More on All Hallows Eve

Some more observations about today:

Best trick-or-treat candies: Milky Way, KitKat, Nestle Crunch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Sugar Daddy

Worst trick-or-treat candies: Charleston Chew, Nerds, pennies, Junior Mints, Whoppers

Best costumes (dudes): zombie, ninja, jedi

Best costumes (chicks): cat, nurse, vampiress, devil, angel, Supergirl, bunny, nurse, fairy…just about anything

Worst costume: dudes as chicks

Best Treehouse of Horror: The Shinning

On Sunday morning I saw an excellent walk of shame. Dude was walking back to my building at about 9:30 a.m. in something that looked like a burgundy leisure suit — but just pants and a vest, no shirt underneath.

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Tepid stove league!

O’s Find Soriano Is Seeking A Rich Free Agent PaydayThe Post
I am disappointed to hear that Balmer is overwhelmed by Alfonso Soriano‘s contract demands. I was hoping an opportunistic would sign Soriano to spite the Nationals and then get stuck with diminishing returns on a monster contract.

In other Nats news, Robert Fick and Jose Guillen filed for free agency (nationals.com). Both want to come back, but it seems unlikely that Fick will get the opportunity. I expect Guillen to be offered an incentive-laden deal; Jim Bowden probably figures that at the very least, he’ll have a potential baby-sitter for his kids. I’ll be interested to see if Guillen signs it, or if he is insulted by the offer and vows vengence against the Nationals and Bowden, should he able to play against them. The latter is much more entertaining than having him stewing on the bench because Austin Kearns is the real rightfielder now. It is much more entertaining than the former — Guillen playing right field. He blew it for himself (but saved the Nats from more Bowden stupidity) when he rejected a contract in spring training. I don’t think he adds anything that Kearns does not, other than potential locker room cancer.


Phil Wood: 1,000 reasons to honor East CapitolThe Wash. Examiner
Wood wants the 1,000th baseball game at RFK Stadium to be turned into a special occasion with players from the first game featuring the Senators and Tigers in attendance. Okay, sounds like fun.
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PSU vs. Wisky on 7; Temple kickoff announced

I am pleased to report that Ch. 7 WJLA is listing Penn State vs. Wisconsin on its Saturday schedule. It had to have been the call to action.

Also, the Nov. 11 Penn State vs. Temple game is an ESPN Regional/Plus broadcast (Intercollegiate Athletics). Kickoff for that game is 3:30 p.m.

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WWN Call to Action: Lions, Badgers light up the phones!

As of this morning, Ch. 7 WJLA-TV had not made a decision on what game to broadcast on Saturday, Penn State vs. Wisconsin or Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M. I am asking all area Penn Staters (and Wisconsin alums for that matter) to let WJLA know that we want them to carry PSU vs. Wisky. You can contact them via their Web site’s “contact us” form or by calling them at 703-236-9552. Please be polite, thank them for running Saturday’s game, and request that they run this Saturday’s contest too. There are over 10,000 Penn Staters in the area and who knows how many Badgers. Combined, I am sure there are more of us than either Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

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Soriano, some other guy file on day 2 of free agency

Nats’ Soriano Files For Free AgencyThe Post
LF Alfonso Soriano is officially a free agent now. Nats president Stan Kasten is trying to soften the eventual blow:

There’s certainly nothing certain about what will happen after this year, but we do love Alfonso and what he’s done for our team, what he means to our team, and what he means to our fans. And if there’s a way for us to keep him consistent with building a world championship, we’ll do that.

Soriano is going to ask for $18 million over 5 to 6 years. Who would be stupid enough to spend that on him?

Also, Tony Armas, Jr. filed for free agency, but it hardly matters since no one will really want him this year either. I’ll bet he is back in D.C. next season. Lastly, the team was given permission to speak to Jose Oquendo, 3rd base coach for the world champs. This might be an attractive offer based soley on the fact that D.C. is a safer place to live than St. Louis (USA Today).

