Monday, September 29, 2008
Dennis Green 18%
Coach P 12%
June Jones 12%
Now the Semifinal matchups...
NY @ ANA
BOS @ TB
NY @ CHI
PHI @ MIL
Sunday, September 28, 2008
This comes down to 3 mistakes. First punting on 4th and 1 (not 2) at the 38 (not the 45 GRob). After the KR by Holmes Pitt was reeling and SU had all the MO. Pitt scored on 7 of 9 O drives. The 2 they didnt score came right after the KR. SU was agressive on 3rd down (a deep pass to Owen where Pitt got away with PI) yet they go conservative on 4th? This makes no friggin sense! SU with its foot on Pitts throat decides to punt instead of going for it or kicking a 55 yard FG. After that Pitt was allowed to catch its breath and never looked back. The turning point of the game.
The second mistake was the end of the first half. After CBs great run he comes off the field. That is ok as he likely needed a breather. But SU seemed to be too content settling for 3 and killing the clock. The 3rd down call was pathetic. It was 3rd and 9 and we call a swing to Hogue? WTF? Why not try for a 1st or even 7 points? Even if we are sacked it is still an easy FG.
The third mistake was playing Bailey at RB. Why didnt he play against NE? Why is his first ever play in the 4th Q of a tie game? Why is CB, who was having a great game, not in? Tired my ass. He had 1 carry over 45 mins of actual time. Where was Hogue, Fiametta, and Daniel Bailey? Why play the frosh there? On top of that the team was confused as we took a TO on 2nd down and just got the snap off on 3rd down, a low snap resulting in a sack. Great HCing.
I thought he mixed plays in well and did a nice job overall. Not sure how involved he was in the 3 blunders above. Was he a part? Or was that all GRob just like having ARob start against NW?
We finally used teh Blitz and it was pretty effective. Why did it take so long? Is it because this is the first non Spread team we played? While this was good the game plan was not. You HAVE to, HAVE to make Stull beat you. You sell out against the run. We did not do that. In fact Pitt went 1 WR set and ran the same play 7 times in a row for their last TD. Pathetic. Besides strategy I have a major problem with who plays and when.
On the DL we need to have Perkins/Lewis as the run stopping DE on running downs. Kimmel gets blown off the ball time and again. Move him to spinner on running downs. We have 4 sacks on the year. FOUR. So going bigger isnt gonna make us any worse at rushing the passer. Let Giruzzi play on passing downs only. Flaherty is a mess. He needs to either sit (my preferene) or move to OLB. Let Stenclik play at MLB. Same goes for AJ Brown who made one good play against Pitt but offset that with 5 bad ones.
Our goaline D has the same personel as when its 1st and 10 at the 50. WTF? Why have undersized DEs and 4 DBs in that situation? I have never seen such a thing. We had Merk at the LOS playing like a LB over the TE. If he is coming hard off the edge, then fine. But why ask him to do something he cannot succeed at? Also we should be matching our personel to what the O is doing. Pitt pretty much went 1 WR the whole 4th Q and ran it down our throat. Why keep 4 DBs in that situation? After Pitt ran the same play 5 times in a row, why not try something different? This makes no sense. What also makes no sense is having a LB play over the slot on passing downs. On running downs it is acceptable as you want a guy who can fight off the WR block. However on passing downs the RB will only get it if it is a draw or screen. In that case you want speed not size so you play a S over the slot. If the RB doesnt get it you have the guy covering the slot. Which is better an LB or S? This is simple shit. GRob is providing the other team a favorable matchup and other teams notice this.
I thought Cam played well. He was 8-12 at one point before ending 1-5 under heavy pressure.
CB played great. He is having a breakout season. The only one who can stop him is GRob by keeping him on the bench. Having only 16 carries is unacceptable. Good for him calling out GRobs stupidity. Hogue needs to get more touches to be effective. I liked what I saw from him against NW and NE. But he struggles getting limited carries. He also lacked vision on 2 runs missing cutbacks. I prefer he move to LB now. If you do that maybe he can get up to speed by next year.
Everyone showed up, even Lobdell. Nice catch by Davis for a TD and great catch by Chew.
This group is making strides. MB has doen a great job with them. The run blocking is there. And the pass blocking has been ok. Pitt did get to the QB in teh 4th Q but overall a good performance.
Kimmel gets blown off the ball 5-6 yards every play. Santiago missed a big play with a facemask.
Continued missed tackles by all 3 guys. Mele at least looked a little better. Flaherty looked awful again. Why does he play? When he goes o tackle a guy he looks like he is gonna go hug them. Hit the MFer.
Why is AJ starting again? He makes takes one step forward (good plays) and then two steps back (bad plays). On top of that he is slow. Bruce missed a few plays as well but overall he is making plays out there. Not sure why he didnt start here from the get go. And why was he at WR and not Merk. But now you bring Merk to WR? The CBs continue to be horrible at playing the ball. We have 2 DB asst coaches and we cant get either to coach up any of these guys?
The KOs barely make the 10, not good. With Pitts KOs they either kick it right every time or they were targeting Holmes. Well if they were targeting Holmes you think they would stop after his first return. Unless they felt he would tire out from D and teh returns. Either way I think after his first 298 returns of the game you need to flip flop sides with Suter. Why was this not done?
As it happened:
-At the start of the game I thought that the crowd was smaller than NE. However some people showed up late and it filled in past the NE crowd. I would say it was close to 20k.
-AJ Brown got the start. I am not sure why he continues to play. For every nice play he makes he blows 3-4 others.
-A play that is screwed up very often in FB is the spot of the ball. Pitt was stopped a yard shy of the first to make it 3rd and 1 yet they were given the first. Maybe they dont get 3 that first drive.
-Pitt is dropping balls and the QB is far from accurate.
-Pitt had a 3rd and 3 and SU brought no pressure. This however would finally change.
-Bruce makes a nice stop. He has been doing a pretty good job at making plays. Not sure how he wasnt the starter from day 1.
-The CBs have been horrible all year at playing the ball. Which makes no sense since we have 2 DB coaches.
-3rd and 6 and we rush 4. However we make the stop and hold Pitt to 3.
-A great KR by Holmes. The crowd sounded loud there and on TV, despite no one being there.
-I was scared that Pitt would return the favor and they had a good return but it was called back on a penalty. The KOs lately have been barely making teh 10 yard line. Not good.
-We start being aggressive on D. On first the DL put pressure on Stull. On 2nd we blitzed Mele. However he tied coming off the corner from his normal LB spot. It made no sense. Bring him off the edge or up the middle. Pitt had a dropped pass on the play.
-On 3rd and 10 we only rush 4. Ugh. Pitt is stopped inches short and is forced to punt.
-A short punt gives SU the ball at the 45. The TV guy calls it the Syracuse Dome?
-On a 3rd and 1 CB barely picks up the first. He has been running well this year.
-Merk drops a pass. Why hasnt he been in at WR earlier in the year instead of Bruce?
-3rd and 6 a nice pass to Davis for the TD. SU leads 14-3!
-Kimmel gets blown off the ball and Pitt gains 6. This happens to him time and again and he is our run stopping DE? Move him to the other side and play Perkins here.
