8/31/2014

Tap. Tap. Is this on? Penn State home opener vs Akron Zips; Fiesta Tailgate!

What a way to start the football season! What a way to (essentially) start posting this year! And now we turn to the start of the tailgating (and, of course, home game) season...

The Lions are back stateside to prepare for their home opener against the Zips of Akron, who sport uniforms of Blue and Gold - be sure to favor your silver(y) accessories. Akron is a solid team and PSU will need to be sharp to avoid the literal and figurative *jet lag* of an exciting away win.

Kick-off is at 12pm, therefore the parking lots will open at 7am. We'll be there bright (hopefully) and early; come see us in the Green (West, Press Box side) Lot. We're in a (slightly) different spot this year, but you'll find us under the Scottish flag (contact us if you need the specifics).


The current weather report is calling for cloudy with possible thunder storms - so that's fun. Regardless, we'll be celebrating the first home game of the season with a ¡Fiesta Tailgate! and serving up deliciosos goodies including: walking tacos (!); fajita wraps; black beans; spanish rice; kielbasa; cinnamon buns; churro bars; spicy brownies; summery sangria; and, more!

As always, all are welcome, and contributions (food, drink, etc) are appreciated, but not expected.

1/06/2014

It's More Than A Feeling; Playlist for the Coach Search.


So we can't really do anything about the current coaching situation, so I did the next best thing, I made a playlist chronicling the last week, and perhaps looking into the future.




1  What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
The Head And The Heart
2  I Call Your Name 
The Beatles
3  Another Nail In My Heart 
Squeeze
4  That's Right (You're Not From Texas)
Lyle Lovett
5  Forget You 
Cee Lo Green
6  Don't Look Back in Anger 
Oasis
7  The Promise 
When In Rome
8  It's the End of the Road 
Matt Goss
9  Dreaming 
Blondie
10  Come Back Song 
Darius Rucker
11  Be True to Your School 
The Beach Boys
12  Always On My Mind 
Pet Shop Boys
13  Better Man 
Pearl Jam
14  Sister Golden Hair 
America
15  All I Want Is You 
U2
16  It's Tricky 
Run-DMC
17  High Hopes 
Frank Sinatra
18  Together Again 
Janet
19  If I Can Dream 
Elvis Presley
20  A Little In Love 
Cliff Richard
21  Now We're Getting Somewhere 
Crowded House
22  I'd Love You To Want Me 
Various Artists
23  Call Me Maybe 
Carly Rae Jepsen
24  Don't You Want Me 
The Human League
25  We Can Work It Out 
The Beatles
26  Bad Day 
Daniel Powter
27  Don't Dream It's Over 
Crowded House
28  Another One Bites The Dust 
Queen
29  You Were Meant For Me 
Jewel
30  If I Can't Have You 
Kim Wilde
31 What Have I Done To Deserve This
Pet Shop Boys
32  Haven't Met You Yet 
Michael Bublé
33  Pack Up 
Eliza Doolittle
34  Pennsylvania Polka 
Frankie Yankovic
35  I Wanna Be Sedated 
The Ramones
36  I Don't Even Know Your Name 
Alan Jackson
37  I Predict a Riot 
Kaiser Chiefs
38  What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) 
Kelly Clarkson
39  A Little Less Conversation 
Elvis Presley
40  It's The End Of The World As We... 
R.E.M.
41  Basket Case 
Green Day
42  Eve of Destruction 
Barry McGuire
43  Bright Side of the Road 
Van Morrison
44  With A Little Luck 
Paul McCartney
45  It Had To Be You 
Frank Sinatra
46  You're the One 
Petula Clark
47  The Best Is Yet To Come
Frank Sinatra

12/30/2013

I'm Memeing of a Great Bowl Season; 2theLion 2013 - 2014 Biased FBS Bowl Picks

So, the first half (ish) of the bowl season hasn't been very biasy. Which is fine. Whatever. But that's not going to stop us from posting the rest of our picks...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Middle Tennessee (8-4) Blue Raiders vs 
Navy (8-4) Midshipmen
Fort Worth, TX
11:45am
ESPN

Even if this weren’t the Armed Forces Bowl, there’d be no question in which way I’d lean - Ken Niumatalolo is one of my favorite football personalities. So it's Navy all the way.




Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Ole Miss (7-5) Rebels vs 
Georgia Tech (7-5) Yellow Jackets
Nashville, TN
3:15pm
ESPN

Mortgage and Music just don't go together for me. Ah branding. Going for the yellow jackets this year. Not exactly sure why… maybe ACC over SEC? Who knows?




