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Matt de Bear


Canton, MI (via Columbus, OH)

Member since 24 July 2016 | Blog

I am a 2005 graduate of Penn State, and an alumnus of the Penn State Marching Blue Band as well. After spending two years at Victory Bell Rings, and over two at Black Shoe Diaries, I am thrilled to be part of the founding group here at Roar Lions Roar.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2016 B1G Championship Game
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 23 Apr 2017

Can't believe Nick doesn't have a single thought on this. Smh fake Seattle fan IMO.

Comment 23 Apr 2017

He's had a great spring, for sure. Curious to see if he pushes enough to get playing time this fall if everyone is healthy. McGovern proved that if you're good enough as a freshman, you'll play. The great thing about Miranda is one, he's ahead of the curve with enrolling when he did, and two, they won't feel rushed to play him if he's not ready. A ton of great competition for the interior spots.

Comment 23 Apr 2017

I'll wager you a shirt from our store that if McSorley is healthy, he's starting vs. Akron. If he isn't, I'll buy you any shirt of your choice. If he is, you promise to buy one of our shirts.

Comment 23 Apr 2017

Unless Trace McSorley is hurt, he is Penn State's starter. I am 10000% confident of that. 

Comment 21 Apr 2017

What, pray tell, have we been hearing that would lead you to believe that displacing the top QB in the Big Ten from a year ago with someone who has taken zero meaningful snaps at the most important position on the field, makes PSU better?

Comment 20 Apr 2017

I live 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, and about an hour from East Lansing, not to mention cover college football for this website. I follow Big 10 football.

Sparty lost by 17 to BYU, 14 at NW, 11 at Maryland, and 32 at PSU. Hell, even the Michigan loss (9) wasn't that close by virtue of a meaningless TD scored with no time left on the clock. That's hardly competitive IMO. Lewerke played significant snaps in two of those games as well. And was a whopping 31/57, 381 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, plus 149 yards on 21 carries. Good, but, he still didn't produce all that much. Yes, injuries hurt them, but they were also 61st in defensive scoring, and a whopping 103rd in offensive scoring. Like S&P+, 66 on offense, 41 on defense. Three of their top four receivers graduate. They graduate several offensive linemen off of a unit that was not good. On defense, Montae Nicholson: gone, Malik McDowell: gone, Riley Bullough: gone, Demetrious Cox: gone, Darian Hicks: gone. Sparty's highest rated recruiting class in the last five years was No. 17 in 2016. Those guys are RS freshman, or sophomores. Not to mention, some of the rumored names in legal trouble are the biggest players in that class. Not sure why you'd not worry about that. A total of four players are being investigated by local police and the DA for sexual assault. That's not the media. Hell, they've barely discussed the investigations in the Michigan media, and definitely not nationally, other than reporting they're going on. None of the rumored names have been reported, but it doesn't take much digging to find out who the names are.

Yes, Michigan loses a lot. I've never argued that. It's absolutely laughable you think Converted DTs Brian Gaia and Derek Dowrey, RS Fr Brendan Mahon, RS Fr Andrew Nelson, and Angelo Mangiro is better than Michigan's recruited talent on the offensive line. Michigan has 6 blue chip recruits with eligibility on the offensive line alone. That doesn't even take into account high 3-stars, which by a quick count, is 4 or 5. You'll surely try to discredit this, but stars matter. Wilton Speight was a highly effective last year as a QB until he injured his shoulder. Michigan may take a step back, but struggle to get 6 wins? Absolutely no way.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

To think MSU is going to take a huge step forward, while losing several key players from a bad team, yet thinking Michigan will take a step back, is a bit dubious.

Michigan is replacing starters with guys that one, are more talented than what MSU will be plugging in, and as you said, incredibly well coached. As for the PSU comparison, no way. PSU was using converted d-lineman, and low rated players to plug the holes in the dam. 

MSU is in big trouble IMO. They lost several talented players, and are going to be plugging in guys that have little to no experience, that couldn't get on the field last year in a 3-9 debacle. Compound all of that with MSU has zero QB play to speak of, and the off field issues, and I really don't know how you can say they're going to bounce back.

Comment 14 Apr 2017

I was commenting to someone yesterday that PSU's defense was "OK" a year ago, but not terribly dominant to say the least. Then you figure losing both DEs, your key LB, and a fifth year senior safety to graduation, and then your top coverage CB to injury, it's tough to see them being much better, if at all, than last year.

I do think the offense is good enough to win at least 10 games with the schedule. There aren't many offenses that are good enough to expose PSU's weaknesses to a level where they can outscore the PSU offense. Additionally, there are only a couple of defenses that have the potential to slow down the PSU offense enough to make the defensive issues loom large.

Comment 14 Apr 2017

Parsons is a big piece, no doubt. But, I'd argue his overall importance to PSU only shows the talent gap. OSU has recruited guys like Parsons for the past five years or more. PSU has only 2-3 guys at that level over that same timeframe.

Comment 14 Apr 2017

When you compare it to OSU's not only talent, but depth of talent, it's hard to argue. They're replacing first round NFL picks with future first round NFL picks. PSU is recruiting well, but not at that level yet, especially on the defensive side of the ball.