-Smith does a nice job blowing up a run. 3rd and 3 for Pitt and they have a false start.
-SU blitzes! But it is picked up. Pitt had a WR wide open but a bad pass falls incomplete.
-Pitt uses the gate protection on punts. Our gusy just run into them. Why not jump and put your hands up trying for the block?
-HCRE is on the phone. UConn and SU have similar talent yet UConn ahs a good D. Hmmmm.
-3rd and 1 Pitt gets away with PI on Owen deep. Like the call as we will obviously go for it on 4th.
-We try and get Pitt to jump offside and then take a delay of game to punt. Are you Fing kidding me? First that 3rd down call makes zero sense if you dont go for it. Second you are on the 38 friggin yard line. Technically that is FG range. This will be the turning point of the game. SU had momentum and punting takes the foot off the throat, allowing Pitt to breath and settle down.
-Pitt pitches it and Smith does a bad job. But thats not all. Holmes allows the RB to get outside.
-SU sends a blitz and the TE, covered by Mele, is open deep but the ball is overthrown.
-3rd and 1 and Pitt goes 1 wide. SU keeps Nico in for some reason. Pitt is running it. Bring in the extra DL or LB. What good is a second CB? Anyway Nico has a shot to blow up the play but fails.
-The SU D starts the 2nd Q with Kimmel getting blown off the ball again.
-SU sends another Blitz flushing STull out of the pocket and a bad pass. Boy he sucks.
-3rd and 6 we only rush 4 and have a LB, Smith, on Kinder? I just dont get it. If they go 3 WR go 5 DB. Simple.
-SU sends a Blitz and AJ does a nice job to break up the catch with a big hit.
-3rd down and SU blitzes again. Did someone kidnap GRob? Pitt settles for 3.
-Hogue has a cut back lane but just runs into the line. He has no vision. Move him to LB.
-Nice catch on the sideline by Sales.
-3rd and 3 we do a toss to Hogue, our slowest RB, with no blockers. He never had a chance. Bad conservative drive than CB didnt even get in. Why?
-A potential decent PR is averted as teh PR on Pitt trips and falls.
-Syull had all day to throw and throws a 12 yard pass. Is our DL that bad or are they taught not to rush up field?
-Holmes is making some plays today on D. Maybe he is back.
-Good pressure by Snatiago and Stull thrying to throw it away is picked by Merk. However Santiago grabbed Stulls facemask. Big play that goes other way.
-SU gets good pressure again but Pitt gets teh completion. Nice to see we are being more aggressive.
-Flaherty can make a stop for a loss forcing a 3rd and 6. Instead the slowest spin move ever fakes him out and Stephens-Howlings has a long run. Flaherty goes at guys liek he is trying to hug them.
-Jones makes a good play shedding a block and stuffing the run.
-3rd and 10 SU sends Blitz but Pitt throws a swing pass. Nico could make the stop but misses leading to a 1st down.
-3rd and goal from the 2 goes for a TD to the TE. Holmes was out of position to make a play.
-A short KO and decent return lead to good field position for SU. With it 14-13 SU needs an answer and we will get it.
-Davis has a false start. No excuse.
-Pitt gets called for PI. Not sure if it was catchable but I will take it.
-Brinkley hurdles a guy. Wow.
-CB goes on a long run breaking tackles and Pitt ankles with his jukes. Double Wow.
-CB comes out a SU goes conservative. It seems liek we are happy with 3 and running out the half.
-On 3rd and 9 we throw a swing to Hogue. Go for 7! Even if we get sacked it is an easy FG. Dumb.
-My friend wondered why Wanny didnt use any TOs here. There was over a minute and a half left. Plenty of time for Pitt to counter. I kinda wish they had because maybe we take a shot at 7.
-Good first half for SU. We are playing ok.
-SNY halftime report has Donnie Mac and Ray Lucas. SU and RU feel for NYC.
-Nice KR again by Holmes to start the half.
-3rd and 2 we throw deep to Chew and he makes a great catch. Live I thought it would be called back as it looked to be juggled. But there were no good angles to overturn. Good job coming out half to go up by 11.
-Pitt has a 3rd and 2 and SU calls a D TO? You cant do that in the 2nd half. No excuse.
-Pitt rolls out and WR wide open. Coverage sucks.
-Good job by Vinnie making a tackle for loss.
-3rd and 8 we rush 4. WR wide open. Where is the Blitzing from the 1st half.
-3rd and 3 we Blitz and force a bad pass. Thats more like it. Pitt settles for 3.
-Short kick, short return.
-Lobdell makes an appearance. Nice to see him making plays.
-Bailey takes an end around and goes backwards almost causing a disaster.
-Nice catch by Lobdell.
-Pitt gets a sack and SU has to punt. A run there likely sets up a FG but we were going for teh 1st down. Tough call either way.
-Missed tackle by Mele leaves a 3rd and short.
-3rd and 9 Smith misses a tackle on a WR screen allowing for an extra 5 yards and the WR is inches short of the first. That missed tackle allows Pitt to go for it on 4th (questionable call) and they get it deep in their own territory.
-McCoy has a long run as Holmes lets him outside. McCoy sits down at end of play instead of fighting for more yards. Wuss.
-End of 3rd Q. So far good job by SU.
-Another long run as Bruce misses a tackle and AJ takes a horrible angle before dragging teh RB down. The hole was opnned when Mele was touch blocked out of the way. It was a soft block and he made no attempt to fight it off.
-Pitt has 157 yards rushing at this point. Not good.
-Pitt scores on a run. Smith was being blocked but grabbed RB to slow him down. No one else came over to help. Pathetic.
-Pitt goes for 2. IMO that is too early. The game isnt ending 24-24 so no need. Pitt throws a jump ball and Merk is lost. Tie game.
-Bailey is in at RB. WTF? Why not Hogue? Or Fiametta? Or Dan Bailey? Why bring in a true frosh in this situation for his first play ever?!!!!!!!!!!
-SU is confused and takes a TO. Ugh. Out of the TO we run a bland play. Thats what the TO was for?
-3rd down Hogue comes back in. SU looks confused again. We barely get the snap off, which is low, and Pitt gets a sack. Awful drive.
-Giruzzi misses a tackle on the PR.
-Pitt simply took over the 4th Q.
-Missed tackle by Mele.
-Pitt is going 1 WR set and just running it down SU throat.
-17 yard run. Missed tackles by Buce, Kimmel, and AJ.
-PI on Nico. Again not playing the ball.
-Merk makes a tackle for a loss. Nice Play.
-Pitt has a big mismatch at LOS but calls a TO. Thank you.
-SU Blitzes and Smith has a chance at an INT on the sideline but miss times his jump. Huge play.
-Pitt lines up with trips and SU only had 2 defenders covering them. However Pitt runs a screen and Smith barely trips up the RB forcing a FG. 27-24.
-Another KR by Holmes. The guy has to be tired why not move Suter there?
-CB runs for 9.
-Davis open deep but overthrown.
-Baumbach gets beat bad and then gives up on play as fumble rolls around.
-Pitt goes 1 WR and calls the same run play to the right 5 times in a row. SU keeps its base personel.
