KEEP THE FAITH

Dan VictorPSU-OSU is still a big gameCDT Blue

Blue’s sports columnist reminds lackadaisical fans out there that this is STILL a big game with a lot at stake, especially bragging rights, in our on border showdown in the Big11Ten. I am keeping the faith by making another “mayor’s bet” with the managing editor of one of Gannett’s Ohio newspapers. He gets stickies if we lose, I get an equivalent product if we win.


Nittany Lions look to end losing skidCDT

It looks grim for Penn State, but it is pointed out the Lions have apparently behaved off the field this season, unlike OSU.

More from the Patriot-News: Penn State-Ohio State Preview

Patriot-News picks: Bob Flounders’ pick | David Jones’ pick
Nick Horvath’s pick | Guest reporter’s pick

More from Post-Gazette: Win vs. Ohio State would be salvation for ailing Penn State

Nittany Lions hit all cylinders against Buckeyes in 1994CDT

Happier times, much happier times.

Ron BrackenA change at QB is due after another PSU lossCDT

Has any active journalist been on the Penn State beat as long as Ron Bracken? I do not think so. He is calling for frosh QB Anthony Morelli to take over if the Lions lose again.


David JonesNo one’s looking, but new coach could be close byPatriot-News

After bashing national college football coverage by junior sportswriters from universities even more prestigious than Jones’ alma mater, THE Ohio State University, Jones actually takes a look possible successors to Joe Paterno, including Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and shoots down those possibilities. He then stumps for defensive coordinator Tom Bradley. Now, Phil Grosz, Blue White Illustrated publisher has publicly said that the next coach will be from outside the program, but then again he has also said that Chad Henne was a lock, we would go 8 – 3 the past two years, and is a huge homer. And just for the whining in the beginning of the article, I have post the succeeding article from Buckeye Buzz, an online only publication that I helped launch for the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio a few years back, because it references an incident between Jones and Paterno in the lead.

Paterno feeling the heat in Happy ValleyBuckeye Buzz

Standard “opposition” newspaper article on Paterno, with the Dave Jones reference.

TAX ISSUES FOR D.C. BASEBALL

Stadium tax scale due for revisionThe Wash. Times

No surprise that the council is looking at different ways to handle the gross-receipts tax. It is pretty clear that it needs some tweaking.


Bidders for new team to be charged $100,000The Wash. Times

Oh man, it looks like we are going to have to pass the hat around a little earlier than we thought, just getting into the bidding process will set us back 100K.

NOW PENN IS GOING TO BEAT ME

This is the manic magic house that Penn builtUSA Today

At home with Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller. Somewhere in Pennsyltucky – maybe near Mauch Chunk – there is a little boy who is extremely envious of that house and accompanying rock n’ roll lifestyle. To that little boy, I say that Penn could expletive deleted with YOUR rock n’ roll lifestyle.


SUBVERSIVE POLITICS IN HAPPY VALLEY

President’s backers offer Beaver Stadium statementCDT

Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on, this a really clever campaign trick, very funny. There should really be a photo with this story though.

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BIG DAY FOR D.C. BASEBALL

Vocal Crowd Turns Out to Talk BaseballThe Post

Lots of people

There was a big crowd at the District building, including incoming Ward 8 council member Marion Barry (file photo). Not too many people got to speak, but be certain the “mayor for life” got his two cents in. Overall, it sounds like it was a mixed meeting. The Wash. Times report was less positive: Baseball proposal evokes anger and Tom Knott’s column: It’s our ballclub and our burden.


D.C. Team to Open at RFK With D’backsThe Post

We already knew about the D-backs for the opener on the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut (a sign that the team will be called Grays if you believe Ball-Wonk and why not?) and the Giants in September. Anyhow, this is all tentative; they may move some dates so that there are not conflicts with Baltimore.

Tentative Schedule for D.C.’s Baseball Team

Going Batty for MementosThe Post

A look a some D.C. baseball collectors, including Charlie Brotman, the former p.a. announcer who was the M.C. at the big press conference. My collection: the Senators pennant that has appeared on this site in numerous places and a too small 1960 replica cap, which is presumably still buried somewhere at my folks house.

Tom LoverroAt last, Lucchino can come homeThe Wash Times

A plea for Red Sox executive Larry Luccino to come to Washington and build baseball like he did in Baltimore, San Diego, and Boston.

ONLY ONE DAY UNTIL THE BLOODBATH

Heather DinichThe answer to Penn State’s offensive woes is on the defenseCDT

Beat writer Heather Dinich thinks defensive players need to move to offense. She has the fullback lighter than the tailback though. I think we need the defense to score more than their pathetic four points last week.


