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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: Yesterday at 03:52 PM »

Chocolate Thunder from the planet Lovetron.  One of my favorites growing up.  The "inventor" of the spring loaded rims we have today.

OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 11:06 AM »
Thing about strike zones at this 12 year old level is the consistency.  I'm amazed at how quickly both pitchers and batters can adjust from game to game when they can get a sense about the strike zone.  Kids are a lot smarter than we like to give them credit for being so. 

The thing that gets me as a coach and parent is when you have an ump who can't make up his/her mind as to where exactly their strike zone is.  Last night, the ump was calling pitches about six inches off the outside of the plate strikes.  But he was extremely consistent with those calls.  No argument here. 

Another thing I can't stand. besides inconsistency, is umpires who fail to adjust their tight zone when they sense certain kids are just learning and the walkfest ensues.  Doesn't happen at this tournament/World Series level, and if it does then the coach will have to change pitchers, as these umps will not adjust, nor should they.  But on the local level, I see stuff like that all the time and it just makes you want to pull your hair out.  We need to develop these kids and give them a shot at improving.  But when you get a stubborn ump who likes to split hairs with his calls and kids on the other team are not being encouraged to swing at very hittable pitches, that's when games go south in a hurry.   

As for the game last night...the Cramer kid for Red Land really took advantage of the widened zone and pitched himself a fantastic game.  California vs Texas tonight with that winner meeting Pennsylvania in the US title game on Saturday.  Amazed that the last PA title team was back in 1960 (Levittown).  You would think that the "home team" would have won since then.  Shippensburg won the US title in 1990, but lost in the final to Taiwan.

Way back in the 80's I helped coach a team of 7-9 year olds.  The kids pitched at that age in this league.  The strike zone was supposed to be rule-book strike zone PLUS anything close.  The idea was to get kids to learn to hit the ball.  I still remember the ump turning to our bench one game with his hands up telling us our pitcher "was just missing".  I thought our manager's head would explode.  If he's just missing, it should be a strike.  Maybe he meant he was just missing the just missing part of the strike zone. 

Temple, Penn State, Pitt, Penn, St. Joseph's, Villanova, LaSalle, Drexel, St. Francis, Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Robert Morris.... they are all solid schools....

For a majority of student-athletes I deal with, the families would not otherwise be able to help their kids access these institutions... Plainly stated... It's a "come up" for the families and the kids...

I don't know much at all about Tony Carr's family background, but the most interesting comment I saw from him on his commitment to PSU concerned the size of our Alumni Association and how it would allow him to use that network almost anywhere in the world after graduation.  I thought that was an incredibly well thought out comment and suggested to me he really did a lot of homework before making his decision.  Perhaps I'm just biased though.  Regardless, you are correct in that a degree from any of the institutions you mentioned is a blessing for sure.

The recent decisions by Newbill, Julian Moore, Shep Garner, Nazeer Bostick and Tony Carr to "choose" PSU have been routinely questioned and criticized by most in the Philly hoops community...

I figured you guys would have an interest in this subject...

Definitely. I certainly feel more enlightened now. Thanks.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Penn State news
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:44 PM »
And Washington doesn't seem like warm weather to me.


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And gorgeous...

Absolutely.  But not warm weather like most think of warm weather.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Penn State news
« on: August 24, 2015, 01:16 PM »
When you look at the list geographically, we're the only large shcool that's not in a warm weather climate... except Northern Iowa.  What's going on THERE??? 

I'll never forget my counsin's wedding in Orlando while I was a student.  I mentioned to one of the girls there who was a HS senior that I went to Penn state.  Her eyes lit up, and informed me how ALL her friends in Orlando wanted to go there.   I guess it was pretty obvious that none of them had ever been there on a basketball recruiting trip in February.  :)

Not sure how you define large and warm weather, but Boston U has something like 30,000 students.  And Washington doesn't seem like warm weather to me. 

