4/28/2006

Perhaps it's a little morbid -

but it's really special too - and somewhat the genesis of all we now do. The phrase "To the Lion" is what my dad (and his cronies) used to say after every PSU score - they'd raise their respective glass(es) and toast the team. It was the most consistent and personal PSUism that I could remember my father uttering. When Pop passed away, suddenly, in 1999, my mother and I found ourselves confronted with many decisions and choices to make in a very short time. One such choice was if we wanted any special message on his grave marker (I warned you this was morbid) - my mom looked at me and asked "Fight on State?" - I half smiled and said "To the Lion".

Since then, "To the Lion" has been my Penn State motto, moniker, etc. When PSU was selling "bricks" for the new addition to the stadium, I bought one for Dad, complete with the slogan, "To the Lion" (see photo). We have, subsequently, named our tailgate, website and blogs accordingly. Slowly, but surely, we are branding ourselves with accessories (both tailgating and apparel) sporting the slogan.

4/24/2006

BLue White 2006

Undersized wideout plays huge in game

Undersized wideout plays huge in game

Goal-line stand shows D-line depth

Goal-line stand shows D-line depth

Centre Daily Times | 04/23/2006 | Paterno focuses on top priorities

Centre Daily Times | 04/23/2006 | Paterno focuses on top priorities

Centre Daily Times - Linemen hold key to success

Centre Daily Times - Linemen hold key to success

Spring done, but work continues for Penn State - PittsburghLIVE.com

Spring done, but work continues for Penn State - PittsburghLIVE.com

Morelli slick in scrimmage - PittsburghLIVE.com

Morelli slick in scrimmage - PittsburghLIVE.com

Receiver gets his chance to throw - PittsburghLIVE.com

Receiver gets his chance to throw - PittsburghLIVE.com

Prisuta: Armed for the challenge - PittsburghLIVE.com

Prisuta: Armed for the challenge - PittsburghLIVE.com

For some, Blue-White 'game' has meaning - PittsburghLIVE.com

For some, Blue-White 'game' has meaning - PittsburghLIVE.com

Spring Awards Presented

Press Release - 9

Young DBs fast runners and learners?

Secondary must learn as quickly as it runs

By Sam Ross Jr.
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Justin King and Knowledge Timmons are the lead dogs in a group of Penn State defensive backs long on speed, but short on playing experience.
Who is faster has been an ongoing subplot to a spring practice in which replacing four departed starters in the secondary has been a priority.

Timmons, according to King, will point to himself when tapes are playing and declare, "100-meter champ." Timmons won state titles in the 100 and 200 while at York's William Penn High School. He ran on Penn State's indoor track team.

Gateway's King will counter that this is football, where the 40-yard time is the thing -- and King is tops there, having been clocked recently at 4.31 seconds.

"We both know we're fast," King said Tuesday. "Who's the fastest person on the team? I ran the fastest 40.

"In a 40-yard dash, Knowledge won't beat me. Ever."

Someone suggested that King and Timmons run a 100-meter dash after the Blue-White Game on Saturday to settle the debate. King countered with a 40-yard distance -- nothing longer than 60 yards.

"Knowledge has overdrive at 70 yards," King said. "It's pretty unbelievable."

Observers marvel at the overall speed of the collection of backs looking to replace departed cornerbacks Alan Zemaitis and Anwar Phillips and safeties Calvin Lowry and Chris Harrell.

"The biggest thing I see is just raw talent," Lions wide receiver Deon Butler said. "It's just scary to me that once they actually get game experience and calm down and settle down, how well they'll play together. Right now, they're just playing mostly off their raw talent."

King, who will be playing his sophomore season this fall, is the starter at right cornerback. Tony Davis, a redshirt sophomore, is running first team at left corner. The safeties look to be seniors Nolan McCready and Donnie Johnson, both of whom are relatively inexperienced. Timmons, a redshirt freshman, is a backup corner.

Although King spent the second half of last season concentrating on offense, owing to the season-ending arm injury suffered by wide receiver Derrick Williams against Michigan, he is among the most experienced Lions defensive backs this season. That has necessitated an adjustment.

"When I was in there with them (last year's starters), I was the young pup out there listening for calls," King said. "Now I have to be into it, knowing the formations and the checks. People are starting to look at me to make the call."

King is aware there are doubts about how well the holdovers will replace the departed defensive backs, two of whom -- Zemaitis and Phillips -- are expected to be selected on the first day of the NFL draft.

"We know what we can do," King said. "We really don't care about how good or bad people think we're going to be.

"We can play with anybody."

While King is not working with the offense this spring, he is doing duty on punt teams. On the return team, his job is to hold up the coverage team's outside gunners. On coverage, he's working as a gunner, a role the departed Ethan Kilmer played to virtual perfection last season.

King is happy with his role on special teams. He's happier to be concentrating on defense.

"When you don't play defensive back for a while, you start to second-guess some things you do," he said. "You have to get that feel for it. It's not all X's and O's."

Sam Ross Jr. can be reached atsross@tribweb.com or (724) 838-5144.

Captains named at Blue/White

Press Release - 9

Switching positions pays dividends - PittsburghLIVE.com

Switching positions pays dividends - PittsburghLIVE.com

Penn State's Robinson aims to please NFL - PittsburghLIVE.com

Penn State's Robinson aims to please NFL - PittsburghLIVE.com

4/17/2006

WSJ.com Opinion Journal

OpinionJournal - Why Women Should Love Football; Camille Paglia

followed a link to this article on ESDBS - She has some good points - but, to me, she's trying a little too hard. We're always tougher on the chicks.

4/12/2006

Whose Mom doesn't use Clorox II?


Maybe Danny should call her - noooooooooooooooo!

great photo of returning linebackers from GoPSUsports.com

Tamba Hali on cover of Sporting News


GoPSUsports.com - Hali Featured on Cover of The Sporting News