Penn State football fans need to move past Tim Beckman hatred


Given the approach that Tim Beckman took to openly recruiting Penn State football players, in the wake of the sanctions imposed in 2012, Nittany Nation would have liked nothing more than a little karmic payback. Had this Penn State football team won today, it might have possibly been the final nail in the coffin of his Illini regime. Obviously, it didn’t happen that way as Illinois won 16-14 and the hate for Beckman in Central Pennsylvania grows even stronger.

Like Emperor Sidious said to young Skywalker, I say to Nittany Nation now:

“I fell your anger. Let the hate flow through you.”

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PSU QB Christian Hackenberg is SO OVERRATED


You look at what has happened with Penn State Quarterback Christian Hackenberg this season and you realize that Bill O’Brien, not Marc Trestman is the true “quarterback whisper.” (that’s more praise of B.O.B. than it is slamming Hackenberg)

Still Hackenberg has made a strong regression this season under James Franklin, yet he’s still being hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Penn State is 12th (out of 14) in passing efficiency and scoring offense. Hackenberg himself is tenth, that’s right 10th! in passing efficiency as he’s thrown for twice as many interceptions (14) as TD passes.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more…]

Pat Fitzgerald SILENCES Penn State, hyperbolic NU alarmists


Pat Fitzgerald did more than ANNIHILATE the Penn State Nittany Lions today. He also DESTROYED two of the most brain dead narratives that surround his program right now. The first is the idea that Northwestern football is not winning because this team is not “hard nosed” or “TOUGH” enough. We’ll SHRED that idea to pieces in detail here as Fitzgerald is as much of a “player’s coach” and “guy’s guy” (Or “blokey-bloke,” for my readers in the U.K.) as he’s ever been.

But first first we need to put to rest the other theory surrounding NU football that is dumbing us down. The idea that Northwestern is going back to “the dark ages” of pre 1995.

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Christian Hackenberg, PSU outlook with Fowler and Herbstreit


Christian Hackenberg is the best passer in the Big Ten. Now with Braxton Miller out for the season, Christian Hackenberg is now the best quarterback in the conference.

Sure, he doesn’t have Bill O’Brien and Allen Robinson to work with this year, but he’s also a year more developed and mature. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the new system under James Franklin; which incorporate the tight ends in the passing game to a more significant role.

Here to predict and project the 2014 season for Penn State and Hackenberg is Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler.

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

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ESPN ranks Penn St football win over UM 14th best game of ’13

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It’s never too early to talk Penn St football. Or re-live the glory of last season. After all, we’re now less than a week from Big Ten Media Days.

With the start of the 2014 college football season on the horizon, ESPNU will televise the Top 25 College Football Games of 2013. Games No. 25 through No. 6 – in descending order — will be aired each weekday (7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET) between Monday, July 21, and Thursday, July 31. Game No. 5 will be televised on Friday, August 1 (7 p.m.) and the countdown concludes with No. 4 and No. 3 on Saturday, August 2 (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and No. 2 and No. 1 on Sunday, August 3 (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.).

And PSU made the list.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)

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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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The World Cup Sweet 16 and their college hoops doppelgangers


It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.

I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 6/3/14

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings

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Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster.  (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)

Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings.  (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)

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Penn St.’s Allen Robinson: Kiper predicts where he’ll get drafted


Former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson would have been better off staying in school, and ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. agrees with me. Imagine if Robinson had another year in State College working with Christian Hackenberg? They would easily be the Big Ten’s best pitch-and-catch combination this fall.

However, you can’t leave money on the table so if the payday is there I guess you got to go pro. Kiper was on conference call yesterday and here’s his assessment of where Allen Robinson might end up being picked this NFL Draft.

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