Philly Blog Fantasy Football

Well, we've closed the league for Fantasy Football for the Philly Blog at 12 teams. The draft isn't until August but people are already talkin' trash. This is quite different from the Fantasy Baseball. Those fellas are quiet and somewhat polite.

If anyone out there still wants to do a FF league - we can set up one for ourselves!

You know what my problem is going to be of course - I'm going to want to draft all Penn Staters!


National buzz for some PSU players...

Got most of this info from gopsusports.com - you can check out the entire story on the PSU Football page by clicking on the link to PSU Football.

Sophomore linebacker Dan Connor, junior linebacker Paul Posluszny and senior cornerback Alan Zemaitis have been put on the Bednarik Award "watch list". The award is presented to the best defensive player in the country, by the Maxwell Club. LaVar Arrington is the last Penn Stater (and last Big Ten player) to receive the award.

Posluszny and Zemaitis were also named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. The award is presented to the best defensive player in college football by the Football Writers Association of America.

Senior quarterback Michael Robinson and junior tailback Tony Hunt were named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award presented to the nation's top college player by the Maxwell Club.

Posluszny, Robinson and Zemaitis were elected team captains for the 2005 season.

Posluszny was the first sophomore to lead Penn State in tackles since Phil Yeboah-Kodie in 1992 and is the first junior to be elected a captain since Mike Reid and Steve Smear in 1968. Those are some pretty special footsteps to follow -

Conner is one of only 2 sophomores nominated for the Bednarik Award.

It's quite impressive, if not surprising that this many Lions would be even considered - there are only 51 players total on the Maxwell Award list and 49 on the Bednarik. There are 50 players on the Nagurski watch list.


More game times announced

The game times for the first 3 games of the season have been announced. The games are all at home and non-conference.

South Florida kickoff at 3:30pm. The game will be televised on ESPN+ (affiliates to be announced later) and ESPNU.

The Cincinnati kickoff is at 12pm. The game will be televised on ESPN+ (affiliates to be announced later).

Kickoff for the Central Michigan game is scheduled for 1:30pm. This game will not be televised. It will be webcast over ESPN360. You can check espn.go.com and/or gopsusports.com for more details on the webcast closer to game day.

A little Basketball news

Danny Earl has been named as an assistant coach for the Men's Basketball team. I adored Danny during his time at PSU but I have to wonder why Penn State can't hire anyone who did not graduate from PSU or anyone with any experience. I realize that this is an assistant job and a great way for a young guy to get some experience. But the current Penn State Basketball program, in my opinion, has much more important things to tend to than teaching some guy "the ropes". The team should be much more worried about the exodus of players to other schools and the non-existent recruiting program.

According the gopsusports.com: Since leaving Penn State, Earl has played professionally in Germany, Poland and Portugal. He also played in both the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA's Developmental League and was a member of the New Jersey Nets' training camp roster in '01-02 and '02-03. Earl most recently was co-owner of the Next Level Basketball Camp, an organization that conducted camps and clinics in southern New Jersey.

Ed DeChellis might be a nice guy and a good coach - but no great players want to come to Penn State to lose for an unknown guy. If PSU is serious about its basketball (men's) team the administration is going to have invest some money. PSU has very little to woo top basketball players. The BJC is great, but not that unique. Being in the Big Ten is prestigious, but if your team can't even make the post season conference tournament, what's the point? PSU basketball has no history and no future on the horizon. The one thing that the University could have brought in to get any kind of buzz for the program would have been a "name" coach. And we all know that there were plenty of guys who were (at least) interested in the job. But that didn't happen and the program has suffered (even more than before).

I'm still a Dan Earl fan. He was a talented player and a real leader on the team. It is possible that he will have a great impact on the team, but I sincerely doubt that there are many high school stars out there, sitting in their rooms dreaming of the day that they might get the chance to play for him.


Fantasy Football

This has nothing to do with Penn State Football - but I'm participating (and the "commissioner") of a Yahoo! Fantasy Football league for Phillyblog.com! The general idea is that it will be a head-to-head league with very little limits on trades/waivers/free agents.

The Fantasy Football League has been registered for Philly Blog. The time and date of the draft can be changed - there is limited availability for weeknight times - but if it needs to be changed, we can work something out. Currently, it's scheduled for August 17th (Wednesday) at 7:30pm.

League ID#: 68886
League Name: Philly Blog
Password: football
Draft Type: Live Draft
Draft Time: Wed Aug 17 7:30pm EDT
Max Teams: 16
Scoring Type: Head-to-Head
Start Scoring on: Week 1

You can check out the other settings at Yahoo. We went with an online live draft (as you can see), head to head, with the Yahoo defaults.

If anyone has any strong preferences for a certain setting let me know; we can change a bunch of stuff pre-draft.

Football Ticket Sales

Individual Game Ticket Sales from PSU.

Alumni Sale. Beginning Monday, June 27, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. alumni tickets will be available on the internet ONLY for all of the home football games. There are ticket limits for this sale (9 for all but OSU and Purdue where the limit is 4). The ticket office will accept no counter, telephone or mail in sales

Public Sale. Beginning Monday, July 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. tickets will be available to the public on the internet ONLY, again, for all of the home games. This sale will take place only if tickets remain after the Alumni Sale. Again, they will not accept any counter, telephone or mail in sales. Same ticket limits apply.

Phone Orders, Away Games and Group Sales. Beginning July 18, 2005 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM tickets will be available for phone orders and Group sales will take place only if tickets remain after the Internet Sales. Phone numbers to call: Local: 814-865-5555; Toll Free: 800-863-3336. No Limit

click on the "game day info" link or go to 2theLion.com "Game Day Game Plan" page for link(s) to the ticket office.


Game times reported

Game times for the 10/8 Ohio State game and 10/22 Illinois games have been released. The Ohio State game, at Beaver Stadium, will kickoff at either 7:00pm or 7:45pm and be broadcast on either ESPN2 or ESPN (the final determination will be made 12 days prior to the game). The Illinois showdown kicks off in Champaign at 7:00pm (EST) and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The evening start time for the Ohio State game assures that there will be plenty of time for tailgating that afternoon! We'll keep you posted as to what our plans are - be sure to check our tailgating weblog and the website for more details!!!

For more information on this story check out http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=8253


NFL Europe

I haven't heard much out of PSU lately - of course, I haven't been "listening" that closely either - BUT there was a "PSU moment" this weekend in the NFL Europe league. Got to see good old Kevin Thompson play quarterback for the Cologne Centurians. While his team isn't going to the championship game, they won their last game of the season (against the berlin thunder, who are in the championship) on a 4th quarter, 33 yard touchdown pass (it was all air) play. Thompson is currently "on loan" from the Buffalo Bills. The make-up of the teams in NFL Europe is interesting - some players are there to get into (or back into) shape for the NFL, some are free agents and a certain number have to be "nationals" (that is, originally from Europe). One interesting name is Eric Crouch (you remember, Nebraska Quarterback, heisman winner); he is on assignment from Kansas City playing Safety for the Hamburg Sea Devils!


Penn State Football

It's June, 2005 and it will be football season before we know it. There is no arguing that the last few years have been disappointing on the football field, but Penn State has made efforts to bring in new talent with this year's recruiting class.

We're going to use this blog to post our opinions and observations and we hope that you join in!!!

Just remember - as of today, we're still undefeated!!!!