Basketball: Penn State at Virginia on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

Lions gear for ACC foeCDT
Surely the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will fill the void left by no Penn State football right? Well, either way it is a good chance to see the men’s basketball team tonight. They are in Charlottesville (had it been a weekend, it might have been tempting to visit) to take on the Cavaliers. ESPN2 has the telecast with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore.

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Penn State or Iowa likely headed to Fiesta Bowl

Okie State’s loss makes PSU a Fiesta playerPatriot-News
Dave Jones thinks that Oklahoma shutting out Oklahoma State yesterday has changed the BCS bowl picture enough that the Fiesta Bowl will likely grab the Big Ten at large team. That’s bad news if you were hoping for a trip to the Orange Bowl, but as Jones points out, Penn State and the Fiesta Bowl, held in Glendale, Arizona (suburban Phoenix), have a very good history together. That is bad news for Iowa, but I’m not crying any tears for them.

The Nittany Lions are 6-0 in the Fiesta Bowl and won their second national championship there on January 2, 1987 against Miami in the most watched college football game of all time. Even prior to that epic win, Penn State’s previous trips helped legitimize the Fiesta Bowl, a fact not likely lost on soon to retire Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker. Barring any major upsets in conference championships, Jones thinks Penn State will play Boise State (who won a spectacular game against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl) in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday, January 4, 2010.

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Rumor: Penn State vs. WVU at FedEx Field in 2011

I’m not big on rumor-mongering, but when it involves Penn State playing close to D.C., I jump. PSUGirl heard on Twitter that West Virginia is being recruited by the Washington Redskins to host Penn State in a 2011 game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. That would be two seasons in a row that the Nittany Lions would visit the D.C. area — another game we could Metro too!

Penn State is already “visiting” Indiana in 2010 at FedEx Field and that crowd is certain to be predominately a Penn State crowd. West Virginia would send a lot more of its fans and possibly have the majority of the 90,000 seats. Even then, there is a lot to like about this potential matchup:

  • Old rivalry

  • Legitimate non-conference opponent
  • Since it would not be in Morgantown, fewer whiskey bottles being thrown by the Mountaineer fans — they won’t be issued out at FedEx Field like they are in Morgantown.
  • The aforementioned Metro accessibility.
  • Indirectly helps recruiting — Penn State can’t talk to recruits since they’d be the road team, but it can’t hurt.
  • The great John Denver song “Country Roads” is played at WVU games because the lyrics include “West Virginia, mountain mama.” However, the actual inspiration of the song was a drive along suburban Maryland’s Clopper Road. So, in a sense, they’d be coming home or something. It is a weak tangent, I know, but I had to mention it.

I really hope this happens. FedEx Field could become like Giants Stadium was like in the 1980s and 1990s — Penn State’s second home. I would have thought that WVU would have had more pride than to sell a home game to a neutral site.

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Penn State vs. Indiana at FedEx Field in 2010!August 26, 2009
More on Penn State vs. Indiana at FedEx in 2010 August 26, 2009

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Bob Sheppard, voice of Yankee Stadium, retiring

Sheppard gives thanks for place in historyyankees.com
Bob Sheppard, the voice of Yankee Stadium from 1951 to 2008, has officially retired at age 99. He does not believe that he will be able to regain the stamina to handle duties as public address announcer. In addition to the 3+ hours of baseball, he had to travel from his home on Long Island and it is just too much. He retired as the voice of the New York Giants in 2006 for similar reasons.

Sheppard was in very poor health for the last few years, dropping down to 103 lbs at one point. He is doing better, up to 137 lbs, but his doctor will not clear him for a trip to new Yankee Stadium until he hits 145 lbs.

Sheppard’s successor is Paul Olden. A recording of Sheppard’s voice will be continue to be heard when Yankees captain Derek Jeter comes up to bat.

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Bob Sheppard officially steps aside as the public address voice of the New York YankeesNY Daily News
Yankees legend Sheppard retiresNY Post

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Is Yankees p.a. announcer Bob Sheppard retiring? April 2, 2009
No Bob Sheppard tonight- July 15, 2008
Get well, Sheppard April 1, 2008

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