2/25/2012

Run Baby Run; Penn Staters in the 2012 NFL Combine


The combine starts today with O line and Tight End workouts (okay, special teams guys workout too).


Penn State has 7 players participating this year, which is, easily, the most they’ve sent in quite some time.
Devon Still is, not surprisingly, the player generating the most interest/chatter. But the other Lions are looking forward to making some scouts take notice.
Here are the Penn Staters to look out for:
Johnny Troutman (G) - OL49 - Field Drills begin at 11am 2/25
Jack Crawford (DE) - DL10 - Field Drills begin at 9am 2/27
D’Anton Lynn (CB) - DB33 - Field Drills begin at 9am 2/28
Derek Moye (WR) - WO33 - Field Drills begin at 9am 2/26
Chaz Powell (CB) - DB43 - Field Drills begin at 9am 2/28
Devon Still (DT) -  DL50 - Field Drills begin at 11am 2/27
Nathan Stupar  (OLB) - LB28 Field Drills begin at 11am 2/27

2/24/2012

Winning is Just a Click Away; 2theLion Facebook Contest

Just a quick reminder that we have our "like" contest on the new Facebook page. Entering the contest is easy (just "like" the page) and the prize is pretty great:



The Wonder Years; NFL Combine Participants and the Wonderlic Test

The Wonderlic Test is a standardized testing system that is used in a variety of industries, but, perhaps, most famously at the NFL Combine. Participants are given the test, and their scores are, generally, considered to be a measure of a player's ability to learn, adapt to and understand the systems, plays and schemes used by NFL teams.

A high score is desirable but not necessarily a determinate factor - a low score, however, can serve as a "red flag" to scouts and coaches.

Generally, Centers score the highest on the test, and running backs score the lowest.

How would you score when put under the pressure of 50 questions in 12 minutes? Well, you can find out (either by playing Madden NFL, or) by taking the test on the Wonderlic Website.

Like it, Like it, Love it, but then, Like it; A(nother) Classic CombineNation - 2theLion Facebook Contest!


When the one and only 2theLion hosts a contest - during the NFL Combine - AND offers an extraordinary prize!!!

We'll be posting about the NFL Combine going on this week (workouts begin Saturday) on our new Facebook page - AND... we want people to like us, AND we’re willing to bribe reward them with some fantastic art. So, we’re having a contest - for entertainment purposes (only, of course)!
All you have to do is “like” our Facebook Page between NOW, okay NOW, and February 28th to enter to win THIS:



If you are a Liker of our Facebook page - and are randomly lucky (well, depending on the number of “likes” there might not be that much luck to it), you could be the proud, special, smart and generally pretty, winner of the above Britt Miller print, "Nittany Lion."

Follow Britt on Twitter (@BriMil) and check out her page on Society 6 

WAIT - there are some rules (of course there are),,,

The Rules - as we know them:
Enter the contest by “Liking” our Facebook Page; if you already Like us, you're already entered (overachievers).
Only “Likes” will be counted as contest entries; tweets and visits to our blog are spectacular, but do not count for this particular contest (oooh, there may be more later?)
For purposes of this giveaway, entries will be counted at 11:59pm (EST) on February 28, 2012. “Likes” removed before or registered after such time will not be counted.
If you have multiple personalities (see medical attention, and) feel free to enter for each account; however,  you must have a valid facebook account to enter (we have to find you someway). We will choose one winner at random, using a random number generator. FYI, admins of the page are (gorgeous, but) ineligible to win (wah!).


Decisions regarding eligibility, timing, shipping and WINNING are ours to make and final.

Contest winner will be notified via Facebook direct message/twitter bomb (okay, not that).
Prize will be sent: to US address only (sorry Canada; again); and, as soon as reasonably possible following the close of the contest.

2/14/2012

Happy Valentine's Day from 2theLion!





This is a work in progress using the ArtStudio app on the pod - thought I'd add a little Valentine's Day cheer.

2/07/2012

Everything Old is New Again; All Star Coaching Team 2008

In the spirit of Recycle, Renew, REUSE - here's an oldie but a goodie from February 2008. It was Leap Day and, at the time, we thought everything was topsy turvy... with the benefit of hindsight, we had no #*$(@ idea.


But! it's a fun and nostalgic post - one that I always seem to read with a an old timey News Reel voice with "Victory" playing in the background...


