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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:51 PM »
I went to Morgantown for a game in 1980 (I think.)  The weather was SO BAD (very heavy rain) there was little fan interaction.
Been to a bunch of PSU games in Pgh................I find it hard to image a more difficult fan atmosphere for PSU folks!

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:48 AM »
Well yes, we can agree that Franklin has previously demonstrated a desire to soften the OOC schedule

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

Cupcake Man  8) 

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:55 AM »
My take on the rivalry issue:
Rutgers is entering a brave and very different new world. Looking at Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the map may make an east coast person shake their head.
Having a "rival" within a few hours drive "makes a lot of sense!!!"  Particularly one that you have a history of playing. The recruiting angle with both schools competing for many players will help fuel the fires! 
After PSU lost ~itt as a "rival" many PSU fans tried to push a tosu-PSU rivalry! I never thought this worked.
To me........a PSU- Rutgers rivalry sounds like a good idea for BOTH schools!!   

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OT / Re: Football: Rutgers thread
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:38 AM »
Wow the first 3 PSU games have been wild and extremely stress filled. The Ireland travel was tough as well as the Rutgers away game!
We are quite fortunate to be 3-0. 
NOW we have 2 home games and then a "bye" week. We could sure use a blow out win or two to help get things "settled!!" !

So far....so good,
Cupcake Man   8)         

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:26 AM »
Is it just me, or is it a little more than a coincidence that Penn State is granted this release from sanction on the VERY SAME WEEK that the rest of the league looked completely inept and embarrassing.


+1   


 ;)

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11498408/penn-state-nittany-lions-conspiracy-theories-oregon-ducks-overreaction-byu-cougars-underreaction

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: September 8, 2014, 03:41 PM »
Is it just me, or is it a little more than a coincidence that Penn State is granted this release from sanction on the VERY SAME WEEK that the rest of the league looked completely inept and embarrassing.

+1   

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OT / Re: Football: Akron thread
« on: September 8, 2014, 12:23 PM »
How can it be "market value" when the market is not buying! (see the empty seats??)   
It seems to me "market value" would be a amount where attendance was 107,000 for every game. 
If PSU was a 100% pure business then they should pay their "fair market value" in taxes. Even if it is voluntary!!!!

 

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OT / Re: Football: Akron thread
« on: September 7, 2014, 02:07 PM »
What is the problem with STEP

The empty seats at yesterday's game are the problem!  STEP may sell out for tosu BUT what about the bulk of the home schedule. Again......look at the future home schedules!! 
P.S. I think the "old system" had a tax right off also!

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OT / Re: Football: Akron thread
« on: September 7, 2014, 11:58 AM »
I believe Joyner already tweaked STEP once, and you're probably right, market forces dictate further adjustments in the near future.  But STEP is not going to disappear, the basic concept is one almost every major football power is using.  So, bet on Penn State fans continuing to complain about it, no matter how well it's adjusted to the market place. 

See your point......................BUT we have a new HC and a new AD. I'm voting on a "substantial" change! Maybe an "adjustment package" for later in 2014 season and a MAJOR redo during the off season!   

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: September 7, 2014, 09:24 AM »
I am very happy when our major competitors lose! 

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OT / Re: Football: Akron thread
« on: September 7, 2014, 09:15 AM »
STEP needs changed......big time............and fast!!
Did not STEP claim it was "market driven??" Well.....................the market has spoken!!!!
And.......... NO.................all home games are NOT going to be against high ranked opponents. Look at the future schedules.

P.S. But I think change will occur! No later than next season!


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OT / Re: NCAA
« on: September 5, 2014, 01:22 PM »
I don't see it. She's a kid. I think people are overreacting. Even if she is someday good enough to play for UConn, did this really give Geno an advantage in recruiting? 

OK.........WHERE do you draw the line?  Can all college football coaches call to congratulate a 12 year old for his play in his youth football league?
Slippery slope indeed!

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OT / Re: NCAA
« on: September 5, 2014, 08:45 AM »
Now the NCAA says it was a violation

I'm with the NCAA on this one. Except I think it should be a major violation!
Do you want college baseball/basketball/football coaches calling the LLWS star male 11 and 12 year olds to "congratulate" them????

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: September 3, 2014, 06:59 AM »
I would add Hufnagel  to the high quality QB list.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: September 2, 2014, 06:10 PM »
We could schedule to go 11-2, 12-1 and not be penalized on Selection Sunday.
OK....................that works for me! BUT we should not schedule to be less than 11-2. Remember we have 1 game (ACC challenge) which we don't control who or where we play! I gotta think they will match us with ~itt sometime soon.
Home games are also important. BUT home games cost money. We may have to pay teams to come to PSU. BUT BUT BUT I think it's money well spent!  We have been trying to build a hoop program forever! Sure we have not had recent success but our roster looks fairly talented right now. Plus verbal commits look good! NOW (I'm meaning next year's schedule) should be the time to add the Cupcake Theory to the recipe! 

