Marrero gets spring invite

Marrero invited to Spring TrainingThe Post
They say Chris Marrero, 20, is the first baseman of the future for the Nationals, but he injured his fibula on June 19 of last year for A-Potomac and has not played since. Nevertheless, he has been invited to spring training as a member of the big club. Hopefully he can develop quickly since the Nats don’t appear to be in any hurry to get a 1st baseman right now. If I recall correctly, both Nick Johnson (wrist, healing power = 1) and Dmitri Young (fat) are not signed for 2010 and the likelihood of both of them being healthy enough to play in 2009 is hardly a sure thing.

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Penn State 2009 football schedule is official (for now)

Nittany Lions’ 2009 Football Schedule Features Visits by Ohio State, Iowa and SyracuseIntercollegiate Athletics
My brother will be quite pleased to learn that the Akron Zips come to Penn State for the season opener this year. Otherwise, the non-conference schedule is pretty weak this season.


09/05/2009 AKRON
09/12/2009 SYRACUSE
09/19/2009 TEMPLE
09/26/2009 IOWA*
10/03/2009 at Illinois
10/10/2009 EASTERN ILLINOIS
10/17/2009 MINNESOTA**
10/24/2009 at Michigan
10/31/2009 at Northwestern
11/07/2009 OHIO STATE
11/14/2009 INDIANA
11/21/2009 at Michigan State

* All-U/Varsity “S” Day
** Homecoming

There are rumors Eastern Illinois will be replaced by an ACC team with ESPN intervention. A similar thing happened for the Oregon State game last year.

Updated: Penn State Big11Ten football schedule though 2012 is out

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Super Bowl XLIII prediction

Time for one last NFL playoffs prediction! We’ve got the established Pittsburgh Steelers against the upstart Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The two teams, which were briefly one during World War II, have some other similarities as well. Both have been owned by the same families since the 1930s. Both were generally awful for a large part of their existence. We know that the Cardinals had not won a championship since 1948 and only one other playoff game before this year. They also moved twice, from Chicago to St. Louis to Phoenix (actually Tempe) and even changed their location to Arizona. Many people forgot that the Steelers stunk for their first forty years in the league before breaking through in the 1970s. They have a huge fanbase spread out as Western Pennsylvanians have moved elsewhere for generations. The Cardinals on the other hand, don’t have much a fanbase anywhere, including Arizona.

Okay, enough with the history. My pick is simple — the Pittsburgh Steelers will win Super Bowl XLIII, it is a LOCK. They are more talented and experienced than the Cardinals in almost every way. They have a better defense, a strong enough offense and Super Bowl experience. The Cardinals may have better receivers and a quarterback with twice as much Super Bowl experience, but I think the Steelers secondary and pash rush offsets that enough. I expect the Steelers to win by at least 10 points.

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Penn State scheduling rumor du jour*

Courtesy of Black Shoe Diaries, word is that Penn State and ESPN are working to replace the Eastern Illinois game with a matchup against an ACC team. That sounds a lot better than Tony Romo’s alma mater, no?

Apparently, UNC is not one of the teams though likely to show up in Happy Valley though. You could probably rule out UVa. (scheduled in a few years) and Boston College (just played them). How about our old rival, Maryland?

*Actually from last week.

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You probably can spell Nittany with N-I-T

DAVID JONES – PSU’s position isn’t as bright as you believePatriot-News
Yes, the Penn State basketball team is looking better than average at 16-5 this year. They are 5-3 in the Big11Ten too which is highly unusual for them too. However, before you crown ‘em remember they did not play anybody out of conference of note and still lost two of those games, so a Big Dance invitation is going to take some more strong conference play and a strong showing in the Big11Ten Tournament.

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Counterpoint: Washington was never burned down by a cow

Obama Mocks D.C.’s Reaction to Winter Weatherdcist
So much for Chicagoan Barrack Obama wanting to “live here” and not just “work here” during his presidency. If you really wanted to be a real Washingtonian Mr. President, you would abanndon the presidential limousine in the middle of Connecticut Ave. while rushing to Giant to buy up bread, milk and toilet paper.

Obama: Snowy Washington Needs ‘Chicago Toughness’The Post

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My NatsFest recap

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — After four off-seasons without a fanfest, the Nationals finally put one together. With a pair of extra tickets from We’ve Got Heart (thanks!) Erica and I got Will in his Nats cap and headed over to Nationals Park.

Since we arrived late, we did not have to wait in the long lines at the door to get in. I was surprised, pleasantly, to see so many cars in the parking garages. When we actually entered the ballpark we found our way into the President’s Club. We ran into some old friends and chatted with them while admiring the Club. It has a nice atmosphere and seems like a good place to spend pregame or a rain delay. If anybody ever has President’s Club tickets they want to go give away, let me know, I am here to help.

We also checked out the clubhouse and Stars & Stripes Lounge. The former was pleasant enough, but I could not exactly feel awed being in the place that Dmitri Young and Felipe Lopez used to put on their uniforms. I did note that Elijah Dukes locker had plenty of empties around it though. As for the S&S lounge they had some food, though I am sad to report the so-called Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smokes were not the genuine article..

We skipped autograph and photo sessions because the lines were so long and ultimately, I’m not an autograph guy. It would have been cool to get a photo of Will with Ryan Zimmerman, but that opportunity may present itself again some time. We also did not see or hear much of the Q&A sessions, but without audio, I could tell that Jim Bowden was pretty uncomfortable. I saw him as we were walking in, but I resisted the urge to call him on the carpet, etc. I don’t think I’ll resist the next time.

Other observations:

  • We saw several Nats bloggers of the past and present during the day.

    Stan Kasten walked by and I told him to sign Hondo. He acknowledged it, but I don’t remember how.

  • Our son was not charged admission.
  • A certain reporter for a Baltimore-based cable channel has poor elevator etiquette.
  • No infant Nats clothing was available. I guess I will have to order Will something online in time for Opening Day, but really they should have had something.
  • Overall, the buzz at the fest was pretty positive. This event was not marketed heavily outside of the season ticketholders and turnout had to have been stronger than expected. For a franchise coming off a miserable season, this says something positive about D.C. baseball fans.

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