Valero Alamo Bowl
Oregon (10-2) Ducks vs 
Texas (8-4) Longhorns
San Antonio, TX
6:45pm
ESPN

Quite a bit of turmoil in and around the Texas program this winter; it will be interesting to see how it all works out for the Longhorns; college football will miss Mack Brown (until he comes back, that is). Oregon had a little bit of a post-Kelly hangover this year, but is still stocked full with talent. The Ducks definitely have a talent for making other teams' uniforms more palatable, and when the other team is wearing burnt orange, that is an extra special gift. But not enough to sway my bias going with the Horns for this one.


National University Holiday Bowl
Arizona State (10-3) Sundevils vs 
Texas Tech (7-5) Red Raiders
San Diego, CA
10:15pm
ESPN

I know that the Sundevils have had a good season (and I was even pulling for them in a few games) and that the stadium will (doubtlessly) be packed with Coach Graham’s family, but I have to go with Texas Tech for this one. As if there was any question





Tuesday, December 31, 2013

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Arizona (7-5) Wildcats vs 
Boston College (7-5) Eagles
Shreveport, LA
12:30pm
ESPN

This one is painful. These are two coaches that I generally dislike. As as a casual Temple fan, I never really took to Steve Addazio as a coach, and thought he left in a rather (albeit not surprising) smarmy manner. Coach Rodriguez? well... For some reason I’m finding the Wildcats less yucky.



Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech (8-4) Hokies vs 
UCLA (9-3) Bruins
El Paso, TX
2:00pm
CBS

Haven't had the strong west coast bias that I had a few years ago, but whatever, I'm sticking with the east for this one. Hokies for the win.



AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice (10-3) Owls vs 
Mississippi State (6-6) Bulldogs
Memphis, TN
4:00pm
ESPN

Blue owls are all the rage this year (did you know?) - and the emergence of the Rice Owls this season is right on trend. While I'm an admirer of the MSU cowbell (cowbells in general, that is), my pick is Rice.


Chick-fil-A Bowl
Duke (10-3) Blue Devils vs 
Texas A&M (8-4) Aggies
Atlanta, GA
8:00pm
ESPN

A 10 win Rice team in a bowl game is unusual, but to be followed by a 10 win Duke team is downright improbable (where is John Urschel??). Not typically a Duke (or SEC) fan, but I'll be pulling for the Blue Devils to outsmart Johnny Football in this game.



Wednesday, January 1, 2013

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Nebraska (8-4) Cornhuskers vs 
Georgia (8-4) Bulldogs
Jacksonville, FL
12:00pm
ESPN2

Pelini seems to wiggle his way out of bad situations, whether it’s an overtime game or the proverbial hot seat. Normally I would side with the B1G team (somewhat normally), but I’m going with Georgia this year.




Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV (7-5) Rebels vs 
North Texas (8-4) Mean Green
Dallas, TX
12:00pm
ESPNU

Formerly known as "The Normal Boys", North Texas' Mean Green is one of my favorite mascot names, even if *Scrappy* (the owl) isn't as menacing as you might imagine. So Gooooooooooooo Mean Green!!



Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin (9-3) Badgers vs 
South Carolina (10-2) Gamecocks
Orlando, FL
1:00pm
ABC

Old Ball Coach - It’s sometimes comforting to think back to the days of “smell my fingers” and sincere disdain for Steveirino. It, like many things, has mellowed over the years, but it’s still there, lingering... and besides, he and his team are up against a B1G team (also one of PSU’s wins) so I see the Badgers winning; and winning big. (apology in advance for any jinx)



Outback Bowl
Iowa (8-4) Hawkeyes vs 
LSU (9-3) Tigers
Tampa, FL
1:00pm
ESPN

It is amazing how my dislike of iowa can wane in the years we don’t play them (winning in wrestling helps too)- and I’m happy to see them in a New Year’s Day bowl game.  LSU, is, of course, one of my lesser disliked Ehmahgerd HessEeeSee teams, but the B1G takes this one.


Rose Bowl Game
Stanford (11-2) Cardinal vs 
Michigan State (12-1) Spartans
Pasadena, CA
5:00pm
ESPN

This is probably the bowl game that I am looking forward to the most. The teams are well matched and it could/should be an entertaining match-up, even with MSU's top linebacker (Max Bullough) being suspended for the game. Stanford is a strong team, and they racked up some impressive wins this year. I’m quite pleased that Michigan State beat tosu in the championship game, even if it did knock the B1G out of the National Championship game (although I really blame tosu for this). A good way to atone will be with a Rose Bowl win. 




Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
UCF (11-1) Knights vs 
Baylor (11-1) Bears
Glendale, AZ
8:30pm
ESPN

As much as I think the Stanford/MSU game will be the most fun to watch - this is the game where I probably have the most sincere bias... against. There is no question about which team I will be supporting - Baylor.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma (10-2) Sooners vs 
Alabama (11-1) Crimson Tide
New Orleans, LA
8:30pm
ESPN

Spent most of the season rooting for whatever team was playing Alabama (right up to the last seconds of the regular season, to be precise), but now I don't have much reason to root against them, and Oklahoma certainly isn't going to sway me.




Friday, January 3, 2014

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma State  (10-2) Cowboys vs 
Missouri (11-2) Tigers
Arlington, TX
7:30pm
FOX

Hey, what happened to all those allegations against the Cowboys? Nothing? It’s amazing what can happen when you have administrators and backers that support the school and team. oh well - still (kinda) like Mike Gundy. This matchup of former conference-mates should be interesting. I don’t really have a bias against Mizzou, or none I can really remember, but the cowboys get my pick(ens)


Discover Orange Bowl
Clemson (10-2) Tigers vs 
Ohio State (12-1) Buckeyes
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30pm
ESPN

Okay, so I was rooting for tOSU for 9/10 of the B1G championship game, honest. But in the end, I wasn't sad to see Urban and the nuts beaten, and knocked out of the championship game. But I'll be a good B1Gger for the Orange Bowl and root for OH - IO.




Saturday, January 4, 2014

BBVA Compass Bowl
Vanderbilt (8-4) Commodores vs 
Houston (8-4) Cougars
Birmingham, AL
1:00pm
ESPN

When my mother was a teenager she babysat a little boy who (eventually) went to Vanderbilt. She always talked about how smart he was and what a great school it was. Annoyed the heck out of me. That said, the Commodores are a pretty solid underdog choice and no reason to not root for them.




Sunday, January 5, 2014

GoDaddy Bowl
Arkansas State (7-5) Red Wolves vs 
Ball State (10-2) Cardinals
Mobile, AL
9:00pm
ESPN

Don’t really have an opinion of Ark State - except that it took me a disproportionately long time to memorize their mascot. On the other side of the field, it’s been an excellent season for the Cardinals this year, and it would be nice to see them continue those winning ways.




Monday, January 6, 2014

BCS National Championship Game
Florida State (13-0) Seminoles vs 
Auburn (12-1) Tigers
Pasadena, CA
8:30pm
ESPN

Amid the distractions FSU has climbed its way back into the upper strata of College Football. Their coach, Jimbo Fisher, has one of the more interesting names, but the fun stops there. Age old bias against the ‘Noles will keep me from rooting for them. Yes I'm aware that Auburn is in the SEC, and that the State of Alabama has won too many championships for anyone's good - but this isn't about states or conferences - and I just can't root for FSU.



12/21/2013

The 2theLion Biased Bowl Blusterings Are Back! 2013 - 2014 FBS Bowl Picks! (A Second Opinion)


 AmandaKT's -while less Ryan Gosling - way more biased bowl picks.  And with 10 minutes to spare before first kick off!!

(Bowl) Seasons Greetings!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Washington State (6-6) Cougars vs Colorado State (7-6) Rams
Albuquerque, NM
2:00pm
ESPN

I am complete biased on this one folks.  LET’S GO RAMS!  My sister works at CSU – I was there over the summer.  Now, no one at the school has any school spirit but I totally love the Rams!  In fact, here I am at CSU’s stadium in July!  GO RAMS!


Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State (11-1) Rams vs USC (9-4) Trojans
Las Vegas, NV
3:30pm
ABC

I pretty much dislike USC.  We all do.  They are primadonas.  But I really really like Ed Orgeron and I think he should’ve gotten the head coaching position there.  So USC
(someone get me mouthwash)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo vs San Diego State
Boise, ID
5:30pm
ESPN

I love bufflo chicken dip, buffalo wings, the GooGoo Dolls are from Buffalo and I love them too.  I pretty much dislike anything from San Diego.  Plus I feel bad for Buffalo, their pro team is the Bills and they just can’t.  So, Buffalo over San Diego.

