JoePa may not have helped his cause

DAVID JONES – JOE’S LAST STAND Patriot-News
I did not see the “Outside the Lines” special on the problems that Penn State is facing with its football players, but Jones did and does not believe that Joe Paterno handled it well, while university president Graham Spainer did.

Oh and since that special aired, two defensive linemen, Chris Baker and Phil Taylor were kicked off the team (CDT). Head on over to Black Shoe Diaries for more analysis and reaction. Baker’s pitbull getting him in trouble (CDT), may have been the last straw.

More and more, this is looking like Paterno’s last year as head coach.

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Music Tuesday: I’m on Fire (Live)

I am down the Shore this week, so I thought I would choose something by the favorite, Bruce Springsteen. I realize “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” would probably be more appropriate, but it is not one of my favorites. “Fire” on the other hand is one of his best. The staccato guitar is fantastic, exceeded only by some incredible lyrics like these:

Sometimes its like someone took a knife baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
Through the middle of my soul

At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train running through the
Middle of my head

Damn.

Album version (not embeddable)

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Henry Aaron disagrees

On Saturday evening, Erica and I were watching the Yankees vs. Red Sox game on FOX. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were talking about Boston starter Tim Wakefield‘s rookie season with the Pirates when he won two NLCS games against the Braves. Of course, those wins merely prolonged the inevitable for Pittsburgh as they lost in game 7 when Francisco Cabrera knocked in Sid Bream to win the NLCS. McCarver then added it was the most famous hit in Atlanta sports history.

Huh?

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Hey Brad, your favorite bridge is on schedule

Driscoll Bridge work is on pace for 2009 finishStar-Ledger
Brad will no doubt be thrilled to know that the reconstruction of the Driscoll Bridge complex is on schedule to be completed next May. When it is done, there will be a total of three bridges carrying 15 lanes (with shoulders) of the Garden State Parkway and US 9 traffic across the Raritan River. Heading north, it is a gateway to North Jersey; heading south it is the gateway to the Shore.

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I wish I had the dish or XM

If I were watching or listening to either of the next two Nats games from L.A., I’d put on the Dodgers broadcast for the first few innings . Vin Scully, probably the last Dodgers employee left from Brooklyn, still does home games for the first few innings on a radio/TV simulcast.

Scully is on the Mount Rushmore of baseball broadcasters which would also include Mel Allen, Red Barber and probably Jon Miller. Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas and several others also have legitimate claims to to being up there too.

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WTF is going on at the Vienna Inn?!

Police: Vienna Employee Injured in Malicious AttackWJLA
An employee got stabbed at the Vienna Inn early this morning:

Police say they received the 911 call from the victim himself, who said he had been attacked. Police responded to the 100 block of Maple Avenue in the town of Vienna shortly before 3 a.m. Officers say the victim suffered from life threatening stab wounds and was given first aid to control the bleeding until rescue crews arrived on the scene. It has been reported that the victim was stabbed inside the Inn’s restaurant.

Yikes, hopefully the employee will recover and the assailant will be brought to justice.

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Didn’t we all get loaded on our 21st birthday and ransack the Lasch Building?

No?! Really? Don’t tell that to Daniel Costenbader (junior-electrical engineering).

Lasch thief caughtThe Collegian

After Penn State Police took Daniel Costenbader (junior-electrical engineering) into custody, he admitted to making the false fight report — and to causing the damage to the building — all while wearing a stolen football helmet.

Before he called police at 3:15 a.m., an intoxicated Costenbader chased tackling dummies in the practice field, damaged property in the Lasch Building wearing a Penn State football helmet and picked up the Alamo Bowl trophy and various equipment, according to court documents.

Couldn’t he have at least stolen the Land Grant Trophy?

Oh.

Stinkin’ playcalling/Morelli!

As for Costenbader, just leave my university. Now.

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JoePa will stand up to Old Main, but not Morelli

Two interesting stories about Penn State head coach Joe Paterno:

Paterno’s sign to president, AD: Keep off the lawnPost-Gazette

Penn State president Graham Spanier says Paterno won’t be offered another contract after the upcoming season, but does Joe need a contract to be head coach?

Not in his mind.

Does he need to be on the sideline to be head coach?

Not necessarily, in his mind.

Does he have to be at practice during the week and in the meeting rooms to be head coach?

Not really, in his mind.

Given its posture to this point, you might wonder if the university thinks it would be overstepping to insist that the head coach be alive.

Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley are in a kind of self-induced paralysis from which there is no evident escape. Shooed off Paterno’s lawn once already with their sample resignation papers, the administrators seem no closer to any sort of succession plan than was in place in 1978.

Joe Paterno: hardly ordinaryReading Eagle

I think maybe I made a mistake last year. Jay (Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno) kept talking about playing Clark a little more to change things. I turned him down on that because I didn’t want to get into where (Anthony) Morelli was looking over his shoulder. I didn’t think that would be good for the kind of kid that Morelli is. This year it might be a whole different situation.

Maybe he is just trying to make his son Jay look good, but coddling Morelli was a disaster and supports my brother’s theory that JoePa has “lost the will to win.”

It could be a very interesting season. I think it will be better than last year, but it should be much better. Does the head coach have it in him? I am in no hurry to see him go, having Joe Paterno as head coach is a special thing, but only if he is really JOE PATERNO.

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