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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: Today at 01:25 PM »
I've never understood all the anger at thread-jacking .... until now. :)

Sorry, I didn't mean to be that disgusting.  I was just trying to make the point that public restrooms already suck and some changes that wouldn't be that expensive could solve a lot of problems (including the restroom part of the NC issue).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Next year's roster
« on: Today at 01:18 PM »
I go back and forth on Washington

Washington needs to hit his shots.  He has nice form, poor results so far.  But he's still young.  Hopefully he practices a lot and gains confidence in games.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: Today at 11:54 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls.

How do you feel about hearing people vomiting?  Which is what I feel like doing after reading what you just wrote?  I feel bad for whoever is in the stall next to me...

Right, which is why I want more privacy.  Reading it is enough to make you want to vomit, so actually hearing it and smelling it is on another level.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: Today at 11:08 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls. 

I think we can all agree on one thing. When it comes to restrooms, there's nothing like the home field advantage.


Amen.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: Today at 11:04 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls. 

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 12:40 PM »
I find it unsettling that you include Simmons with the post players.   Why don't you think that Simmons will play the 3 ?

Because the entire world (other than you) has him listed as a power forward.  Coach Brown thinks he might eventually be the point guard.  But even he says he's a power forward right now.  So that's why I don't call him the 3.  In certain situations, he could play any position on the floor.  But his main position, according to his coach, is power forward.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:10 PM »
Embiid hasn't played. As excited as I am for him, I would hesitate to trade Nerlens, who can legit anchor the defense.

I just hope they don't give up either for less than equal value -- like when they traded Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, the first overall pick, etc.  I know it's a different management team now, but I still feel the sting of those muggings.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:51 PM »
I would trade Okafor because Noel is a better player and is easier to fit around. Okafor needs a team around him and he's such a bad defender in the most critical position on the floor.

But if you followed Summer League and the silence from Noel, it's pretty clear that he is the one being moved before the season.

I think Embiid is better than both anyway.  Embiid and Simmons on the floor together could be special.  Hopefully he stays healthy and none of this ends up being a big deal.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:42 PM »
I would give up Okafor but I think the Sixers are going to give up Noel.

I'm pretty sure they are both going to be gone sooner or later as long as Embiid proves to be healthy.  I think Okafor has a better chance of improving his trade value than Noel.  That's the only reason I'd trade Noel now instead of Okafor.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 11:20 AM »
Looks like Saric will be signed tomorrow according to reports.  If that happens, what needs to happen next?  Obviously there are not enough minutes for all 5 of Saric, Simmons, Noel, Okafor and Embiid.  At least one needs to be traded for either a high end point guard or some shooting.  Which would you give up?

My mind has changed since watching Simmons in the summer league games.  He plays some defense and can pass like no one we've had in a long time, if ever.  At this stage of Embiid's recovery, I think it's better to trade Noel than Okafor.  I think Simmons can make Okafor an all star -- at least on the offensive end of the court.  He can't do that for Noel.  Noel's trade value is not likely to increase.  Okafor's has a chance to skyrocket.  Therefore, I say trade Noel now (if a trade gets made) and then figure out what to do with Embiid and Okafor later.  Embiid's minutes will be limited (I've heard he won't even play both games when the schedule has games on consecutive days).  So Okafor will get most of the minutes anyway.  And Simmons isn't coming off the floor for Noel much (I see Saric filling this roll at least to start).

Sorry for the rambling.  Any thoughts?


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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 13, 2016, 09:09 AM »
I don't remember the stuff surrounding the 88 allegation, but wouldn't it be possible for O'Dea to have been at a camp at PSU or something? He did go to Lock Haven, which Jerry had significant ties to. Wouldn't surprise me if they knew each other and O'Dea was invited to a camp or something.

He was a GA at Virginia in 88.  Plus he claims he had zero connection to PSU prior to 91.  I tend to believe him.

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 12, 2016, 07:53 PM »
Kevin O'Dea.  He was a GA S&C coach in 1991, then hired on as an assistant for 92-93.  He's in the NFL now.

I still have the Penn State Media Guides from that era.  Just looked at the '91, '92 and '93 guides.  There is no person by that name listed in the any of those Media Guides as an assistant coach.
I then jumped forward several years to the '98 guide and went to the page that lists "ALL TIME ASSISTANT COACHES" (Grad Assistants not listed) and again there is no person listed with that name that was ever a Penn State Assistant coach.

He was a grad assistant in 91. according to his Wikipedia page. Then an assistant.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_O%27Dea

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OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:38 PM »
One claimant says he told an assistant coach about abuse 3 years before that assistant got to Penn State. Great job of vetting the claims guys.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Myles Dread!
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:13 PM »
I am feeling old.

Is this our first commit that was not born in the twentieth century?

All depends on how you count.  Technically, the year 2000 is the last year of the 20th century.  Since there wasn't anything recognized as Year Zero, the first century would be years 1-100.  Year 200 would be the last year of the 2nd century, Year 300 would be the last year of the 3rd century, etc.  The 20th century should run from 1901-2000.

I don't think that's commonly understood, but unless one short-changes the very first century in this calendar by only giving it 99 years (1-99), that's the way it should work.

