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DanDakich


MEMBER SINCE   February 07, 2017

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Comment 18 Feb 2019

I hate to break it to you, but I don't show after they lose either. Check the comments from the first 12 losses and you will see nothing posted from me. I hate to break it to you, but you're keen "observations" are waning in the golden years.

FTR I hope they retain the Used Car Salesman. I want the collective group of fanboys who have turned sour on his schtick to suffer through another four seasons futility with only his tired "we're this close" assurances and his empty promises to sustain them.

Comment 31 Jan 2019

Isn't is amazing, now that the Used Car Salesman is 2/3 of the way into his 8th year at Penn State, sitting with a now 0-10 conference record and a 7-14 overall record, that the "objective" staff at RLR suddenly feel the need to trot out an OpEd piece on how the poor poor Penn State Basketball team will have no savior, nor a "white knight". This ONLY comes after it has become glaringly apparent that the Used Car Salesman's days are numbered and his long overdue exit slowly makes its way, like the Bataan Death March, towards his dismissal at the end of season. Your lack of bias with regard to anything related to the Used Car Salesman is well documented over his far too long eight seasons. This is merely another, in what will hopefully be soon-to-end, biased story/review/OpEd  that, once again, refuses to lay the blame for the failures of the Used Car Salesman at the one place it should squarely be. at his feet!.

Comment 31 Jan 2019

Uh Huh. As evidenced by the WHOPPING 2 comments (one of which was a smiley face) in the 29 posted blogs (one of which was just a smiley face, OpEd pieces and articles before Crimson Crusher opened this Pandora's Box with posted comments after the Minnesota collapse.

In fact, the 55 posted blogs, OpEd pieces and articles before the Minnesota postgame write-up had just 36 comments (already less than the number of comments in just this one, although not when you consider that 16 of the 38 comments posted here are from the staff itself... I guess that's one way to make interest in your stories seem higher than it actually is), When compared to lasts season, the posted number of comments is WAY down... but yea, keep up with the Politburo party line that you're traffic is "quite fine"... and interest in following Penn State basketball on RLR is "quite fine"... BTW, you're welcome... again!

Comment 30 Jan 2019

The pro-Used Car Salesman zealots refuse to accept his failures, or that his failures are of his own. They are like most denialists, in that accepting the reality/truth would open them up to psychologically disturbing consequences. It's easier to lay blame elsewhere. either openly and directly, or subtly (as in this OpEd).A Used Car Salesman apologist will never see the reality of his failures, for doing so would mean having to objectively view their own, which is typically a painful process. Better to bury one's head in the sand and pretend it's someone else's fault (or better yet, blame the "system").

If nothing else, at least we started generating some clicks for this site, which was sorely in need of someone (anyone) commenting on any of their basketball stories. So RLR, your'e welcome!

Comment 30 Jan 2019

Yes, Keep Him!!!

I hope the Used Car salesman stays on for another four seasons, so that the recently enlightened masses (or ostrich-like apologists), who have finally come to admit that he is a craptastic head coach (or amusingly refuse to do so), should suffer through four seasons with a head coach, at the helm, that they KNOW sucks (and should have been fired four years earlier).

Keep the Used Car Salesman. Climb With Us. Trust the Process. Trust in what the Used Car Salesman said in the post-game presser, "...I just love the team's grit. We're this close to breaking through. I'm more optimistic walking out of this arena than I was a week ago" and "I can't wait to watch this film tonight. I'm fired up".

I hear he also has a sweet cherry red Chevy Nova that'd be perfect for you... only been driven 15,000 miles to the church, Weis markets and back. You'd be stealing it from him at the price he's willing to accept... Trust Him!!

Comment 30 Jan 2019

It is hilarious how you lay blame to the failures of the Used Car Salesman as

a coach with significantly more clout and a better assistant coaching staff

God forbid you, or any of the other biased Philly fanboys on this site, should EVER call into question his horrific ability to coach a well disciplined and efficient offense or his track record of his taking an inadequately lengthy stretch of time to develop talent, especially when compared to his fellow brethren in the conference.