-Pitt follows those 5 with 2 of the same play to the left.
-3rd and goal from 3 and they walk in for TD. Merk bounced in and didnt contain (why is a DB in on goaline?). Bruce dipped in as well.
-Dantley scrambles for a 1st.
-Dantley is hit as he throws incomplete. Pitt is bringing the pressure.
-Short pass for 6 when need to be throwing down field.
-Dantley is hit again. Pitt rushed 4 but left the DE for Hogue 1 on 1?
-A bad pass to Hogue on 4th ends it for SU.
-Pitt adds one more long run for good messure. Flaherty was joke on the play. AJ missed another angle.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Born on Date
Pitt: 1787 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: Pitt... which was founded as Pittsburgh Academy, and later became Western University of PA in 1819. In 1845 a fire destroyed 20 blocks in Pittsburgh, including university buildings and records. In 1908 they finally became Pitt but were not a public university until 1966.
Not affected by the fire was…
Pitt: Allegheny (1859) vs SU: Holden (1887)
Ottos Edge: SU… we moved ours around campus. They built a replacement in 1912.
Sticking with buildings…
Pitt: Cathedral of Learning vs SU: Hall of Languages
Ottos Edge: Pitt... its the tallest educational building in the US (535ft, 42 stories) and 2nd tallest in the world. After a Pitt W it is illuminated in gold-colored lights (which should happen around 7pm Sat).
While we are on learning…
Pitt: 58th vs SU: 53rd
Ottos Edge: SU… barely beat them
School known for
Pitt: UPMC vs SU: Newhouse
Ottos Edge: Pitt... the polio vaccine was developed there by
Pitt: Jonas Salk, Mr Rogers vs SU: Pat Moynihan, Peter Weller
Ottos Edge: Pitt... wouldnt be such a beautiful day in the neighborhood without Salks work
A neighborhood is part of a city…
Pitt: Pittsburgh, PA vs SU: Syracuse, NY
Ottos Edge: SU... basically are the same but SU gets the nod for being in NY. PA sucks.
Pitt: Steel City vs SU: Salt City
Ottos Edge: Pitt... we are not bigger than US Steel.
Speaking of steel...
Pitt: Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and Andrew Mellon alum vs SU: Carnegie Library
Ottos Edge: Pitt... but thanks for the gift Mr Carnegie
Pitt is also known as the City of Bridges having 446 of them. Which are needed to cross…
Bodies of Water
Pitt: three rivers vs SU: finger lakes
Ottos Edge: Push... not too annoying having to drive over a million bridges, but lake effect snow is no better.
And snow is a pain when traveling down the…
Pitt: Washington vs SU: Olympus
Ottos Edge: Pitt… they have an inclined rail to travel down in.
At one time in that area panthers used to roam, which is how they got their…
Pitt: Panthers vs SU: Orange
Ottos Edge: SU… panthers are carnivorous so we are safe from being devoured
And from the name came the…
Pitt: ROC vs SU Otto
Ottos Edge: SU... Otto cannot be eaten, I mean beaten
Mascots usually chill with the…
Pitt: multiple champs including 1992-1994 vs SU: nice to look at
Ottos Edge: SU… thats what they are there for
And they can be seen supporting the team at the…
No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
Pitt: Heinz Field (65k) vs SU: Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: Pitt... you can get ketchup at Heinz, you cant get AC in the Dome
Pitt: Pitt Stadium 56k 1925-99 (home of Steelers from 1963-69) vs SU: Achbold Stadium 40k 1907-78 (3rd concrete stadium built)
Ottos Edge: Push… both were better off before (Pitt: on campus, SU: outdoor)
Pitt played at Recreation Park until 1899. Then moved to Exposition Park until 1908, followed by Forbes Field until 1924. In 1925 they started playing in Pitt Stadium, where they stayed until moving to Three Rivers for the 2000 season and have been at Heinz since 2001.
Sticking with history…
1st year of FB
Pitt: 1890 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: Push... basically the same
All Time wins
Pitt: 647 vs SU: 672
Ottos Edge: SU... it is too bad that the 3 best traditional BE teams (WV, Pitt, SU) arent together dominating the conf
Which means we should all be competing to be…
Big East Champs
Pitt: One vs SU: Four
Ottos Edge: SU… I still dont understand how in the hell they were given the BCS slot in 2004
From conference to…
Pitt: depends on who you ask vs SU: one
Ottos Edge: Pitt... 2 came after polls started (1937 and 1976)
The teams also compete for the…
Pitt: Six timw winner vs SU: Six time winner
Ottos Edge: Push… both are tied for 3rd all time, one behind Army and many behind PSU.
Also marking success is ones…
Pitt: 10-14 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU... its been too long since either team made a Bowl, 2004 to be exact
Sticking with Bowls…
Sugar Bowl Shenanigans
Pitt: 1956 Bobby Grier was the first black man to play in the game vs SU: 1987 Auburn went for the tie ruining SUs perfect season
Ottos Edge: Push… there are no winners here.
In that 1956 game GTech threatened not to play because of Grier. Props to Pitt for holding their ground and demanding that Grier play. In the game (a 7-0 loss), Grier was called for a controversial pass interference call in the end zone. After the game Louisiana outlawed integrated competition and no black players participated in the Sugar Bowl until a Floyd Little and Jim Nance led SU team played in 1965.
It is wrong to hate unless its…
Pitt: 42-50-4 vs SU: 23-41-5
Ottos Edge: Push… we are all winners hating State Penn. Both teams main rival was PSU but no longer play on a yearly basis.
Second biggest rival
Pitt: WV (Back Yard Brawl: 59-37-3) vs SU: Colgate (29-31-5)
Ottos Edge: Pitt... they also have a rivalry with ND and now have added the River City Rivalry with Cincy
And we can also consider each other rivals…
Head to Head
Pitt: 30 wins vs SU: 30 wins
Ottos Edge: Push… this game is for the lead. We also have 3 ties.
Rivals usually play for a trophy. But trophies can also be an…
Pitt: Outland winner Mark May vs SU: TE trophy named after Mackey
Ottos Edge: SU… a deserving honor
And the most important individual trophy of them all…
Pitt: Tony Dorsett vs SU: Ernie Davis
Ottos Edge: Push... both were pretty damn good
Pitt: Curtis Martin, Ironhead Heyward vs SU Jim Brown, Floyd Little, Joe Morris, Larry Csonka, Jim Nance, Moose Johnston
Ottos Edge: SU... easy win
Handing off to them is the…
Pitt: Dan Marino vs SU: McNabb
Ottos Edge: Push... neither could win the big one
QB that lead team to undefeated season
Pitt: Matt Cavanaugh vs SU: Don McPherson
Ottos Edge: Pitt... he has the ring
Pitt: Pete Gonzalez, Rod Rutherford, Alex Van Pelt vs SU: Marvin Graves, Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, Todd Philcox
Ottos Edge: SU… by a slim margin
And they pass it to the…
Pitt: Latif Grim, Antonio Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Lee vs SU: Ark Monk, Rob Moore, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Johnson
Ottos Edge: SU... one is real the other is fake
Pitt: Mike Ditka vs SU: John Mackey
Ottos Edge: Push... both were great
Skill players get the credit but just as important are the…
Pitt: Mark May, Russ Grimm, Bill Fralic, Ruben Brown, Mark Stepnoski vs SU: John Flannery, Craig Wolfley, Jim Ringo
Ottos Edge: Pitt... nice blocking there
Joining them in the trenches are the…
Pitt: Hugh Green, Chris Doleman, Bill Maas, Tony Siragusa vs SU: Dwight Freeney, Tim Green, Ted Gregory, Rob Burnett
Ottos Edge: Push… both teams have some great sack men, including Goose (as in eating)
Behind them filling the holes (unless you are a current SU LB)…
Pitt: Ricky Jackson vs SU: Keith Bulluck
Ottos Edge: Push… both are underrated
Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
Pitt: LB Scott McKillop vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: SU… whats a LB and how are they important?
