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OT / OT - Wrestling Championships
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:59 PM »
Looks like 8 of 9 PSU wrestlers advanced to round 2.  5 guys scored bonus points.  After round 1 PSU is in 2nd place with 16 points.  Ohio State leads with 16.5 points.

OT / Adam Breneman's Open Letter to Penn State
« on: January 7, 2016, 01:04 PM »
Here is the link:

Here is the letter (moderator feel free to delete if you feel the link is all we should have here).


By Adam Breneman

Dear Penn State,

What an exciting few years it has been. It seems like just yesterday that I was standing in the Cedar Cliff High School gym announcing my commitment to Penn State University. Prior to writing this letter, I spent time reflecting on the past three years, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with all of you. There have been many memories along the way. The amazing support I have received from the fan base at Penn State has had an everlasting impact on me and my family. The journey has been amazing and unforgettable.

I will never forget the "rush" I felt when I committed to Coach O'Brien. I will never forget the tears I cried when the sanctions were announced on that summer day in 2012. I will never forget the look of pride in my parents' eyes when I told them I would stay committed to Penn State through thick and thin. I will never forget playing against Michigan in 2013 and winning one of the most exciting games in history. I will never forget the feeling I experienced when looking into the crowd after my first touchdown against Purdue. I will never forget scoring the 68-yard touchdown which led to our upset win against Wisconsin. I will never forget the way my heart sank when I received that last call from Coach O'Brien on New Year's Eve. I will never forget our first team meeting with Coach Franklin, or the trying times during this past season. These are just a few of the amazing memories I will forever cherish.

I have given everything I have to this great university and to you faithful fans. For some time I feared that the time would soon come when I would have to write this letter, and now it has become a reality. After very long and hard discussions with my doctors, coaches, trainers, family, and friends, we have come to the realization that now is the time for me to move on. Although I had successfully overcome multiple surgeries since 2010, the injury I sustained to my left knee in 2014 has been much more complicated.

I know many of you will be disappointed, which I understand, but I ask that none of you feel sorry for me. I have truly lived a dream at Penn State that so few people ever get to experience. I have played in huge games and scored touchdowns in front of the best fans in the country. I have played for some of the best coaches in the game.

Of course, I wish I could have contributed more on the field to this great school and to my teammates. I want nothing more than to make my teammates, my coaches, my family, and the amazing Penn State fans proud. I am not sure what the next chapter of my life will entail, but I promise no matter where I am or what I am doing, I will never ever stop fighting for Penn State.

I want to say thank you to everyone who has ever supported me during my career. Thank you to Coach Joe Paterno for first offering me a scholarship. Thank you to Coach Bill O'Brien for believing in me and constantly wanting the best for me. Thank you to Coach Franklin for supporting me and being there during the difficult times. And of course, none of this would ever be possible without the hard work and vision of my high school coach, Jim Cantafio.

Additionally, thank you to Tim Bream, Wes Sohns, Travis Baughman, Dr. Scott Lynch, Dr. Pete Seidenberg, Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Dr. Brian Bixler, and Dr. Brian Ulmer. The medical care I received throughout my career has been first-class. The people I named have supported me in so many ways and have fought for me when many have doubted. I will always be thankful for their hard work.

I have always said that what makes Penn State such a special place is the people. And the people that surrounded me during my time here are really what made my experience so special.

I will love Penn State and I will love the people of Penn State for as long as I live. A day will not go by that I do not wake up and thank God for sending me to this great school. I always knew since a young age this was the place I belonged. It did not always go the way I planned, but I trust this was the plan for me. I would rather go through the challenging times at Penn State than have any other experience anywhere else.

Thank you, Penn State. I will bleed blue and white forever and ever. I love you, Dear Old State, and I will forever be indebted to you.

For the glory,


OT / Deflategate and Other NFL news
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:16 PM »
Brady smashed his cell phone?  Hmmm.  That doesn't look good for him going forward.

Penn State Basketball / Welcome Terrence Samuel
« on: June 30, 2015, 05:38 PM »

OT / Sports World Taking Some Big Hits
« on: February 9, 2015, 06:54 PM »
In the last month or so we've lost Stuart Scott, Billy Casper, Charlie Sifford, Dean Smith and now Ed Sabol.

OT / Football: OSU thread
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:35 PM »
Was int a bad call?  Thoughts?

OT / Football: Hack Track(er)
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:27 PM »
I'm looking at the PSU passing record book.  It's pretty weak.  Hack might break every record on this list -- except the records "by a senior" -- by the end of next year.  Okay, a few might stand (completion percentage in a game is 91.7% -- which is tough to break when throwing 30+ passes per game), but most of the big records should fall.

I'll list several -- the first number will be the current record, the second will be where Hack stands currently.

Career yards:  7,212 - 3,409
Career attempts:  1,082 - 439
Career completions:  606 - 263
Career TD Passes:  43 - 21

The following are single season records with the second number being how Hack did as a true freshman.

Yards Passing:  3,266 - 2,955
Attempts:  446 - 392
Completions:  270 - 231
TD Passes:  24 - 20

At a glance, these are records Hack already owns:

Single game passing yards - 454
Single game passing yards by a sophomore - 454
Single game passing yards by a freshman - 339
Season passing yards by a freshman - 2,955
Pass attempts in a game - 55

I'm guessing he set a bunch of others (TD's in a season by a freshman, TD's in a game by a freshman), but I haven't found a very good source for all that info.

