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Comment 15 Feb 2017

Scene: Penn State Basketball Fan visits his child counselor.
C: Hi Penn State Basketball Fan, how are you feeling today?
PSBF: MAD.
C: Tell me about that....
PSBF: JUST SICK OF IT! EVERY TIME I THINK THEY'RE READY TO TAKE A STEP FORWARD THEY PULL SOMETHING LIKE THIS. 
C: Mmm hmmm
PSBF: AND WHY DO SO MANY TEAMS DECIDE TO GO UNCONSCIOUS FROM THREE AGAINST US? WHAT WAS THAT SHOT BEFORE THE HALF???
C: Do you remember when we talked about your anger as an iceberg?
PSBF: YES. BANKS AND GARNER ARE OUR UPPERCLASSMAN-
C: We talked about how the anger is what we see but there are other feelings underneath that we don't see.
PSBF: ....
C: What are you feeling under your anger?
PSBF: I'm...I'm sad
C: You're sad...
PSBF: I just want this team to be good. I really like them. 
C: You do. You really care about them.
PSBF: I really thought the NIT could happen. And now it's going to be really hard for them.
C: Well of course you're sad-you were really hopeful for them.
PSBF: Yeah.
C: Tell me what helps when you're sad.
PSBF: Talking to my online friends.
C: Yes-you've told me about them. How are they today?
PSBF: They're okay. They keep telling me to be patient. That this game was going to be tough because of the quick turnaround, the travel, the fact that Nebraska was fresh and healthy.
C: Is it helping to talk to them?
PSBF: Kinda.
C: What else helps you?
PSBF: I don't know.....listening to music?
C: Sure-music can be very helpful.
PSBF: Yeah, I like this song called Deadz. It's by Migos.
C (sets down notes): Oh?
PSBF: Yeah.
C: With 2 Chainz?
PSBF (perks up): Yeah-you know it?
C (awkward laugh): Yeah, I do. 
PSBF: .........
C: .........
Both stand up.
C and PSBF: AH OOH FRESH OUT THE BED AH OOH COUNT OUT THE DEADZ
Scene fades to black.
 

Comment 14 Feb 2017

I can tell you want Penn State to be good at basketball. Me too, man. Not enough people do so I appreciate that you care. You keep bringing up consistency (on here and BSD) and I'm with you to a certain point. That's why I nervous about tonight's game. They're on a roll but the quick turnaround and long travel doesn't give me good feels. Win tonight and they just need to split the last four to get into the NIT (and if they win 3 then the BTT gets really interesting). Lose and they're looking at 6-9 (nice) with three to play. Even the NIT starts to get dicey.

So yeah, I get it. The ups and downs are frustrating. Both from the team and individual players. Consistency would be neat! But, that's not where we are as a program. We're currently an NIT bubble team led by three freshman. We're essentially a 6-6 football team. This is how it's going to be until we get more players at the Carr/Stevens/Watkins level and until they get more experience. But aren't they fun to watch? Lamar Stevens is going to be really good. Tony Carr is going to be really good. They both might be really good already. Mike Watkins might be really good too.The fact that they responded the the Indiana/Rutgers week with Maryland/Illinois week says a lot about them. That consistency is still elusive-but they're getting there.

Comment 31 Jan 2017

Doesn't help that the average age of those in attendance is 75. 

It is weird though. I go to several games a year and admittedly don't get really get loud. Probably because I'd feel like an idiot being the only one who's cheering. My general theory about PSU basketball is there a lot of people who'd like to support it more but are waiting for more consistent winning. I think that plays out in the arena-people don't want to let themselves get prematurely excited. And I'm not totally joking about the age of the fans.

Comment 05 Jan 2017

I love me some CFB Data Warehouse.

So there's a Division I-A Team Index that has a link to every program in alphabetical order. I don't remember when I started going on there, but for years Penn State was right at the top of one of the columns and easy to see. At some point after Sandusky broke, I went on there to look at something and it had been shifted so we were at the bottom of a column and you had to scroll down to see us. That legitimately broke my heart.

Comment 03 Jan 2017

Welp, we're here. I've been a PSU fan for almost 20 years and always thought we could be among the elites of college football. This isn't a senior-laden squad that's destined to fall back to mediocrity. We're going to be good for a while. Weird to think about.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

If this helps, here's the full broadcast. The song is on right away. This has become my life's mission. I even emailed Fox about it. I'm a fully functioning adult I swear.

Comment 09 Dec 2016

That's not it. That's the song from the video with Lavar. This was a different part of the broadcast.
 

Comment 25 Nov 2016

Geez-that was hyperbole. My bad.

Anyway, I guess I can see from a player's perspective being pissed on some level. But, from Michigan State's perspective they are giving a 5th year senior a chance to score a touchdown-that's fun. It was probably something they had practiced and wanted to give it a shot. Where are the lines on these kinds of things anyway? Like was Tommy Stevens' jet sweep TD against Iowa poor sportsmanship?

Comment 23 Nov 2016

At the time, I thought the Minnesota game was possibly the most fun game under Franklin. Now that's like the 4th most fun game of the season.

Comment 15 Nov 2016

Dan Majerle is probably my most hated athlete of all time. Ask any Sonics (RIP) fan and we'll tell you about the 1993 Western Conference Finals when that mother fucker went OFF. He was hitting threes from 40 feet out. Just absurdity. And he was orange as hell. Take the most annoying three point shooter from like Bucknelll or whatever and then make him into a pro and turn him orange and you've got Dan Majerle. Then in Game 7 the Suns shot 64 SIXTY FOUR free throws so the NBA could get Jordan vs. Barkley in the Finals. F him and f that and f the Thunder and f David Stern and Howard Schultz and Clay Bennett.

I might go to this game tonight wearing a Sonics shirt so I can yell at him.

Comment 25 Oct 2016

The immediate comparison that comes to mind is the 2005 Ohio State game. What made that night special wasn't just that the game was amazing, it was that we were coming off the worst 5 year stretch of Penn State football in....ever? The "HOLY SHIT WE'RE BACK" feeling permeated through that entire week and up until Tamba's sack at the end. I started at PSU in 1998 and that was the first time I felt like I knew what Penn State football could be and once was.

When the sanctions came down, I knew we'd be back eventually. Whether it was five years or twenty, we were going to have a night like 2005. My wife and I were comparing those games and agreed that 2005 was a better atmosphere. But that's because we took an early lead and the noise never stopped. This time the crowd was dying off in the 3rd quarter. So, no, it wasn't 2005. Maybe that night is coming, maybe not. Regardless, Saturday night was bigger. And while 2000-2004 wasn't fun, 2011-2016 has suuuuuuucked. Our fanbase has been eating itself alive for the majority of Franklin's tenure. Saturday night that team went toe to toe with a juggernaut of a program, got knocked down, and fought the fuck back and brought us all together like nothing else could.

We Are.