Team’s woes a puzzle to SmolkoPatriot-News

Nobody on the team seems to understand that they JUST ARE NOT ANY GOOD. More puzzling to me is how Michael Robinson could miss a wide open Issac Smolko in the end zone last week. I guess it is because they JUST ARE NOT ANY GOOD.

PSU fans shift into negative gearPost-Gazette

I had not noticed, had you?

Jon SaracenoPaterno’s real tragedy may be not knowing when to goUSA Today

From Tuesday — PSU alum (’79 Com) Jon Saraceno wonders if it is time for Joe Paterno to hang up the spikes and unroll the trousers. Saraceno came under a lot of fire in the Penn State message board community two years ago for suggesting that Paterno was not living up to his legacy, but he was right on then and is again. The Times also has a take on the situation: Paterno Is Seeking Answers for an Age-Old Problem.

The New Border War: Ohio State vs. Penn StateBucknuts.com

A good history of the rivalry between PSU and OSU, who first played 92 years ago and 18 times since, from the OSU Rivals site. This is easily my favorite Big11Ten rivalry.

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GM SEARCH, TAKE TWO

Watson Declines GM Position In D.The Post

Bob Watson turned down the GM job for the perfectly reasonable reason of not wanting to be an interim GM waiting for new ownership. However, Pat Gillick, most recently Seattle’s GM, is willing to take that chance.

More from The Wash. Times:Watson doesn’t want to be D.C. team’s GM


Cost Estimate on Stadium JumpsThe Post

This is not surprising and less surprising is that the mayor’s office is downplaying the report. It is more fuel to the fire for those opposed to the ballpark (which is what they should be calling it, rather than stadium; ballpark is cute, stadium is large and imposing) at today’s marathon council session.

ONLY THREE DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Mills taking verbal hits off the fieldCDT

If you stay in a game with a concussion, you deserve some verbal hits. Of course, Mills with a concussion did not have turnovers on three consecutive plays, so maybe we were better off — things are that bad.


Story about Lavon ChisleyPatriot-News

Another missing headline from Patriot-News. The story is about Lavon Chisley, who played big on Saturday.

Penn State players not pointing fingersPost-Gazette

Maybe they should be pointing fingers.

Players sense discontent on campusThe Collegian

Why do you suppose that is boys (offense)/men (defense)?

E-ZPASS

Va. Joins E-ZPass Fast LaneThe Post

While it is great that our SmartTags are now valid in E-ZPass lanes (and vice versa), we will have a surcharge to pay for that transition. Oh and make sure that E-ZPass account has money in it if you are driving through NY, they will nail you with a fine if you do not have enough.


DAN SYNDER LOSES

Walkways At FedEx Will Open For FansThe Post

Redskins owner, Dan Snyder had convinced PG County to close walkways (public ones, mind you) leading up to FedEx Field because of “safety concerns.” In fact, he cared so much about safety, that he forced anyone coming to Redskins games to pay either a $5 bus fare from the nearest Metro station or $25 to park in a satellite lot which required a shuttle bus.


RED SOX NOW 1 – 85

This is incredibly disappointing; one of the truths we cling to — the Red Sox will always choke — is gone. While we are disappointed, the real problem will be in New England. For them, this will be the tragedy of dreams come true. They are going to find out that this is “all there is,” as Betty Fredian might say. They will also not be able to scapegoat the Red Sox for all that is wrong in their life: cars that won’t start, relationships gone sour, career shortcomings, etc. Now they will have to face reality. The whole New England character will be sent into disarray. I tell you, this will ultimately be a bad thing for that region. Oh, and we are going to have to hear about it from all these fans who just bought their BoSox merchandise too — how annoying.

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SCHEDULE COMING TO LIGHT

First Glimpse Into the Expos’ ScheduleThe Post

By piecing together other NL teams home schedules, some of the D.C. schedule becomes clear. No word on when the schedule will formally be released.


More than 10 groups interested in ExposThe Wash. Times

There are a lot of interested parties and of course, not much will occur after the World Series (which will be over much too soon for my taste). Loudoun baseball proponent Bill Collins is interested as well. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

170 Sign Up to Speak At Baseball HearingThe Post

This is expected to go on forever, with three minutes (or more) for each of the 170 speakers. I would expect it to be largely negative.

Report: Team won’t aid economyThe Wash. Times

No surprise here, the CATO institute is against a publicly funded ballpark, though they concede that “baseball brings numerous intangible and emotional benefits.” Hey, making the District a more enticing place to live and taking money from the suburbs sounds like something more than intangible to me. Mayor Williams wonders why CATO is paying attention to it with all that is going on in the world.

More blogs: Yesterday’s distinguished Senators reported that two new blogs, Ball-Wonk (great name, great logo) and Capitol Punishment are online following D.C. baseball. Both offer lots of commentary, like distinguished Senators. I am still going to be taking the quick hits, news and comment route, with the site updated before you get to work. Ball-Wonk is also convinced that D.C.’s team will be the Grays, which is fine by me. Welcome aboard new bloggers!

