Penn State vs. Michigan prediction

Last week, I correctly predicted Penn State would score 33 points and was within 3 points of Minnesota’s total. Not bad (the Redskins vs. Bears pick was even better).

This week, the hated Michigan Wolverines come to Happy Valley as a terrible team that is bailed out by its all world quarterback Denard Robinson. Robins has something like 2,500 yards of total offense in something like 5 games. He can run and throw well and is overall just scary. A stout Nittany Lions defense would have trouble with Robinson and this defense is more Coors Light than Guinness. Did you like the beer reference their everybody?

Penn State counters with Matt McGloin, a former walk-on from Scranton, in place of recently concussed Rob Bolden. He wears #11 (which makes him quite likable) and plays a reckless style of quarterback more befitting a backyard than a 100,000 seat stadium. That being said, the Wolverines defense, especially against the pass, is terrible. I saw, damn the torpedoes and give Mac lots of deep throws. He has tall wideouts that may be able to help him get away with some dangerous passes. I think Penn State’s best hope is for a WAC style shootout. I don’t think they can do it though because the defense just isn’t good enough.

Michigan 41
PENN STATE 33

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Michigan

Devon from NittanyWhiteOut.com has the questions this week:

1. Was Penn State’s win over Minnesota a step in the right direction, or are any feelings of goodwill overshadowed by the fact that, well, Minnesota is just really, really bad?

The only thing that matters in this world is number in the column with the W. ZUG! Put. that. Gatorade. down.

GATORADE IS FOR PLAYMAKERS.

It is a step in the right direction and Minnesota is that bad. I don’t know why I channeled Glengary Glen Ross there.

2. From all indications, it appears that Rob Bolden is out. If you were Joe Paterno, which QB would be the starter, and what would the offensive gameplan look like?

Matt McGloin will be the starter because he is apparently further along as passer than Kevin Newsome and Michigan’s weakness is the pass defense, so throw a lot and hope for the best. Brett Brackett and Derrick Moye has been solid at times, but Graham Zug is really overdue for a decent game, so I want to see something from him. Mix it up with Silas Redd and Stephfon Green running draw plays. Throw in Royster if the line can make any holes since he sees them so well. Probably not a bad idea to pray the rosary as well, because McGloin will probably throw some interceptions. I think this will be shootout.

3. Penn State’s defense has had trouble wrapping up, and Denard Robinson is the kind of player who can make one guy miss and wind up in the end zone. How can Penn State try and contain the Wolverines’ star quarterback?

I think the best thing Penn State can do is make Robinson throw the ball, rather than run it. How, I’m not sure, but go easy on the blitzes and try to confuse him with coverage. I don’t have a lot of confidence that the Nittany Lions can control the clock on offense to keep Robinson off the field.

4. On a scale of Indiana to Pitt, how much do you hate Michigan? Use examples to support your argument.

That scale is broken, because in terms of hate, Indiana and Pitt are about the same for me. Pitt is Temple West and Indiana is Temple Midwest, though perhaps that is not fair to the current Temple program. Does anybody from east of say, Johnstown still care about Pitt?

I am more baffled by Michigan than anything else. Their partisans go on and on about their tradition and history of winning, but the last time I checked the Wolverines have won exactly half a national championship in the last 50 years. Having the all-times wins record must be nice, but having 2 national championships in our lifetime is a lot better than say, winning the Big Ten when it was the Big Two and Little Eight every other year, and then losing in the Rose Bowl. Talk about BOverated! Schembechler was only won about 1/3 of his bowl games, yet they think of he should be on the coaches Mt. Rushmore.

Oh and the Big House? That’s great you have 110,000 stadium too, but having a few extra thousand seats than Beaver Stadium isn’t that big a deal. Getting 100,000 fans to show up three hours from a metropolitan are when they have to drive on two-lane roads for the last 15 miles (since corrected to some degree) impresses me a little bit more. Actually, a lot more.

5. The mystique of the White Out is sometimes overstated, but what impact do you think the night game and the crowd will have on Saturday’s game?

The White Out mystique is sometimes overrated? I think it is almost always overrated. It helped in 2005 against Ohio State and that was it. Penn State is 2-3 in White Outs! They are only 4-4 at night in Beaver Stadium in the 21st century. Just because Guido D’Elia says its great and helps Penn State doesn’t mean it does.

Quick Hits:

1. Combined yardage for Denard Robinson?

350 yards

2. Who runs for more yards, Evan Royster or Silas Redd?

Redd

3. At kickoff, what percentage of the student section is full?

Over 90% the night game combined with the false mystique of the fans intimidation of the opposition will lead to a pretty good

4. What’s your prediction for the final score?

That gets its own post

The Roundtable

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Redskins at Lions prediction and Q&A with J.J.

After a hiatus, the guest prognosticator returns for this week’s Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions game. My old neighbor J.J. moved away to Michigan 25 years ago, but we’re still in touch. He explains how he got to be a Lions fan, the trauma of it and gives a prediction. I forgot to ask him if indoor football is terrible too.

When we were neighbors back in the 1980s, we liked different teams than we do now. You were a Los Angeles Rams fan — remember that Rams jacket my mom got you form Dart Drug? I already explained my conversion to the home team — how long did it take for you to convert to the Lions after you moved to Michigan?


J.J. actually made in upgrade an cheering for the Lions

I guess it took a total of 4 years to totally convert to an all Detroit fan. Once the Rams moved from LA I was no longer a supporter. Other than the Lions, I have been fairly happy w/ the performance of the Detroit Sports teams . . I got to see several Stanley Cups, a few NBA championships, a World Series appearance, and the Lions get blown out in their ONE playoff showing.

Even with the black for black’s sake facemask, the Lions had solid uniforms until last season. What in the name of Eric Hipple were they thinking in changing them to the current set?