From February 29, 2008...




In honor of the bizarro day when everything is supposed to be reversed and/or devil may care, we present - the College Coaches All Star Football Team:


2008 Media Guide -

Offense:

Quarterback - Not really sure what the recruiters were thinking here- we're easily 20 deep in the Quarterback position - hopefully one or two of them can kick. So, naturally, there is a controversy at starting quarterback - we toyed with the idea of rotating qbs, but that's just too confusing - besides, the guy who was really an advocate of the system, Stevie Spurrier, clammed up after it was announced that he'd be starting.

Backups: oh there are plenty - but Jimmy Tressel is at the top of the heap - although he does insist on wearing a tie under his uniform. Little Ricky Neuheisel has shown a real talent for placing long snaps, so we plan to use him on special teams.

Running backs - We're a little thin on running speed, but we're confident that our fullbacks will pick up the slack. We're also planning to convert a few of those quarterbacks into RBs, as that's where we think they'll be most successful.

At running back we'll start Mack "The Knife" Brown and our starting fullback will be Dan "The Darkness" Hawkins.

As for the offensive line - we're a little Guard heavy, but we're sure that the kids can adjust. Making up the starting line are: Dave WannstedtLeslie MilesRon "Charming" PrinceSly Croom and Phil Fulmer (did you know that Phil hopes to be a journalist one day?) - Ralph Friedgen and Mike Sherman (although he'll also be playing defense!) will rotate in, as needed.

Starting at Tight End we have Al Golden and Gary Pinkel, who will be sharing the position.

Wide receiver - now this is an important position, as you know, and we've found that the better you "know the game" the better you play- so our obvious choices for starting wideouts are, Tommy BowdenSkip Holtz. and flanker, Ty Willingham, will see playing time as well.


Defense:

Defensive LineAlfie GrohButch "Flick" DavisMike Sherman and Doug Martin make up our starting defensive line.

At Linebacker we have Greg SchianoKirk Ferentz and Randy Shannon as starters. When we're running a 3 - 4, we shuffle in Gary Patterson.

And our star position - Defensive Backs. The amount of talent at this position is extraordinary - It seems that every kid on our team was a DB - quick little snots who can't really play offense (well) or play up front - but they have a fire in their bellies that you just can't ignore...

At Cornerback we have:

Joey Paterno, senior, who leads the team in career interceptions, (although, he can be overpowered when up against a tight end) shares the field with Urban "Just Call Me Country" Meyer; the ever passionate Dickie Rodriguez will rotate in.

At safety, we'll play Ronny "Redacted" Zook and Pete "Don't call me" Carrol.

On special teams we are, sadly, lacking. we're still working on building up that team.

While the players have had a few problems with clashing egos we're throughly excited about this team's potential

-- Chas Weis, Speech and Drama (class of '78)

2/05/2012

24 hours; Remembering Joe Paterno, a guest post

Guest Post written by our great and good friend Rob (aka Tailgating Coordinator) sharing and recounting his trip to Penn State January 27th - 28th. Thanks Rob.

24 hours in State College
Jan 27-28, 2012
by Rob Milnes
Written 2-4-2012

Sometimes, it just doesn’t sink in until you’re there. That’s how I felt when my Grandfather passed away almost 10 years ago and that’s how I felt when I heard the news that Joe Paterno had passed away. Both times, I heard the news and did what I needed to do to get “home.” It wasn’t until I got “home” that it really hit me.

It was definitely a tough week. Joseph Vincent Paterno was falsely reported to have past away on Saturday, Jan 21, 2012. That report was false, but it turned out he he didn't have much more time. That night, snow fell in State College, giving Beaver Stadium one last whiteout for Joe. Joe passed away on Sunday morning. I was very sad and cried a lot on Saturday. Both days, I found myself watching sports center by myself just to really believe that it was true. The last time that I had done this was when Joe was fired and it just feels odd to be watching sports center at home.


Monday at work was tough. My co-workers had actually taken bets as to whether I’d come in or be in State College. Unfortunately, I went to work, but I was wearing as much PSU gear as I could. I added an “RIP” to my JoePA shrine at my desk, which remains unchanged since I moved to this new desk.

In the news, tons of glowing statements poured in for Joe. The funeral arrangements were announced. The public viewing was Tuesday and Wednesday. A public memorial was planned for Thursday. Tickets were free, but unfortunately, they were gone within minutes of being offered. As I already had Friday off, I decided to head to State College.

