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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 24 Mar 2017

Will Fries has never played a snap of college football, so you're just gonna throw him out there ahead of a healthy Mahon or Bates? Both of whom were highly effective at left tackle a year ago, and Bates especially is just tapping his potential as a now redshirt sophomore. I know for a fact the staff loves Bates potential at tackle. 

Brandon Polk needs to prove he can stay healthy. Until then, he's an unknown that runs fast. As you said, Blacknall has a ton of potential, but needs to put it all together. I think he was really set back by his hand injury last year, and missing those 4 games early. Irvin Charles and Juwan Johnson will take on bigger roles, and Hamilton would benefit from a move back outside instead of the slot. He was better there last year when he rotated in with injuries. Gesicki is a huge x-factor in the passing game as well, obviously. He's essentially another slot receiver that is a matchup nightmare.

This idea of a "blocking tight end" is great, but I'm not sure Moorhead's offense necessarily needs a guy that is primarily a blocker. A healthy Nick Bowers would be a huge help though.

The offense can certainly challenge the entire field, but a huge part of the "all or nothing" offense of a year ago was what they were given. Teams really sold out to stop Barkley, with good reason, and it created all sorts of 1-on-1 mismatches down field. If the 40 yard pass is there, you take it. 

My personal feeling is a lot of the improvement you're looking for comes from guys getting another year's experience, especially up front. We were exceptionally young at a lot of spots, and a year of playing time, plus another year of time in the weight room, will really benefit everyone.

Comment 20 Mar 2017

Johnson was only in the mix to begin with because of the terrible run of luck with injuries, and then Smith's ejection. Combine that with an ACL recovery, and it seems a bit optimistic to expect him to see any meaningful snaps.

Comment 15 Mar 2017

I don't think Minnesota even thinks about Glen Mason 11 years after they fired him. Yes, they struggled with Tim Brewster, but Kill had then playing good football before his health issues, as did Claeys, even if he did put his foot in his mouth and get himself fired. They were playing every bit as well as they did for the bulk of Mason's time there. Don't see any reason Fleck can't at least maintain that in an average division.

Sparty has a ton of issues. They were bad last year, and lost their best players. They had inconsistent at best QB play, and no real playmakers on offense. Couple that with the lingering questions about this sexual assault allegations, and a loaded B1G East, it's tough to see them taking a big step back. 

Michigan is easily the best of those 4 teams, IMO. Yes, they lost a lot, but it's not like they're replacing them with a bunch of unknowns. Hoke recruited well, and Harbaugh has taken it to another level. 

Comment 13 Mar 2017

The Dolphins also didn't essentially rebuild 80% of their stadium as PSU would be doing here.

It's an interesting question, but not sure it should be a priority for Penn State to have a roof or TV's the size of Jerryworld.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

The two biggest reasons to do the extension are the aftermath of the last two times PSU faced a similar situation and didn't extend Dunn prior to 2000-2001, or Ed before 2010-2011, as Eric mentioned. I was not a fan of either coach, but Curley did neither of them any favors by essentially sending them into their final seasons as dead men walking. They had zero chance to sustain any sort of program growth because of their contract situations. 

I will also add I was in favor of getting rid of Ed after the 2009-2010 season, but want to give Pat 2016-17. It's pretty simple for me too. Chambers has done what no one has ever done, and that's bring in multiple B1G caliber players in back to back seasons. Carr and Stevens last year, and Reaves/Watkins the prior class. 2018 has the potential to be the same, if there's some sign that he has a shot to stick around. As Rob said, that class signs in about eight months. If we flounder next year, you can make a move, regardless of what his contract says. It's not like we're talking about James Franklin buyout money here.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

As far as a canopy/full roof goes, that adds an insane amount of money to the project, because of the steel required to cantilever it appropriately. 

Rebuilding the south to match the north is also quite an additional expense, since they are intending to keep the club level and upper deck level that was added in 2001. I think the current setup with 2 large video boards at each end is plenty. Just my opinion on that though.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

I am hardly an expert, but if they build something like those renderings, It will be just as loud, if not louder. It looks taller, and more filled it. Similar to Ohio Stadium, which is quite raucous.

Comment 13 Mar 2017

From what I can recall during the surveys, they were looking for feedback on things like "preferred" parking spots that provided power/TV hookups, landscaped areas with areas for kids to play, set up activities, etc. 

Comment 12 Mar 2017

OSU beating Sparty on Thursday would have virtually no impact on their PWR because MSU is so bad. The key for PSU is just don't lose. They *probably* get in with a W over Michigan, regardless of what happens vs. Minnesota.