Tuesday Skull Session

By Johnny Ginter on November 9, 2010 at 5:00a
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Hello everyone, and welcome to your morning Skull Session. For me, Monday was fairly uneventful as far as Mondays go, and then I remembered that we play Penn State on Saturday! Yeah! HATE WEEK! I look forward to this game all year, and after 51 agonizing weeks of waiting it is finally here. In the next four days I will try and direct all of my being toward beating That Team Over East, and I'm sure every man, woman and child in State College, PA will as well. The long and storied rivalry between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes echoes throughout the annals of college football history, and it is no exaggeration to say that this is probably the singular most important game in the history of organized sport.

Some interesting facts about the OSU/PSU rivalry:

  • In the past 10 meetings, OSU is 7-3 against PSU. This is probably a clerical error and does not reflect the true importance of the rivalry.
  • Nobel Prize winner Roy Glauber once posited that should PSU ever win back to back games against Ohio State, the combined smugness of the Nittany Lion fanbase would be enough to power El Paso for three months.
  • A "Nittany Lion" is actually just a mountain lion with a fancy name, which is kind of like calling a man a head coach when he's really just an adorable figurehead.
  • In 2008, after winning their first game in Columbus since joining the Big Ten, Penn State fans celebrated by producing several hoodies and shirts commemorating that win. Mysteriously, the next year no shirts were made, and in 2010 most PSU fans don't seem to be buying blank tees from Wal-Mart for silk screening. How very odd.

Anyway, this weekend should be fun for one of the teams involved. Unless it's raining, in which case Ohio State will still have fun, but will be wet.

Depth Chart! Well, as per usual, it takes a bit of digging to get to the bottom of what's really going on with the depth chart (pun 100% intended). The good news is that Ross Homan and Dorian Bell being listed as starters is actually not a straight up fabrication and they will return from their respective injuries this week. The other news, although not bad news, is actually something I forgot to mention last week; it appears that Boom Herron and Brandon Saine are no longer listed as "OR" and by that I mean that Boom appears to have locked up the RB role for realsies in the eyes of the coaches. Couldn't be happier for the dude, he has played really well as of late and earned the right to be called the #1 RB.

Everything else remains the same, including the lineup in the secondary. I have some concerns about the safeties, but at this point we are pretty much out of options.

Speaking Of The Secondary... Tyler Moeller recently talked about his chances of getting a 6th year of eligibility from the NCAA, and he's feeling optimistic. So are most OSU fans, so there's nothing particularly new in this article (and let's be honest, if the NCAA doesn't grant him a 6th year then they are literally being run by some kind of Dickensian supervillian), but this part did pop out at me:

[Purdue linebacker Jason] Werner applied [for a 6th year] last December and was given the word in February. He said the paperwork included a statement of purpose he had to write about why he deserved another year.

"Dear NCAA,

Some jackass in Florida sucker punched me in the head. I almost died.

Love, Tyler"

Usually When College Kids Yell For Jugs This Isn't What They Mean The Lantern has a cool profile on freshman walk-on longsnapper Nick Piening, who was apparently noticed by students for showing some remarkable hustle in retrieving the kick off tee. Oh, and sure, some schools get a dog to do that, but here in Ohio we've outsourced enough jobs, okay? Also Nick got his nickname of "Jugs" from the Senator himself, who said that he was automatic as a Jugs snapping machine (which is apparently something that exists?). Anyway, big ups to Jugs, and we'll definitely have to be on the lookout for him from now on.

My Dog Does This Sometimes, Too Recently someone in the comments brought this to my attention (step forward to claim your prize), and it is pretty incredible, so please enjoy this video of Les Miles eating some grass set to the song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane:

 

I have yet to hear any reason from anyone as to why Miles would do this, except maybe as an effort to worm his way into my heart by doing increasingly crazy Mike Leachian stunts.  Know this, Mad Hatter: you have a long, long way to go before your buffoonery becomes endearing. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.

Matt McGloin, Per Google Image Search

Looking good, young man. Looking. Good.

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iball's picture

This is the least excited i've been for PSU week in a long time.

Is that the Nike pro combat uni's PSU is wearing this year?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

RoweTrain's picture

My brother and I noticed Jugs at the Miami game. He did look a little out of place at first until we saw him blaze a trail while retrieving the tee. He did a fine job snapping during warmups too.