And leading these players are the…
Pitt: Pop Warner, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Johnson, Jackie Sherrill, Mike Gottfried, Marty Shottenheimer, John Gruden, Mike McCarthy, Joe Walton, Mike Ditka, Wannstache vs SU Tom Coughlin, Ben Schwartzwalder, Coach Mac, Coach P
Ottos Edge: Pitt... in a landslide
Sticking with coaches...
Pitt: Wannstache vs SU: GRob
Ottos Edge: Push... neither can coach
Pitt: Walt Harris vs SU: Coach P
Ottos Edge: Push... neither have recovered from firing the last coach
From HC to…
Pitt: David Walker (SU Alum) vs SU: Desmond Robinson (Pitt Alum)
Ottos Edge: Push... doesnt seem right, lets trade
Sticking with sports staff...
Pitt: HC vs SU: Asst
Ottos Edge: SU… not surprisingly he was successful here, since Pitt has never done a thing in BBall
Staying with BBall...
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Pitt: about Pittsburgh team vs SU: Marv Albert appeared in
Ottos Edge: Pitt… Pisces are the best. This happens to be McNabb’s fav movie.
If they did a remake of the movie you would likely cast a…
Crazy Sports Exec
Pitt: Mark Cuban, Pat Croce vs SU: Al Davis
Ottos Edge: SU… Davis was able to win a championship
Davis rules the Raiders like a…
Pitt: Friday VIII (Mr Rogers) vs SU: Otto III
Ottos Edge: SU… what kind of freaking king lives next to the train tracks?
Instead of a king we have…
Pitt: Orrin Hatch, Rich Santorum, James Traficant vs SU: Al D'Amato, Joseph Biden
Ottos Edge: SU... ouch not the best group there, Pitt
Santorum is a contributor to Fox News Channel. Fox also employs…
Fox NFL guy
Pitt: Tony Siragusa vs SU: Daryl Johnston
Ottos Edge: SU... Moose beats the Goose
Other media guys…
Pitt: Beano Cook vs SU: Bob Costas
Ottos Edge: Pitt… it is fun hearing his senile views
ESPN CFB guy
Pitt: Mike Gottfried vs SU: Dave Pasch
Ottos Edge: Push… not a fan of either
But I am a fan of midgets,
Pitt: a mini Ditka coaching a midget squad of da Bears vs SU: a Tom Coughlin coached Giants team using real giants
Ottos Edge: Pitt... a mini Ditka with a mini Fridge would still win
A mini fridge can store food from…
Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Eatery)
Pitt: Primanti Brothers vs SU: Dino BBQ
Ottos Edge: SU... I will pass on the slaw
Primanti Bros have famous…
Pitt: called hoagie vs SU: called sub
Ottos Edge: Push... as long as it tastes good I could care less what you call it.
What doesnt sound good is Chipped Ham, a local fav in Pittsburgh. It is very thinly sliced chopped ham loaf (which is a mixture of ham chunks and seasoning ground together and packaged in loaves).
The most important meal of the day…
Pitt: Eatin' Park vs SU: Denny's
Ottos Edge: Push... the only winner here is the toilet paper industry
You cant get TP but you can get a portable toilet at…
Dicks Sporting Goods
Pitt: HQ in the Burgh vs SU: started in Binghamton
Ottos Edge: SU… everything starts in NY.
If yinz get a portable toilet you may need Mr Belvedere (show took place outside Pittsburgh) to redd up. Otherwise your place will be trashy like Britney Spears. Remember when she used to be an important…
Pitt: Christina Aguilera (native) vs SU: Vanessa Williams
Ottos Edge: Pitt… she was born in Shaolin. Wu Tang is forever.
Lets stick with singing…
Pitt: Gene Kelly (Singin in the Rain) vs SU: Peter Falk
Ottos Edge: Pitt… he was also in Achors Aweigh featuring this famous dance scene with Stewie Griffin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNJACOVlQ_8)
While we are on movies…
Pitt: David Dalessandro (Snakes on a Plane) vs SU: Carl Gottlieb (Jaws)
Ottos Edge: Push… both were scary (SoaP for its acting and Jaws for the shark)
Jaws gave people a fear of…
Pitt: several Olympians, won 19 mens and 9 womens BE Titles vs SU: what swim team?
Ottos Edge: Pitt… our program is no longer
But still here is…
Pitt: Karl Krauser vs SU: Devo
Ottos Edge: SU… wait Krauser is only a Soph? How can that be? He is an old man.
Sticking with old people…
Pitt: Pitt Band vs SU: SUMB
Ottos Edge: SU… Pitts majorette squad is known as the Golden Girls. Not a good name choice. Do they need to be helped across the field?
While we are on bands…
Elastic Bands are called…
Pitt: Gum-Bands vs SU: Rubber
Ottos Edge: SU… I need help understanding Pittsburghese
Speaking of help…
Students helping students
Pitt: Pitt Pathfinders (host campus tours) vs SU: Goon Squad (help move new students in)
Ottos Edge: Push… people helping people, how existential
And finally this years category of the w...ait a minute, we cant let those bastards from State Penn have the biggest TATTOO of the year. It wouldnt be right for either Pitt or SU. Onward we go.
While we are on getting things right…
Pitt: many Panthers vs SU: Saltine Warrior, ED
Ottos Edge: Pitt… they dont have Nike shoes on their statues. The Millennium Panther dedicated in 2001 has a time capsule buried beneath it to be opened in 2051.
Someone who would set things right…
Pitt: Charles Bronson no explanation needed (native of Pittsburgh) vs SU: Thom Filicia who sets things as in decorate
Ottos Edge: Pitt… I dont have a death wish
Speaking of death…
Pitt: The Pitt News vs SU: DO
Ottos Edge: SU… the late great Myron Cope (Steelers radio voice and inventor of the Terrible Towel, passed away this year) once worked at their paper.
Sticking with radio guys…
Pitt: Adrian Cronauer (inspiration for Good Morning, Vietnam) vs SU: Bob Shannon
Ottos Edge: SU… Bob was big in the Burgh. He originated and hosted “The Sunday Night Oldies Party”. The show became the highest-rated in Pittsburgh radio history, with a 25% share of the audience.
