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Fans organize black shoe tribute for Joe Paterno

Some fans will wear black shoes this weekend to honorformer head coach Joe Paterno. The tributes for Joe Paterno continue to be developed, whether officially or unofficially. This weekend's spring game will be the first game played inside Beaver Stadium since the passing of Joe Paterno, and some fans will be taking the opportunity to pay their respects one more time for the...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Blue White Game watching parties in Chicago and California

On Saturday thousands of Penn State fans will make the spring pilgrimage to Beaver Stadium for the annual Blue White Game. For some this is a chance to soak in the Beaver Stadium experience, even if it is massively scaled down from this. For those unable or unwilling to make the trip they will be able to get their Blue White Game fix by watching on television. This year's Blue...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Bleacher Report: Will Paul Jones take advantage of Blue White Game?

He stepped on to the field at Beaver Stadium for the first time two years ago, and he seized the opportunity as best he could. On Saturday, Paul Jones will once again look to be the best quarterback on the field. Penn State's annual Blue White Game takes place Saturday afternoon, and if Jones can come away having the most productive afternoon under center,a s he did in 2010...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State's 2012 football poster is everything you expect from Penn State

Which is to say it is as plain as the uniforms and helmets the team wears. So, what do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down? You can grab a free poster this weekend at the Blue White Game and festivities. HT: @PSUSTRETCH
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Five players to watch at the Blue-White Game

 Penn State is in the midst of seismic transitions as the Bill O’Brien Era supplants the half-century long Joe Paterno Era. The changes that O’Brien’s trying to implement on offense (and the ones that new DC Ted Roof is bringing to the defensive front) should make Saturday’s spring scrimmage a fascinating watch for Nittany Lions fans. The quarterback battle is always first...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The Runner's High Podcast for April 17

It took a lot of effort to jam this week's show into 68 minutes, but we did it!   The show starts off with some Penn State track talk (0:00-9:04) and moves on to hit the big track results of the weekend as well (9:05-13:32)! After a brief mention of the Rotterdam Marathon, the guys tackle the Boston Marathon recap (14:46-29:34)! In that segment we discuss all aspects of the...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: Tax Day Time-out

This week won’t feature a new game but will give you a chance to go back and read any stories you might have missed. If you want the best stories of the ‘70s or ‘80s, click here. If you want to remember the greatest games from the ‘90s, keep reading. The nineties started out strong with Tony Sacca at the helm. Sacca led PSU to a major upset of Notre Dame in South Bend in...
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April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Athlon Sports asks who will challenge Wisconsin in Leaders Division?

I was asked to participate in a round table discussion of sorts with the folks over at Athlon Sports. They are asking questions about who will be the biggest threat to the supposed favorites in each conference or division this fall. Yesterday the topic was the Big Ten Leaders Division, where Wisconsin looks to be the clear favorite, especially considering the fact that Ohio State...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 1990 Penn State at Notre Dame

To be the best you have to beat the best. This maxim has been plenty true for Penn State football. Their first national championship squad in 1982 beat No. 1 Georgia. Their second beat No. 1 Miami. Paterno’s teams had faced eight No. 1 teams when they traveled to South Bend, Indiana, in 1990. Victorious just three times in such matchups, Penn State had recently been victimized...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 1999 Penn State at Miami

Much has been made of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. An eerily high amount of misfortune has come to spotlighted athletes and teams in the iconic magazine, so when Penn State found themselves showcased as the No. 1 team on the college football preview cover (through superstar linebacker Lavar Arrington’s ferocious scowl), fans didn’t know whether to be excited or afraid....
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April 11, 2012  |  Discuss
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Houston Cougars unveil new logo

The Houston Cougars are changing things up and have picked a new logo, one that strongly resembles an animated cartoon.

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April 10, 2012  |  1 Comment

The Runner's High Podcast for April 10: Featuring Brian Sell!

