Friday, August 11, 2006

Good News, Bad News, Good News

The good news is I'm back from vacation and pumped to start the college football season. The bad news is, I'm shutting down Hail to the Lion.

But don't worry. I have been invited to host a new site called Black Shoe Diaries which is part of Sports Blogs Nation. I could not be more excited to be part of SBN. Please join me over at Black Shoe Diaries and make sure to update your links and bookmarks.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Open Thread

Blogging is hard work, so I need a vacation. I'll be out next week so posting will be sporadic if at all. I'll be relaxing on the beach next to this girl. Of course, my wife and kid will also be there preventing me from talking to her.

While I'm relaxing on the beach I'll be collecting my thoughts and gearing up for the start of the season. I have a big announcement in the wings, and I hope to make it soon.

So while I'm gone, feel free to start up your own threads. Discuss who will win the Big Ten or who will win the Heisman. Heck, discuss who will win Conference USA for all I care. I'm on vacation.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Welcome NDNation Fans!

I see I'm getting a lot of hits from Rock's House on NDNation.com, a Notre Dame site. Some douchebag named Arsenal posted the following on their message board with a link to this post.

Great line from a PSU blog

"In other news, Troy Smith from THE Ohio State University was named Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. What's wrong with these morons? Haven't they ever heard of Derrick Williams and Anthony Morelli? Is there no justice in this world?"

Morelli really should've been nominated. I mean, he absolutely lit up their second team defense!
He took me completely out of context thinking it would get a few yucks on his message board. Either he is a complete moron, or he didn't notice the paragraph before that statement where I called the people that nominated Paul Posluszny the Preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the year geniuses. I think we can all assume they are the same people.

Fortunately, they are not all completely stupid over on ndnation. One commenter points out to Arsenal that my post was meant to be sarcastic. I thought Notre Dame was supposed to be a smart school. Maybe this is one of those Notre Dame wannabe fans who never went to school there but he kisses the toilet seat Charlie Weis takes a crap on.

Joe Paterno's Press Conference

If you happened to miss Joe Paterno's press conference on ESPN the other day, you can watch it here. It's worth the 17 minutes. There are some classic Paterno zingers in there.

JOEPA Penn State News Conference 8/1/06 (Pt. 1 of 2)

Part I

JOEPA Penn State News Conference 8/1/06 (Pt. 2 of 2)

Part II

Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

Little blurbs have been coming out of the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon going on in Chicago this week. Apparently, Tony Hunt and BranDon Snow are in Paterno's doghouse. Hunt is in trouble for letting his grades drop. He's not ineligible or anything, but Paterno isn't happy. There's much speculation going on in terms of Snow's situation. Nobody knows what happened, but Joe has made it clear he's not happy and that Snow is going to sit early in the season. The good news is he's still with the team and Joe says he plans to include him in the offense this year.

A lot of time has been spent commenting on Northwestern coach Randy Walker who tragically died of a heart attack a few weeks ago at the age of 52. While he gets asked about his health most years, I can imagine Joe Paterno has fielded even more questions about his health this year as he approaches the ripe old age of 80 this season. Amazingly, Joe recently climbed Mount Nittany with his family. Here's what Joe had to say about the trip:
"I hadn't climbed it in 30 years. But my kids teased me into going up there for a family climb. When I got to the top, I was all right. But coming down was really tough. I had a little problem with my leg."

Joe reported a little soreness and swelling in his knee, but he should be fine. If only we could all live to be mountain climbers when we're 80.

No surprise, the media isn't giving Penn State any respect. They selected Ohio State as the favorite to win the Big Ten followed by Michigan and Iowa. That's ok. We didn't get any respect last year either. Michael Robinson and the other captains sat at their table and nobody wanted to talk to them. They went on to win the conference. Everybody snickered when Paterno got up in front of the podium and told everyone he thought they were going to be pretty good last year. He went on to win several Coach of the Year awards. The nice thing about not being favored to win is that you have everything to prove and nothing to lose. I think Penn State is in store for another special season. The question is how many games will we have to win before people start to believe?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Student Criminals

I was just surfing my usual daily websites and blogs when I happened across the ESPN college football page. Of course the lead story is the dismissal of Oklahoma Sooner starting stud quarterback, Rhent Bomar, for getting paid $18,000 last year for a job he only worked at for about five hours a week. But here are some of the other headlines:

Auburn suspended two players for alcohol-related reasons.

Tennessee dismissed one player and suspended another. Tight end Lee Smith was arrested for drunk driving and cut from the team. Freshman Marsalous Johnson waved a gun at a police officer on the interstate and will sit four games for that.

Miami has suspended four players. Tyrone Moss, Ryan Moore, James Bryant, and Rashaun Jones will all sit out the Florida State opener for "violating team rules." This is on the heels of safety Willie Cooper being shot in the buttocks and his teammate returning fire.

Air Force has suspended place kicker Ryan Harrison indefinitely for an "unspecified violation of school standards."

Utah State has dismissed linebacker Steven Downs for a marijuana violation.

It seems the world of college football is in disaray this week. Instead of pouring over the preseason polls and debating who will be number one at the end of the season, we're all focused on who's in trouble with the law and the NCAA. Thank God Penn State isn't dealing with these kinds of issues. A few years ago it seemed our players were making all the headlines. I have to believe it is the senior leadership from the captains keeping the players in line. I can't wait until the season starts so we can stop talking about all this crap and start talking about football.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Poz-itively the Best

As if you need any further proof of the greatness of Poz, the 2005 Butkus and Bednarik winner was named Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. I cannot emphasize enough how intelligent the people are who select the winner of this award.

In other news, Troy Smith from THE Ohio State University was named Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. What's wrong with these morons? Haven't they ever heard of Derrick Williams and Anthony Morelli? Is there no justice in this world?

Playing up the Penn State inferiority complex I touched on yesterday, ESPN.com's college football page today ran a poll asking, "Which team will win the Big Ten football title this season?" Your options were:
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Ohio State
  • Wisconsin

That's right. Penn State isn't even an option. The defending champions aren't even considered a possibility to repeat according to ESPN. Obviously Lee Corso must have made up this poll. He's such a Penn State hater.