Penn State Nittany Lions (Football)

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Fake Penalties for Penn State, Fake Grades, Fake Success: Learning Nothing from a Scandal

    The important image is Jerry Sandusky down there in the shower-room doing it to kids. Somehow a penalty that involves not being able to play in bowl games just seems terribly out of whack. I do get what's right about it. Sandusky and others in this matter face tough criminal penalties, and that is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    How Did Joe Paterno and His Cronies Live with Those Images? How Do We?

    The Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky story is like a coffee table puzzle I can solve most of the way but never completely. Maybe you can show me the last moves. The first move is this. Beginning in 1998, according to the Freeh inquiry released yesterday, Paterno, Penn State President Graham B. Spanier an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    God Hates Bowl Games? Westboro Baptist Will Ring in the New Year With Visit to Dallas.

    ​In a New York Times piece this morning, Penn State's interim head coach Tom Bradley acknowledges: Many of the Lions wanted to skip their trip to Dallas on January 2, when Penn State's scheduled to play Houston in the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. The reason, so they say: A spot ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    College Football's Fleecing of American Universities

    How insiders use the bowl system to loot the colleges that support it.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Conference USA Is Taking Over TicketCity Bowl (Which Will Feature Houston and Penn State)

    ​Far as lower-tier bowl games go, the second-ever TicketCity Bowl -- to be played January 2 at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl -- is about as intriguing as it gets: The University of Houston (so, so, so close -- a one-loss team, thanks to Southern Miss over the weekend) will take on Penn State (well, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    What Is It About the Penn State Victims That Makes Child Rape Less Urgent?

    ​I wasn't going to write about Penn State, because I'm some guy in Dallas and who cares what I think? But Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd has written about it in today's paper, so in my book that gives me permission. Most of the people writing interesting things about the rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    From Penn State to the Dallas Stars, the Good, Bad and Godawful News in This Day in Sports

    Courtesy G ​Don't think for a second this small attempt to resurrect a sports blog is an afterthought. We'll get there ... sooner than later. But on a day like today: Where to begin? Penn State, no doubt, far from home for most but not for all, and certain top of mind on this day as news comes of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Show Me the Highlights: Sorry, Kid, But You Can't Watch ESPN Right Now. Maybe Later.

    ​For the last year, my 8-year-old boy's had a morning routine that involves watching SportsCenter and reading SportsDay over breakfast. Today he wanted to watch highlights from last night's Stars win over the Capitals, 5-2, making Dallas tops in the NHL -- big news 'round our house in the absence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Do Deviled Eggs Really Need To Be This Popular?

    ​I distinctly remember my first encounter with deviled eggs. I was at a Penn State football game, probably eight years old. I was nearing double-digit eggs before I realized I'd gone too far. To me the snack will always be a tailgating food, but to bars and restaurants, deviled eggs seem to have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    TCU Finally Shuts Up the Big Ten Buffoons

    ​So a bunch of us are sitting around on New Year's Day laughing at the empty seats at the Ticket City Bowl, gulping venison chili and combating our headaches with straight up hair o' the dawg. Suddenly, invited to our football-watching gala by a mutual friend, the Big Ten Buffoons show up. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Top 10 Best Draft Picks of the Jerry Jones Era

    Surprised to see Bryant on the list? You shouldn't be.​Is it time for Jerry Jones to step aside as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, or do the three Super Bowl wins under his tenure validate his decision to remain in that role? The debate will continue until Jones either hands over the keys t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Cowboys 38, Colts 35: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Been saying Marion Barber's done for a while. If he gets another carry over Tashard Choice this season it will be criminal. I know the Colts' run defense is putrid, but you can't deny that Choice is a much better running back than Barber at this point. Maybe even better than Felix Jones. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Whitt's End: 12.3.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I'm going to be extremely disappointed gutted if the Rangers don't sign Cliff Lee, hopefully during next week's Winter Meetings in Florida. Sorry, but a consolation prize of Zack Greinke - or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Sean Lee Not Worth a Nickel

    Ah, the good ol' days.​Sean Lee is good. But not good enough. Drafted in the second round to be a better Bobby Carpenter, the Penn State rookie has looked good in the preseason. But not good enough to earn the job as the Dallas Cowboys' nickel linebacker. Spin it any way you want, this is a ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Grade The Cowboys' Draft: A For Effort?

    Better than Bobby?​The good news: The Dallas Cowboys likely drafted the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and a linebacker who will signal the end of the Bobby Carpenter era. The bad news: The Dallas Cowboys still don't have a play-making free safety or any depth along the offensive line. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    If Memory Serves: Pickled Beets

    ​If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining what's wrong with me.God how I despise pickled beets.You know, those slices of bright magenta mush that come from a can...or is it jar? Since I won't allow them in the flat, I've forgotten.My hatred ran so deep as a child ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    One Year Later: The Cowboys Overpaid for Roy Williams. Duh.

    ​Seems strange timing to bemoan the Dallas Cowboys' receiving corps in the wake of Miles Austin's record-setting day, but let's face it - the trade for Roy Williams a year ago has been a gigantic flop. My first reaction to news that the Cowboys had acquired Williams and a 7th-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    Here’s To You, SM-Who?

    David Stanley When you think Penn State football, it’s Joe Paterno. Texas? Gotta go with Earl Campbell. Boise State? Blue astroturf. Boston College? Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary in the Orange Bowl. SMU? Hmmm. Can I phone a friend? In a confusing-yet-intriguing promo, CBS College Sports ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 4, 2005

    Home Runs

    Can great chefs cook ordinary food?

  • Dining

    May 17, 2001

    Decisions, Decisions

    How many ice cream flavors do we really need?