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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