Thursday night, i watched the replay of the memorial service for Joe and cried during several points. As Maddy pointed out later, because of the Sandusky scandal, real people got to speak about Joe rather than just the University Big-wigs. All of the speakers were so good, that I barely noticed that almost 2.5 hours had rolled by.


In a tribute to Joe, the stadium lights were left on until he was buried. The pictures from this were amazing, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to see that in person. A week later, I found this great article about when the Stadium lights go off:
http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/7509367/beaver-stadium-lights-memorializing-penn-state-football-coach-joe-paterno-go-dark

It was a cold, rainy day. There was a bit of snow around Ebensberg. The weather accurately reflected my mood: Cold and grey. I got into State College around 2 PM. Typical for me, my first stop was at the meat lab. For those of you who don’t know, it’s across the street from the statue and only open on Fridays.

I grabbed the dog and headed over to the statue. There was maybe about a dozen people at the statue. Traffic cones were set up to keep people moving. It was so quite and that gave me lots of time to take it all in. The collection of tributes was overwhelming. I was completely choked up as I slowly milled around the statue taking pictures and looking at the everyone’s tributes. There were so many things. The top of the wall was lined with candles and flowers. Posters, beads, shakers and pictures were tied to the walls. The ground was piled with flowers, candles, pictures, t-shirts, notes in plastic bags, hats, helmets, jerseys and so many different things. I counted at least 3 bottles of old granddad. There was a gallon of Peachy Paterno. The statue itself was draped with an American flag, a few PSU scarves and someone’s leather jacket. There was a small path around the back wall, so you could get closer to the statue, but the ground was otherwise covered out past the normal sidewalk.


After about half an hour, I needed to continue my journey. Since I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, I wanted to pay my respects at his grave. It turns out that it was actually pretty difficult to locate until that morning. Out of respect for the family, final plans weren’t announced to avoid a media circus or those westboro nutcases at the cemetery with the family on Wednesday.

This article helped me find it.
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/penn_state/138135628.html 

Seeing the actual flowers from his casket lying on the freshly turned rock and dirt was tough. I sat for a while on a nearby bench, until I could re-gather myself. A few people drove past and it had turned the small dirt road to mud. While the view to Mt. Nittany was nice, it seemed odd that a man who had done so much for so many ends it all here. I hope that get him a nice headstone. I guess those things take time.

Next, I headed downtown. Every place downtown had some type of tribute to Joe. Some were as simple as a picture moved into the front window or a note on the chalkboard at the corner room. There were new posters up near the Saloon and the mural on the side of SBS had been changed. Joe now has a halo. I was surprised to keep seeing the same people over and over again during my journey. It made me feel a little bit better that so many people were so moved by just this one man.

I did stop for a few pig photos with the dog. I’m sure that he hated it, but it’s very rare for me to have him downtown. It’s just hard to get him there when I’m in town. I also stopped by Citizen’s Bank, mainly to see if they had any extra bowl game buttons. I was lucky enough to find one at the game, but not today. I was, however, surprised to find the 2 discontinued buttons (tosu and wisconsin) from the season. Now my collection for 2011 is complete.

I caught up with Jeremy and Heather. We got some dinner then headed downtown. It was nice. The next morning was a bit of a slow start, but I had brunch at my favorite breakfast place: the Green bowl. Carter, Lauren, Tiffany, Steve and Kevin joined me for a very long brunch. We talked about their experiences with the viewing and what I had seen yesterday.


Before leaving, I decided to go visit the statue once more. Being Saturday, many more people had come to pay their respects. There was probably about 100 people there, but it was still equally quiet as yesterday. It was little nicer out today, so I took a walk around the stadium.

I was about to leave town, when I remembered that I could stop at the Creamery. For essentially a random Saturday, the line for ice cream was out the door. Joe would have appreciated that he could make any Saturday, even this cold one in January, feel just a little bit like game day. After making a few purchases including some peachy Paterno to take home, it was 2 PM. My 24 hours in State College was over, but it was an experience that I needed have and will stay with me for a long time. This one man, who I never met face to face, had such an impact on all of the Penn State family was truly amazing.

I miss you, Joe.
-Rob

Joe Paterno: 1926 - 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CZNtS4tYazo