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Win One For Your City — Or Else!

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Coming up is Lions v. Saints: The battle of teams whose cities always need a win to lift its respective region’s spirits — New Orleans for Katrina and Detroit for being Detroit.

The winner gets a tax holiday next weekend and loser gets an uptick in its area’s unemployment rate.

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January 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

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New Coach, Same Town

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Great job Sappy Valley in welcoming your new football coach with such open arms.

LaVar Arrington, shown right in his playing days, is as close to an ideal Penn State football lifer as you can find. After leaving for the NFL following his junior year, Arrington later returned to complete his degree and has been a vocal supporter of Penn State football through thick and thin, including the darkest hours and days following the revelations surrounding the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Arrington, who idolized Sandusky, never shied away from speaking out against Sandusky’s alleged acts and came to grips with the fact that Sandusky fooled him.

When Penn State held a candle light vigil on campus days after the Sandusky shock wave ripped through State College and beyond, Arrington was there to speak to the students and to the Penn State family near and far.

“We are Penn State. That will never change,” Arrington said.

That is, of course, unless Penn State hires a coach Arrington does not approve of.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Thursday night that Penn State will name New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien as their next head coach, with a formal announcement being made Saturday. the initial reaction from Penn State fans is one of disappointment and confusion for the most part. The Fan Tab rating on Nittany Lions Den plummeted to 1% over night, and Arrington had some of the strongest words to say as word of this potential hire spread.

“I will put my Butkus (Award) in storage. I will put my Alamo Bowl MVP trophy in storage,” Arrington said to Blue White Illustrated, the Rivals.com affiliate covering Penn State. “Jerseys, anything Penn State, in storage. Wherever Tom Bradley goes, that’s the school I will start to put memorabilia up in my home. I’m done. I’m done with Penn State. If they’re done with us, I’m done with them….”

…Arrington is not alone. Former Penn State players such as Brandon Short and D.J. Dozier have spoken out about Penn State’s coaching search and decision-making, with Short saying that not hiring Bradley is like turning their back on the entire Penn State family. Dozier questions why more former Penn State players were not consulted during the search.

“I would venture to say that a lot of guys thought, why not?” Dozier said to Blue White Illustrated. “Why wouldn’t someone ask us? Aren’t we a part of this university? Aren’t we a part of the program? Don’t we care? Don’t we have a little bit of expertise or at least a thought that may spur another thought? I believe to get the right or best answer, you survey the land.

“So, do the guys feel left out and pushed to the side? Well, of course. I think we can all speculate and if we speculate long enough, we’ll figure out that, well, maybe politics are working this one. I would love to see more of a collaborative approach to this process because, again, we’re not trying to say that Penn State is more special than another, but there’s a certain way that we have done things.”

Even though this new guy may not tickle your fancy or touch you in ways the previous administration did, be glad someone outside your incestous cesspit of a town wants to try to lead you to greener pastures. Lord knows why. It may not be fair to purge the entire football coaching staff over the Sandusky incident, but I don’t blame the university in this case.

And for the record, I lived up in State College for 14 months. I know what I speak of when calling that place a dump. To be fair, I’m sure many college towns are like this, (hopefully) minus the child molestation.

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January 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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Something … Anti-Climatic … About New Year’s Day Bowl Games Taking Place January 2

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So it’s been a few days since the January 1 bowl games/Winter Classic, and all I can say is … wow. What a great time to be a sports fan. Below are my thoughts on the day’s events:

— Houston started things out right by laying a beatdown to State Penn. I was tuning in and out of the game, so I’m not sure if the Lions ran a jailbreak screen play.

— Ohio State/Florida was the only game I didn’t bother watching at all. No way should two 6-6 teams be playing on New Year’s Day (or January 2). The contest took place in Florida, so I can understand why the organizers would want the Gators to play in this game. But Ohio State? Please. And teams like Boise State and TCU got passed over and had to play earlier in the Bowel Season. What a joke.

— In-between football games there was a little hockey event called the Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers. Due to weather issues, the 1 pm start time got moved to later in the afternoon (around 3 pm, I believe). You know, I’m actually a fan of the game starting a littler later in the afternoon. Sure it was put up against the Rose Bowl, but at least it wasn’t up against several other games at once.

Seeing how I don’t really care for either team, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to win. Then after the Flyers scored their first goal, I started pulling for the Rangers. My reason? Because I wanted to hear the Flyer fans start booing. I wasn’t disappointed. And LOL at Philadelphia for getting butthurt over at Mike Rupp’s “Jagr Salute.”

— I’m normally not a Big 10 fan. I think the conference is vastly overrated and prefer the SEC. However, I was pulling for Michigan State to beat Georgia. MSU has had some tough bowl games in the past, and while some may think Georgia gave that game away I think the Spartans earned that win.

