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OT / Re: Golf
« on: Yesterday at 08:07 PM »
Years from now, I think Rory McIroy and Jason Day are very much going to regret their decisions.

If the Zika scare turns out to be just that, they'll begin to regret their decisions in a few months.

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OT / Re: OT: NHL
« on: Yesterday at 06:54 PM »
Are they giving PSU season ticket holders first shot at tickets?

Do they get first crack at other Pegula Arena events?

Have there been other events like this?  We got first crack at the international game last year. But that was PSU hockey.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: Yesterday at 06:51 PM »
http://www.collegemagazine.com/10-best-college-alumni-networks/

I believe I was correct about one guy in the pic above being Biro -- who I thought would be in the '17 class.

According to this article, Alex Stevens is not in this class despite signing his LOI a couple months ago (pretty sure there was a pic and everything of the event). 

Trevor Hamilton is not a freshman though. I believe he'll be a junior -- he played for Miami one season and I think just one game of a second. That makes him a junior by the rules as I know them.

Smirnov is still listed in this class. He wasn't in the pic. And another person is missing. Trying to guess based on the small sample of photos available, Sean Kohler?  Anyone?  Lar?  You are the insider, right?

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OT / Re: OT: NHL
« on: Yesterday at 05:52 PM »
Cool!  8)


https://mobile.twitter.com/tdc_mhockey/status/747887944803942401

Are they giving PSU season ticket holders first shot at tickets?

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: Yesterday at 11:19 AM »
https://twitter.com/billy_downey/status/747061657399136258

I know 4 of the 9 for sure. I think I know 4 of the other 5. The 9th guy looks like a kid I expected in next year's class. And there are 2-3 missing. I wish hockey got as much press as basketball. It's so difficult to get info on college hockey.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:16 AM »
For those wanting a tougher non conference schedule......

http://pennstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Penn-State-Auburn-schedule-home-and-home-45996728

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: June 25, 2016, 12:29 PM »
Brett Murray got drafted by the Sabres with the 99th pick. '17 commit.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:49 PM »
I'm anxious to see the roster for the upcoming season.  There have been rumors (and other rumors contradicting said rumors) that Smirnov is staying in Russia and playing for Sochi in the KHL instead of coming to Penn State.  That would be a big loss.  But that's life when you start getting higher end recruits -- they turn pro sooner rather than later.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:41 PM »
If the Sixers don't get a good enough offer for Okafor, I'd wait until the deadline.  That will allow them to limit Embiid's minutes.  I can see Simmons playing some 3 or even point guard (forward) with the right lineup around him.  So Okafor, Embiid, Noel and Simmons will all get decent minutes.  Saric is the wildcard in this.  What happens if he shows up? The rest of the frontcourt guys don't excite me enough to worry about whether or not they play.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: June 23, 2016, 08:44 PM »
I highly doubt the Sixers use those pucks and if they do, they won't be on Thon Maker.

You were right about one thing --- the Sixers won't be picking Thon Maker since the Bucks just did with the 10th pick.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:46 PM »
https://twitter.com/JakeLFischer/status/745966263525122050

That'd explain a lot.

If the kid can play and this reporting is true, it suggests that NBA executives have too much time to think on their hands.

The Sixers have two late round picks in addition to the number one pick.  Assuming they keep those, maybe they should take a gamble.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:38 AM »
Big day for the Sixers. We know Simmons is going #1 but the big question is if Noel or Okafor are on the move .
I'm really hoping if either goes its Jah , because Noel gives you a much needed defensive presence in the paint.
Dream scenario for me would be trading Jah to Boston at #3 and taking Dunn with that pick. 

Other than helping Boston, that works just fine for me too.  I'd do it.  But then what do you do with Noel, Saric, Simmons and Embiid?  Obviously, you let them play for now and figure it out later.  Saric isn't signed and Embiid hasn't played for two years.  This could be the start of some excitement if that trade happens.  Without better guard play, it will just be more of the same regardless of who plays the 4 and 5 positions.
I don't think we see Saric again this year. Looks and sounds like they are going to put all their eggs in the Embiid basket, which is a scary thing. Simmons is more of a point forward type , so im sure they'll move him all around. I just want to see help in the backcourt. The 4 guards they primarily used last year might have been the worst collection of guards in the history of the NBA.

I think Embiid is the most talented of the group of potential centers (Okafor, Embiid, Noel).  Makes the most sense to gamble on him if they don't think Okafor can ever be that good on the defensive end.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:02 AM »
Big day for the Sixers. We know Simmons is going #1 but the big question is if Noel or Okafor are on the move .
I'm really hoping if either goes its Jah , because Noel gives you a much needed defensive presence in the paint.
Dream scenario for me would be trading Jah to Boston at #3 and taking Dunn with that pick. 

Other than helping Boston, that works just fine for me too.  I'd do it.  But then what do you do with Noel, Saric, Simmons and Embiid?  Obviously, you let them play for now and figure it out later.  Saric isn't signed and Embiid hasn't played for two years.  This could be the start of some excitement if that trade happens.  Without better guard play, it will just be more of the same regardless of who plays the 4 and 5 positions.

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OT / Re: OT: NHL
« on: June 23, 2016, 08:58 AM »
Bill Foley, the majority owner, is a graduate of West Point.  He has already chosen the color combination of black, gray and gold -- similar to Army.  And he seems like he really wants to use the same nickname -- Black Knights.  League ownership has to approve the colors and name, but for $500 million, he will likely get what he wants unless there is a legitimate legal reason to vote against.  The league apparently only asked that he steer away from the gambling aspect of Vegas when coming up with name, logo, colors, etc.

