Penn State vs. Youngstown State only 4 days away

#19 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Youngstown State Penguins — can you feel it?!

Ya, me neither. I have never been this unenthusiastic about the kickoff of a Penn State football season. Ugh,these FCS games are terrible, but they are not going away even as the Big Ten looks to expand to 9 conference games (Patriot-News). As for Saturday’s game, the way I look at it — beating the Penguins is always a good thing. We don’t know who the quarterback(s) will be (CDT), but it shouldn’t matter. I think there will be a rotation between Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin with Robert Bolden getting a look in the second half.

Here is what being a sacrificial lamb means to Youngstown StateThe Vindicator

Bob Flounders of the Patriot-News is chatting at 2 p.m. He wants Nebraska and Penn State to be rivals (Patriot-News). I’m on board, though Flounders probably should have mentioned he is an alumnus of Nebraska.

Speaking of the Cornhuskers, there is a great story on how Nebraska joined the Big Ten in the Omaha World-Herald today. Graham Spanier, a former Nebraska administrator, played a role.

Look for the transcript and hopefully video of Joe Paterno’s press conference later this evening.

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Ryan Zimmerman renames Marlins venue Sun Life Stadiu; Nats win 9-3

After lengthy delay, Nationals beat Marlins, 9-3
Sloppy conditions, clean performance
When I saw the twitpics of the standing water at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Dolphins/Land Shark/SunLife Stadium last night, I went to bed assured that the Washington Nationals would be playing in a doubleheader today against the Florida Marlins. I was kind of looking forward to it actually.

It did not work out that way.

But it did work out.

Playing in conditions better fit for water-skiing than baseball, the Nats pounded the Marlins 9-3. Ryan Zimmerman hit a 3-run homer that broke the scoreboard Nationals Enquirer. The “m” in SunLife Stadium was a casualty, so from this point on, we’re calling it SunLife Stadiu. Adam Dunn homered for the 33rd time as well, 3 run shot to left-center.


Jason Marquis
continued his climb to mediocrity, winning his first game for D.C. in eight decisions. His ERA has plummeted to 8.13.

Game changer indeed

The Nats have won 4 out of 5.

Orlando Hernandez abruptly leaves the Harrisburg Senators, Washington Nationals
El Duque” walks away [updated]Nats Insider
Orlando Hernandez aka El Duque has left the Nats organization. When he found out he would not be a September call-up, he left the Harrisburg Senators. The half-brother of LIVAN!, El Dugue was expected by some to mentor another Cuban defector, Yunesky Maya.

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NPR I-95 series looks at Delaware travel plaza, Maine

James Lin's I-95 sign, circa 1995That’s No Rest Stop, It’s A ‘Travel Plaza’NPR
The second weekend of I-95: The Road Most Traveled features a look at the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza that was recently reopened. The old service plaza was pretty bad and I only went to it a few times over the years. Typically, if I need to stop on that part of the journey I do so off Interstate 95 in either Newark, Del. or Elkton, Md. (wink wink). If I did stop at a service area, it would usually be the Maryland ones, Maryland House and Chesapeake House. Those, especially Maryland House, were better than the Delaware one. I blogged about upgrades to them in 2006.

The new travel plaza is operated by HMS Host. Liane Hansen was very disappointed there isn’t a penny crushing machine because HMS Host wanted the features to include human interactions. That may mean the arcade is gone too — I remember one of my cousins saying they always stopped there when they came down to visit us. I’ll see what I can find out Tom.

Rest areas with restaurants and gasoline stations have been banned since the 1960s because they discourage local business. They only appeared on toll roads like the turnpikes in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, etc.

The report mentions that the stretch of I-95 in Delaware is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway. Kennedy attended the dedication of the Delaware Turnpike and Maryland’s Northeast Expressway just a week before he was assassinated in 1963. In 1964 the roadway in both states was named after him, but Delaware has stuck to using “Delaware Turnpike” on signs. Also, the roads were toll roads because the Eisenhower administration got into a disagreement with the states over that part of I-95. In the long-run, I think both states are probably thrilled that the highway is tolled.

Northernmost Maine? I-95 Won’t Get You There
The original plans for what became I-95 in Maine had a highway running to the northern part of the state. However, when the interstate highway system showed up, that plan got truncated and I-95 ends at the Canadian border about 10 miles from the Trans-Canada Highway.

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