More from The Free Lance-Star: Soriano officially a free agent

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If only the band was on the field

  • Let’s give thanks to Purdue for making the final seconds of the game more interesting than the previous 3596. I think they lost 40 yards on the laterals. Such a shame Josh Gaines couldn’t stay on his feet, it would have been one of the greatest touchdowns ever.
  • Offenisve line! Granted it was against no one, but heh, it was enough.
  • Shutout for the defense!
  • Paul Posluszny is a force again, yea!
  • Anthony Morelli still looks troubled.
  • Pretty good job by the coaches today.
  • Deja vu all over again — Like Illinois, if Purdue could complete some passes it would have been a very different game.
  • DB Nolan McCready made two crucial tackles late.
  • Illinois gave Wisconsin a scare too, but thankfully the Badgers came back. Madison is hard enough to play in with a tough loss fresh on the Badgers’ minds.
  • Penn State got very lucky to get Tony Hunt’s fumble reversed.
  • Boilermakers anyone?
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  • 2006 WWN PENN STATE PREGAME #9

    Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers

    After a win that felt like a loss, Penn State hits the road with a 5-3 record. This is only the second trip to Purdue this century.

    Yes, it does get harder to do these things when the team is playing poorly.

    Penn State Gameday CentralIntercollegiate Athletics

    LAST WEEK

    Penn State was lethargic for most of the game, but the defense, aided by some key dropped passes, kept the Illini out the end zone long enough to get some turnovers and let the offense wake up a little bit. Most troubling sign — the defense scored 9 points in the redzone, the offense 7. More

    THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: PURDUE BOILERMAKERS

    This is only the second time Penn State has visited West Lafyette in the 21st century. Penn State owns the series, losing only once.

    Purdue and Penn State have identical 5-3 records. Neither team has beaten anybody of significance and both have some weaknesses. Not surprisingly for Purdue, it is the defense. For Penn State it is the offensive line. Last week, Purude’s offense couldn’t do anything and lost to Wisconsin. Penn State’s couldn’t do anything aganist Illinois, but found a way to win.

    NO RANKING

    Penn State is still unranked in the major college polls and will be for sometime. The next opprutunity to get back in is winning the next two games. They probably aren’t the best 5-3 team in the country.

    PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Transcript | Audio (Fight On State)

    IMPORTANT ARTICLES

  • Purdue’s no longer league’s hot programPatriot-News
  • Nittany Lions’ line still seeking unityCDT
  • Lions look to become bowl eligibleThe Collegian
  • Purdue, Penn St. both need win to boost bowl hopesAP/CDT
  • PSU wideouts stoke fire in hopes of increasing productionCDT
  • Football: Penn State needs to get more mileage out of Morelli, receiversPost-Gazette
  • PSU Football: Purdue quarterback battles with inconsistencyPost-Gazette
  • Penn State vs. Purdue: The MatchupTribune-Review
  • Penn State dogged by questionsCDT

  • Lions lucky to be in runningThe Collegian

    BEANO WATCH

    Carroll H. Cook (’54 Pitt) had nothing to say about Penn State again. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

    TELEVISION

    The contest is being televised in the northeast and upper mid-west by ABC, coverage starts at noon. Coverage map

    MORE COVERAGE

  • Penn State Football Official Site – from the “Kremlin”
  • CDT coverage
  • Patriot-News coverage
  • Post-Gazette coverage
  • Tribune-Review coverage
  • 50 Yard Lion Blog – an Altoona dentist; daily (Patriot-News)
  • PA Sports Blog – mostly recruiting, if that is your thing
  • NittPickers – fans who work for the Patriot-News
  • No Cheering Aloud – sportswriters at the Patriot-News
  • Nittany Lines Blog — sports ed. from The Morning Call
  • Jeff Rice’s blog — PSU football beat writer at the CDT
  • Ask Jeff Q & A (CDT)
  • Monday Morning QB – Steve Smith (CDT)
  • FightOnState.com — free
  • Blue White Illustrated — Phil Grosz, subscription required

    PREDICTIONS

    Penn State’s defense is better than Purdue’s offense. Penn State offense is good enough against Purdue’s defense, but it is still close. Penn State wins 27-20.

    IN CLOSING

    Go STATE, beat Boilermakers!

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