90 & 91?  I was in the army 92-96, so no surprise I don't remember the other two.

I do remember the Texas Tech game. Tighter game than I expected.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Today at 11:26 AM »
Another NFL player has been added to the Woman/Child beater list (Jonathan Dwyer).  But it's not all bad news on the NFL news pages.  We all know the Devon Still story by now.  But here is one I hadn't heard about before that is pretty good (even better for Ravens/Steelers fans):

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11543719/maake-kemoeatu-formerly-baltimore-ravens-donates-kidney-brother-chris-kemoeatu-formerly-pittsburgh-steelers

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Today at 10:58 AM »
We need to schedule 2 and 4 game home-and-home series with schools in the deep south, Texas and California.

Good luck with that.  Not many of those schools are willing to travel north of the Mason Dixon Line / East of the Mississippi.  Alabama & Texas are the only two schools from Power 5 Conferences and the geographic areas you described that I can remember visiting Beaver Stadium in recent memory.  NC State visited in the 70's (and maybe the 80's).  I'm not sure they are the "deep south" though.  We played USC in New Jersey before.  Did we ever do a home and home with them?  I wasn't at the game if we did. 

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: Yesterday at 09:04 PM »
This has sure been an interesting and exciting year. I am very surprised of the high number of runs we have scored. 639 so far this season. We scored 634 all of last year.

First time in team history 9 guys have 10+ homeruns. Polanco has 7, so he has a chance if he gets hot. 11 games left after tonight.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: Yesterday at 08:50 PM »
I, for one, think that if you want a shot at a National Championship, then a very weak OOC is the way to go.  I actually think its smart.  I don't see it as unfair.  That's the label others put on it because it doesn't correspond to what their own scheduling philosophy may be.

If Penn State somehow goes undefeated this year and wins the B1G Championship game, there is no way they will be in a 4 team playoff with the weak B1G and nondescript OOC schedule.  PAC 12, ACC, SEC1 and SEC2 even with one loss, maybe 2 are in ahead of us.

Pac 12 looks a lot weaker than advertised, with the possible exception of Oregon.  We'll see how that goes.  USC beat Stanford, then lost to BC, who lost to Pitt.  Florida State might not get through the season if Winston can't refocus his inner "Johnny Football".  I can't see them being able to justify keeping out a 13-0 Big Ten team in favor of anyone with 2 losses.  It would depend on the situation if a 1 loss team beat us out.  But this conversation is WAY premature anyway.  I'll be excited about 9-3.

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Yesterday at 05:57 PM »
Well, right now we are un-rivaled. Maybe that's a good thing.

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OT / Re: PSU Football Rival?
« on: Yesterday at 05:22 PM »
OSU and Michigan are out. They hate each other too much. I'd love for it to be Pitt, but we would need to play them every year. I voted for Pitt knowing that Rutgers is likely our best bet of actually happening.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 02:21 PM »
And for the third time I've mentioned it, the NFL is saying that this is new evidence and deserves to increase his suspension. That's what the NFL is saying. It's clear you disagree, which is fine. I don't think it's cut and dry though.

Yes, but new evidence of what?   What does the video show that we do not already know?  He was suspended for punching his girlfriend.  The video showed him punching his girlfriend.  How does the video change anything?

...and that is without getting into the fact that there is evidence that the NFL already had the video when they initially suspended him.

The additional suspension came from the public outcry when the public saw the video.  But, how can you increase a guy's suspension without adding to his initial offense?  If they somehow find an audio tape of her screaming when Ray hits her, is the NFL justified in tacking on another 4 game suspension? 

New evidence, but no new offense.  How can they increase the penatly?

The part I don't get -- and I hope this isn't taken the wrong way -- is that the NFL has deemed a first time offense worth 6 games.  As far as the Rice incident goes -- and this is the part I hope isn't taken the wrong way -- that's pretty mild by domestic violence standards.  Sure he knocked her out with one punch -- and that's a horrible thing.  But compare that to the freshman RB at Oklahoma who broke a young lady's face in 4 places -- and he's still in school (though suspended from the team).  Unfortunately, broken bones and hospital visits is a common thing with domestic violence.  6 games?  You can tell by that the NFL wants these guys back on the field.  I think a year off with a bunch of community service is a better punishment.  But that will be tough to enforce if the victims keep defending the accused.  Ray Rice got punished because of the video plain and simple.  There was proof without needing witness.  Without that video?  He's still a Raven and has played two games -- and we aren't talking about the NFL problem.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:52 PM »

That just leads to what we had with West Virginia, which was nothing but crap, if you ask me (just go to Morgantown once for a game if you don't believe me). 