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:39 AM »
Newkirk to IU.

Pitt sophomore guard Josh Newkirk will transfer to Indiana, according to multiple reports Sunday.

The Panthers announced Aug. 9 that Newkirk would transfer closer to his Raleigh, N.C., home to rehab from microfracture knee surgery he had in May.

Guess that didn't go as planned.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:15 PM »
Notre Dame offered two here for one in South Bend, but we said no thanks.

LOL.  Retirement has really brought out your sense of humor.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:05 PM »
But PSU doesn't need to schedule a Washington State.  It has a power 5 school already on the schedule through 2020.

And it's Georgia State, not Georgia Southern (semantics, really, but, there's a point to the correction). That game isn't going anywhere since it's a favor to the GSU program for the satellite camps.

Again, they needed one THIS YEAR.  The Georgia State game would have been eliminated for the second part of the home and home.

Skeeza, you still have not answered the most important question......WHO WAS AVAILABLE ON THE OPEN DATES?  All you keep hammering away at is that Rutgers made it happen and we should have done something.  Well, tell us who was available.  Really, there are only 50 Power 5 schools outside the B1G (52 if you count BYU and ND).  You tell us who we turned away in favor of whoever we replaced Rutgers with on our OOC schedule.  If you can't do that, please stop playing this broken record.

Then stay there for the next 20 years because they like it and got good civilian jobs.  That doesn't make the kid Korean.

Sounds like the argument against the Supreme Court's decision confirming the birthright citizenship aspect of the 14th Amendment that is happening in the GOP Primary!

And the note that causes me to grant Tom's wish!

Hey, I'm stirring up the pot enough to get noticed!!!!!

Actually, it's not at all the same thing (not my intended scenario at least).  I was talking about having a US government job on a US base.  But since I didn't get that specific, I see your point.

For the record, I like when people want to come to our country and try to make things better -- for us and themselves.  Immigration is great.  Make it easier to be documented legally and we won't have so many sneaking across. 

Image for a moment, the flip side of what you just said.

Picture for a moment, this conversation:

PSUfan-1: Milos Bogetic was the first European to play a game for Penn State.
PSUfan-2: Wait a minute, John Amaechi played at least 10 years before Milos
PSUfan-1: John Amaechi is black, he's not European.
PSUfan-2: But, he was born and raised in England
PSUfan-1: That doesn't matter.  He's black, so he's African.  He shouldn't be considered a European.

...does that sound kosher?  That's what we are saying about Froome.

I'm not sure about that.  Why were Froome's parents in Kenya?  Did they become citizens?  If a couple of military folks get married and have a kid in Korea.  Then stay there for the next 20 years because they like it and got good civilian jobs.  That doesn't make the kid Korean.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:06 PM »
...yet Rutgers was able to schedule Washington State in the very same time period.

That was a home and home.

Why couldn't we have done a home and home?

Who was available on our open dates?

OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: August 20, 2015, 01:33 PM »
Games rained out today.  Not sure what the new schedule will be.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 20, 2015, 10:11 AM »
Citing a few examples where things worked out doesn't mean we didn't try or that it was feasible for us.  Plus, as I said earlier, this year was supposed to be one of the darkest years of the sanctions.  So we probably weren't trying really hard to get Alabama or Notre Dame back on the schedule.  I don't see the point in trying to analyze this situation.  There were too many factors at play and we don't have a clue what conversations were going on behind the scenes that formed this schedule.

Penn State Basketball / Re: WE ARE.............
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:10 AM »
in this day and age there seems to be too much "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story".

If this day and age means "since homo sapiens became highly social", I agree!

Damn.  I thought the whole Fox News thing was a more recent phenomena.   ;)

Funny thing to me about Fox News -- the only friends I have who post articles from Fox News on Facebook are my liberal friends.  Usually with some snarky comment attached.  I never see any conservative friends posting stuff from Fox News.  They usually go to far more right wing web sites for that stuff.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:53 PM »
1.) Only 1(ONE) of the 14 BIG TEN teams will NOT face a BIG 5 OOC opponent.  Any guesses who that is?

