The Nittany Lions better not be in awe of Madison Square Garden because Notre Dame, a member of the Big East, is quite familiar with it — this year the Fighting Irish played there three times. Penn State did win in hostile Florida and I don’t expect the Garden crowd to favor either team overwhelmingly, so there is hope there.
And they’re off for New York – CDT Twelve buses full of Penn State fans left for New York at noon today from the Bryce Jordan Center. I took that trip twice and had fun both times. It s shame we don’t have a railroad in Happy Valley, that would be even better.
With Opening Day so tantalizingly close, the Nationals must first complete their toughest stretch of the exhibition season. From the time they departed for Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday morning through their season opener against the Florida Marlins on Monday, they will have played eight games in nine days in eight cities.
They will have traveled 1,056 miles by bus and 3,240 miles by air and will have gone from Clearwater, Fla., to Miami via Norfolk and the District. And when it’s all over, they get to start a 162-game season.
Ouch and the first three games are not much better with start times of 4:10, 7:10 and 12:10. Hopefully the fact that they are playing the Marlins helps them overcome it all.
On March 29, 1984, Robert Irsay moved the Colts out of Baltimore under the cover of darkness to Indianapolis, an unworthy destination. In observance of the anniversary, the Sun has a number of articles in Baltimore Colts section that basically say “let’s get over it already.” Yes, there is a bit of irony in those statements since the paper’s Web site has a regularly updated section a generation after the fact, but they are probably right. In the end, Baltimore got a new team, one that won a Super Bowl, and stadiums for football and baseball. The new team, the Ravens, came from Cleveland, but the NFL did the right thing and insisted the colors and name be left behind there and put a team back there three years later.
For one month now, Rizzo has served as acting general manager, replacing Bowden, who resigned on March 1. Separated from Bowden’s flamboyant personality, the Nationals now operate with less carnival color but more corporate predictability. Within the clubhouse, players talk with appreciation about the change. Their general manager no longer walks into their domain, coffee in hand, cracking barbs about a guy’s latest 0 for 5. Rizzo keeps a steadier profile, very much willing to sign players for the clubhouse, but unwilling to sit on its sofas. “More professional,” is how two veterans describe the atmosphere.
I hope the Lerner family reads every one of these articles and kicks themselves for being so stupid keeping Jim Bowden so long.
Yuengling poised to become largest American-owned brewer – Patriot-News When Dick Yuengling bought the Yuengling Brewery from his father, it was a small, dying business. He revitalized it and now only Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams) is a larger American-owned brewer. Previously owned American breweries, Miller and Busch, have since been purchased by foreign conglomerates.
I do not feel as strongly about Yuengling Lager as some of my friends, but generally speaking, if I have beer in the house or at a tailgate, it is Yuengling. The quality to price ratio is quite good and I find Nittany Lion beef franks taste pretty good when they have “marinated” in it.
Oh and sorry, Matthew, Yuengling does not appear to be heading to Massachusetts anytime soon.
Martis, Zimmermann Make Nats’ Rotation – The Post Jordan Zimmermann has made the Nationals rotation in the fifth spot, meaning he will start the season in AAA Syracuse and come up to the big club a few weeks into the season, delaying his free agency, but starting his arbitration clock. That could cost the team more down the line, but Ted Lerner is worth $3,500,000,000 million, so let’s not get too excited about the fact they may owe Zimmermann more sooner.
Shairon Martis also made the rotation. He was acquired for Mike Stanton in 2006. Ah, Mike Stanton, those were the days? He’d get traded every year for prospects.
Strasburg, a San Diego State pitcher, is the consensus #1 amateur draft pick right now, a pick held by the Washington Nationals. He throws 100+ MPH pitches. Scouts are drooling over him and they should be.