We've been hinting at a special guest on our show all week. If you haven't figured it out yet, our special guest this week is 2008 Olympian Brian Sell! Nick and Ryan start off with some weekend results and news (0:00-33:25) and move on to introduce a new segment to the show (33:26-34:13). Our special guest Brian Sell (34:14-45:18) will be helping out with the new segment...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Five ways to enhance the Beaver Stadium experience

A new era for Penn State football fans has dawned. If the introduction of STEP didn't make that clear, the changes to the program since this past November certainly have. One of those changes, the removal of Guido D'Elia as conductor of "The Greatest Show in College Football," will certainly impact the fan experience at Beaver Stadium beginning this fall. With...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Haterz of the NCAA Football 6-team playoff

I received a lot of criticism of my 6-team playoff proposal from last week. What are the "haterz" arguing? 1) The NCAA would never add an extra round and 2) not all conference champs are created equal. First, I understand the resistance to an extra round. Theoretically, one school could play 16 games in a season, a drastic increase over the current 14-game season. However...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den is first exclusive Penn State site on Alltop

No 2-Minute Warning Network syndicates three websites on Alltop Over the course of the past week the No 2-Minute Warning Network has been fortunate enough to have all three current member sites be picked up for inclusion on Alltop, a website that imports stories from top websites and blogs on a variety of topics. Alltop shares headlines from a collection of websites, highlighting...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

A 6 (yes 6!) team playoff proposal

NCAA football playoff proposals are like noses. Everybody’s got one. But with an actual honest-to-goodness 4-team playoff starting to take form (check out CBSSports’s Brett McMurphy’s article fleshed out last week), some serious problems have also emerged. First of all, if conference champs are given automatic bids, which conferences’ champs qualify? AQ status is disappearing...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking: Penn State receiver Devon Smith has broken foot

Penn State wide receiver Devon Smith, he who once broke Joe Paterno's bones, had karma come back to bite him it seems. Our Karisa Maxwell reports (via Twitter) that Smith confirmed he broke his foot at practice on Tuesday. Once more information becomes available we will follow up as needed. Follow Nittany Lion's Den on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 1997 Ohio State vs. Penn State

The Big Two and the Little Eight—this was the Big Ten’s reputation historically. Ohio State and Michigan so dominated league championships and their rivalry so trumped other rivalries in the league that the other eight teams were often afterthoughts. Until Penn State joined the league. While Penn State would never have the long-lasting rivalries with either of the Big Two,...
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April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

The Runner's High Podcast for April 3

Big show this week! Nick and Ryan talk about results from this past weekend in track (0:00-19:12). We move on to hit on some of the biggest running news stories of the week (19:12-32:18), including the unexpected death of ultra-running legend Micah True. This week marks the second week of our "Running Tweets of the Week" segment (32:19-41:17) featuring tweets from Millersville...
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April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Around the Big Ten: Nebraska to wear alternate uniform in 2012

Penn State's crossover rival in Big Ten play, Nebraska, is a program that prides itself on history and tradition in many similar ways to the Nittany Lions. This is why you might be slightly surprised to learn that the Huskers will wear an alternate uniform for one game in 2012. From AP sports writer Eric Olson, via The Republic in Indiana. Nebraska plans to wear an alternate...
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April 02, 2012  |  Discuss

PSU Spring Football: Looking for stability, identity at key positions

Offensive line is one of the top priorities this spring. Photo: Kevin McGuire, via Flickr. With spring practice in full bloom in State College, the heat is on for some key positions in 2012. Head coach Bill O'Brien is giving everyone on the roster a clean slate to work with, and he has said he will not be taking into account anything done on film before he arrived as...
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April 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Jay Paterno re-hired as quarterbacks coach

News broke yesterday that Charlie Fisher has left his post as quarterbacks coach at Penn State. “It was career suicide,” he stated. “Seriously, you have one guy who could not hit water if he jumped off a boat, another guy who can’t read books – yet alone defenses – and the last guy audibles every play to be a fade pass to Moo Moo. Now how in the Hell am I supposed to...
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April 01, 2012  |  Discuss

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March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

The Playoff is Almost Here

Like rooting for your favorite shelled amphibian in a turtle race, college football fans are patiently watching the NCAA crawl towards a monumental change to college football’s post-season. Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com wrote a detailed story fleshing out where the playoff seems to be headed, basing his conclusions on a survey of conference commissioners. Using McMurphy’s...
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March 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Check out our new Nittany Lions Den Facebook cover

Today is the day Facebook pages will all be turning over to the new timeline format, like it or not. With the new timeline being implemented, we had to come up with some cover art for our Facebook page. Let us know what you think. Follow Nittany Lion's Den on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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March 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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