I went to Morgantown for a game once in 1982, and we trounced them I'm happy to say. I've been to many away games and NEVER was treated as badly anywhere as in Morgantown. Nothing else is even a close second. To this day I have an extreme dislike, bordering on hatred, for all things West Virginia

1984 for me...had first row seats and felt like someone with a real rifle and real bullets was going to shoot me dead if PSU came back to win that one.  WVU would hold on...and it's probably the only time I was "happy" that PSU lost.  Passed by a few couch burnings on our way out.  The greatest sight of that trip...seeing the "Welcome To West Virginia" sign in our rearview mirror.

For some reason, I went back in 1986.  The venom from their fans' mouths wasn't dripping for that one as PSU took their team and their fans out of the game early and cruised to an uneventful win. 

Still, when people ask me for my worst college football stadium experience (and I've been to a number of places)...Morgantown wins hands down. 



I've been to Morgantown twice for football games.  Neither game was against PSU.  So I can't say it was a bad experience -- I wasn't rooting for the visiting team.  I don't remember who that first game was against.  The second, ironically, was against Rutgers.  That was the coldest I've ever been at a football game ever.  Colder than the famed Notre Dame game from the 80's.  The best thing about their stadium?  They have heat in their restrooms.  I spent a good portion of the game drinking hot chocolate in the men's room.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: OT: PSU Wrestling
« on: Yesterday at 11:07 AM »
How is our wrestling team going to look this year?  We lost our two best wrestlers to graduation, right?

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:47 AM »
When you ask PSU players and fans, "What is the one single team on your schedule that you want to beat"...the answer is not Rutgers (or Maryland).

Well, I've had some run ins with some nasty Rutgers alumni, one of which refused to hire me because I went to PSU, so actually, that was the one team on our schedule that I couldn't tolerate a loss too. I would've been devastated. Mind, I am probably in the minority.

For a comparison, my favorite soccer team is Tottenham Hotspur. I hate many of the London based clubs, but the one I hate losing to most is West Ham United, perennial bottom half side that has gotten relegated on a few occasions but treat the game we play against them like the biggest thing ever (much like Rutgers treated that game Saturday night). It's like losing to your little brother who then won't shut up about it forever. Cannot stand it in even the slightest.

23-2 sounds pretty good to me, know your place, Rutgers.

I'm sure we'll lose to Rutgers eventually.  This year was particularly important for a number of reasons.  First, we are recruiting against them for a lot of players in New Jersey.  Right now we can't afford to lose any momentum we've built up.  Second, it was their first game in the B1G.  I would have hated to be forever listed in their media guide as their first ever B1G victory.  Third, they have been smack talking for too long.  It was great to shut them up. 

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: Yesterday at 08:33 AM »
Well yes, we can agree that Franklin has previously demonstrated a desire to soften the OOC schedule

 :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :) :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

Cupcake Man  8) 

I can't argue what he did at Vanderbilt.  I can only argue (and hope I'm right) that he was using the Tundra program building method of beating a bunch of cupcakes to enhance their overall record.  The jury is still out on if he will schedule that way at PSU.  So far, he added Army to fill in an opening for one year.  Can't make any judgement from that.  And he has said he'd be for playing Pitt every year -- but that could just be posturing and who knows what he really thinks.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:02 PM »
Also Lar, there have been posts here about Esa Ahmad and Milik Gantz committing elsewhere so they need to be moved off of the Targets for Fall 2015 list. You're welcome!   :)

Huh, now the article on the link below says Milik has not yet committed to a school.



Ahmad I missed.

Gantz I saw was still uncommitted.


Lar how about the additions on the two lady lions commitments to the Matrix.

The Lady Lions matrices are broke.   To date, the crack programming staff has been unable to fix them.

