Penn State-Syracuse to face off at Meadowlands in 2013

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Penn State and Syracuse To Continue Rivalry at New Meadowlands Stadium as Part of Three-Game SeriesIntercollegiate Athletics
More good Penn State Nittany Lions scheduling news — a 2013 game with the Syracuse Orange at the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The specific date has yet to be determined. Also, Penn State will host on September 19, 2020 visit the Orange on September 18, 2021.

Penn State has a number of attractive road games in the mid-Atlantic over the next few years. This season, they play the Indiana Hoosiers at FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins) in Landover, Md. on November 20. On September 17, 2011 the Nittany Lions play Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. In 2012, UVa. hosts Penn State for the first time in 11 years as well. Also, a trip to Rutgers, the birthplace of college football, in 2014 (and possibly more frequently if they join the Big Ten) is scheduled. For those of us on the Northeast Corridor, all these games along I-95 are welcome. Let’s just hope the Meadowlands wises up and gets rid of the evil turf in favor of grass or “painted mud.”

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Ryan Zimmerman can’t spell Strasburg’s first name and other Nats thoughts

My PC is busted courtesy of a power surge, so I have not been able to blog too much of late. That situation might improve later this week. Some Washington Nationals observations in the meantime:

Ryan Zimmerman misspelled Stephen Strasburg‘s first name in his latest Comcast SportsNet blog post:

Hopefully our team can get out of this funk asap. Steven has been amazing since his debut and really has shown everyone what type of player he is; and will be down the road.

The other day, a cashier at Harris Teeter saw my Nats cap and said “that poor rookie pitcher, he deserves better.” Yes, Strasburg deserves decent defense behind him and offense supporting him.

I don’t care if Strasburg is an All-Star.

The Nats won again last night. Yay Craig Stammen and um, offense! They go for the series win over the Braves in Atlanta this evening.

It is hard to disagree with @kevin_reiss that I am about the only person who thinks the Nats vs. Orioles is a rivalry. The potential is there for all of you to come around though, at least based on this DC Sports Bog post about a John Riggins commercial filmed in Baltimore’s football stadium. FEEL THE HATEPeter Angelos is a coward, MASN Sucks

Did CF Nyjer Morgan lose the sight out of one eye or something? I didn’t expect him to hitting .353 like last year, but oh man he’s bad (Comcast SportsNet). Two balls went over his head last night, right? He has something like 21 outs on the bases too.

I still can’t wait for SS/2B Cristian Guzman to end his tenure in D.C.

I’m concerned about SS Ian Desmond, I think he can be the answer, but he needs some down time. Too many errors, not enough hitting.

I think I’d rather have 1B Adam Dunn re-signed for a few more years than trade him for prospects unless they are really, really good (Nationals Journal, The Post) and I don’t see that happening. Sign for a few years so we at least have some dingers to look forward to for a few years.

The same with LF Josh Willingham. He and Dunn aren’t keeping anybody from the majors.

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Alleged Russian spies busted in Riverhouse

I had not yet read about the latest tale of alleged Russian espionage (The Post) when Fritz mentioned on Facebook that some of them lived in Riverhouse apartment complex in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington. Based on the photos I’ve seen, they apparently lived in the building Fritz moved out of last week, The Ashley. I lived in the middle building of the complex, The Potomac, for 6.5 wonderful years. I’m not shocked spies lived there either, though maybe they should have lived a little further up Arlington Ridge Road…


Try to forget Sean Young was in that movie

See Fritz, you move out of Riverhouse and it all goes to hell.

I also grew up one street over from Robert Hanssen in Vienna; my brother and I had friends on that street and we used to ride our bikes through the park he got busted in. So, I guess after I move out of my condo, some spies will be busted in that complex too.

PREVIOUSLY: The No Way Out House

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Why the apathy for Nats vs. O’s?

The Washington Nationals head up to the wrong end of the B/W Parkway (that’s north nationals.com Nationals Enquirer) to face the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards for the final interleague series of the season. The good guys won the last series, held in Nationals Park, 2-1 when Josh Willingham hit a walk off homer in the 10th. I admit I have a bad feeling about this series, the Nats aren’t hitting again and the I could see O’s winning, if only to upset me.

I’m glad that I have not seen Facebook statuses and Twitter updates of Nats fans talking about being bad Washingtonians and giving O’s owner Peter Angelos money by attending the series — that would reward his bad behavior (voting no to move, taking the Nats TV rights) against D.C. and the Nats. There isn’t a lot of hate for the O’s out there though and that is something I feel I need to fix. My extensive archives of Orioles/Angelos hate (overlapping as they may be) can be viewed via this category Peter Angelos is a coward and this tag MASN Sucks. Oh and since MASN forces a meathead “analyst” on Nats viewers, be sure to check out the Rob Dibble tag.

