ANGELO$ INFAMY

William GildeaMake Room In the Owners’ Hall of ShameThe Post

Baltimore native William Gildea slams Peter Angelo$ and lumps him in with Walter O’malley, Bob Irsay, Bob Short, etc.


ONLY 4 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Corners, safeties deal with injuriesThe Collegian

The Collegian has returned and the first football story is about the banged-up secondary. However, the spin is fairly positive, it was a banged up secondary a few seasons ago that led to the current one having so much experience.


Mills, Wake now serve as Lions’ old-timersThe Collegian

More about the captains for this season.

Penn State brings matchup problemAkron Beacon Journal

Akron’s coach is concerned about Michael Robinson in the multi-back role, not to mention the crowd noise, especially if the Zips get behind in the second quarter.

Brookhart’s unorthodox methods help win friends at AkronPost-Gazette

More about Akron’s coach, a former Pitt assistant.

Akron’s Frye hoping to live up to Heisman hypeTribune-Review

Akron is touting their QB as a Heisman candidate. Let’s hope the Lions do their job and end any of that speculation.

FROM AKRON: Zips receivers readyBeacon Journal via CDT

Another story from the Akron paper, though hosted by the CDT.

Frank BodaniMake PSU vs. Pitt happenYDR

Another column demanding the resumption of the Penn State vs. Pitt series.

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CRIPPLED

Yesterday afternoon, as I was preparing for a second update, XP failed (big time) and I have been down ever since, thus no updates on the blog this morning. I am going to try and steal away some time at lunch, but it may have to wait until this evening.

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BLOCKBUSTER EDITION

It is a HUGE Monday here at WWN! Stories about two of our favorite things, D.C. baseball and Penn State football, from both today and yesterday are up. My advice — pace yourself, it may take some time. Also, check back this evening, I may have another update because there may be more stories out there.


THE NEXT YURASKO GENERATION

Erica, Christopher, and I were all down in Virginia Beach this weekend to see our cousin Frank (and his wife) Melissa’s son, Frankie, who is barely two weeks old. Check out the gallery and see the first time I have ever held a baby. Our other Yurasko cousins, plus their significant others, were there too, though they did not all make it into the gallery.


WHAT ARE THE EXPOS ACTUALLY LIKE?

With Expos, Little Assembly RequiredThe Post

They are better than their current, 55 – 74 record and Omar Minaya needs to be retained as GM.


ONLY 5 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Ron CookPitt-Penn State series is bigger than PaternoPost-Gazette

Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh newspaper columnists are blaming Joe Paterno for holding up the Penn State-Pitt series and not Walt Harris. Harris went off on Paterno earlier this summer because it gets the Pittsburgh faithful (all four of them) to overlook what a mediocre coach he has been. It seems to have worked.

MORE: Joe StarkeyGet over it, Joe!Tribune-Review


Trio of Penn StateTimes-Leader

A look at the top three RBs on the depth chart. Neither has pulled away yet.

SUNDAY EXPOS NEWS

Va. Stadium Financing Still UnclearThe Post

I am sure MLB will get reassurances from Va. like D.C. has given.


George SolomonNo Lie, the Moment of Truth Grows NearThe Post

I think he is right. The tension is terrible. He also mentions Frank Herzog.

Thom LovernoBaseball: So close and yet so farThe Wash. Times

Well said…

SUNDAY LIONS STORIES

A few stories from yesterday. I do not have time to comment on them much, but Ron Bracken says 5 – 6. I disagree, but then again, he has been covering them since before I was born, so perhaps he has a better idea. I hope not.


The Lion in Late, Late AutumnThe Times Magazine

A Sunday magazine article on Joe Paterno; how many head coaches get that treatment?

Penn State counting on improved play from defensive lineCDT

They will be better. If the offense can stay on the field now and again, they will be much better.

Ron BrackenNittany Lions should be better but who knows how muchCDT


Wanted: PlaymakersPatriot-News

Well, real playmakers, not like the ESPN ones; we had those last year.

When you’re everybody’s hero, it hurts a little more when the cheers die downPatriot-News

A feature story on Zack Mills, once thought to be the savior of the program. I think he will have a good year, maybe even all Big11Ten if we are lucky.

Hall needs a homePatriot-News

Will it be the sideline or the booth?

Pitt-PSU renewal is all talkPost-Gazette

Apparently, there were discussions about renewing the Penn State-Pitt series, but Pitt coach Walt Harris ran his mouth and now Paterno is not interested. That is rather funny, since Harris was trying to deflect criticism of his underachieving program by going after Penn State. Thanks Walt, this latest blunder makes you the laughing stock of Pennsylvania football, even though we went 3 – 9. Better win the Big (L)East if you want to keep your job.

