Selling Penn State to Alex Anzalone

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture
June 7, 2012 at 2:02p
28 Comments

Maybe this is the work of a Nittany Lion fan. Perhaps it came from Penn State recruiting. It does appear to be a card fashioned out of the Penn State oval logo and it was re-tweeted by Anzalone himself, originally posted by an account appearing to belong to his older brother.

The authenticity and/or author of the card isn't as important as the validity of the sales pitch:

1. 12 kids per year get accepted to to BS/MBA: True (and Anzalone has shown interest in that academic path)

2. Smeal colleg (sic) of Business = Top 15 B-School. It's actually ranked 20th by USNWR and 22nd by Bloomberg, but that's inconsequential - it's a world-class joint. The late Frank Smeal (yes, the same guy whose name is on the college) was a partner at Goldman-Sachs. Which leads to...

3. B-School = Pipeline to Goldman Sachs. Penn State as well as a couple dozen other schools mostly in the northeast - and mostly Ivy - that Goldman regularly recruits. Former Nittany LB Brandon Short currently works there. Goldman is a rich, proud and tarnished brand these days...sounds a little too famiiliar.

4. Get to play LB at Penn State | Not TE/HBack | We believe in you AS LB. This seems like a strawman shot at Urban Meyer, who already seems to be good to go at TE/HBack and desperately needs linebacker depth. The use of "We" is technically correct in accordance with the We Are chant and shouldn't be confused with a coach. Unless it is one, which we don't know.

5. Penn State = Pipeline to NFL LB's. Sure. Little or no separation from other NFL pipeline schools, but Linebacker U is everything but a registered trademark.

6. Penn State's #1 defensive recruit. Without a doubt.

Sure, it has all the same cheesy markings of an invitation to a sorority barn dance, but that kind of flowery praise resonates with kids. Recruiting is inherently creepy - it's the courting of immature boys by grown men into a 4-5 year mutually beneficial relationship.

It's a nice pitch to Anzalone. This is how you sell a product: Core value proposition, open competitive positioning and minimal negativity. Mike McQueary could learn a thing or two from this noble effort to persuade Pennsylvania's top prep player to stay in-state.

Comments

Maestro's picture

My 7-year-old has produced better looking projects.

vacuuming sucks

tankman's picture

well this one may have been done by an 8 yr old, so....

William's picture

>Colleg 
Great Spelling on their part.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Well, let's not forget that LTT's infamously flammable letter was sent to "Peroia, IL."

Typos aren't necessarily borne out of linguistic ignorance. The inability to grasp possessive vs. plural,  your/you're and there/they're/their beyond primary school is another matter.

William's picture

You're forgetting to/two/too and who/whom. Those bother me, as well as when one uses Charles' to describe something that is owned by a single person. It's not Charles' car, it's Charles's car. But of course, that just doesn't sound right. 

OSUNeedles's picture

This is going back a bit, but I think I remember OSU pushing a recruit a bit farther towards Penn St by sending his recruiting letter to "Curtis Fenis" as opposed to "Curtis Enis." Sometimes typos can be costly (and, frankly, if you were going to screw that one up, you could have gone with the far funnier typo).
 

tankman's picture

@william...R U commenting/critical over some little kids spelling?  Really?

William's picture

I must congratulate you Tankman. You've yet to ever provide any piece of positive material to this site. I only wish I had so much time in the day as you, in which you are able to troll this website and post entirely counterintuitive material. Thanks for providing to the intelligent discussion at 11W, troll. 

William's picture
  • The Fisher College of Business undergrad program is 14th in the country. 
  • We've put in just as many quality linebackers as Penn State has into the NFL.
  • In a study by US News and World Report, OSU grads are the 12th most sought after graduates by Fortune 500 companies.
  • He would be playing LB at Ohio State as well, with a more established linebacker coach in Luke Fickell who has only produced guys like AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, James Laurinaitis, Brian Rolle, and Ross Homan. 

I'm biased, but these points seem better.

BSTP DeCon's picture

If Alex reads this, I think the title should be changed to, "Selling The Ohio State University to Alex Anzalone." You're spot on, William.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Bill O'Brien has neat handwriting. 

TBDBITL0509's picture

@WILLIAM - spot on. Fisher > Smeal.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I'm sorry, but that just reeks of a grade-school valentine card. Hard to believe a top recruit would be swayed by such a thing. But then again, they are kids.
Penn State Football is Prestigious on trial for raping young boys.

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tankman's picture

I think just Sandusky is.

Pam's picture

If you think the entire university is not on trial as a result of what Sandusky did you haven't been paying attention

tennbuckeye19's picture

I agree PAM -There definitely is a black cloud over the school in general. What's the first thing you think of when you hear the words 'Penn State'? I'm guessing if it was a year or so ago, you would've said JoePa.
Now when you hear 'Penn State' its Sandusky and sex crimes with young boys.

Pam's picture

What do some people think of when they hear "Maurice Clarett"?  The guy that tOSU spawned and turned into a criminal.  This sh!t will never go away for PSU, fair or not

hodge's picture

Agreed, this cloud's going to hang over for a long, long time.  Personally, I don't think it's unfair though.  The culture of Penn State directly led to the coverup the athletic department (and possibly BOT) precipitated.  Had Penn State not had a rich tradition and legendary coach heading their football team, Sandusky would have been hung from the rafters--and the entire football program would have suffered inevitable (but managable) fallout.  Instead, Sandusky retires out of the blue in 1999 at the same moment he's being first investigated for pedophelia, and McQueary's report of the shower incident falls upon deaf ears.  This is precisely why I think the NCAA should be involved with this.  The athletic department chose to systematically ignore and empower child rape to save their program.  They should all f*cking hang.
I feel terrible for their fans, though.  They don't deserve this, at least the rational ones who weren't rioting when JoePa was fired and don't think this is some elaborate media conspiracy.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I also feel bad for their players (except McGloin cause he's got all that moxie). 

southbymidwest's picture

Agree. Sandusky is not the only one with charges against him. Former AD Curley and former VP Schultz are charged with perjury, former Pres Spannier resigned under a cloud, and there is the expectation of a number of civil lawsuits being filed specifically against PSU and its administrators.

Bucks43201's picture

hahah that was funny....I think since 2000 OSU has had 16 LBers drafted, compared to PSU's 8.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

tankman's picture

"since 2000"...I guess you can cut the numbers off whenever you want to.... so it fits your point of view.  I guess the draft never happened before than.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

hahahaha..just saw this on Tankman's profile "USER, Y U NO HAVE FAVORITE PLAYERS, TEAMS?" well played, 11w, well played

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Pam's picture

I can you tell one team that is NOT his favorite: The Ohio State University Buckeyes

Bucks43201's picture

hahaha

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

klfeck's picture

You're right, SMU should recruit based on all their success 30 years ago......

Kevin
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Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

poop's picture

Yea I wouldn't be bragging about #3 on that list right now. Sounds like a super sleazy organization.

klfeck's picture

So Mike McQueary wrote that indicment of OSU with full knowledge of what he had witnessed in the showers and no reason to believe the practice had ever stopped. He is just as bad as Sandusky.

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University