Back in 2007 at a Metro Washington D.C. Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association , my wife and I met Joe Battista, the long-time head coach of the Icers, Penn State’s ACHA club hockey team. In addition to reminiscing about the 2002 ACHA championship (played in suburban Maryland) I asked him about moving up to varsity and Division I. He indicated that the reason that had not happened was the lack of a suitable arena and that he thought he might have found a donor that could make it happen but the university was cutting back on capital projects. I did not mention it at the time, because he was speaking off the record.
I would have loved to have had big-time hockey as a student and if Facebook chatter is a barometer, I am not alone. Hockey could very easily become the #2 sport at Penn State, especially if the men’s basketball team does not improve. There are a lot of hockey fans in Pennsylvania and while the divide between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins may be legendary at Penn State, the combination of them makes for a built in audience.
In addition to having the newest arena college hockey, Penn State joins the newest conference — the Big Ten (#B1G) with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. That’s a tough group to be in, but with Penn State now the biggest college program in the Mid-Atlantic, it should be able to attract the rising number of quality hockey players from the region and take a few from New England and the Midwest. I am eager to see how it goes.
Lastly, that win on the gridiron Saturday night was pretty fun too.
I don’t think you could have done them better. Simple and elegant. I’m glad they just have the oval logo on the front, the ones with that and “PENN STATE” that they had been using were too busy. I love the contrasting trim around the collar too (like the football jerseys used to have).
Okay, in the real world, I’m glad they are getting rid of it because it is a cliche that has nothing to do with the Penn State. Not that it has anything to do with the Red Sox, but they’ve made it their own long before Guido D’Elia brought it to Beaver Stadium. I’m sure it still gets played at the Shandygaff.
I still have a post to write about everything. Not real eager to do it.
A silly video from Fight On State of Patrick Chambers giving out Big Macs at the State College McDonald’s. Here’s the story: Chambers is the (Big) Mac Daddy
The promotion was if Penn State scored 70 points this weekend, you could redeem a Big Mac with a ticket stub. They sat on a lead with 67 points against Nebraska. Chambers felt bad about it and it was decided to do the promotion anyway. That’s pretty cool, there were never promotions like that when I was a student. Of course, back then you couldn’t spell Nittany without N-I-T either, even with Dunn as the head coach, so we had to settle for some decent basketball to watch. Still, free fast food wouldn’t be so bad. The team is going to be fun to watch grow and the current freshmen students will probably have a really fun ride, much more fun than those perennial NIT teams of the late 1990s, with it if they get on.
The Nittany Lions won’t be dancing this year (11-15, 3-10), but despite being out-manned/out-gunned/etc. they have played respectively for the most part, especially senior guard Tim Frazier. The future with Chambers as coach looks brighter than in a long time.