PATERNO PRESS CONFERENCE

Paterno press conference transcript 10/26/04Post-Gazette

During the Viet Nam war, the nightly press conference became known as the Five O’clock Follies. We need a similar term for this weekly exercise. Iowa’s defense knew what plays were coming, up to 40% of the time. Oh, and Zack Mills has a concussion (explains a lot about Saturday) and probably will not play, meaning Michael Robinson is the QB. Sounds like Anthony Morelli is not getting in either, Paterno does not think he is ready. Well, gee Joe, I do not think Zack or MRob was ready either, they still got to play.

  • Mills ‘doubtful’ for Saturday with concussionCDT
  • Play-calling an issue again for Penn StateCDT
  • Walt MoodyPaterno doesn’t disclose answers to Nittany Lions’ problemsCDT
  • Offense’s list of concerns growsPatriot-News
  • Iowa player: Defense diagnosed PSU’s playsPatriot-News
  • Nick Horvath, Jr.Problems too copious for quick fixPatriot-News
  • Gene CollierPredicting Pitt-Penn State winner almost a pointless endeavorPost-Gazette
  • Penn State Notebook: Robinson will start at QBPost-Gazette
  • Wade MalcolmPaterno must leave for everyone’s sakeThe Collegian

    SO MUCH FOR PSU LAW

    Spanier: It may be best to cut Dickinson tiesCDT

    Another high profile failure for Graham Spanier, along the lines of the Gesigner merger. DSL is about a third tier law school, so I am not sure how much this helps the university as a whole. Ouch.


    NYC SUBWAY AT 100

    A Day in the Subway, as It Rolls Up a CenturyThe Times

    Today is the 100th birthday of the New York City Subway. The Times did a great section in March about the system, which, is the best one I have ever used, and I doubt Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, and San Francisco can ever compare. D.C.’s Metro is the second best I have ever used. NYC and D.C. both are much more user friendly than the other two major systems I have been on, in Boston and Montréal.

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  • WATSON EXPECTED TO BE NAMED G.M.

    Expos’ GM Likely Will Be WatsonThe Post

    Sounds like former Yankees and Astros GM Bob Watson is the new GM. Also, NIMBY opposition in SW. When does hizzoner get back from the Far East?


    Hearing may affect D.C. stadium billThe Wash. Times

    Everybody wants to get “their piece of the pie” when it comes to ballpark funding. I have been saying for a while now that there will be modifications to the deal, but I expect it to go through.

    Monumental task for TavaresMLB.com

    Official MLB article from last week on Tony Tavares coming to the District.

    MORE PSU POSTMORTEM

    Lions’ defense happy about excessive playing timeThe Collegian

    Had they given up more than six points, I would say they were too happy to be out there. You almost have to wonder if the offense is too eager to make the defense happy by going four and out so much.


    PSU Digest | Nittany Lions clash with Northwestern to start at noonCDT

    No surprise that this game is a noon kickoff and on ESPN Plus.

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    CATCHING UP WITH D.C. BASEBALL

    The Ultimate CloserThe Post

    Grzenda Threw Last Pitch for Senators in Game That Ended With Forfeit

    If you have ever wondered who threw the last pitch in the history of the Washington Senators, wonder no more; Joe Grzenda is that pitcher and there is a lengthy feature about him by Bill Gildea.


    Without a New Owner, Expos Sit in LimboThe Post

    Bids are being accepted until November 1 and then MLB gets down to business. There is talk of a GM being hired in the next week or so. I would expect that MLB will let the new GM splurge on one free agent before the new ownership comes in and it would not surprise me if Boston’s SS Orlando Cabrera, a former Expo, is the one.

    For Mayor’s Assistant, Baseball Is Latest TriumphThe Post

    A profile of Mayor Williams right hand man in the MLB negotiations, Stephen M. Green. It turns out they know each from their Yale days. Do you think some cantab could have brought baseball back to D.C.? We will have to make him minister of something during in the Jack Evans empire.

    RFK due to retain prime soccer seatingThe Wash. Times

    STARPLEX (is it still called that?) thinks it can host baseball and soccer in the same season. Sounds like a recipe for trouble.

    More from The Post: D.C. Seeking Bids to Fix Up RFK in Time For Baseball


    IOWA 6 PENN STATE 4

    This is not a typo, as most of you already know. It was an unbelievable game, very exciting and competitive. Penn State’s offense was just so inept that we looked forward to punts because it meant, a.) they did not turn it over and b.) we would have a chance to score with the defense on the field. This was the game that convinced me that “Joe must go.” It is sad. For the good of the program, he needs to step down. This is not working and I hate to say that. Unless he fires his son, I do not see how he can be coach.


