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Comment 14 Mar 2017

An extension makes sense for all the reasons laid out.  I'm also 100% fine with firing him after next year if they're not in the postseason.

Also, I had to read that sentence about the 13 league wins in consecutive years about ten times before it made sense to me. That's one of the most Penn State basketball stats I've ever seen.

Comment 08 Mar 2017

Never saw Ameachi at PSU but did see Booth. Watkins has averaged more points and rebounds than Booth as a freshman. But beyond that he just, I don't know, looks better. But, fair point-I've been as "Watkins is the best big man we've ever had" as anyone. Probably should chill on that a bit.

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.