Archive for October 2008

Feel like getting angry?

October 31, 2008

THIS should help.

We’ve heard the argument before…but this one has to take the cake…
“if you’re choosing between a 9-4 Texas and a 12-0 Penn State, that’s a toughie.”

He wasn’t finished there…
“Penn State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten, 1-0 against real teams)”

So that was a “fake” team that was beating USC 21-0 at the half and eventually went on to win? Oh, ok…got it. Oh and that team from Madison (who I’m guessing you thought belonged in the top 10 in the preseason) was just an illusion. I get it.

Prepare yourself Nittany Nation. This is only the beginning. As long as Penn State keeps winning and the road to the title game becomes clear…we’re going to have to put up with these idiot “sportswriters” who like to pretend they have an idea of what they’re talking about.

But really…it’s to be expected coming from a guy like this:

Blue White Football Podcast #50

October 31, 2008

There could not have been a better game to talk about for our 50th edition of the Blue White Football Podcast as the Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 13-6 Saturday to move to 9-0 for the first time since 1999. Tune in as Mike & Mark discuss the defensive stand-off and the signature play that turned around the game for Penn State. 

With it being a bye week, we take the time to focus in on the many story-lines heading into the November slate of the season. Including PSU being stuck at #3 and which of the final three games will be the toughest challenge for the Nittany Lions.

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Joe Pa Pre-Game Montage from Saturday

October 27, 2008

For those of you who were at Saturday’s game (lucky bastards) or at a bar where you could not hear the sound from the TV, here is the pre-game and post-game Joe Paterno montage that you may have heard so much about.

No matter what you want to say about ABC/ESPN in terms of their studio coverage, their analysts or bias for certain teams, there is no doubt that they have the highest quality game production of any network. This is a perfect example of what is best about their coverage and when Mark and I create videos we are always trying to emulate the masters who create videos like this. 

We’ll have a new podcast in the next couple days to discuss the monumental win over the Buckeyes and which team will present the biggest challenge to the Nittany Lions as they continue the run to an undefeated season. 

9-0 ‘One Game at a Time”

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Pictures from ground zero…

October 26, 2008

State College, Pennsylvania:

Blue White Football Podcast #49: OSU Preview

October 23, 2008

We’ve been waiting for this one since October 28th, 2007 after the Buckeyes came into Happy Valley and easily dispatched the Nittany Lions. If there wasn’t enough on the line each time these two teams face off there is the added bonus of a national championship spot possibly on the line as well as facing off against an in-state quarterback who spurned the Nittany Lions.

Mike & Mark discuss the biggest game of the 2008 season, and from the comments of the last post, one of the biggest games in recent Nittany Lion history. The guys also discuss the performances from Saturday’s redemption win over Michigan and the keys to winning in Columbus. Check back for more leading up to Saturday night’s college football spotlight and send us your email questions and comments by clicking the link on the right.

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Is this the biggest Penn State game of your lifetime?

October 20, 2008

A few friends and I were having this discussion:  Is Saturday’s game against Ohio State the most important game of your lifetime? Obviously if you were a few years older than 2 (My age in ’86) the answer is no. But if you’re in your twenties or younger, is this it? I would argue that Michigan ’97 comes close. So does OSU ’05. But my initial reaction is that this is the biggest game of my lifetime. Is it yours? Discuss…

This is fun. This is A LOT of fun.

October 20, 2008

First thing’s first…Please be sure to check back Wednesday for the Blue White Football Podcast. Mike and I were lucky enough to be in State College on Saturday and we have exclusive post game interviews with Evan Royster, Navarro Bowman, and Darryl Clark…among others.


It’s been a great fall. A really, really great fall. I’ve been fortunate enough to get back for four home games this season. The town is different when the team is in the top 5. It’s hard to describe in words, but there’s a certain buzz when you walk down College Ave…even BEFORE you’ve had a ‘monkey boy.’ A few things beyond the stat line that I took from Saturday’s game…

1. LaVar Arrington. In case you didn’t know…this guy loves Penn State. He was certainly in good spirits on Saturday. My friend ran into him after the game. As he idled by him, hoping to be able to snap a picture next to this hulking beast – he happened to overhear this exchange Lavar shared with another fan.

Lavar: Let me just say that I was ten times the athlete in high school that Terrell Pryor was. I was a better basketball player, and a better football player…I’ll give him some respect, because he’s from Pittsburgh. But he went to Ohio State, so he’s a bitch in my book. And you know what? We’ve got a pretty good quarterback here. And next week, we’re gonna prove it to the nation.

Then he heard this exchange between Tom Bradley and LaVar:

Bradley: You know, you didn’t HAVE to give a speech at halftime LaVar. We had it in control.”
Lavar: Oh look at you talking all big now, you’re just high off of your win right now.
Bradley: That’s it, we’re boxing. Me and you, right now! (Bradley puts up his fists to box while LaVar laughs.)

Awesome.

2. Daryll Clark. For one reason or another he had a hard time getting things together on Saturday. It didn’t matter. His M-Rob-esque climb into the student section was certainly a highlight. This guy knows what is at stake. He also knows how lucky he is to have the best student section in the country behind him. It’s awesome when you see a guy like Clark acknowledge them in the manner that he did. Class act.

3. The Phyrst. This was always the setting of my typical Saturday night in college. This past Saturday has to rank as one of the best times I’ve ever had in this place. If you were looking for a place to scream your lungs out long after the victory bell…this was the spot. The highlight of the evening came during a break in the music, Graham Spanier stood alone onstage with his washboard. All at once, the entire bar began chanting… JOE PA – TERNO!!! Followed by…FOUR MORE YEARS!!!! Followed by the more blatant… SIGN HIM GRAHAM!!! All the President could do was laugh. He knows he’s powerless now. Joe will leave on his own terms.

Nittany Nation has waited a long time for another shot at the national title. We should have a good idea on Saturday of our January vacation plans…but win or lose, this has been one hell of a fun season.