Matt M.'s picture

This is probably the most excited I've been for PSU week in a long time. Mostly because I will be out early as hell on Saturday morning to join the rest of the crazies at St. John Arena when Gameday rolls in to town. With a 3:30 kickoff, there's going to be lots of time to share Joe Pa jokes and soak in the festivities. Let's assume 'soak in the festivities' is short for 'get hammered' and let's also assume get hammered is short for Here I am, Rock You Like A Hurricane.

Can't wait. At least they can celebrate win #400 again after the game.

Denny's picture

"Dear NCAA,

U look nice 2day. Pls let me play again. I miss u.

Luv, Ty."

 

Also, I read somewhere that Sandia National Labs are working to extract the smug from Happy Valley and use it as some sort of self-sufficient energy source.

Taquitos.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Les Miles has worms.....

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

RBuck's picture

Never mind.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

BuckeyeSki's picture

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SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Happy Shart Week, Ski. 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Hate Hate Hate brother

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BuckeyeSki's picture

JoePa with no makeup, his pregame speeches are TERRIFYING

 

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cronimi's picture

Dr. Saturday has coverage of the Mad Hatter's grass-eating ritual.  Apparently, it humbles him as a man and lets him know that he's a part of the field and part of the game.  They don't call him the MAD Hatter for nothing, folks.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

"there's nothing mad under my hat"

 

Les, we're not talking about anger, we're talkin bout crazy. 

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poguemahone's picture

This is the most one-sided rivalry of all time. Not in terms of wins, but in terms of fan passion. We're their Michigan. They are roughly our Illinois or Michigan State.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

 

Some interesting facts about the OSU/PSU rivalry:

  • In the past 10 meetings, OSU is 7-3 against PSU. This is probably a clerical error and does not reflect the true importance of the rivalry.
  • Nobel Prize winner Roy Glauber once posited that should PSU ever win back to back games against Ohio State, the combined smugness of the Nittany Lion fanbase would be enough to power El Paso for three months.
  • A "Nittany Lion" is actually just a mountain lion with a fancy name, which is kind of like calling a man a head coach when he's really just an adorable figurehead.
  • In 2008, after winning their first game in Columbus since joining the Big Ten, Penn State fans celebrated by producing several hoodies and shirts commemorating that win. Mysteriously, the next year no shirts were made, and in 2010 most PSU fans don't seem to be buying blank tees from Wal-Mart for silk screening. How very odd.

So. Full. Of. Win. 

 

Bravo, Johnny, Bravo. 

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BucksfanXC's picture

Seconded. Someone make sure BSD see this.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Unless johnny is wearing a tin foil hat to block out their spy satellites, they already have. 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

I would....but have been PROUDLY banned for life

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Buckeye in Athens's picture

At first I was worried about McGloin as the starter against us this saturday, but Darryl Clark was surely a more experienced qb than McGloin, and we did just fine against him last year. I'm expecting a jacked up defense resulting in a few interceptions on Saturday. 

 

Also, I'm a bit torn about my HATE for PSU - should I hate them b/c they're smug or is that giving the little kitties too much credit? Does hating them give them relevancy where the should be no rivalry to begin with? Heavy stuff. 

matti's picture

thank you i was looking for the correct term to discribe penn state fan SMUG is perfect fit for those winey little brats. as much as they think they are our rival they are not, they are just another game on the schedule, i still have no clue how these quakers got any pull in the bigten anyways. they play nobody and have done absolutaly nothing since the mid 90's. also i believe that old man coach or whatever zombie like creature it is looks horrible and mumbles worse then the actual zombies on the walking dead show...   

Doc's picture

I've always wondered why the Nittany Lions play in Beaver Stadium.  I assume it's because they are such jinormous pussies.  Can anyone correct me on this one?

"Say my name."

Denny's picture

Hey! Are you guys making references to the female anatomy? Clever!!

Taquitos.

Matt's picture

ROFLCOPTER AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT PUSSIES VIS-A-VIS NITTANY LIONS AS A MEMBER OF THE MAMMAL FAMILY FELIDAE, ITS A DOUBLE ENTENDRE TOO!

Denny's picture

Why are we using overhead markers.

Taquitos.

BacknBlack's picture

Would not be PS week w/o Joe Pa getting the shit scared out of him in The Shoe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vHPh-CO8jM

Doc's picture

Poor Joe, the man is a coaching legend and an icon.  He should have retired a few years ago.  Maybe this will be his last year.  He has the most wins by a bunch and he got to the magical 400th win.  Is there anything else he can accomplish?  The sad thing is he will probably pass away about three months after his retirement.  With that said I still want the Bucknuts to beat the shit (pun intended) out of those smug pussies.

"Say my name."