While we are on parties…
Pitt: Bigelow Bash vs SU: Block Party
Ottos Edge: Push… we are all winners here. The Bigelow Bash is a spring festival and has nothing to do with Bam Bam Bigelow breaking things (although that would be cool).
Bam Bam got his wrassling start in the 80s which brings us to the category of the week…
I love the 80s (aka oh yeah I remember him)
Pitt: RB Curvin Richards 1987-1990 vs SU: RB Jamie Covington 1981-84
Ottos Edge: SU… close call but Jamie is from NYC (Bayside to be exact) so he gets the W
And the TATTOO goes to...
The Syracuse Orange as the win a game that will be as close as can be.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Deena and George are still talking. Pop is under the hood of George's car. Bangs and clanks can be heard as he fiddles with the mechanics.
DEENA: Poor Lloyd.
GEORGE: I know. Completely bonkers!
DEENA: Sorry I can't be so flip about this kind of thing. You know, after what happened to Pop.
GEORGE: Pop? What happened to Pop?
DEENA: I thought you heard. He had a nervous breakdown last year. That's why I'm taking care of him.
Pop comes out momentarily.
POP: Oh, I tell you, they don't build 'em like this any more.
He goes back under the hood.
GEORGE: (a little worried) He uh, he doesn't have the auto shop any more?
DEENA: Uhn, it was too much for him.
Pop is thumping away at part of the engine with a spanner.
GEORGE: (very worried) Uhm, I, I gotta go.
GEORGE: I just remembered, I gotta be someplace. Yuh-hu-hur, that's enough. Pop. Pop, put down the wrench, Pop.
I mean GRob was a SB winning DC. So WTF happened? Did he have a breakdown after getting fired from Denver? Since then he has been lost.
Anyway I think there was good from the NE game, besides getting an actual W:
Dantley looked like a decent QB. He maybe an academic SR, but in FB playing time he is like a Soph. He hasnt been getting PT until just now. He could grow as teh year goes on. And he could be back next year along with ARob, Legree, Catalina, Nassib to give the next HC something to work with.
Brinkley and Hogue ran well. RB is not a problem.
Owen had the slip and fumble which hurt. But he was good besides that. Lobdell actually made a catch. I dont like that our WRs have only a few catches on the year. But I do like what I am seeing from Davis and Sales. Add to them Fairchild, possibly Mike Williams as well, and the next HC will have a decent set of WRs.
This group is getting the job done. He havent played the greatest teams (NW, Akron, NE) but we are protecting the QB and running the ball. The real test will be the BE sched. We will know after the next 3 games whether or not the OL has been a paper tiger like RU FB. If the OL survives Pitt, WV, and USF then I will be confident this young group will be serviceable for the next HC.
This group has weak DEs but a ton of youth there. So we wont know what we got until some time next year. The DTs however look very promising. We know what we have in Jones. Tribbey was recruited by VT. And Perkins has been playing well the last few weeks. He has been making quite a few plays.
This is my biggest worry if I am the next HC. Smith has been making some plays and seems to be at least serviceable. But then what? Battles passes the look test but he is hurt. Even if he is decent that is only 2 LBs. You have Mele, Gillum, and Canty who all seem too small. That leaves Stenclik, who was recruited by real programs. He looked good in limited time last year so maybe he is teh answer at MLB. If not we are screwed. The next HC will almost be forced to blitz every play because these LBs cant just sit bit and make plays.
Holmes got beat a bit. Williams was out there at SS and played ok. I have to wonder why he wasnt slated at SS to start the year over AJ Brown. We have a young group that will do fine next year for the next HC.
So we have a 4th and 1 and GRob decides kick the FG. Gutless call. But wait that wasnt the end of it. We got a delay of game on top of that making the FG longer. Good thing we have Shadle, who coulda been a weapon for a decent team. I hope we have something behind him for net year.
Dennis Green 34%
Al Davis 7%
Coach Mac 13%
John Robinson 0%
June Jones 55%
Don Brown 15%
Ron Turner 10%
Skip Holtz 87%
Larry Johnson 20%
Brian Kelly 51%
Terry Bowden 25%
Lou Holtz 22%
Brian Schottenheimer 16%
Tim Lewis 8%
TIm Murphy 18%
Marty Schottenheimer 29%
Chip Kelly 27%
Tommy Bowden 5%
Jimmy Johnson 15%
Coach P 37%
John L Smith 21%
Which brings us to the Round of 32
Quarter Final I
Quarter Final II
Quarter Final III
Quarter Final IV
Quarter Final V
Quarter Final VI
Quarter Final VII
Quarter Final VIII
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Phil Fulmer- assuming he is fired
Ralph Friedgen- assuming he is fired
Al Groh- assuming he is fired
Kirk Ferentz- assuming he is fired
Brad Childress- assuming he is fired
Jeff Bower- not related to Jack
Mike Locksley- last years winner
Tommy Bowden- assuming he is fired
Turner Gill- ironically he was left out last year due to strong Nebraska rumors
John L Smith
Below are their Bios
Sunday, September 14, 2008
There werent really many decisions that GRob had to make. He went for it on 4th downs instead of kicking meaningless FGs.
Too conservative. I wanted to give MB the benefit of the doubt his first few games but this game he didnt show much. The first play after the TO was tailor made for a play action pass toward the endzone. Instead we got what looked like a screen that turned into a fumble. Unless he wanted CB to throw it there. Either way bad call. The rest of the half wasnt so bad. Too many runs into the line though. PSU is physically a better team. Yet MB was conservative and showed little imagination. If the players did a better job then it wouldnt have looked as bad. However we really needed to spread it out to have any chance. The half ended with awful play calling. Again after a turnover and little time left in the half (down 35-3) we are running the ball and content on playing for 3. I had higher hopes for MB than he has shown so far as an OC. I do have to give him credit for the OL. He had Chavers and a true Frosh on the OL and was able to keep Dantley upright for the most part.
The problem I have here for this game was who played and when. Giruzzi time and again fails to make plays. He isnt holding his position on run plays. So if he isnt physically getting the job done then why arent we seeing a youngin? We did see much more of Marinovich this game. Hopefully Giruzzi will be phased out. However in garbage time we still saw him in there. Derrell Smith has been our best LB. Yet he was out for a bunch of plays as Canty was worked in. Why not Mele instead? Then there is Flaherty who shouldnt be on the field. Why not try Stenclik who flashed in limited time last year? Then in the 2nd half with the game already over we see AJ Brown and Chiara. Why take out Scott and why not play Suter? What good is having SRs play garbage time?
We cant block on KRs this year. And we cant cover on KOs. The first is a problem since we have so many. The other not so much since we rarely KO.
Dantley was bad. He made some nice throws but also made some really bad ones. He had a RJ Anderson type of game.
That dropped lateral by CB killed.
Owen had a nice catch and a big drop. I thought Davis looked good and gives us hope. Same for Sales. Mayes got PT and made a decent catch. Lobdell needs to sit. He adds nothing.
They couldnt run up the middle but that was expected. Pass protection has been good this year. The group is still young.
Kimmel was overmatched. Giruzzi shouldnt be out there. DTs had their moments with Jones and Perkins.
