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Matt de Bear

Staff

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.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2016 B1G Championship Game
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Paul Posluszny
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Tim Frazier
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Jul 2019

This is partially off of memory, but as I recall, he gave a lot of credit to Adam Vinatieri and the Patriots. They signed him as an UDFA out of PSU, and he spent all summer and most of camp with them. I don't remember the specifics, but they essentially put a routine in place that simplified his approach, etc. He was waived at the end of camp, and had a brief tryout with the Ravens when their kicker got hurt. The Bears kicker struggled to start that year, and he was called in from a construction site where he was working as a construction manager or something for a tryout. The rest is history.

Comment 01 Jul 2019

Seems to be the way things are going at this point. You'll see a lot of both Thorpe and Miranda, I'd imagine. Especially early on in the season.

Comment 21 Jun 2019

They obviously didn't talk a ton about it since they rarely discuss injuries unless they are season ending. But he dealt with a lingering foot injury for most of last season. 

Comment 15 Jun 2019

PJ Fleck? The guy is a game below .500 at Minnesota, and has one season of any note, the 13-1 year at Western where he played no one. Believe he's only like 6-7 games over .500 lifetime. Paul Chryst is 0-2 vs. PSU, including that one game everyone seems to forget where James Franklin and Co. won a Big Ten title. I like Fitzgerald and he's 2-1 vs. Franklin, but he also got run off of the field in their most recent meeting.

Comment 01 Jun 2019

The consolation prize, if you want to think of it that way, is a WR group of Hamler, Dotson, Shorter, George, Dunmore, and Jones already in the room and with three or more years of eligibility left. That is to say nothing of who signs this year. 

Fleming is a loss, no doubt, but the cupboard is far from bare. 

Comment 29 May 2019

James Franklin is the 15th highest paid coach in the country according to the most recent figures. If he made three times less than that, he'd be the 72nd highest paid coach, just behind Willie Friz of Tulane. If you think James Franklin deserves to be compensated as the 72nd best coach in the country, than your agenda is even more painfully clear then it already is. The man guided PSU through the two toughest years of NCAA sanctions, won the Big 10, won a Fiesta Bowl, and has the program trending upwards at a rate Penn State hasn't seen since arguably the mid-90s. If you want to argue that all coaches are overpaid, that's a worthwhile discussion, but I don't hear you complaining about Jim Harbaugh making $7.5 million at Michigan with nothing to show for it in the trophy case. Willie Taggart, Dan Mullen, and Lovie Smith all make more than Franklin as well.

The same goes for facilities. Penn State has fallen woefully behind because previous administrations and staffs flat out stopped investing in them. This isn't even a James Franklin thing. Bill O'Brien was working just as hard to get money invested in the infrastructure of the program. When Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa, among others, have better facilities than Penn State, that's a problem that has to be rectified. That is to say nothing of where Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Michigan, and other "peer" programs are facilities wise.