Is Carroll H. Cook (’54 Pitt) jinxing Penn State and Joe Paterno already?
Alex (Allentown, PA): You mentioned Penn State as a team on the rise and a 2009 National Championship Contender. How do you believe this affects Joe Paterno’s status considering he is in the last year of his contract? Does he decide when he leaves?
SportsNation Beano Cook: I think he will be back next year, I did not think that two years ago, and predicted 2008 would be it a few years back. Penn State could make a run this year given the Big Ten. I feel Penn State or Wisconsin will win the Big Ten. I am not writing off Ohio State, I am just making a prediction. I can’t pick every team.
Of course, this was before Wisconsin lost to Michigan, but still Beano on the Penn State bandwagon is a scary thing.
Thom Loverro: Nats return to scene of the (original) crime – The Wash. Times While I try to figure out how and more importantly when to write about the state of the Nationals, check out this column from yesterday about when it all went bad for the Nats — game 4 in Philadelphia. Oddly enough, my favorite scapegoat for that game and thus the season, Jesus Colome is not mentioned.
Mickey Vernon; Smooth Fielder, Hot Hitter for Senators – The Post Mickey Vernon was one of the most popular D.C. baseball players ever and probably the best first baseman. He died this week. I don’t know if this was acknowledged at Nationals Park as his death may not have been known until after the home season ended. Given that he was from outside of Philly, I wonder if there was a moment of silence for him at Citizen’s Bank Park last night. Vernon was also the original manager of the expansion Senators too.
Last night’s 8-4 loss in Philadelphia set extended a new record for futility for the Naitonals and brought Washington its first 100-loss season in about 40 years. It also clinched, for the second season in a row, the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge for my opponent — Cliff. Congratulations to him. When are you going to come and redeem your half-smoke, Cliff?