You are a smart guy. Work up something in google docs to share.

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OT / Re: Football: Hack Track(er)
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:35 PM »
His pocket presence is unbelievable.  He has a better feel for the pocket, where the pressure is coming from and when and where to move are better than many NFL QBs.  He still needs some work on his mechanics and his reads, but I think that right now he's the best QB i've seen the past 2 years.  I don't think he's a #1 overall this year, but i don't see any QBs out there that i would take before him if he were draft eligible.

SI had an article a few weeks ago about the best predicters of QB success in the NFL and the main one came down to the number of games played in college.  For the most part I'd agree with that, but Hack seems to be at a level now where college football may become too easy for him next year.  The platitudes aren't about his height, weight, arm strength or speed.  They are all very good, but its his between-the-ears ability that sets him apart.  Command, vision, read progression and feel for the pocket are what makes an NFL QB.

I wouldn't bet against BO'B taking him first last draft if he could have. Depending on who has the first pick, he might be the man next draft too.  Lucky for us, he still has to play one more year of college ball.  But you are also correct about number of games played in college being an indicator of success at the next level.  I highly doubt he stays at PSU for his 4th season.  That indicator might be the only reason he would stay.  But it just wouldn't make any sense financially to stick around (plus he'll have close to 40 college starts by then too).  I expect him to be gone after his junior year.
I doubt very much that BO'B would have spent the first overall pick on him.

Now, more than every before, the NFL is a "win NOW" league.  We have seen coaches get fired after 2 years.  Hack may be good in a couple of season, but he would not had helped the Texans win many games this year, and probabaly not very many next year either. 

Keep in mind, this kid is only 19 years old, and he will only be 20 next season.  He is a good college QB, but he is still at least a year or two away from being ready for the pros.

I hear everything you are saying. But BO'B knew 14 as well as anyone. Not saying he would have picked him. Just saying I wouldn't have been surprised if he did. Luckily, it's not a question that has a correct answer since it couldn't happen. Same thing with next draft.

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:31 PM »
2 wins from back to back winning seasons -- after so many years of wondering if we would ever have one in a row again.

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OT / Re: "Back the Bucs"
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:25 PM »
How about this Holdzkom kid?  Started the season on some independent league team. Got discovered by a Pirate scout who got him signed to AA team in Altoona. Now he's in Pittsburgh playing a big role in a pennant race. Has 11 K's in 6.0 innings pitched. Just crazy.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:04 PM »
I threw the first stone?  I called you obtuse in response to your post that had all of the quotes. Keep trying.
I am glad to help you in this little exercise in memory. You called me obtuse in my response to your original statement about how "The timing [of The Joe-Out] is just so poor." You said "The correct time to honor Joe will come a year or so after the trials maybe?."

I disagreed. I said "The correct time to honor Joe Paterno is yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever." You called me obtuse for not agreeing with you about what YOU meant by "the timing is poor". (which you never explained) You said that the timing was poor, but never explain why the timing was poor, then called me obtuse for thinking that I thought you meant it was poor because it was football season. (which was your assumption of what you thought I thought you meant)  You never explained why. You just said the timing was poor. You also called the "Restore the Statue crew" stupid for trying to honor Joe Paterno with a Joe-Out. You know, the "Restore the Statue crew" are Penn State fans.

EDIT: I see now you admitted your mistake and apologized. Good for you. Baby steps.

I wish I had never responded to you. This is my last. I promise. I never called the restore the statue crew stupid. I said I thought this idea they have is stupid.

You also said this:

"The timing is just so poor, isn't it? Yeah the last thing we need is another distraction during a football season. "

How did I misinterpret you?  That's what you said as a direct response to what I said. The reference is there in black and white.

Now can you man up and admit your mistake?

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:51 PM »
LOL. You are a piece of work. I use the word obtuse one time and you claimed I used the "term" obtuse many times.  But you can't prove it so you tell me you won't prove it .... Because I'm not Tim Robbins and you aren't the warden.  Every word in your post was used in a movie too. So you can't use those words either. Do you see how ridiculous you sound?  It's a word, in the English language, therefore allowed to be used in conversation.

Go back and read your response to my original post and tell me you weren't trying to insult me.

