"You drink that with what!?!"

Oh the Gin Bucket!

We were introduced to this delicious treat back when Syracuse came to Happy Valley to play. Of course theirs was a stain producing orange. Our version is much friendlier to your white PSU gear.

To make the Gin Bucket first thing first - find a bucket. Any bucket will do but I prefer one specifically for is purpose. A bottle of gin of your choosing, a two liter bottle of lemon lime pop (yes, pop. I don't drink soda) and some fresh citrus fruit. Mix together to your desired taste and cut fruit to garnish. We tend to Go Big and mix the full bottle of each.

Best when served with a turkey baster, however other drinking methods are ok for those of you who didn't declare Mixology as your second major.

I thought about adding some blue kool-aid to freshen it up in our of our new coach. However, just like Coach BOB and the current Penn State roster, there is nothing wrong with the current ingredients, it's how you use the gin bucket that will determine if you are going to the National Championship or not.


2theLion Blue White Contest; We got Spirit(s)!

Do what Bill O'Brien, couldn't ...

WIN THE SUEPA BOWL! (more on that below)

All you have to do is come up with our favorite new big drink recipe!

A little background: Every year, we host 2 to 3 (or 5) large group (50+) tailgates. To minimize prep-time and maximize efficiency, we have developed a series of "big drink" recipes to serve in the parking lots.

In preparation for the Blue White game this year, and when discussing what might be an interesting new big drink recipe, Tailgate Maven suggested - Let's have a contest!

And, as I always has to have a theme, I added - inspired by Coach O'Brien.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien
So we're asking you to send us your ideas and/or recipes for a mass-quanity beverage, with a New England, irish, butt chin, or George O'Leary twist!

And now, some guidelines:

- Drink recipes should be your own creation; we're looking for something yummy, but original too.
- Recipes don't have to include spirits, but...
- We don't need exact quantities, but portions need to be expandable to 5 gallons - so I'm thinking no to the gin martini.

We will review (and possibly re-review) the submissions and pick our favorites. The top 3 or so will be featured at our Blue White Tailgate (April 21st) where we will treat our guests to a taste test.

The Winner will be chosen based on popularity at the tailgate and our own super subjective whims.

First (well, the only) Prize will receive a treasure that most only dream of... The SuePa Bowl!!!!

AND, of course there are some rules:

- Recipe entries must be posted in comments below or on 2theLion's Facebook wall by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 13th (aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!)!
- For this contest, because it's probably going to involve adult beverages, please only enter if you are 21 or older.
- You will only win our respect for your skill for brevity if you post your recipe on Twitter; As a result, Twitter and/or email entries will not count for purposes of this contest.
- To participate via Facebook, post your recipe on our 2theLion page.
- To participate via the blog, post your recipe in the comments.
- You may enter as many times as you like.
- Offensive comments will be deleted and will not be considered as entries in this contest.
- We have to be able to contact you if you win, so either post on Facebook, register with Blogger, or email your contact info to PSUgirl at 2thelion dot com.
- By posting a recipe, you agree that we may reproduce any or all of the recipe; additionally, you agree that we may post (and re-post) any part or all of your submission, including your name/username as a part of the contest announcement and/or promotions (this does not include any personal information such as addresses, emails and/or personal links).
- Prizes (there's only one) will only be shipped within the US (please don't riot Canada); and may differ from provided image(s) - y'all like dixie cups, right? - due to availability and manufacturer controls.
- Decisions regarding eligibility, timing, shipping and WINNING are ours to make and are final.


Just Keep Winning: PENN STATE 2012 NCAA Wrestling Champions!!

PSU sent 5 wrestlers to the finals and left St. Louis with 3 individual National Championship titles AND the team National Championship.

PSU clinched the title before the first bout with Dylan Alton's 3rd place finish in the consolation rounds, but that didn't quell the excitement as the Lions took center stage in the final session.

Nico Megaludis (F-125), seeded 10th in the tournament, was narrowly defeated (1-4) by #1 seed, Matt McDonough of Iowa.

Undefeated Frank (the Tank) Molinaro (Sr - 149) captured his first National Champion title by edging past Dylan Ness (minne) with the same 4-1 score.

David Taylor (So-165), all B1G everything wrestler for 2012, continued his tournament dominance with a 22-7 technical fall victory over Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh, finishing his sophomore year undefeated and with still only 1 loss in his college career.

Also undefeated in 2011-12, Ed Ruth (So-174) won PSU's 3rd individual title of the night with a 13-2 major decision over the #3 seeded Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford.

Defending NCAA Champion, Quention Wright (J-184) was matched against Cornell wrestler, and fellow Centre Countian, Steve Bosak; the match was deadlocked 2-2 until an overtime scramble resulted in a Bosak takedown.

Penn State finished the Tournament with 143.5 points and a 26 point margin of victory.

David Taylor continued his year of "all everything" capturing the awards for 2012 NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler of the Season and 2012 Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler. He also won the Gorriaran Award for the most pins in the least amount of time.

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Big Ten Wrestling Champions; We Could Get Used to This.

The Penn State Wrestlers won their 2nd consecutive Big Ten Wrestling title on Sunday, with 3 PSU wrestlers winning individual titles.

All 10 wrestlers made it to round 2 on Saturday morning, and 8 wrestlers advanced to the semi-finals. Session 2 was not as successful; only 3 PSU wrestlers made it through to finals and PSU was 3rd in bonus points at the end of the day on Saturday.

Sunday was a different story - PSU won all 10 of their last 10 matches, scoring vital points in the consolation rounds - and all three Nittany Lion finalists won their bouts - in grand fashion:

At 149lbs, Frank Molinaro dominated his Minnesota opponent, Dylan Ness, winning a tech fall; Molinaro was later named Co-Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, having not lost a point during the weekend.

David Taylor won a major decision over Iowa's Mike Evans at 165lbs and Ed Ruth (174lbs) also got a major decision against Minnesota's Logan Storley.

Molinaro, Taylor and Ruth not only won individual titles, but they each finished the season undefeated.

Qualifying through the B1G's automatic NCAA tournament bids Penn State has 9 wrestlers qualifying for the NCAA tournament in Saint Louis... and there is a possibility of a 10th Lion (Bryan Pearsall - 141lbs - finished 7th) receiving a "wild card" bid - and while there hasn't yet been an official announcement (March 7th at 6pm) - according to the Twitterverse, Pearsall should pack his bags!

Another inspiring and exciting year of wrestling - all leading toward the championships... Let's go Lions!!!

As always - check out GoPSUsports.com for more info on wrestling and all PSU sports.

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