Penn State beats #17 Wisconsin in basketball

People are starting to believe in Penn State men’s basketball.

Yesterday, over 14,000 people watched the Nittany Lions beat the Badgers, 56-52, for the frist time with Ed DeChellis as coach. It took 12 tries over 8 seasons.

Penn State is very tough to play against right now, beating 3 ranked opponents and coming close against #1 Ohio State and #15 Purdue on the road. They are very much in the mix for a NCAA tournament berth, but my prediction is the same as the one I got texted from the Maryland Bureau CHief this weekend: “you can’t spell Nittany without N-I-T.”

I think the Lions will get stuck in the “last four out” scenario they were in 2 years ago. The flame out in the non-conference schedule that included a loss to MAINE is probably too much to overcome unless they do really well in the Big Ten tournament or beat Ohio State in the rematch. In other words — just good enough to break your heart.

Nittany Lions return from oblivion, top Badgers 56-52Patriot News

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Why the Washington Nationals need a winter fanfest in 2012

For reasons not elaborated on (probably cheapness and staff turnover) the Washington Nationals will not be holding a fan festival this winter like many baseball team. An event at Nationals Park in the middle of the week the day before Opening Day will occur instead. Nats Fans Girls had a great post on the (typical) tone-deafness of this decision and I don’t see much need to elaborate on it, though I will add one thing.

Their needs to be a Nats winter event next winter, if only so the complaining about the lack of one doesn’t overwhelm Twitter again!

Thank you for you attention and tweeple, I’m not mad at you, just the Nats.

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Natty Boh will be available on draft in Baltimore

National Bohemian beer to be served on draft againThe Sun
National Bohemian Beer which is better known for its one-eyed Mr. Boh mascot than taste will be available on draft in Baltimore starting in October. Billed as “from the land of pleasant living” it was the indigenous brew of Baltimore and sponsor of both the Washington Senators (Mickey Mantle‘s 1953 tape measure home run clipped Griffith Stadium’s Mr. Boh sign) and Baltimore Orioles. In fact, I think the O’s and Natty Boh were both owned by the same people before the brewery was sold, closed, etc.

I drank a bottle of Boh at some Fells Point bar back in 2003 or so. The beer was rather unremarkable, but if it were the hometown beer, I wouldn’t be averse to ordering it. It is better than say, Pittsburgh’s Iron City. If I ever go to a Ravens game, I’d order a Natty Boh out of principle. I’ll never go to an Orioles game.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few places around D.C. put it on draft as well. I’d even be okay with it being served in Nationals Park due to the brand’s history with D.C. baseball, though I would not order it.

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Nats DFA Justin Maxwell

Farewell, Justin Maxwell, Olney, Md. native, Maryland Terrapin, 2005 draft pick. You had the talent, but sadly couldn’t put it together with the hometown Washington Nationals. Unless the bases were loaded…

That was September 30, 2009, the final game of the season. I was thinking of going to that game, held off asking for the day off.

I blew it.

Maxwell hit grand slams 3 out of the first 4 times he was at bat with the bases loaded.

Justin Maxwell designated for assignment – Nationals Journal, The Post

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