Blue White Roundtable: Blue White Game & the 2009 NFL Draft

1. Ok, so the Blue White Game and spring practice is done. Whether you just read the reports, or actually watched the game… (a) What’s one glaring team/unit/player issue you’re still concerned with? (b) What are you most pleased with?

I am always concerned with the offensive line because they have been the weak link, though not as much lately. I am a little concerned about the secondary though pleased with the performance of the quarterbacks. Usually, everyone but the incumbent has a tough day it seems.

Since the return to prominence in 2005, the offensive line has been solid and downright good at times. With a decent offensive line, even Anthony Morelli can lead you to New Year’s Day bowl wins. The secondary was nothing special last year, but the Nittany Lions still won the Big Ten.

2. Navarro Bowman was held out of the game for probation violation. He did admit his mistake to Joe Paterno, and took responsibility. But he still shouldn’t have done it. What punishment do you think will be appropriate, and why?

Navarro Bowman will sit out at least a game, possibly two, but probably not three for admitting to using marijuana. I expect he will be doing community service during those times, like Dan Connor did back in 2005.

3. Penn State’s offensive staff said after the game that things were kept pretty simple. Do you think this year’s returning offense will be able to handle an offensive scheme with the same complexity as the 2008 version? Why or why not?

I expect the scheme will not be as complex with the loss of the three starting wideouts. Who take the Derrick Williams role? That being said, it will look fairly similar to last year, just a little less gimmicky.

4. Five Penn Staters were drafted, while 10 more signed free-agent contracts. Was there any pick/signing that surprised you the most, either positively or negatively? What did this 2009 NFL Draft say about the Penn State football program?

I was pleased to see two offensive lineman and two WRs drafted. I don’t really feel the need to validate Penn State by how it does in the NFL Draft though.

Shooting from the hip…

1. Average PSU offensive PPG/defensive PPG in 2009?

Offense: 430 ppg
Defense: 270 ppg

2. USC’s Mark Sanchez (5th overall – Jets): Too high?

No! Getting picked early meant he didn’t go to the Redskins.

3. How many Lions drafted in 2010?

Four

4. List you’re top three Big Ten teams, as of today.

Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa

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I add to Lemke’s suggestions for Nats attendance

TIM LEMKE — Nats can fill standsThe Wash. Times
Lemke offers five suggestions to improve the slumping Nationals attendance. I’m adding mine as well and agree that winning cures all.

Focus on the kids – Yup, really go after tomorrow’s fans today. Perhaps selling a more kid friendly, half-half smoke. I don’t have much to add to this one other than I am very eager to take Will to his first game, probably after he is old enough for t-ball or little league. I want him to be in awe of the ballpark when he first goes.

Care what people think- This is one of the biggest shortcomings of ownership, they are completely tone deaf to the D.C. market. That means recognizing that the same city council that voted on funding the ballpark is typically a bunch of reactionary children. Learn when to flatter them and avoid giving them things to get righteous indignation, justified or not, whenever possible. Also, keep in mind the ballpark was exactly clamored for by the city, so be gracious about it even though you are paying for it. Allowing D.C. school teams one day of practice there is a good step. Also, get players out in the community more.

Embrace the local competitors – I don’t like the way this is termed, but Lemke wants the Nats to work more with the Capitals. Good thinking, there has been a little bit of that already. Don’t limit it to the Capitals either. A handful of Redskins are at Capitals games all the time right now, get them at Nats games too. Bring in Redskins draft picks/free agent signings to throw out the first pitch. When someone makes the hall of fame, bring them in. People would have shown up for Art Monk throwing out the first pitch. Additionally, bring in Wizards, Mystics, even DC United players form time to time, especially at the beginning of their seasons. Don’t forget to celebrate all-star selections. Also, get prominent Nats in stands, doing coin flips, whatever at these other teams games.

Get creative – How about a new mascot — Lola from Damn Yankees? Seriously, though have “Virginia Night” “Maryland Night” “Petworth Night” etc. Straight Cash Homey night where anyone wearing a jersey/shirt of a former player gets in for half-price or something.

Sign Stephen Strasburg- At this point, duh.

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Wilbon actually writes about Capitals

MICHAEL WILBON – Now the Circus Comes to TownThe Post
For the first time I can remember and possibly since 1998, Wilbon has written a column about the Capitals. It is actually a pretty good summation about what this upcoming series with the Penguins is all about, so for people not following until now, it is a pretty helpful column.

I’m mixing up some Haterade for the series, it will go up some time tomorrow.

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