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OT / Re: Penn Staters in the Rio Olympics
« on: June 22, 2016, 09:56 AM »
https://twitter.com/tdc_mvolleyball/status/745373751148175362

That's a bit of short cut journalism there.   The tweet talks about Penn Staters being named to the Olympic team but links to a two month old article talking about Penn Staters on the national team.  Now it turns out that all three of the PSU guys on the national team were named to Olympic team, but you really can't tell that from the actual story.

If you are going to tweet news, the tweet ought to point to a current news article rather than be self-serving and point to your own two month old article. 

This is where the link should have gone.

Sorry, I didn't look at the article.  I just assumed it was relevant as the tweet seemed to indicate.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:44 PM »
Embiid cleared for light scrimmaging.
Simmons works out for Philly and will be the #1 pick.
Saric article says he's 99% coming.

Sixers guys. Sixers.

I consider this to be good news.  Now trade Okafor and get a future all star guard.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:42 PM »
That doesn't really tackle my belief that ADs are incredibly wasteful, but I digress.

There is a lot of waste, yes.   But there's also a lot of spending money to make money to pay for the sports that are financial drains

It's about trying to remain competitive.  Yeah, part of the waste is basically an "arms race".  But winning makes more money to support other sports -- as Tom said.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:04 PM »
ESPN gets part 2 of the available B1G media rights deal. 

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2016/06/20/Media/ESPN-Big-Ten.aspx

https://twitter.com/frankthetank111/status/744874169528164352

I believe this is all based on 6 year deals....so Maryland and Rutgers won't get full payouts during this contract.  Correct?  I thought I read they only got partial payouts through '22.  Any idea what the payout per school is with that factored into the equation?

Maryland and Rutgers get full shares in the 2020-21 academic year.  This contract begins in 2017-18 and runs for six years, which would take it to 2022-23.  That means Rutgers and Maryland get full payouts for three years - 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23.

Okay. Good info. What do the shares look like years 1-3?  Anyone know?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:14 PM »
ESPN gets part 2 of the available B1G media rights deal. 

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2016/06/20/Media/ESPN-Big-Ten.aspx

https://twitter.com/frankthetank111/status/744874169528164352

I believe this is all based on 6 year deals....so Maryland and Rutgers won't get full payouts during this contract.  Correct?  I thought I read they only got partial payouts through '22.  Any idea what the payout per school is with that factored into the equation?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: June 15, 2016, 03:29 PM »
Maybe the Giant Center in Hershey will get some consideration in future years for a similar game over break.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:43 PM »
Plucked from Sandusky thread:

It's why I am always critical of fans blaming one bad call from a ref (Lickliter), one bad error (Buckner), one bad pitch (Williams), etc. for the whole game.

Surely there is some validity to placing increased weight on late-game errors? Luke Walton's bench technical at the half with the Cavs up by five in Game 4 < a Luke Walton technical with the Cavs up five near end of second half.

And surely as well there are errors/mistakes that cost the game, more clear-cut than Lickliter (after which I think PSU had another shot at taking the lead, and IU only tied the game at end of regulation) and Buckner (game was tied when he made the error - not clear what would have happened after that)even if one can imagine different outcomes from earlier actions (made free throws, layups, rebounds, ad infinitum).


Tell that to Steve Bartman and Cubs fans.  The Cubs had a 3-0 lead, one out in the top of the 8th and the Marlins had a runner on 2nd.  It was a foul ball, so the only damage was they missed getting an out.  The Cubs still had a 3 run lead with one out in the top of the 8th with a Marlins runner on 2nd.  Yet he became the villain of all villains to Cubs fans.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:36 AM »
So in other words he never coaches again anyway. Why is the distinction so important?

Because the students probably don't go crazy and flip over news vans causing the world to think we are all just a bunch of football crazed lunatics.  It shows some sort of due process too.

I'm not sure that we can say this with any certainty. In my eyes, as immature and horrific the students' actions were that night, it reflected a total lack of leadership from the University. I don't know if student actions change if Joe Paterno is suspended after Joe announced his end of season retirement. People would see through that.

Perhaps, but they certainly could have spun a more palatable message that yielded the same results.  Remember, they later said they didn't "fire" Paterno.  They certainly could have actually met with Paterno and come to a much better message.  They way it went down was ridiculous and was the real cause of those events.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:13 AM »
The story was that the football program is more important than the university, and the head football coach releases a statement dictating the terms of his employment, anything other than firing him would confirm that the football program is more important than the university.  A coach should never dictate or even appear to dictate the terms of their employment, let alone in this situation.

Both Paterno and the BoT should have banging on each others' doors from the moment it hit the fan to discuss the situation. I have yet to see any evidence of either side attempting to do so and it was a crucial error on both sides.

Right, and by accepting his resignation and not allowing him to coach pending the investigation, they would not have been allowing him to dictate terms.  But that subtle change could have meant a lot in terms of how other events unfolded.  Later, the BoT stated that they did not fire Paterno anyway.  So it seems like they did exactly my suggestion, only with a completely different message at the time.  That was flat out stupid in my opinion.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:01 AM »
So in other words he never coaches again anyway. Why is the distinction so important?

Because the students probably don't go crazy and flip over news vans causing the world to think we are all just a bunch of football crazed lunatics.  It shows some sort of due process too. 

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