Flaherty needs to sit. He is too slow. He is too tentative. He makes plays 6 yards down field even if unblocked. Mele showed signs last year in pass coverage. Yet he is playing inside while Smith plays over the slot. Makes sense. Smith though did make some nice plays in coverage. Canty got in as well but didnt notice him bad or good.
Should Nico Scott have even played? The early PSU TD said no. Graham has potential but his first PT is against PSU? Really? Holmes is having trouble making plays this year. I liked seeing Scott at SS. But he sat in the 2nd half for AJ Brown. Makes sense. Bruce played decent and made some plays. Then he sits for Chiara in the 2nd half. And where the F is Suter?!!!!!!
A few random thoughts as they happened...
Seeing a promo they showed a drum major. I dont recall seeing SU with one ever. Why not?
The game started off with bad KO cov. PSU ran on their first play and Smith was held to allow a 9 yard gain to the outside. Then we see a nice play by Santiago and a fumble recovery by SU.
SU starts off by giving it right back to PSU. CB dropped the lateral and then Lobdell avoided the fumble like GRob avoids Ws.
PSU scores on a long pass. Game over. Nico Scott was nowhere near the guy. If he is hurt he shouldnt have played. With 13:40 in the 1st Q you can go home.
I noticed that we had ED 44 on the helmets. Nice touch.
Later on PSU has 3rd and 17. SU brings no pressure and sits in a zone. QB makes the read and converts the pass for a first down. If you bring some pressure their the QB has to hit his hot WR and they dont get the first down.
A few times we got some pressure on screens. On both plays the QB threw it away without an intentional grounding call. And both times he hit his OL and didnt get an ineligable WR penalty either. Both turned into breaks for PSU.
I expected more and louder PSU fans. I would guess it was 25K-20K SU. I feared 30 to 15.
SU was in 3 and out city. However on one 3rd down Davis was hit early with no pass interference. We didnt get many calls. PSU woulda won big anyway, did we really need the refs to kick us while we were down as well?
Kimmel and Giruzzi were getting abused. Smith was doing well in pass coverage.
In the Next HC Bowl they showed UBs Hail Mary. I didnt see the game at all but based on losing on the road by a fluke I say Golden was the winner.
A few times PSU ran a bubble screen to the slot with no LB or S within 15 yards and the CB on WR playing 10 yards away. It woulda been an easy 10 yards every time if the QB didnt overthrow it.
Another swing and Flaherty is within the area. No one is blocking him and he is just sitting there waiting for the WR to come to him. Note to Jake they dont tackle themselves. Move! Anyway he misses the tackle.
PSU runs outside and Flaherty is too slow to get there. Why does he play?
This whole game I kinda sat there and felt like Cameron in the pool scene from Ferris Buellers day off.
DC3 pulls up and is hurt. Just great.
Giruzzi gets tossed aside and Mele takes on the FB like a girl. Result long run.
Graham gives up a TD due to not playing the ball. We have 2 DB coaches. Couldnt one of them teach our DBs to turn?
Mayes with a nice pickup. Wasnt an easy catch.
Later on we have a 3rd and 1 and just run it into the line. How many times will we do this?
Owen gets a catch on 4th down. Then on the next 3rd down he drops a 1st down catch leaving SU with a FG attempt.
SU has another helmet fall off. I think that is 4 today. We have to lead the nation in this.
PSU is faced with a 3rd and less than a yard. They take a deep shot but its overthrown. Why couldnt SU have done this the last drive? 4th down a QB sneak gets the first.
Graham gets beat for a TD. If SU ever brought pressure maybe the CBs wouldnt look so bad.
With 2:15 seconds left and SU facing a 2nd and 6 PSU calls TO. Really?After third down, fine. But this showed totaly disrespect with 2:15 seconds left. JoePa pretty much said you aint moving the ball I want 2 min left to work with. Its 35-3 no need.
PSU fumbles the PR and SU recovers. Karma is a bitch.
SU opens up with a swing pass instead of trying for points. Great. Then we follow with a draw. Awesome. 3rd down is a bad pass and SU takes the FG. First you dont win with FGs when your opponent has 35. Second can you be more conservative?
PSU ends the half with a 52 yarder which easily goes through of course.
The seats are all empty to start the second half.
On 3rd and inches in our own territory SU throws long, and a bad throw at that. QB sneak it if you arent willing to go for it on 4th.
Great punt down to 1.
The red headed asst coach on PSU is a dick. He has been yelling at his players all day. Who the F does he think he is? I would pop him if I were a PSU player.
PSU drops a pass on 3rd down and has to punt!
CB does a nice job picking up a blitz. Pass protection has been good.
Dantley throws it right to a DB for an INT.
Our LBs play patty cake with blockers instead of taking them one. Cant we recruit bad ass mofos at LB? How come Dantonio could do it at Cincy but GRob has these guys?
AJ Brown is in. Why? And where the F is Suter?
Holmes is beat on a short pass, misses the tackle, then recovers to cause a fumble. Tribbey and 14 other SU plays miss the ball and PSU recovers.
PSU scores and gets a BS celebration penalty. The refs need to cut this crap. Do you have no common sense?
Hogue converts up the gut on a 4th and 1. Bout time.
Mays has been playing quite a bit. Nice to see.
Davis catches the ball down the field.
4th and 8 Sales catches a TD pass. We are coming back. Maybe not. As SU is about to kick off ABC switches to Oregon vs Purdue. Hey we made it to 1 min left in the 3rd Q. Not bad.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
***** I wanted to clarify the below. The next HCs 1st class will be filling holes for the 2010 season. The below is our depth for that season.
I think you definitely want to get a QB. And because QB is important it is always a priority even though the recruit wont get PT until RS Frosh or Soph year.
I think 1/2 of those guys will end of changing positions. You want two RBs for depth but it isnt a high priority.
Sheeran JR or Soph?
You want two WRs for depth but they will be more important for the future. So it isnt a high priority.
You want a TE for depth but the position is the least important on O.
OL is always important. So you want 2 guys in here to develop under the guys above.
I am sure some of these guys will be moved to DT. Not a position of need.
Same as DE.
This position is a mess. The next coach will need 2 LBs who can come in an push the above group.
There is some talent here. You may even be able to move a few to S. Still it is always good to stockpile DBs.
Not much here but a few RBs or CBs will likely be moved. Could be a position of need.
These arent huge priorities but you do need a P to take over for the next year.
So if I were to rank by need
1. 2 LBs
3. 2 OL
4. 2 WR
Monday, September 8, 2008
Born on Date
PSU: 1855 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: PSU... PSU was founded as the Farmers' High School ofPennsylvania. It then changed to the Agricultural College ofPennsylvania (1862), Pennsylvania State College (1875), and finally PSU(1953).
PSU: State College, Happy Valley, University Park vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: SU... pick a name already. When Penn State changed its namefrom College to University in 1953, its president sought to persuade thetown to change its name as well. When they decided not to, PSU createdUniversity Park.