OT / JayPa for LT Governor
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:44 AM »
@OnwardState: Former Penn State coach @JayPaterno is running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

OT / Two Years Have Passed
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:23 AM »
Joe Paterno passed away two years ago today. I still remember where I was when I heard the news. I've never been so choked up over the passing of someone I had never met.

I don't want to get into the politics or whatever you want to call what happened his last two months. Instead can we have a thread to celebrate the good memories of JVP?

One of the reasons I never went to the Blue-White game was because of how much I enjoyed hearing Joe's analysis on TV. When I was in college, one of the guys in our group of friends made the team as a walk on tight end. He never got into an actual game (I don't even know if he dresses for a game) but he made a catch in the B-W game. You could tell Joe had no clue what the guy's name was. But he still did his best to make him sound like a future All American. 

OT / Happy MLK Day
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:16 AM »
Given that we just hired the first black head coach in PSU football history, I thought I'd look up some other "firsts" at PSU.  I came across this list.  Pretty interesting stuff.  I always thought of Triplett as our first black football player.  Turns out he wasn't.  However, he was the first black starter and letterman.

OT / Explosions at Boston Marathon
« on: April 15, 2013, 04:12 PM »
Looks like they are up to three bombs now, although this only shows two.  They shut down cell phone service in Boston.  Crazy.

OT / Biggest Rivalries in Sports Today
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:51 PM »
With the puck finally dropping today to start the NHL season, the next chapter in the Penguins / Flyers rivalry is set to be written.  After the six game playoff series these two played last year, this has to be one of, if not the most fierce rivalry in sports today.  Tom Flynn of PennLive touches on the subject here.

Anyway, I thought this was a good conversation for this part of the forum -- less controversial than others.

OT / Do we need more laws?
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:26 PM »
Or do we need to change the punishment?

This guy broke at least 4 laws, including speeding and improperly passing a school bus, before he hit a 7 year old kid with his car.  Seems to me, like in most cases, the laws are in place.  The punishments just aren't enough of a deterrent to get people to obey the laws.  What can be done?

Penn State Basketball / Favorite #12's
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:18 AM »
D. Jones included Talor Battle on his list -- at #2, behind only Joe Namath.

Michael Robinson and Kerry Collins also made his list.

OT / Fiscal Cliff
« on: December 3, 2012, 09:19 PM »
I'm watching MSNBC (getting my liberal sided education).  I love the double speak from both parties.  (

Note, the following is from the MSNBC point of view -- I bet I'd get the opposite from Fox: 

I just found out Clinton was awesome because he raised taxes and the economy grew (no credit given to the dot com frenzy or the fact he left office in a recession).  I also found out Bush was a moron for cutting taxes since it led us to the Great Recession (no mention of 9/11, just two unpaid wars -- also no mention that Obama has continued one of those two and ended the other the same time Bush would have ended it). 

Now the part that has me confused.  Seems the Democrats think it's a bad idea to raise taxes on anyone but the rich (I agree, but doesn't that contradict half of what they praised Clinton for doing and half of what they criticized Bush for doing?).  Also seems the Republicans refuse to raise taxes on the rich, but would instead rely on cuts that would directly impact the middle and lower classes (again, I'm confused as I thought the point of tax cuts was to help the middle class by creating jobs, etc.).  Dear God, even though I see the historical irony in all of this, it appears to me that in this case the Democrats might have my vote.

Now, the gun control debate is a different story....Bob Costas should be fired for his tirade last night.   ;)

Penn State Basketball / OT: Prius Plug In Conversions
« on: April 9, 2012, 11:16 PM »
I'm looking at the new Prius v (the larger version).  I love everything about the car so far.  My brother mentioned that there are aftermarket plug in conversion kits available that can increase fuel mileage -- basically by extending the range of battery only driving to 25-40 miles or so before it goes back to normal hybrid mode.  Since it's 26 miles round trip to work for me, that range is right in my wheelhouse.  I've been looking around online, but don't really see much current info.  Found some older info citing high costs and less than great performance -- basically not worth the price.  I also found info indicating the price has come down considerably, but nothing on performance.  Does anyone here have any practical experience on this subject?  I'm 98% sure I'm buying the car.  But I'd love to know if I should even bother looking at these kits right now.

Penn State Basketball / OT: Roku Player vs. AppleTV
« on: May 26, 2011, 11:42 AM »
Sorry for creating another OT thread, but I need some opinions from the experts.  I know Tim has mentioned he has AppleTV.  Does anyone have a Roku player?  What are the advantages / disadvantages of each?  And which do you prefer?  I'm pulling the trigger on one soon (I have done research and am leaning one direction unless one of you can convince me otherwise).  Thanks.

One of my Facebook friends made a post suggesting that the Final Four matchups are the best argument he's seen for a football playoff.  I agree that it's a pretty solid argument for giving all teams a chance.  What I fear is that it makes the BCS conferences that much more nervous about sharing the money pie.  Anyone else have any thoughts?

by David Jones:

12. Charissa Thompson: Is it CHA-rissa or KA-rissa? Can never get that straight. Mainstay of forgettable halftime interviews. Took it upon herself a while back to mock Michelle Obama's frumpy clothes in catty Tweets. Which is fine. Except if you're a poor girl's Erin Andrews knockoff with bad skin and a central Nebraska dye job.
:D  Tell us how you really feel.

Women's Basketball / Lady Lions 79 Illinois 64
« on: March 5, 2011, 09:01 PM »
Head to the B1G Championship game tomorrow.

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