Cupcake Man  8)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: September 2, 2014, 03:15 PM »
I remember the 2008-2009 season as a GREAT PSU season! Check out the video if ya don't remember!  11-2 in non conference. 27 total wins!
The team played great hoops and was very enjoyable to watch.  Not sure, but I would guess we had decent fan support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsNQ5CkJY0

See our 2008-2009 schedule below. Good or bad................cupcake or not cupcake...................the ooc schedule had some effect on the team. In my opinion I would guess it had a very positive effect.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/psu-m-baskbl-sched.html

Boy I wish we could recreate that season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :),
 Cupcake Man  8)   

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: September 1, 2014, 03:37 PM »
Sure, I'm an old-timer. BUT I firmly believe the "Build and sustain a program via the Cupcake Recipe" can still work today. 
BUT BUT the Cupcake Recipe can NOT work in a vacuum. The coaches need to recruit well and coach well and the players need to play well.
PSU has had several very poor league seasons in a row.
IF PSU were 12-1 OCC and 8-10 or better  in conference. PSU fan interest would rise! Maybe not sell outs but fan support would improve. Then even if that record doesn't get you into the N$C$A$A$ go to the NIT maybe play and win a couple of home games!
THEN stir up the Cupcake Recipe again for the next season. We know we have quality recruits coming into the system.
 
Players have not changed down thru the years. They still love success. They love wins. A big part of the Cupcake Recipe is that it helps players to grow their games. Remember..."Nothing succeeds like success.."  Well, it's true!  Modern college basketball seasons are very llllong marathons! I can't image playing a season of this length without much success!
Maybe the 2nd year PSU can go 9-9 or 10-8 in conference. Win a Bigten post season toury game or so.  22 or so wins would surely get you into the dance. And....yeah,....the fans will grow.
Seeing the success recruiting should grow. And so on , and so on!

Cupcake Man  8)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: September 1, 2014, 07:33 AM »
I said:
BUILT a powerhouse with the aid of intelligent scheduling.

Of course the players played great    and      the coaches coached great!  BUT intelligent scheduling was part of the recipe!
Intelligent scheduling was also a part in creating the HUGE  fan base. All of a sudden "everybody" in Pittsburgh was a ~itt hoop fan. Even people who were not prior basketball fans!
It was a success story beyond belief!
The HUGE fan base helped create wins.........wins helped create the HUGE fan base....................see the point? 

The issue is "can a similar success story" be created someplace else. Answer..........Of course it can.  Can it at PSU???? I'm not sure BUT I know it must start (at the beginning of the schedule) with loads of OCC wins!

 ;)
Cupcake Man  8)   

P.S.  Go back and look at ~itt's new schedule! It's masterful!   The ACC forecast for them, in my mind, is a large "maybe............maybe they will be pretty good....maybe not!"  This OCC schedule should have them flying high with confidence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:17 PM »
~itt was NOT high tier (12-20, I believe, in Ben Howland first 2 seasons) in the Big East................... BUT BUILT a powerhouse with the aid of intelligent scheduling.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pittsburgh_Panthers_men's_basketball_seasons

Just win games,
Cupcake Man  8)

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2014-15 scheduling thread
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:46 AM »
Check out ~itt's  2014-15  schedule!  Home games until Hawaii break during Thanksgiving. At IU (no choice - ACC-BigTen Challenge) 12-5  then in Pittsburgh the rest of December.

http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/pitt-m-baskbl-sched.html

Now there is a coach who knows something about building and maintaining a high profile program via scheduling?

Others should watch and learn,
Cupcake Man  8)     

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:29 AM »
Wisconsin somehow misses Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State on their schedule this season.  I know college football is cyclical, and programs will improve/get worse...but I think the B1G East is going to be a lot better than the West for a long, long time...if not, dare I say, forever. 

I gotta figure Wisc is quite happy with their schedule .................
I also would guess there was (still is maybe) lots of NC talk in Madison!  I would think this is a "good thing" for a college football program!

Cupcake Man  8)

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:25 AM »
But that one call was in a momentum changing time of game. If we score there, maybe we put the game away on the first drive of the second half.

Agreed!  Some calls are MORE IMPORTANT than other calls!

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:14 PM »
These refs suck!   >:(

OOC away (and neutral site) games should only be scheduled with 3rd party ref crews!

Cupcake Man  8)





 


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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:59 AM »
Wow and double Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 07:43 AM »
I'm ready. Dog walked. Coffee made. PSU pregame show on the radio! 
Now what to make for breakfast??

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