Friday, September 11, 2009

Blog Chips: the premium edition

Time to corral all the interesting PSU tidbits into one nutritious post. As always Blog Chips is part of a complete balanced breakfast.

Thank God for depth

It's looking more and more like Bowman won't play Saturday.

"These things are tricky," Paterno said. "He obviously can't do some things right now because he'll aggravate it again. Let's let it simmer down. ... That's a medical decision and they'll tell me when he can play. But right now, we have our fingers crossed and we're hoping he might be ready Saturday."

But, but we're ok coach right? I mean Stupar played well.

"Stupar's learning," Paterno said. "He's going to be real good one of these days. Every game, he'll get better. Every practice, he's getting better. So that's where we are. We're going to miss Bowman. Bowman, if he can't play, is a big loss."

Honestly, Bowman is a much BIGGER loss if they try and rush him back and re-aggravate his injury. I'd rather he sit out against the cupcake schedule and get back to 100% than come back too soon. Anyone that's had a groin injury knows, those things take time to heal.

Hopefully they'll have a nice reunion in the backfield

Jerome Hayes played football with 'Cuse QB Greg Paulus and Jared Odrick played against Paulus in basketball.

Penn State defensive end/linebacker Jerome Hayes played with Paulus in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Game as Paulus quarterbacked the East and Hayes played linebacker.

"He's a great athlete, and I wish him the best," Hayes said. "Just not
against us."

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick played against Paulus in basketball at the Charlie Webber Invitational in Washington, D.C.

"He was something special," Odrick said. "I knew about him football-wise, but who wouldn't want to go to Duke to play basketball, you know?"

Hey, that world-class coach isn't going to pay for himself

Penn State wrestling fans can now get "Premium" seating, but it's going to cost you.

Two rows of 20 individual premium seats will be offered this season, just off the mat on the west side of Penn State's most historic athletic venue. Each of the 40 floor-level seats will come with access to an exclusive hospitality room offering complimentary snacks and soft drinks, a specially designed season ticket, and a copy of the match night media notes and event program. Row one seating, priced at $125 for the season, will be directly on the floor surface with the second row directly behind and slightly elevated at $100 per seat.

Nice idea really, but I think it will lack in the execution. As a long time season ticket holder this really doesn't have much appeal, most of the season tickets are great seats anyway so paying three times* the regular season ticket price doesn't make sense. Moreover, I don't like being down at floor level, having some elevation is nice to better see the match. Having said all that the PSU Wrestling community is so worked up right now that I'll bet they are already sold out. Capitalism rocks!

Don't try to throw him for a loop, he'll probably catch it

I have very fond memories of the 1994 team and a soft spot for certain players on that team. One of those players is former tight end Kyle Brady who always looked like a man among boys lumbering through frightened secondaries half his size. Well Kyle has found a new job after retiring from the New England Patriots in 2007.

Former Penn State All-American Kyle Brady has joined the Big Ten etwork as an analyst. Brady teams with Rick Pizzo on the set for Big Ten Football Saturday: Pre-Game Show, which airs at 10:30 a.m. ETevery Saturday before the network's 12:00 p.m. games.

Awesome, just another reason to watch the BTN.

Blue and White Roundtable Roundup

The Nittany Lounge Football Blog has your B&W Roundtable wrap-up with all the interesting answers from all the Roundtable bloggers. That means he doesn't quote me much because I seldom have anything interesting to say so go over and give it a read, you'll get some fresh perspective.

*Honestly the season ticket prices are so low I buy three – one for me, my friend and an extra for our ass cheeks.