At that location is a…
PSU: Mount Nittany vs SU: Song Mountain
Ottos Edge: PSU... the word Nittany is derived from the Algonquian language word Nit-A-Nee meaning "single mountain"
Which is where PSU got their…
PSU: Nittany Lions vs SU: Orange
Ottos Edge: PSU… we fed the men to the lions and are now a fruit
Speaking of fruit…
PSU: John Amaechi (former PSU BBaller) vs SU: Thom Filicia (Queer Eye)
Ottos Edge: Push... both are fabulous
Sticking with BBall and sex…
BBall sex scandal
PSU: Rene Portland allegedly kicked a girl off the team for being a lesbian vs SU: Flynn, Jackson, Scoop alleged rape
Ottos Edge: Push... there are no winners here. Portland was forced out after coaching 27 successful seasons.
PSU: Joe Crispin vs SU: GMac
Ottos Edge: PSU... just kidding
While we are on Scranton and joking…
PSU: Toby Flenderson (Office) vs SU: Sonny Koufax (Big Daddy)
Ottos Edge: SU... Toby is a loser and divorced
Another fictional alumnus of SU was…
PSU: Adam McKay (writer/director) vs SU: Veronica Corningstone (charcter and fictional alumnus)
Ottos Edge: PSU... she is a smelly pirate hooker
Sticking with movies…
Along Came Polly
PSU: John Aniston (Jennifers dad) vs SU: Jerry Stiller (Bens dad)
Ottos Edge: Push... from the sounds of that movie the winners were those of us that didn't see it
The guys behind the movies are the…
PSU: Steven de Souza (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard) vs SU: Carl Gottlieb(Jaws)
Ottos Edge: PSU... yippee-ki-yay
Staying with writers…
PSU: David Morrell wrote First Blood (Rambo) vs SU: Stephan Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage
Ottos Edge: PSU... its over Grob, er Johnny.
Writers also work for…
PSU: The Daily Collegian vs SU: DO
Ottos Edge: SU... we have the more interesting storyline of GRob
Speaking of storylines, Friday is the premier of The…
PSU: Reading Rambler (Lenny Moore) vs SU: Elmira Express (Ernie Davis)
Ottos Edge: Push… both are great players with great nicknames. Too bad the art of nicknames has been lost.
ED was part of…
PSU: Wallace Triplett 1st black draftee to play in the NFL vs SU: Ernie Davis 1st black Heisman winner
Ottos Edge: Push… both broke barriers
Staying with the Heisman…
PSU: John Cappelletti vs SU: Ernie Davis
Ottos Edge: Push... both had to deal with leukemia (John dedicated his Heisman to his dying brother Joey) and had a movie about it (made for TV: Something for Joey). Surprisingly PSU has only one Heisman winner.
While we are on RBs…
PSU: Franco Harris, Lenny Moore, Larry Johnson, Curt Warner, Matt Suhey,Wallace Triplett, Richie Anderson, Gary Brown, Blair Thomas, Curtis Enis, Ki-Jana Carter, Sam Gash vs SU: Jim Nance, Larry Csonka, Moose Johnston, Jim Brown, Floyd Little, James Mungro, Walter Reyes, Joe Morris, Rob Konrad, Michael Owens, David Walker, Jamie Covington
Ottos Edge: SU... lots of busts lately for PSU
Paving the way for the RBs is the…
PSU: Mike Muchak, Marco Rivera, Brad Benson, Todd Rucci, Dave Szott, Steve Wisniewski vs SU: Jim Ringo, John Flannery, Walt Sweeney, CraigWolfley, Stan Walters, Adam Terry
Ottos Edge: PSU... we are still weaker on the OL
But we are stronger at…
PSU: Mickey Shuler, OJ McDuffie, Kyle Brady, Joe Jurevicius, Eddie Drummond, Bobby Engram vs SU: John Mackey, Rob Moore, Chris Gedney, Art Monk, Kevin Johnson, Marvin Harrison
Ottos Edge: SU... just a tad better
And throwing to them are the…
PSU: Kerry Collins, John Hufnagel, Todd Blackledge, Michael Robinson,Wally Richardson, Tony Sacca, Zach Mills, Richie Lucas (1st ever Buffalo Bill) vs SU: Donovan McNabb, Bill Custis, Marvin Graves, Todd Philcox, Wilmet Sadet-Singh, Don McPherson, Bill Hurley, Troy Nunes (a PSU fan)
Ottos Edge: SU... triple negative points for the bust Blackledge
From Offense to Defense…
PSU: Rosey Grier, Courtney Brown, Tamba Hali vs SU: Dwight Freeney, Tim Green, Rob Burnett
Ottos Edge: SU... we could use these guys now
Currently our worst unit is our…
PSU: Jack Ham, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, Andre Collins, KeithGoganious, Lance Mehl, Matt Millen, Shane Conlan, Brandon Short, LaVarArrington, John Skorupan, Denis Onkotz, Greg Buttle vs SU: Keith Bulluck, Dan Conley, Kevin Mitchell, Jim Collins, TerryWooden
Ottos Edge: PSU... they dont call it LB U for nuttin
Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
PSU: Maurice Evans vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: SU… we know Art will play, while Evans may still be suspended
Ironically the “player” that can determine who Ws and who Ls is the…
PSU: Bahr Borthers (Matt, Chris), Robbie Gould vs SU: Gary Anderson, Olinda Mare, Nate Trout
Ottos Edge: SU... although I am grateful for Matts kicks with the GMen.
And finally the category of the what? You want more? Alright you go it.
Lets stay with the Giants…
XLII SB winning Giants
PSU: Kareem McKenzie, Jay Alford vs SU: David Tyree, Tom Coughlin
Ottos Edge: SU... they played a larger role
And more of the Giants…
Other former Giants
PSU: Kerry Collins, John Hufnagel (current Calgary Stampeders HC), BrandonShort, LaVar Arrington, Brad Benson, Matt Bahr, Joe Jurevicius, RoseyGrier vs SU: Joe Morris, Will Allen, Larry Csonka, Carl Karilivacz
Ottos Edge: PSU... lots of Ws produced by those folks
Speaking of Ws…
All Time Wins
PSU: 790 vs SU: 670
Ottos Edge: PSU... not many can beat SU
Remaining on winning…
We're going streaking
PSU: 49 straight non losing seasons (1939-87) vs SU: 22 straight non losing seasons (1950-1971)
Ottos Edge: PSU… that is amazing. PSU also once had a 31 game win streak. However they had no title to show for it. They went undefeated in 1968 and 1969 finishing 2nd in the polls both years.
But they did win it in…
PSU: 2 (1982, 1986) vs SU: 1 (1959)
Ottos Edge: PSU... the 1987 Fiesta Bowl was the most watched CFB game ever. PSU won 14-10 despite being out gained 3 to 1 (450 to 150), thanks to Testeverde’s 5 INTs
Speaking of the Fiesta Bowl…
PSU: 25-12-2 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: PSU... they have the highest Bowl Win % in CFB
The best way to get to a Bowl is by winning your…
PSU: Big Ten vs SU: Big East
Ottos Edge: SU... PSU ruined the B10 by making it 11.