— South Carolina reached 11 wins for the first time ever. Good for the Ol’ Ball Coach.

— I generally prefer watching the several games at once leading up to the Rose Bowl. However, this year’s contest was great. Although I will say it seems the difficulty sliders needed adjusting after the first half. I didn’t care who won this game.

— The final game of the night was the one I had some attachment toward. After Mike Gundy’s “I’m a man — I’m 40!” rant a few years ago, I’ve become endeared to the guy. (I love it when people lose their cool over a reporter and that reporter just sits there dumbfounded.) However, I didn’t think OSU was going to beat Stanford. I’m glad I was wrong, even though it took two missed kicks from a red-shirted freshman kicker to pull out the win.

All in all, an excellent day of entertainment. I’m especially glad I took the next day off of work to “recover” from staying up past midnight. One thing I do have to wonder about, though. If Oklahoma State would play Oregon, just how long would THAT game last?

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January 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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Tale Of The Wild-Card Tape

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Wild-Card Weekend in Denver: One quarterback stalls drives, the other drives into bathroom stalls.

And the Denver home-field advantage is going to take effect, considering Steeler free safety Ryan Clark can’t play in that mile-high altitude due to a health matter.

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January 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

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At Least The Plex Gunshot Celebration Was Funny

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If Steve Johnson failed to reach some contract incentives due to his in-game stunt, I’m going to laugh.

Actually, I’m laughing already. If the coach tells the team a player will be benched for doing something like this, then expect to pay the piper.

Bills coach Chan Gailey benched Johnson for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sunday when he celebrated a touchdown catch by lifting his jersey to reveal an undershirt that said, “Happy New Year!” The Bills added another TD before New England scored the next 49 points to win 49-21.

“The coach told me I was out of the game. I have to respect his decision,” said Johnson, who had four catches for 40 yards to become the first Bills receiver with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. “I can’t complain about it or whine or pout. He made his decision and I am going with it. … I have to take that, and I will.”

Undershirt decoration has become something of a hobby for Johnson, who wore one against Cincinnati last season that said, “Why So Serious?” The NFL fined him $5,000, but he was not penalized; that’s why Johnson said he thought he could get away with it this time.

“I didn’t know it was going to draw a penalty,” he told reporters.

Johnson was also fined $10,000 for pretending to shoot off a rifle against the Patriots last year, mocking the costumed Minutemen who celebrate a New England score. And he drew an excessive celebration penalty against the Jets this season when he pretended to shoot himself in the legs — mimicking New York receiver Plaxico Burress — then imitated an airplane crashing into the turf.

After that one, Gailey warned the team that anyone who drew a demonstration penalty would be benched.

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January 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

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I like Hines Ward and all that, and I do think he is Hall-of-Fame material. His stats may not be as gaudy as he peers, but for whatever reason when I hear his name and “Hall of Fame” I think “yes.” (Never said I was the most stats-obsessed person roaming this planet.)

With that being said, would you really want your 1000th NFL catch to be THAT — a “gimnmie” shovel pass for a negative gain? Even Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record thinks that’s lame.

Then again, it was the fourth-quarter of the final regular-season game. Who knows if Ward is coming back to the Steelers next year. Still, that play just seemed so … anti-Hines.

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January 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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A Vick Put-Down

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So if Michael Vick isn’t ready to play against the Giants in Week 3, does that mean he gets hanged, drowned or slammed into the ground?

Michael Vick pointed to the scoreboard on his way to the locker room after suffering a concussion, reminding hecklers the Eagles were winning.

Without Vick, Philadelphia couldn’t hold onto the lead and lost 35-31 to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. The Eagles (1-1) may again be without Vick for their home opener against the New York Giants.

Coach Andy Reid didn’t rule out Vick’s return this week, but head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder wouldn’t give a time.

“That’s foolish on our part medically to put time frame out there,” Burkholder said Monday. “Everybody wants to know time frame, everybody wants to know whether Mike’s going to play, everybody wants to know whether Mike’s going to practice. We’re going to go through our protocol and when Mike’s ready to practice, I’m going to turn him over to Coach and he’s going to make a decision whether he’s ready to play, had reps, all that kind of stuff.”

Vick was injured in the third quarter when he was spun around by a defender and slammed into right tackle Todd Herremans. His neck whipped back and he bit his tongue, which led to him spitting blood on his way off the field.

Vick wasn’t woozy and seemed fully alert. He certainly was aware of the score – 31-21 in favor of the Eagles – when he pointed it out to fans in the Georgia Dome on his way in for tests. Vick barely failed those baseline tests, so the medical staff kept him on the sideline.

I have said from the get-go that I have no problem with Vick returning to the NFL; I’ve defended Vick a number of times regarding his debt to society. But he’s clearly shown in the past what should become of … sporting participants … once they are unable to compete.

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September 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

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