Blue White Roundtable: Remember on Dragnet whenever Friday and Gannon would have to go to Pasadena, they said "the home fo the Rose Bowl?"

Since my blogging is ultimately at the convenience of BloggerTM , I have no idea when this pre-Rose Bowl episode of Blue White Roundtable will actually appear. Anyway, this week’s questions come from Zombie Nation.

1. Let’s play a little catch up. How huge was the Kevin Newsome
pickup, and what should Penn State do with him in 2009? Is there
another commit you’re particularly excited about, besides Newsome?

I am not excited about any recruits because recruiting is not my thing. I would rather be following other sports that are actually playing when Penn State football is out of season. That being said, Penn State really needed a QB after Pat Devlin decided he’d rather be a Blue Hen than a Nittany Lion, so this good news.

2. You’ve heard a lot about how Penn State doesn’t have a shot in hell at beating USC. “The USC defense is the best ever… The Big Ten can’t
win Rose Bowls… Penn State lost to lowly Iowa…” Tell us why any of
those arguments don’t pass the rationality test.

Penn State has an offense that was limited by only two things this year — the playcalling on the road and Daryll Clark‘s concussion. That being said, USC is scary good, but not as good as previous editions. Penn State’s pass rush is probably the key to the game. They need to pressure USC QB Matt Sanchez so that he cannot pick apart the secondary.

3. Pick one win this season that best exemplifies what Penn State must do in each facet of the game (example: Passing vs. MSU), to win the
Rose Bowl. Pick for passing, rushing, special teams, pass defense, run
defense, play-calling/coaching.

Let’s be realistic, Penn State is not likely to throw the ball as well against USC as they did against MSU. I’d love to see them pass that way. I’d like to see coaching adjustments like the Michigan game and a pass rush like that game too. Safetys are good.

Bonus

Penn State # of scores vs. USC (touchdowns, field goals, anything)…

Two touchdowns, three field goals

USC # of scores vs. PSU…

Two touchdowns, two field goals

I guess that means I have a prediction.

Joe Paterno finishes his 3-yr contract?
This one or the one he signs in three years?

Black Shoe Diaries
The Nittany Line
There is No Name on My Jersey
Tangled Up in
White and Blue

Happy Hour Valley
We Want the Lion

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Places I went in 2008

I used the same criteria as previous years — I have to had a meal or spent the night there. Fast food does not count either.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
McLean, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Columbia, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Sea Isle City, N.J
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Bronx, N.Y.
New York, N.Y.
Allentown, Pa.
Belleville, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Lewisberry, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Manada Hill, Pa.
Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
State College, Pa.
Tannersville, Pa.
Kenley, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Conway, S.C.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

There are a couple of exceptions to the rule — we did not eat in Bluemont, but cut down a Christmas tree, so that counts. Also, we drove through Delaware but did not stop.
This year also marked the least amount of visits to New Jersey ever. Next year, we will have to do better.

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Teixiera to the Yankees

So, Mark Teixiera is headed to my AL club (ESPN) and not my NL one. This makes sense for me since Teixiera would not make the Nationals champions in the short-term and not even in the long-term by himself. I was not crazy about a contract that big from the Nationals at this point in The Plan (if it still exists).

As a Yankee Teixiera can be an important part of the team without having to carry it. While he said no the Nats, he also spurned to his “hometown” Orioles. Hey, Peter Angelo$ you lose!

The Yankees better win it all this year.

Silver lining for D.C. fans — good relations (if that is possible) with uber agent Scott Boras. Will that mean a discount with the #1 pick, Steven Strasberg. Of course not, but at least they have an idea of how to deal with the agent.

Now, can we just move on?

NOTA BENE: I have been trying to get this to appear for hours, blogger and my have not been talking to each other for some reason.

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The No Way Out House

The 1987 film, No Way Out, is a good Washington/Cold War thriller that holds up pretty well, despite some glaring location errors (mostly about Metro), cheesy synthesizer music that belongs in bad sci-fi and Sean Young. Additionally, No Way Out opens with a tracking shot directly over my old apartments in The Potomac at Riverhouse* in Pentagon City. That shot ends on a house on Arlington Ridge Road where the protagonist, played by Kevin Costner, is being interrogated. A while back Fritz and I went looking for the house, but it is long gone. Fritz, who still lives in Pentagon City (his building was barely visible in the movie) found the location of the former house and wrote about it, so go there and read about it. Good detective work Fritz.

Oh and here is the opening of the movie with the tracking shot over the old, barely developed Pentagon City:

*Technically, my father’s appartment too, as he lived there when it was called Riverhouse II.

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Oh boy, Daniel Cabrera signs with D.C.

Nats Bring In Ex-Oriole CabreraThe Post
Nationals, Cabrera agree to 1-year dealThe Wash. Times
I guess there are two ways to look at this signing:

1) DumpsterTM diver Jim Bowden got some trash that not even the Orioles could stand

2) Randy St. Claire gets to turn another bad pitcher into a mediocre one.

I am not sure which is right, but I want him to succeed because he’s wearing the right uniform now.

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