PSU: 2 vs SU: 4
Ottos Edge: SU... PSU missed out by not joining the BE where they belong
Despite being in different confs, the teams still play for the…
PSU: 26 (last 2005) vs SU: 6 (last 1992)
Ottos Edge: PSU... since 1998 they have only won once
Staying with Trophies…
PSU: Governors Victory Bell (started 1993 with Minnesota, PSU leads 6-4), Land Grant Trophy (started 1993 with Mich St, PSU leads 11-4) vs SU: Schwartzwalder Trophy (started 1993 with WV, who leads 9-6)
Ottos Edge: Push... all are made up trophies trying to establish tradition. At least the SU-WV game has been played many years.
Speaking of playing many times…
Team played most
PSU: Pitt 96 times (50-42-4) vs SU: PSU 68 times
Ottos Edge: SU… good job JoePa ruining both. PSU last played Pitt in 2000.
Of those 68 meetings…
Head to Head
PSU: 40 Ws vs SU: 23 Ws
Ottos Edge: PSU… not close just like this game will be. The teams have tied 5 times.
Many of those games were played at…
No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
PSU: Beaver Stadium (107,250) vs SU: the Dome
Ottos Edge: PSU... they have the largest stadium in the US (Michigan had to reduce seating for handicap accessibility). Their largest crowd ever was 110,753 (makes sense that it is 3k more than capacity). The stadium is named after James Beaver, former PA Govna and former president of the BOTs.
While there you will hear the…
PSU: Blue Band (over 300 members) vs SU: SUMB
Ottos Edge: PSU... in 2005 the band won the Sudler Trophy, which goes to the nations top band.
As well as the fans…
PSU: We are... Penn St vs SU: Lets go Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... we know who you are and are not impressed
And those fans are made up of…
PSU: avg'd 107,567 a game, 90k season ticket holders (21k student), White Out vs SU: maybe 30k a game, season tickets?, Silver Out
Ottos Edge: PSU... it doesn't hurt that PSU has over 450k alumni
The have so many alumni because of their large…
PSU: 43k vs SU: 19K
Ottos Edge: PSU... the more the merrier
Those students should be there to get an…
PSU: 57th (US News) vs SU 53rd
Ottos Edge: SU... PSU was King Otto's safety school
Which is why schools often…
PSU: The Phi Psi 500 (a fund raising mile run with pit stops at bars) vs SU: Livingston Block Party
Ottos Edge: Push... no one wins when fun is taken away. While PSU banned that fund raiser they are proud to have the THON (dance marathon), which is the largest student run philanthropy in the world.
And finally the category of the wait you still want more? OK, on with the marathon
Sticking with fun and dancing…
PSU: Richard James (invented Slinky), Herman Fisher (Fisher-Price), Mike Scioscia vs SU: Steve Rubell (Studio 54), Lexington Steele, Marv Albert
Ottos Edge: SU… our guys are involved in adult entertainment
Speaking of adult entertainment…
Howard Stern Show
PSU: Benjy vs SU: Frozen (interned)
Ottos Edge: SU... Benjy is annoying
Howard is the King of All Media, which would include…
PSU: Tom Verducci, Lisa Salters, Todd Blackledge vs SU: Bob Costas, VeraJones, Mike Tirico, etc.
Ottos Edge: SU... its our bread and butter
While we are on food…
Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Eatery)
PSU: Otto's Pub & Brewery vs SU: Empire Brewing Company
Ottos Edge: PSU... it was named after Otto, right? PSU also has the Ye Olde College Diner, which was voted the 3rd best place to eat a sticky bun in the United States. It is a place of Penn State tradition that dates back to1929.
While we are on Otto…
PSU: Nittany Lion vs SU: Otto the Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... poor Lion doesn't even have a name
But the Lion does have a…
PSU: Lions Shrine vs SU: Saltine Warrior
Ottos Edge: PSU… it is better for painting orange
Speaking of statues, for the game SU will be unveiling a…
PSU: Joe Paterno vs SU: Ernie Davis
Ottos Edge: SU... Joe ruined NE FB by going to the B11
But he has been a successful…
PSU: JoePa (started 1966, 373 Ws, paid $500K) vs SU: GRob (started 2005, 7 Ws, paid $1 million)
Ottos Edge: PSU... JoePa is still tied for career INTs (14) at Brown University. He is in his 59th season at PSU (started as an asst). He is 7-1 all time against his current nemesis Bobby Bowden. He is the only HC to win the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, and Cotton Bowls.
Sticking with HCs…
PSU: Rip Engle vs SU: Ben Schwartzwalder
Ottos Edge: SU... Ben was 9-7 vs Engle
And SUs last coach was…
PSU: former player vs SU: former HC
Ottos Edge: SU... he did a lot for SU
Playing under Coach P was McNabb, who is now a…
PSU: Chair is CEO of Eat'n Park vs SU: a trustee is an NFL QB
Ottos Edge: SU... that shows where our priorities are
SU has always been strong at revenue sports but overall…
PSU: among the best vs SU: trying to improve
Ottos Edge: PSU... they have been Top 25 in the NACDA Directors Cup all15 years of its existence. Last year they were 9th (their eight Top 10 finish). They have 10 national titles in fencing, mens gymnastics has a record 12 titles, women volleyball won it all in 2007 and the men won in2008. But they still suck at BBall.
Supporting athletics is the…
PSU: State College QB Club vs SU: Orange Club
Ottos Edge: PSU… fans gather at the Nittany Lion Inn midweek to discuss the last game and the next game. JoePa and players often visit.
Dressing the athletic teams is…
PSU: Mark Parker (CEO) vs SU: Melo
Ottos Edge: SU... not the greatest decision to hire the trouble making Melo
Sticking with dress…
School colors used to be
PSU: Black and Pink vs SU: Pink and Green
Ottos Edge: PSU... supposedly PSU changed to Blue and White when the Black and Pink faded. Also they stayed classic with the unis while SU has beenF-ing it up lately.
While we are on F-ing things up…
PSU: always down to 1 lane even though no work is ever done vs SU: smooth sailing
Ottos Edge: SU... also PA is filled with drivers going 20 MPH in the left lane. The state is a driving nightmare.
For this I blame the state…
PSU: Rick Santorum, Valerie Plame, Tom Ridge vs SU: Joe Biden, Donna Shalala, Al D'Amato
Ottos Edge: SU... their group is much more controversial
Rumors are that Biden may be replaced as VP by…
PSU: Hughs (father and brother) vs SU: NY Senator
Ottos Edge: Push... there are no winners here
If she did become VP it would be a first for a woman. And Obama would be the first black Pres. Along those lines…
PSU: Guion Bluford (1st African American in space) vs SU: Eileen Collins(1st female pilot)
Ottos Edge: Push... both boldly went where none had gone before
Sticking with firsts…
1st year FB
PSU: 1881 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: PSU… back then JoePa was only an asst coach.
And from first to last, as in the last category and the category of the week (sorry I have nothing left)…
I love the 80s (aka oh yeah I remember him)
PSU: RB DJ Dozier 1983-86 vs SU: RB Robert Drummond 1985-1988
Ottos Edge: SU… he did win 4 Grey Cups after all
In the city, the great Salt City the Lions weep tonight. Oooooh. That’s right the Syracuse Orange will pull off the upset by the skin of their teeth. State Penn sucks!