Rutgers was supposed to be an OOC team

So why couldn't Penn State add a BIG 5 team to replace the Rutgers OOC game?

It's Power 5, not Big 5.

It's not easy to schedule those schools on short notice. Plus this was supposed to be the darkest of the sanction years. Feel glad we don't have any FCS schools on the schedule.

OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:59 PM »
1.) Only 1(ONE) of the 14 BIG TEN teams will NOT face a BIG 5 OOC opponent.  Any guesses who that is?

Rutgers was supposed to be an OOC team

Temple is in the Big 5. ;)

Did I read correctly that hoops, hockey and wrestling would include both audio AND video feeds?

EDIT:  After reading a second time, seems as though video feeds of all three sports will be available.  DOES NOT say free of charge.  But this development certainly helps us cord cutters.

« on: August 19, 2015, 04:27 PM »
Personally speaking, the best way to go against PC criticism is to just flatly ignore the PC bullies.

Good advice in theory.  In practice, however, you could be putting your job/livelihood at risk.

« on: August 19, 2015, 03:47 PM »
I'm someone who thinks political correctness is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is it gets people to accept other views and appreciate where others are coming from, even if they are ignorant to its origins. The bad thing tends to be the people who take it upon themselves to deride those who don't say politically correct things.

I'm finding that it stifles free speech, debate, etc.  Anyone with an opposing view had better keep it to themselves or they will be swarmed by the PC masses.  Political correctness is a shield created by a bunch of people who don't want to be challenged.

But I have a hard time believing

I have a hard time believing that a police officer would shoot an unarmed man in our country.  But it happens. 

From my experience, immigration officials can be a pain in the butt.  I once took the ferry from Bar Harbor ME to Nova Scotia.  It was the first time I ever got seasick.  The immigration official kept questioning why I seemed nervous and sweaty.  I kept telling him that I'm just feeling a little sick.  It took him a while to finally drop it and let me go.  And I'm white.

Could DJ's lack of foreign travel experience have contributed?  Maybe he was nervous?  I suppose.  But give me a break.  His stuff was in order, so it shouldn't have taken so long for the Germans to get to the bottom of it. 

OT / Re: All Things Soccer
« on: August 14, 2015, 10:55 AM »
Ha, this is a great question actually.  I've definitely shifted my interests around in the last 10 years to accommodate more time for soccer and less time for other sports that I enjoy. 

Because of the amount of sports coverage on TV now I've had to decide what interests me the most.  If it's Penn State, I try to watch no matter what.  If it's anything else, I'll only watch if I'm not busy doing something else.  I missed most of the Penguins playoff games last year.  Ten years ago, I would have planned my day around those games.  Maybe I'm just getting older.

OT / Re: All Things Soccer
« on: August 12, 2015, 03:16 PM »
Personally speaking, I think waking up on a Saturday morning after a hard week with a cup of coffee watching the Premier League is a pretty great thing because if you sat around to watch a game each time they are on, you're done watching by 2:30. Plenty of time to get other stuff done throughout the day.

I have friends that go to a bar in Harrisburg somewhere to watch the games and drink.  I didn't even know bars could serve beer in the morning like that. 
There's a local bar on 6th st that apparently was the place where the "hard core" US fans went during the world cup.  I wonder if that's the place.

I'm pretty sure it was Brannigan's at the time. That was several years ago. Could be somewhere else now.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:02 AM »
I am not surprised, given every alumni base's belief that its school should be winning national championships in every sport, that a school like Minnesota has trouble finding a qualified athletic director.

I don't have any complaints at this point (other than her poor judgement responding via twitter about the 409 stickers on the hockey helmets), but I know a lot of our own alumni thought we should have been able to hire someone "better" than Sandy Barbour. 

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