While technically you are correct, everyone goes by 1900's, 1800's, etc. for centuries and 20's, 60's, etc. for decades. So Meech scored the first bucket of the 2000's regardless of whether or not it was technically the first points of the millennium.

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OT / Re: Golf
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:30 PM »
Jordan Spieth's name was conspicuously absent as the Olympic golf rosters were announced today. 

Let's see how many of those supposedly Zika virus fearing golfers elect not to play in Florida (or move out of the state) when Zika virus bearing mosquitoes show up there in a year or so.

 :(

Jordan said something about "health reasons".  I wasn't sure what that meant.  I didn't think he was injured (and he's practicing for the Open today), so I assumed it was Zika related health reasons. 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Myles Dread!
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:41 AM »
Am I counting correctly that our last 8 high school commitments are from Philly / DMV? 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Welcome Myles Dread!
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:57 AM »
Welcome Myles.  Hope you are a good recruiter.  Your AAU teammates are some of our top targets as well.  TTO to PSU sounds good to me.

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OT / Re: Golf
« on: July 8, 2016, 02:09 PM »
Yea!!!  I just found out that I'll be going to Augusta National next April to see the Wednesday practice round of the 2017 Masters!  For several years, my brother has been entering the lottery for practice round tickets, and he was notified yesterday that his entry was picked for Wednesday tickets...and he's invited me to go along!   ;D

That's awesome.  I went in 2014.  The place is incredible.  Book your hotel now though (or as early as possible). 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Coaching Change Thread
« on: July 8, 2016, 11:40 AM »
The article on the link above says he is leaving because of a contract dispute, he wanted a longer extension than SMU was willing to give him.

This is funny because I just got done telling a guy I work with that people just read headlines and make up their own story based on their personal opinions on the subject.  Nobody reads for the facts anymore.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 6, 2016, 03:54 PM »
Perhaps when they release the schedule, they'll update everything else.

They released the hockey schedule but the roster is still from last season.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: July 5, 2016, 10:12 AM »
If you have season tickets you won't have to pay to park.  I wonder how many people attend the BW game that are not season ticket holders.  Is this really a big deal?

I somewhat agree with Tom.

I look at  it from a "reason to change" basis.  If it is going fine the way it is (and that seems to be the case), then I really would like to hear a COMPELLING reason why the change needed to be made.

The real question is, if it isn't such a big deal, then why DID they make the change?  If not many non-season ticket holders attended the game, then why would they make the change?  For $50K?  This may not be image-altering bad press, but it does seem to be negative press, and it doesn't seem worth it for the price.

Another portion the of equation is how much do they plan to NET from this move?  For this, we can't just consider the revenue from the cars, but also the cost of implementing this system to EVERYONE.  More manpower to print/organize parking passes, manpower to check passes and collect funds, etc.

I meant not a big deal for the consumer to drop $20 once a year. 

They already print a bunch of stuff with the season tickets.  Including a bunch of parking passes.  The parking pass sheet has an extra panel that isn't used as a parking pass (a sheet of perforated passes 2 wide by 4 long and only 7 games).  They could easily repurpose that panel for the BW game.  So that eliminates that cost from your plan.  And I doubt having some people out collecting money and checking passes costs that much (one car per hour per person for people making $20 per hour would cover it).

I'm not sure why people are so upset about this.  The only people PSU should worry about upsetting are those who are already paying out money to support the program.  And those people aren't getting charged anything additional in this system.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: July 3, 2016, 10:30 PM »
I don't care if they charge non season ticket holders for parking. I don't care if they charge them admission to the game. If you aren't contributing anything financially to the program, why do you deserve a freebie? I'll get mad when they start to charge the people who are already paying their share and have earned something for nothing.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 1, 2016, 11:26 AM »
Temple board posters continue to charge that PC is cheating:

http://www.scout.com/college/temple/forums/3506-cherry-and-white/14478444-re-2017-basketball-recruiting/ms/184359020

Interesting response from Del to suggest that the allegation has been passed to all proper authorities - PSU and NCAA, and that Chambers is still the coach.

I first noticed these kinds of charges after Penn State (as a B!G member) started providing a pretty hefty stipend to cover actual costs of attendance, and that happened at the time we seemed to break through with higher-ranked recruits. So it would be easy for stories of the stipend money to morph into "bags of illegal cash".

I'll also say that anonymous posters here (and elsewhere among our tribe) would be sure to allege the same thing if we saw a school's recruiting improve suddenly. In a circumstantial defense of PSU (since I obviously have no info about it), I'd say the recruiting improvement hasn't been sudden but rather steady and built on two kids - DJ and Shep - who weren't blue-est blue chippers (and thus we were competitive in their recruiting battles)  but who were unusually influential in their hometowns.

Perhaps, but we don't devote 20% of our time / threads to worrying about Temple, or any other one school for that matter.  Temple, and that board, seem to be incredibly concerned about Penn State.  Look at the number of threads on just the first page that include Penn State in the title.  That's not even counting threads like the one you linked that have a ton of Penn State discussion inside but doesn't have us in the title.

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