    Joe: We’re so closePatriot-News

    Sadly, I am beginning to think that they are so close because the competition keeps on playing down to their level. Also, I disagree with JoePa that they are “so close.” Yes, on the scoreboard, but an offense as pathetic as that is not close to anybody.

    PSU REPORT CARDPatriot-News

    Bob Flouders is angry filling out these grades.

    David JonesHey, it isn’t easy to finish with 4Patriot-News

    He’s right of course, on just about every front.


    It is not much consolation, but at least Notre Dame and Nebraska lost and Purdue is 0-2 since Beano Cook said they had something special in West Lafyette.
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    CATCHING UP WITH D.C. BASEBALL

    The Ultimate CloserThe Post

    Grzenda Threw Last Pitch for Senators in Game That Ended With Forfeit

    If you have ever wondered who threw the last pitch in the history of the Washington Senators, wonder no more; Joe Grzenda is that pitcher and there is a lengthy feature about him by Bill Gildea.


    Without a New Owner, Expos Sit in LimboThe Post

    Bids are being accepted until November 1 and then MLB gets down to business. There is talk of a GM being hired in the next week or so. I would expect that MLB will let the new GM splurge on one free agent before the new ownership comes in and it would not surprise me if Boston’s SS Orlando Cabrera, a former Expo, is the one.

    For Mayor’s Assistant, Baseball Is Latest TriumphThe Post

    A profile of Mayor Williams right hand man in the MLB negotiations, Stephen M. Green. It turns out they know each from their Yale days. Do you think some cantab could have brought baseball back to D.C.? We will have to make him minister of something during in the Jack Evans empire.

    RFK due to retain prime soccer seatingThe Wash. Times

    STARPLEX (is it still called that?) thinks it can host baseball and soccer in the same season. Sounds like a recipe for trouble.

    More from The Post: D.C. Seeking Bids to Fix Up RFK in Time For Baseball


    IOWA 6 PENN STATE 4

    This is not a typo, as most of you already know. It was an unbelievable game, very exciting and competitive. Penn State’s offense was just so inept that we looked forward to punts because it meant, a.) they did not turn it over and b.) we would have a chance to score with the defense on the field. This was the game that convinced me that “Joe must go.” It is sad. For the good of the program, he needs to step down. This is not working and I hate to say that. Unless he fires his son, I do not see how he can be coach.

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    D.C. BASEBALL: UNSTOPPABLE FORCE?

    Stadium Support Seems SolidThe Post

    Opponents Doubt They Can Stop Plan

    This is a cheerful article to start your morning. If they need to allocate a little money for whatever pet projects that suddenly appeared on Sept. 29, fine by me. Just get the funding passed and the construction started.


    MLB sets schedule for sale of teamThe Wash. Times

    Wow, I have until November 1 to get my bid together. Anybody want to help out? Also, lots more information about important milestones like a radio deal and a new name for the team. I think it will be Grays, there is a lot of good PR for that choice. Seriously, many Districtonians are against “Senators” because D.C. does not have Senators. Also, how will council members be able to say “NO” to a team that honors the Negro Leagues?

    PATERNO PRESS CONFERENCE

    Paterno press conference transcriptPost-Gazette

    Read for yourself what Coach Paterno had to say yesterday.

    Listen to it. Patriot-News

    More from the Patriot-News: DON’T MESS WITH JOE


    QB to return SaturdayThe Collegian

    MRob is coming back!

    More from the CDT: Robinson cleared to play vs. Iowa this Saturday

    More from the Post-Gazette: Robinson’s return a lift for Lions

    Offensive struggles key to seasonThe Collegian

    A running game would be nice. So would pass protection.

    Penn State Notebook: A weekend off was good for everyonePost-Gazette

    It was good for me, was it good for you?

    THE HOT LISTPatriot-News

    Weekly PSU top ten.

    MEMO TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES

    WAKE UP! This is Boston, the Red Sox. You have owned these guys for over 80 years. This better be part of an elaborate plan to give them false hope and thus crush the soul of New England again, but enough is enough. Put them away, you only have one more chance!

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    YEAH, THAT’S THE TICKET

    Baseball eager to sell ticketsThe Wash. Times

    Tony Tavares is talking about having tickets on sale in the middle or late November. Sounds good to me, I cannot wait to get some. My tentative bachelor party plans are to do it at RFK too.


    ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

    Collegiate career not what PSU seniors had in mindThe Collegian

    Nor is it what PSU alumni had in mind.


    Kickoff for Ohio State football gameCDT

    Remember when Penn State vs. The Ohio State was always a marque game between to undefeated powers? Well, not anymore; depressing really. This year’s game will be shown on ABC or ESPN. My hope is for ESPN, that way we know it will be televised in D.C.

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