"You got your priorities all out of whack. It's absolutely pathetic that so-called Penn State fans like yourself...."

"Listen to yourself. It's pathetic. "

"Or was that cover your eyes and ears and sing lalala time?"

Now tell me again that I was trying to insult you. Seriously, I'm done with you. Have the last word on this if you want. You aren't worth the time it takes me to respond to your rubbish.

^^Damage Control. You threw the first stone. You called me obtuse, a rather benign insult, but an insult nonetheless because I don't want to wait "until a year after the trials maybe" to honor Paterno. Think about how absurd that sounds.

What do you make of the thousands of people chanting "where's the statue" and "409" at Beaver Stadium last week? Are they all obtuse too??

I threw the first stone?  I called you obtuse in response to your post that had all of the quotes. Keep trying.

My mistake. Not all of those were from your original reply. The first one was for sure though.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:44 PM »
LOL. You are a piece of work. I use the word obtuse one time and you claimed I used the "term" obtuse many times.  But you can't prove it so you tell me you won't prove it .... Because I'm not Tim Robbins and you aren't the warden.  Every word in your post was used in a movie too. So you can't use those words either. Do you see how ridiculous you sound?  It's a word, in the English language, therefore allowed to be used in conversation.

Go back and read your response to my original post and tell me you weren't trying to insult me.

"You got your priorities all out of whack. It's absolutely pathetic that so-called Penn State fans like yourself...."

"Listen to yourself. It's pathetic. "

"Or was that cover your eyes and ears and sing lalala time?"

Now tell me again that I was trying to insult you. Seriously, I'm done with you. Have the last word on this if you want. You aren't worth the time it takes me to respond to your rubbish.

^^Damage Control. You threw the first stone. You called me obtuse, a rather benign insult, but an insult nonetheless because I don't want to wait "until a year after the trials maybe" to honor Paterno. Think about how absurd that sounds.

What do you make of the thousands of people chanting "where's the statue" and "409" at Beaver Stadium last week? Are they all obtuse too??

I threw the first stone?  I called you obtuse in response to your post that had all of the quotes. Keep trying.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:37 PM »
Did anyone else think the Franklin/Barbour hug was a cool moment?  I am really enjoying the genuine enthusiasm in the program right now.

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:31 PM »
Then show me proof beyond you say it is so it must be accepted. And you said I called you obtuse many times. Prove that too while you are at it. Don't just talk, back it up with proof. That's what I've done. Show me the same courtesy.
I am not going to prove how many times you have used the word obtuse. You are the one who uses the term obtuse on a message board. Again this is not Shawshank Redemption. You are not Tim Robbins. I am not the warden. That doesn't work on a message board. Please grow the hell up and have a normal conversation, and if you don't have anything nice to say, your better off saying nothing at all.

You are using the term obtuse to insult someone who hasn't thrown Joe Paterno out the window and who doesn't agree with your nonchalant statement about how the correct time to honor Paterno isn't until maybe a year after the trials. I mean, wow.

We can't honor Paterno until after the trials huh? We can't honor Paterno until after the trials, that have been delayed for 3 freakin years because the people who charged them believe some crazy conspiracies, and are too pussified to admit there are wrong, so they keep stalling. Yeah those trials, the trials that Joe Paterno isn't even a part of. Can you believe this guy? Keep lalalaing all the way home. Tryin to tell me we can't honor Paterno.

LOL. You are a piece of work. I use the word obtuse one time and you claimed I used the "term" obtuse many times.  But you can't prove it so you tell me you won't prove it .... Because I'm not Tim Robbins and you aren't the warden.  Every word in your post was used in a movie too. So you can't use those words either. Do you see how ridiculous you sound?  It's a word, in the English language, therefore allowed to be used in conversation.

Go back and read your response to my original post and tell me you weren't trying to insult me.

"You got your priorities all out of whack. It's absolutely pathetic that so-called Penn State fans like yourself...."

"Listen to yourself. It's pathetic. "

"Or was that cover your eyes and ears and sing lalala time?"


Now tell me again that I was trying to insult you. Seriously, I'm done with you. Have the last word on this if you want. You aren't worth the time it takes me to respond to your rubbish.




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