Am I thrilled the Orioles are having a historically bad season (The Post)? Is the Pope German? I just hope there is not a Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper waiting for them to draft. I’m thinking along the lines of Todd Van Poppel or Brien Taylor.

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Fairfax County schools finally close

My daily commute to and from my son’s daycare passes two Fairfax County Public Schools, including a high school. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the end of the school year so that I can get just a little break on my morning commute. I don’t know if I will see it today but certainly on Monday there should be some relief.

I hope.

My choice of songs to celebrate is obvious, but the version might not be:

I think this is the best version of “School’s Out” Alice Cooper ever did. In fact, this is a top 10 episode of The Muppet Show, if not top 5.

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MASN didn’t fire Dibble so Orioles boycott continues

Remember when I said I would end my boycott of Camden Yards for one game if MASN fired Rob Dibble? Well, they did not except my olive branch. Dibble is still on MASN and Washington Nationals fans are poorer for it. The latest example came (via DC Sports Bog) yesterday:

I agree with Ray Knight on this one, but even if I didn’t, Dibble’s condescension is terrible. He’s a bad analyst on a bad network with a really bad owner — Peter Angelos. Dibble is reason enough to never spend a single dollar on Angelos’ Baltimore Orioles, though there are many other reasons too.

Boycott Camden Yards now and forever.

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A look back at when Penn State joined the Big Ten

A few days ago, Black Shoe Diaries looked back at the controversial entry into the Big Ten by Penn State. The other Big Ten athletic departments were not happy about it. I was not a Nittany Lion at the time, though I still remember a lot of bad blood (especially after 1994) on both sides during my tenure as a Penn State student. I’d say that by 2000 or so it had waned for the most part. The look back is prompted by Nebraska entering the conference without the animosity.

Oh and another thing, the BSD post has a bunch of Bo Schembelcher quotes in it and the reminds me that he was one of the most overrated coaches of all time. He never won a national title and lost twice as many bowl games as he won. He’s below Joe Paterno and even Jim Tressel. I’d say Schembelcher was in the same league as Barry Alvarez, but Alvarez could win in January and did not have the advantages that Schembelcher did.

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Capitals 2010-2011 regular season schedule released

2010-2011 Washington Capitals schedule has been released. They open at the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Oct. 8. The home opener is the next night against the New Jersey Devils, starting the La Coupe Hauxer (new Web site!) season as well. Speaking of La Coupe Hauxer, it is coming home! This Saturday, we’re having our annual post-season lunch at the Vienna Inn. The Caps won it last year for the first time and I’m eager to have drink from it. I’m more eager for The Maryland Bureau Chief to buy us lunch though, because his Pittsburgh Penguins went from first to worst — he gets the Stanley Screwdriver from previous loser, Wiley, our Philadelphia Flyers representative. The other, 3-time LCH champion, Brad just gets to show up in his New Jersey Devils sweater.

As for the Caps, there are three weeks of the season when the don’t have any home games. There are 3 occasions when they have consecutive games against LCH teams. They don’t have any home & home games over consecutive days. The New Year’s Day game is the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh. The traditional Super Bowl afternoon game is against the Pens too. They don’t play at home on the day before Thanksgiving, but play the day after against the New York Rangers. They actually play on my birthday too, which never happens. I’d be up for seeing them take on the Chicago Blackhawks as part of the celebration.

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Plenty of seats available for Strasburg’s 3rd start?

Tickets for Stasburg's 3rd Nationals Park start still available

I could have ordered 4 Infield Gallery tix this morning

I guess things are getting back to normal in NatsTown. There are apparently plenty of tickets to Stephen Strasburg’s third Nationals Park start. The Washington Nationals ace, fresh off his first no decision is about to experience his first “typical” summer day in D.C. The temperature for tomorrow’s 4:35 p.m. will be over 95° F. On the field, it might be over 100° F. The excellent, non-humid weather for his first two Nationals Park starts was almost as amazing as his strikeouts. He might have felt like he was still in San Diego. He won’t tomorrow though, it is going to be oppressive weather. Plus, the Kansas City Royals are in town and they haven’t been interesting since Bo Jackson played for them. When it comes down to it, I’m kind of frustrated I paid an extra $15 to buy tickets online instead of just walking up to the window tomorrow.

Last night, the Nats broke a 6-game losing steak by beating KC with two solo homers from Michael Morse and Cristian Guzman of all people. Liván Hernández pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball. Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps sealed the deal out of the bullpen. John Lannan got demoted too, something I understand, but don’t have to be happy about right now.

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