OLD SCHOOL VALUESNY Post

The reporter in this article is a PSU alumnus, in fact I believe he went to the Old School (aka Penn State Hazleton) — an amusing coincidence.

Mills feels aged by PSU yearsTribune-Review

He has almost seen all you can as a college QB.

Mills ready to craft his own legacyYork Sunday News

Even more on Zack.
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SURVEY SAYS…

Fans Back Pitch for Baseball, D.C. SaysThe Post

A survey by the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission says that area fans want a ballpark in D.C. as opposed to Loudon County. This of course, contradicts, the Va. stadium authorities survey. I think the D.C. one is more accurate and not just because I want it to be.

More from The Wash. Times: Survey shows support for D.C..


D.C. Official: City Could Block Use of RFKThe Post

As much as I want a D.C. team, Jack Evans and company could take a higher road than to threaten the Va. this way. It is childish and probably does not help the cause.

ONLY ONE WEEK UNTIL KICKOFF

We are so close! The best Saturday’s of the year begin in just seven days. Enjoy your last non-football Saturday for a long time.

There are a so many stories out there today and yesterday featured today. Joe Paterno had his last press conference before the season and had a lot to say. You might want to block off some time to read all of this stuff.


Paterno press conference transcriptPost-Gazette

The first press conference of the year! If you would rather listen to it, the Patriot-News/pennlive.com has it (and other media) here.

Paterno counting on versatile backup Michael RobinsonCDT

The era of the multiback will continue, which is no surprise. Hopefully, it will work this year and not mess up the rhythm of the offense again.

Rush would like to stay anonymousCDT

If I recall correctly, Phil Grosz said that Charles Rush is the one offensive lineman who will probably not get an NFL shot, primarily due to fallen arches.

Rosters needed with this PSU teamCDT

There are lots of people on the roster we do not know yet, which okay considering what the people we did know did last season.

Harrell redshirts for 2004Patriot-News

If you caught Wednesday’s blog, you already saw this information.

Football Notebook: Safety could miss ’04 seasonPost-Gazette

More notes from yesterday’s press conference.

Football Q & A with Chico HarlanPost-Gazette

The new beat writer for PSU football hosts his first Q & A, a P-G staple.


JoePa offers rare praiseYDR

Paterno thinks Michael Robinson may be the best all around player in college football right now. I disagree, I think he must have been trying to make MRob feel good. However, I would love to take back this statement.

Sam Ross, Jr.Slot man Robinson’s best roleTribune-Review

It has become a cliche; a black quarterback who is an incredible athlete gets moved to WR, but it might make a lot of sense to do this with Mike Robinson. There are of course some downsides:
  1. Will it take away from his development as QB, which is particularly troubling if Mills gets hurt
  2. Takes away from the development of other WRs
  3. Makes him more prone to injury, which could be disastrous

It is a risky proposition to play him there or not at all, which coming off a 3 – 9 season makes me think it is worth it. We will see what JoePa does.


Paterno optimistic about team’s turnaroundTribune-Review

The reporter is not as optimistic as Paterno and predicts 5 – 6 if they lose at Boston College. I think a lot of people are taking that view, though I am not ready too.

Jefferson carries defensive mentalityTribune-Review

Returning FB Paul Jefferson should be a bulldozer this year.

Paterno would like to renew rivalry – if deal is rightTribune-Review

More about the Penn State vs. Pitt controversey. Sounds like we are getting to versions of the story, depending on who is telling it. When it all comes down to it, this means a lot more to Pitt than Penn State.

Sales, Brown to get playing time for PSUTribune-Review

All of our LBs will get a fair share of playing time I think. Grosz said that Dontey Brown is the next Brandon Short. Sounds good to me.

Penn State: Wake has high hopes for NittanysDelco Times

More about Derek Wake, who has been, thus far, an underachiever during his career. It also has a great quote from a former Maryland coach, which is Quote of the Day at the bottom of today’s entry.

The family feuds: Football can be a great barrierBlairsville Dispatch

A long feature article about one family and the Penn State-Pitt rivalry as well as other rivalries. Read it if you are really bored or if it is raining.

MORE PENN STATE NEWS

Spanier Q&A: Penn State sesquicentennial offers opportunity ‘to respect and build on its traditions as we chart a course for the future’CDT

A loooong interview with university president, Graham Spainer.


Blue Band keeps Penn State fans movin’ and shakin’CDT

It felt so good to hear the Blue Band at the Grosz event earlier this week, I practically had goose bumps.

HOT LANES

Va. to Build Beltway Toll LanesThe Post

How is it that the federal government was able to pay for 40,000 miles of interstate highway with smaller gas taxes and now with gas taxes, cannot seem to find the money to expand these interstates?


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Your potential is going to cost me my job.

Jerry Clairbourne, former Maryland coach
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