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Matt de Bear


Canton, MI (via Columbus, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2016

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 16 Mar 2019

There is certainly a risk there. Plus kickoffs have become almost meaningless (with good reason) due to the rule changes put in place. However, Hamler has a pretty good knack for avoiding the big hit. There's a risk of a guy standing back there waiting to make the catch, but as long as you're smart about it, it's a worthwhile risk/reward scenario.

Comment 12 Mar 2019

But they made those plays. And Oruwariye and Taylor didn't make theirs. 

If you wan to really get into it, Michigan State was a couple of plays away from not doing anything. A fake punt, a trick play, and a stupid penalty on Thorpe all had to happen to get them on the board at all, and a pair of dropped interceptions kept the game winning drive alive.

It's fun to pull out a play here or there, but plays happen, and they're part of the game. To discount a close loss they very easily could've won "because of a couple of plays" is unfair at best. But you've gotta keep your narrative going.

Comment 12 Mar 2019

The depth of talent at DE is staggering. Even more when you consider Micah Parsons isn't even playing there. I'm cautiously optimistic about DT. There are a lot of bodies there, and some highly regarded ones at that, but they need someone to step up. The overall youth of guys like Mustipher, Culpepper, Barber, and Hansard (when healthy) is the biggest concern. It's a position where physical maturity is huge, and it's not something you just create. 

Comment 07 Mar 2019

By in large, it's been a massive win for Penn State, in my opinion. We of course complain about the refs, or the perceived bias of conference officials, but you'd have those same issues in other leagues. At its roots, Penn State is much more of a Big Ten type of University than ACC or the old Big East. 

The biggest benefit has undoubtedly been the financial aspect. No other league generates as much revenue as the Big Ten. You can of course argue whether that money is going to the right people, but it's allowed PSU to not only continue to field a large number of varsity programs, but do so as a high level. 

Comment 26 Feb 2019

Don't disagree, but the last few weeks of the season are still crucial. Need to continue the momentum.