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smokeybandit


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Comment 16 Aug 2018

Penn State/State College actually has plenty of hotels, and they tend to add a new one each year.  Remember it's not a small area.  The county has over 160k people and it's one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

The price gouging has been going on for many years.  Heck even the local/state parks jack up their cabin rentals to over $200 per night on football weekends.  Just it's not an area you can drive 20 minutes down the road and have plenty of hotels like you can on most campuses.  Nebraska is the same way.  If you're not staying in Lincoln, you're schlepping it to Omaha.

Comment 01 Aug 2018

"PSU hasn't turned out a decent pass rusher in the last 4 years (since we took Larry Johnson off their hands)..."

They had the B1G defensive player of the year and Lombardi Award winner in 2015 at DE.

Comment 18 Jul 2018

Michigan has been poised to take a step forward every year since Harbaugh has been there.  In the end it's still the same team.  Stagnant offense with overrated QBs, very talented first string defense but little depth.

Comment 19 Oct 2016

There are only really two main ways away from the stadium, yet seemingly 75% of the traffic is routed through one of those routes.  I've heard people being stuck in the lots for 3 hours after an 8pm game, yet since I went out the other route, I was out of the lots in 20 minutes.

Comment 19 Jul 2016

"The Nittany Lions still haven't named a starter at quarterback, though redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens looks to be the guy"

Trace McSorley will be the guy.  Didn't really play at all as a redshirt freshman last year until Hackenberg got hurt in the Gator Bowl.  He performed quite well and he's much more suited to play QB in a James Franklin offense.  Note PSU is going with an Oregon-tempo offense this year, too.

Comment 15 Jul 2016

If you weighed 271, would you consider yourself "nearly 300lbs"?  I doubt it :)

Interesting factoid - Before coming to Penn State, he was going elsewhere on a D-1 soccer scholarship.

Comment 04 Jul 2016

It's false that Hackenberg ever publicly blamed Franklin (this was NFL draft smokescreen magic, likely by the Jets), but it's obvious those two just weren't made for each other.  The offense will be much improved this year as they have QBs who both can and want to run Franklin's offense  The defense should be solid, but will need the back 7 to step up until the front 4 settle in.  They return their best LB from 2015 who tore his ACL in the 2015 season opener.  The biggest issue for PSU last year wasn't the poor QB play, but special teams.  Terrible kickoff and punt nets.  Two scholarship kickers will help that in 2016.


Thanks for the fair 2016 assessment.

Comment 18 May 2016

The majority of their charges have been dropped and their minor charges will eventually be dropped, too.

Comment 18 May 2016

"But we would rather debate what a dead football coach knew in the 1970s, and how his program should be punished, or what should be the fate of a goddamn statue. We're still stuck looking backwards. We haven't learned a thing. "

You're right.  The state agencies that allowed Sandusky to continue to work with/adopt/foster children never did their job to stop him.  The charity that Sandusky founded (and where he found all his victims) never did their job to stop him, even though they knew about the McQueary incident (and told him to "just wear shorts in the shower next time").  The attorney general originally tasked with investigating Sandusky sat on the case and did nothing with it for three years in order to run for Governor.  Oh and that governor took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from The Second Mile board members while he sat on the Sandusky case.   Or how about the prominent PA businessman who was heavily invested in The Second Mile and quickly left The Second Mile board of directors when Sandusky was again investigated in 2009.  That same businessman who has a prominent role in the Penn State board of trustees.   Or how about a prominent pharmaceuticals CEO who paid a comparatively tiny settlement to the state of PA for his company's role in the Vioxx scandal because of his relationship with, you guessed it, the aforementioned PA governor.  Oh and that same CEO held a prominent role on the Penn State board of trustees and pushed to get the Freeh report going.

So many dots, yet no one wants to connect them.  But hey, let's blame the friggin football coach.

Comment 27 Mar 2016

It's obvious Hackenberg and Franklin never saw eye to eye.

But this smells more of some GMs trying to smokescreen for Hackenberg.  He's got plenty of people looking out for him during pre-draft prep, and I'm sure "don't blame your former coach" was one of the many things covered in that prep.  Note this only came out after he had a successful pro day.