Nah, it is so much easier to parrot the pro-party line and promulgate the ideology that the Used Car Salesman failed here (after being given 8 seasons) because of his lack of "clout", his assistant coaching staff and because there is just no "white knight" who will save this program.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

Oh please.. even a blind man can read between the lines here. For seven and a half seasons the Used Car salesman's cadre of apologists have been championing patience, Climb with Us, Trust the Process. Now, in his 8th season, when it appears, for all intents and purposes that he is headed towards being canned at the end of the season (if not sooner), the flock of Philly fanboys, who primarily populate this nearly dead site, decide that an OpEd piece needs to posted wailing about how there is no savior for PSU hoops and that the team (and the program) will just never be any good (without Pegula-like commitment).The timing of the decision to post this piece just adds to the blatantly obvious bias in favor of your Philly favorite son.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

As expected from the resident Philly fanboy apologists who still INSIST on propping up their supposed savior "the Used Car salesman". If he can't do it, then NO ONE can... why am I not surprised that THIS is the OpEd posted, instead of a look at possible replacements for their doomed savior? Because then they would actually have to admit that they were WRONG about "the Used Car Salesman". Better instead to parade out the same parroted claptrap of how the program is doomed and no one is coming to save it, i.e., since there is no "white knight", better off sticking with the guy who got you here. The lack of subtlety in this piece is obnoxious. What will you Philly boys do if they actually make the decision in the next few months that they should have 4 years ago and fire "the Used Car Salesman"?

Nah, better that they keep the Used Car salesman on for another four seasons, so that the recently enlightened masses, who have finally come to admit that he is a craptastic head coach, should suffer through four seasons with a head coach, at the helm, that they KNOW sucks (and should have been fired four years earlier).

Keep the Used Car Salesman. Climb With Us. Trust the Process. Trust in what the Used Car Salesman said in the post-game presser, "...I just love the team's grit. We're this close to breaking through. I'm more optimistic walking out of this arena than I was a week ago" and "I can't wait to watch this film tonight. I'm fired up"

Comment 27 Jan 2019

I hope they keep the Used Car salesman on for another four seasons, so that the recently enlightened masses, who have finally come to admit that he is a craptastic head coach, should suffer through four seasons with a head coach, at the helm, that they KNOW sucks (and should have been fired four years earlier).

Keep the Used Car Salesman. Climb With Us. Trust the Process. Trust in what the Used Car Salesman said in the post-game presser, "...I just love the team's grit. We're this close to breaking through. I'm more optimistic walking out of this arena than I was a week ago" and "I can't wait to watch this film tonight. I'm fired up".

Comment 11 Mar 2018

LOL. While other teams are celebrating making the NCAA Tournament, you are celebrating and immortalizing a play. One play. A play that did nothing more than inch the team closer to the tournament which the Used Car Salesman has never made. Above and beyond that, that one play wasn't even enough to move the team to the first four out. One play. A great play, but still... one play. While OSU celebrates making the NCAA Tournament, you celebrate one play. It's no wonder you champion the Used Car Salesman. Until you set your sights higher, demand, and expect, more, he will always deliver less than that which is possible. I hope rewatching that one play keeps you satisfied for years to come. I am sure the Buckeyes and Wolverines and Spartans and Boilermakers and all the other 68 teams are enjoying making the NCAA Tournament much more. 

Hey, maybe in 20 years, you can gather round all the guys from that one play and have a reunion get-together. Celebrate that one play and toast the greatest accomplishment in the Used Car Salesman's 7-year career here at Penn State.

Comment 11 Mar 2018

Congrats to the Used Car Salesman.7 years, including two with some of the best talent to play here and all you have to show for it is an NIT berth. Looks like it's time for a lifetime contract. #waittilnextyear

Comment 10 Mar 2018

What we are here to do, though, is figure out what needs to happen for the one or two paths that would end with Penn State participating in March Madness to come to fruition.

There is no path which will lead them to the NCAA Tournament, None.

There was a readily available and a likely successful one for AD Sandy Barbour before the start of the season, but that path was closed for future travel this season when the "power-that-be" determined that The Used Car Salesman would retain his job as Penn State head coach for a seventh season.

I, of course, lobbied, posited and proposed why The Used Car Salesman should have been fired at the end of last season and i was, typically, excoriated by the pro-Used Car Salesman crowd (specifically Dan Smith and Rob Dougherty).

