Archive for September 2009

Blue White Football Podcast #67

September 30, 2009

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Many questions remain for the Nittany Lions after a difficult loss to Iowa at Beaver Stadium to open up the Big Ten conference season. Join Mike & Mark as they address several of issues that could decide the remainder of the season and what Penn State needs to do to get ready for the Illini this weekend.

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Blue White Football Podcast #66: Hawkeye Preview

September 24, 2009

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Big Ten conference play has arrived and the Nittany Lions are facing their first challenge of the 2009 season as the Hawkeyes come to the ‘Whitehouse.’ Join Mike & Mark as they breakdown the match-up and are joined by John Tecce, Vice President of Paternoville, for an update from Gate A at Beaver Stadium.

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Lions Around the NFL

September 22, 2009

Good Morning Nittany Nation,

I figured I’d give you guys an update on how our Lions have been performing around the NFL these past two weeks.

I’ll start on a somber note.  I’m sure many of you know by now –  the great Paul Posluszny has broken his arm again, and looks to miss 6 weeks from this season.  Sad news for everyone, especially because he was looking like a beast in that Monday night game, racking up 6 tackles in the first quarter.  I’ll have more to say on this situation later in the post.

As for the rest of the alumni playing for the team that Mark lovingly refers to as the “Buffalo Nittany Bills”,  Aaron Maybin has been a non factor though the first two games – which is expected for a rookie DE I’d think.  I might have personally had higher hopes for him after he came out of the preseason with two sacks and a forced fumble in two games.  But I’m sure he’ll find his groove and continue his “mayhem” type ways.

The biggest surprise and what might be the brightest  star of our former Lions, in my eyes, is Bryan Scott.  I never really followed his NFL career previously, but he has had a fantastic season thus far for the Nittany Bills.  10 tackles in the first game (and not just garbage tackles, I’m talking hard hitting open field tackles) and 9 tackles in the second game – with an interception.  He’s been seemingly everywhere and plays the role of Free Safety to a T.

As for the rest of our boys – Tamba Hali had a great game against Baltimore in week 1 (5 tackles, 1 sack, forced fumble), but didn’t seem to accomplish much of anything last game.  His teammate Larry Johnson had an alright game last week, but his YPC is a fraction of what it was a few years ago.  It is looking more and more like he was a product of the Vermeel system, and though he may not be an “elite” back in the NFL anymore, he is certainly a capable starter.

Through the first two weeks Bryant Johnson, Bobby Engram and even Deon Butler have all had a few catches for minimal yardage, but nothing spectacular to write about.  Dan Connor got his first glimpse of playing time this week, and got himself a tackle – but I’m not sure how many downs he saw.  He’s listed as the second string MLB for Carolina, so I’d assume he’d see some time on certain packages, but nothing too extensive for now.

This brings me back to my point from before, the fragility of our Linebackers.  Looking back over all the LB’s who have made their way through Linebacker U in the past 10  years, has anyone else noticed how most, if not all, of them seem to be seriously injury prone?  Think about it – Lavarr, Puz, Connor (who missed last year due to an injury), Lee, Mauti, and now Bowman – are all of our great linebackers made of glass??  Share your thoughts.

Blue White Football Podcast #65: Owl Recap

September 22, 2009

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The non-conference season has come to a close with little fanfare and now the Nittany Lions will look to Big Ten play as they hope to keep their winning streak alive. Join Mike & Mark for the first of two podcasts for this week as they talk about the latest injury news and discuss what they took away from the lackluster victory over the Owls.

Also, check back Thursday for a full Iowa preview with a special guest or two to get us ready for the revenge game under the lights.

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One Last Fan Gripe

September 18, 2009

One issue that has been a pet peeve of mine in recent Penn State history is the mediocrity of our schedule;  most pathetically evident in this years OOC gauntlet of anonymity.  Now, we’d all agree at the end of the day Penn State Football is still Penn State Football and we are just glad that it’s the fall again so we don’t have to suffer through the summer any longer, gobbling up the latest preseason top 25 released by the ESPN pundits before Nike has even had the chance to stamp their “swoosh” on our practice uniforms.

But ultimately, this poor scheduling does hurt us, in more ways than one.  You all know one of the arguments that I’m refering to – poor schedule = no respect, no respect = poor poll positioning, poor poll positioning = no BCS bowl (I’m obviously overlooking the fact that if we win all our games we go to the Rose Bowl anyway, and regardless of our schedule we must win all our games, yada yada yada).

This week however, I’ve discovered a new evil as a result of our schedule.  As we just finished trouncing Syracuse, and are preparing to take on the mighty Owls from Temple, there’s one trend apparent in the main stream media:  no one cares.  Being that it’s football season and I am in my glory, I try to ingest as many Penn State related articles as I can, regardless of the content.  I’ll read a 10 page article about Rutgers football if only to read a paragraph saying how they will never compete with Penn State over the top recruits in the tri state area.  But this week, there isn’t even a peep.  By Monday afternoon I had read just about every substantial article that would be written about Penn State for the entire week.  I’ve scoured the blogosphere, looked everywhere I could, but realistically – there’s not much you can say about Penn State right now that hasn’t already been said in week 1.  We still don’t know how good our secondary is, we still are concerned about our offensive line, and we still are waiting to see if Jack Crawford is a man-bat from hell.

Simply putting someone like Virginia or Georgia Tech on our schedule, who i’m confident we could handle, would be 100 times better than trying to justify why the Zips might not be a pathetic team.  Any middle of the road team from a major conference can do wonders for our national reputation, and for an example of that I ask you to look no further than our game against Oregon State last year.  There was about 50 articles last year analyzing USC’s loss to Oregon State, and Penn State found itself as a footnote in every one of those articles.  My cup runneth over.

As we wipe the vanilla frosting from our mouths after this week and brush the red velvet crumbs from our uni’s, let’s hope that we’ve learned an important lesson about scheduling this year.  Let’s mix it up a bit – get crazy and play non-directional Florida!  Let’s give the sports writer’s something juicy to write about!  Because we’re not just hurting our national reputation, we’re also hurting my ability to procrastinate at work.  And that, my friends, is a sin.

Blue White Football Podcast #64: Temple Preview

September 17, 2009

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Another week and another victory for the Nittany Lions. Despite the outcome there are still pressing issues facing this Penn State team including the offensive line. Join Mike and Mark as they discuss concerns heading into the final tune-up game against Temple as well as a discussion of Josh Hull’s mustache with Black Shoe Diaries blogger Chris aka ‘Run Up the Score.’

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Blue White Football Podcast #63: Syracuse Preview

September 10, 2009

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The second podcast of the week takes a look at the Syracuse Orange and what to expect from quarterback Greg Paulus on Saturday. Also, tune in for a discussion about one of the oddest quotes to ever be uttered in the sports world.

Get ready for Saturday and let us know if you prefer two podcasts per week or one extended edition by sending us an email or by going to our Twitter page.

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