At least you didn’t use . . what in the name of Andre Ware were they thinking! The new uni’s were supposed to represent the changing of the Lions from the same ol same ol to the up and coming… well some things never change.

How big was last year’s Lions win over the Redskins?

Well – when ya have 3 wins in 4 years ANY win is quite an event here is Detroit. This is such a football town it’s not funny… look out if the lions ever make it to the Super Bowl… Wow, that was hard to type without laughing hysterically!

How is the Lions gameday experience?

One this is for sure in southeast MI – we LOVE our tailgating! The lots are packed from 7 am until 7pm every time the Lions play. How can you explain the Lions selling out all these home games w/ the team they put on the field? Yep – it’s the beer!

What’s better, a Lions tailgate or Jobbie Nooner?

That’s a tough one . . Jobbie comes but once a year and the weather is much warmer (thus less clothing of the ladies) but it’s tough to beat a good game day downtown… I’d say it’s a tie! Good call on the Jobbie William – you did your research!

So, what do you think of ESPN college football analyst Matt Millen? Was his appearance on the Michigan State vs. Michigan game appreciated in the Great Lakes State?

All I can say is ESPN must HATE the state of Michigan. How else can you explain that terd of GM getting the State/Michigan game? Pam Ward would have been a tremendous increase in talent over Millen… and if you’ve see Pam do a game you know what I am saying.

Isn’t it rather presumptuous to schedule a Lions home game on Halloween? Are we sure Ford Field will survive Devil’s Night?

With Dave Bing on the Mayor’s office and that BUM Kwame Kilpatrick in jail, Devils night really isn’t the same anymore. They actually now refer to it as Angel’s night and have hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers patrolling the streets of the D!

Final score prediction?

I am rolling w/ Lions 24 – Skins 17.

Good luck and next year is the year of the Nats!

Since Redskins play down the their competition, I expect something similar to what J.J. is predicting.

Redskins 16
LIONS 21

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50 years ago racist Calvin Griffith moved the original Senators away

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of the announcements that the original Washington Senators were moving to Minnesota and an expansion team would be taking their place. DC Sports Bog has a look at how The Post covered the situation. The original Senators, who left because Calvin Griffith was a racist, became the Twins and won the pennant four years later. The expansion Senators moved after the 1971 season and became the Texas Rangers, who just won their first pennant and lost to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series last night. Obviously, I’m rooting for the San Francisco and not “some jerk town with the single boast it is equidistant from Dallas and Fort Worth.”

I did a little more research on Griffith and what I saw supported previous accusations that he was just a terrible human being. I found the whole “I’ll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. Black people don’t go to ballgames, but they’ll fill up a rassling ring and put up such a chant it’ll scare you to death. We came here because you’ve got good, hardworking white people here” Minneapolis Tribune article from 1978. Griffith is fairly equal opprutunity in insulting his players and just being a total prick.

Griffith also had some similar problems early in his Twin Cities tenure Minnesota Post only there were complaints filed with the state.

D.C. was better off with Griffith, but unfortunately, his defection from the area started a chain reaction of bad baseball that has not yet been recovered from 50 years later. Washington has had 17 seasons of baseball since then, with 33 year gap, and only one season, 1969, was a winning one. Another, 2005 was a break-even one. No playoffs to speak of either. Fans here paid and continue to pay the price for him being a bigot.

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Details on new Nats exculsive uniform unveiling

More details have emerged about the new Washington Nationals uniforms that will be released on November 10. Some details from the press release:

The glitz and glamour of the fashion runway is coming to Nationals Park. On Wednesday, November 10, the Washington Nationals will unveil their new uniforms during an exclusive fashion show featuring players* Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Drew Storen, Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo* is also expected to make an appearance.

The exclusivity*, described by CSNWashington.com‘s MissChatter as “an exclusive invitation-only event for their premium clients and to reward fans who have already renewed and paid for their full season ticket packages due to limited space in the Stars & Stripes Club,” has rubbed some fans the wrong way. Previous uniform unveiling were open to the public. On the one hand, I can see the Nats wanting to reward those who spend the most or pay early, but on the other that is probably going to upset a lot more people than it will motivate to spend more or pay early. The complaints I have heard from season ticket holders, there is little more than the tickets to 81 games historically, unlike other franchises which provide more than just a seat. Between the losing and the Opening Day fiasco this season, the Nats probably ought to be more inclusive of their fans, especially as the number seemingly dwindles.

Lastly, you know who I think would be a great model for the new uniforms? Adam Dunn.

*This goes for blogger coverage too: “Thank you for your interest in this event. Due to limited capacity, we are only credentialing a select group of online media and will be unable to accommodate your request. Your understanding is appreciated.” Not a big deal — I never went to the public ones and didn’t regret it.

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Jim Riggleman officially returning as Nats manager

I think we all thought that Jim Riggleman‘s return to the Washington Nationals dugout was already official, but apparently it was not until yesterday. A press release came out at 5:23 p.m. yesterday confirming the Rockville, Md. native would manage the Nats again.

Riggleman’s buyout for 2011 was a mere $100,000. He made $600,000 last season and was perhaps the least paid MLB manager in 2010. In his first full season, the Nats improved by 10 games in the standings, but they probably should have improved more.

Riggleman’s return likely means another season of nightly double-switches and earnest press conferences where he speaks a lot but doesn’t actually say anything. I am curious to see if he can get more out of the players this year and put together lineups that reflect the reality of a player’s performance and not his prescribed role.

It’s official: Riggleman will returnThe Post
Riggleman officially returningNats Insider
Nationals News: Riggleman to return, and new uniforms to be unveiledTBD

In case you did not see it yesterday, my take on the upcoming Nats uniforms change.

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