It highly amuses me how when I used comparitive data last year to argue for firing of The Used Car Salesman, I was promptly told

That's a whole lot of research for something that literally doesn't apply to PSU's situation at all.

from resident apologist Rob Dougherty, yet now when the "staff" at RLR chooses to use comparitive data from past seasons to argue that this team has a "path" to the NCAA Tournament, it is suddenly a prescient epiphany that should open the committee's eyes and convince them include Penn State in the NCAA Tournament. 

At 30th, Penn State would be something of a rarity to miss out on the Tournament since Ken Pomeroy's site launched in 2002. Being a high-major team in the top-30 of KenPom has, historically, worked out well. The entire list of eligible top-30 squads to miss out in the history of the metric looks like this:

2017 TCU (29th)
2013 Baylor (28th)
2013 Iowa (29th)
2007 Clemson (29th)
2006 Michigan (28th)
2006 Notre Dame (29th)
2005 Ohio State (30th)
2004 Florida State (26th)
2002 South Carolina (20th)

The '02 Gamecocks are a major outlier, while the '04 Seminoles are, uh, a slightly less major outlier. Otherwise, while Penn State is in the zone where teams get left out — ranked between 28th and 30th — it's still extremely rare for this to happen. There have been nine teams in 16 years that have earned this distinction, and while past results aren't indicative of future outcomes, it's still a sign that teams this high are generally viewed very favorably by the committee.

The shame of all this is that the worst possible outcome that could have happened for this season will, in all likelihood, actually happen, Penn State will have played just well enough to miss the tournament (by, perhaps, 6-8 teams, depending on whose projection you trust and believe), yet not poorly enough to, in all likelihood, to ensure the Used Car Salesman is canned. Like any great shyster, the Used Car Salesman will have threaded the needle of duplicity and come out clean on the other side. Also, like any great shyster, he needs a vast collection of rubes willing to blindly follow along in lock-step, always believing his schtick, his chicanery and his song-and-dance.

As PT Barnum is often attributed as having said, "There's a sucker born every minute"

Comment 16 Feb 2018

Eric, here's my ass. I even brought you something...

Some Kleenex to wipe away those tears from your bitching and whining about how butthurt you were at my accusations that you, and your fellow cronies, have been propping up The Used Car salesman for six and 2/3 years without any tangible evidence to support your cause.

and a cookie to make you feel better, because as we all know, a millenial never takes kindly to having his feelings hurt..

Now, onto The Used Car Salesman... I gave up a month ago presenting a thousand reasons why his ass should have been fired years ago. I already resigned myself long ago that his worthless hide would likely be back for a seventh season, so why keep pounding at the door when there's no one to even acknowledge it needs to be answered. If six and 2/3 seasons of coaching ineptitude doesn't warrant him being canned, why should a quarter of the season result in him being lauded. This team is playing well... finally. If the sycophantic apologists can discount 6 and 2/3 years on inept coaching, poor scheduling and repetitive underachievement, what is it that you expect 1/4 of a season to resolve? It's awesome for The Used Car Salesman to be able to hang nearly seven years of a career on seven good games. The "fact" is that this team should have been playing like this a lot earlier than this. A putrid non-conference schedule along with early season losses that should not have been incurred, combined with a weaker Big Ten have resulted in this team having to play on a knife's edge... all thanks to The Used Car Salesman. The fact that there is still little bench support means that there is virtually no room for error (yet another performance issue falling at the feet of The Used Car Salesman). But all of this is moot. All I read on message boards and heard from those covering the team (who were not sycophantic apologists such as yourself and your brethren) was that THIS was The Used Car Salesman's year. If he didn't make the tournament he should be fired. Now, with the teams playing up its talent level, even if he doesn't make the NCAA Tournament, there is such renewed optimism, that he is virtually assured of coming back yet another season, and even longer.  

I have been following college basketball for nearly forty years. In all that time, through all those coaches, I have seen less than a handful who have been as pathetic as The Used Car Salesman has been for 6 and 2/3 seasons suddenly "turn it around". As enjoyable as this recent improvement has been, it will end likely end with five more seasons of The Used Car Salesman's disappointments, failures and excuses. I imagine you will also be there to proffer to us with a ready-made excuse each time why he's still "about to turn the corner".

Enjoy.