Rich Scarcella’s annual Joe Paterno Q&A part 2

Q&A with JoePa: Lions coach discusses Rob Bolden, Matt McGloin, but gives no hints about who will startReading Eagle
Rich Scarcella’s annual interview with Joe Paterno continues with discussion of the quarterback situation. Does Paterno name Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin as the starter? Of course not! He does mention that he wasn’t on board team McGloin last year in September, but the coaching staff convinced him to start the then true freshman.

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Nats: Slugging John Lannan

Charlie Slowes had a prescient opening to John Lannan‘s second inning at-bat last night, “and now, here comes slugging John Lannan.” The Washington Nationals lefthander and American Hero came to the plate in the second inning leading 1-0 with Ian Desmond on first after a 2-out single. Lannan, who has never been feared for his hitting, had only gotten his first hit of the year in his previous start, hit a 1-2 fastball about 361 feet to right for his career home run. He was promptly greeted by the silent treatment in the dugout, but after 5 seconds of so, his teammates celebrated with him.

Sadly, embeddable video is not yet available, but here is a link off of nationals.com of Lannan’s blast.

If you are wondering how the radio guys how radio handled his at bats, go to the MLB.com Media Center for July 22, 2011 and select the WJFK and KABC feeds for Nationals @ Dodgers (penultimate game listed) under Gameday Audio.

The Nats radio team (WJFK) with Slowes and Dave Jageler begins at 1:03:50. The Los Angeles Dodgers call on KABC, featuring Vin Scully, begins at 50:17.

Lannan’s two-run shot was the difference, as the Dodgers picked up two runs (1 earned) off of him over 6 2/3. The bullpen kept L.A. scoreless the rest of the way. Jerry Hairston, Jr. hit a grand slam to pile on in the 9th.

Strong gamer from Adam Kilgore in The Post today: Nationals vs. Dodgers: John Lannan and Jerry Hairston homer to lead Washington to win

Oh and Dodgers fan Blimpboy is so disappointed:

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Why Penn State’s Creamery doesn’t sell ice cream anywhere but campus

A story in the Post-Gazette, Penn State Creamery is as good as it gets answers why Penn State’s Creamery ice cream is not sold off campus:

Opening ice cream stores elsewhere would force the Creamery — the largest university creamery in the nation — to compete with graduates of its own course.

And that would clash with Penn State’s identity as a public university, Mr. Palchak said. As he sees it, Penn State ice cream is public property. Short Course participants are not sworn to secrecy; in fact, Penn State readily hands out the Creamery formula and has even adapted it for home use.

That’s good reasoning. I sure could go for some creamery ice cream today though. I thought I’d be getting some in a few weeks, but plans changed.

H/T The Penn Stater

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Nats visit the bankrupt L.A. Dodgers, which is bizarre to type

Washington Nationals baseball returns tonight, but possibly after your bedtime. First pitch from Los Angeles is 10:05 p.m. EDT. You have special dispensation to listen to the Dodgers feed for the first three innings when Vin Scully is calling the game. I know I will at some point this weekend and then, hopefully, back to Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler with the television on.

The Dodgers are 43-55, but that is secondary this season as the team ownership goes through a bitter divorce that has left the team, literally bankrupt. How bad is it? A college football blog, EDSBS, linked to this blog post by Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness’s The Collected Sins of the Frank & Jamie McCourt Era. Human filth indeed.

So, in using the Dodgers as complicated ATM, the McCourts helped lead to stories like this: How a city reached its limit with the DodgersLA Times

The McCourts owe Scully over $150,000 of backpay!

Granted, I’m here on the east coast and have never been to L.A. but it is still hard to conceive the Dodgers losing L.A. Then again, over 50 years ago, people were wondering how they ever left Brooklyn. Since leaving that borough for the Pacific coast, the Dodgers led the National League in attendance roughly half the time, but ownership, starting with FOX and now the McCourts have stepped on the neck of that golden goose. Just unbelievable, I think right now Dodgers fans have it worse than just about any other, because this is going to take years to dig out of.

Oh and good for Bud Selig for standing up to Frank McCourt (LA Times), but where was that fortitude when dealing with Peter Angelos? Or when vetting McCourt in the first place?

Lastly, I guess Brooklyn and Roger Kahn are finally over 1957 because I haven’t seen anything come from that way. I figured at least the Daily News would have a lot of fun with it.

Okay, enough about the Dodgers…

The Nats are on their third road trip to California 50 days and will play in every ballpark in that state except Oakland. Their record out west this year: 4-6. The beat the San Diego Padres 3 out of 4, the San Francisco Giants 1 out of 3 and were swept by the Anaheim Angels.

Thomas Boswell says that Michael Morse may be the best bargain in baseball right now and coincidentally modeled his career after Jayson Werth, who certainly is no bargain right now.

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