R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
New Orleans, LA
9:00pm
ESPN

Hm, I think I always pick Ragin’ Cajuns because that might just be the most awesome mascot name ever.  And Green Wave??  That makes me think of Green Latern and despite how yummy Ryan Reynolds was in lycra and spandex that was a horrible movie.  However the Cajun’s are without their starting QB.  Guess I’m riding the wave.  Tulane puts out the Cajun fire. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg
East Carolina vs Ohio
St. Petersburg, FL
2:00pm
ESPN

Well this is a no brainer.  I hate Ohio and everything in it.  And Pirates are totally hot.  Bobcats are walking the plank in this one.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Boise State vs Oregon State
Honolulu, HI
8:00pm
ESPN

This game is going to be like a hunters safety convention-so much orange.  This is a tough call for me.  I adore Oregon State. However my brain is saying the Broncos are going to run all over the Beavers.  Unfortunately I don’t think the Beavers are ending their bowl losing streak in Hawaii.  Broncos wins.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh vs Bowling Green
Detroit, MI
6:00pm
ESPN

First off, let me congratulate sP-I-T-T for finding a way out of the Compass Bowl.  Too bad it took you to Detroit.  At least the swag is Pizza! Pizza!  I could care less about this game and probably won’t watch.  Ugh, but it’s NBA season and I hate the NBA.  Fine, I pick watching this game over the NBA.

San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl
Utah State vs Northern Illinois
San Diego, CA
9:30pm
ESPN

The mascot “Aggie” has always baffled me.  Outside of the ‘buckeye’, it’s got to be the least frightening of college mascots.  Watch out for the Farmer. OOOhhhh scary.  Not. Huskies are fierce, majestic dogs. Plus Lynch is an awesome QB.  Always go with the great QB.  NIU wins!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Military Bowl
Marshall vs Maryland
Annapolis, MD
2:30pm
ESPN

Marshall and Maryland in the Military Bowl.  I feel like this game should be sponsored by M&M.  I wonder, has Delany spoken to Maryland’s AD about their uniforms yet and said “seriously buddy, tone it down”?  Does anyone know what Marshall is a ‘Thundering Herd’ of?  Cows?  Horses?  Elephants?  Either way, they are going to thunder past those Maryland turtles.

Texas Bowl
Syracuse vs Minnesota
Houston, TX
6:00pm
ESPN

Ugh, the first of the B1G predictions.  These games get me every year.  I want to be loyal to our brothers in arms but they always do me wrong.  However, can you really bet against a team who is playing for a coach who is up in the press box?  As Penn Staters know a la 2008, you can’t.  Go Gophers!

Fight Hunger Bowl
BYU vs Washington
San Francisco, CA
9:30pm
ESPN

Classic match up of cats vs dogs.  I’m a dog lover normally, but the Huskies never seem to get it right. Not to mention I think they are smarting from Sakisian leaving (who didn’t see that coming).  BYU has the right colors (blue and white), haven’t lost in a bowl game recently and more importantly hasn’t lost to the Huskies in awhile.  After spending too much time with my roomates cats – CATS WIN!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs Notre Dame
Bronx, NY
12:00pm
ESPN

Holy Crap!  It’s NYC vs Jersey!  This game is pitting Wall St guys vs the guys that drive those guys to work. Things are gonna be tense on that island.  Notre Dame is winning this game.  Let’s be honest.  Money wins and the Queen doesn’t have any.  Let’s move on.

Belk Bowl
Cincinnati vs North Carolina
Charlotte, NC
3:20pm
ESPN

Cincinnati is in Ohio.  And I hate Ohio.  I’m not really a huge fan of UNC either but choose your hate wisely.  Tarheels over Bearcats.

Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs Louisville
Orlando, FL
6:45pm
ESPN

I sincerely enjoyed watching Miami destroy Pitt at home this past Nov.  It was truly one of the most enjoyable games to watch with Pitt fans all around.  Good times.  So, while I normally am not a Miami fan, for that entertainment, I shall pay them back with a victory nod.  Hurricanes sweep by Cardinals.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan vs Kansas State
Tempe, AZ
10:15pm
ESPN

For some insane reason, there are several canvas Kansas State wall prints at the Walmart for sale.  They’ve been there for ever.  Somebody screwed up in purchasing.  KSU has sucked in the post season and while Michigan has been rather inconsistent this season, I say they manage to pull this off like they did with the final kick to send the jNW game into OT.