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Here is a photo of Vinny Testaverde wearing a Penn State sweatshirt

Today is former Miami Hurricanes and long-time NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde's birthday. To celebrate, we dug up this photo from the Sports Illustrated archives, which for some reason shows Testaverde wearing a Penn State sweatshirt New York's LaGuardia Airport with girlfriend Jacqui Alleque.   I think we can all agree, this may be his defining moment, right? ...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

The ABC's of a blown call

  You all saw it – dozens of times by now. Penn State tight end Matt Lehman stretched the ball with two hands on it to the goal line trying to score the go-ahead touchdown. The ball got knocked loose. The officials ruled the ball came out before it crossed the goal line. Fumble. Touchback. Nebraska ball and Nebraska maintained the lead. Only it wasn’t a fumble. It was...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Victory We Predict For Thee: Staff predictions for Penn State vs. Nebraska

The staff here at Nittany Lions Den has a bit of a mixed opinion on this week's game, with Penn State looking to continue their road dominance in Big Ten play at Nebraska.Can Penn State improve to 4-0 on the road in Big Ten games before returning home to wrap up the 2012 season at home, keeping their Leaders Division championship scenarios in play? Or will Nebraska prove to be too...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

It's increasingly evident that PSU will remain relevant

  Penn State-Nebraska. Two big names in college football history squaring off against each other with conference title hopes on the line. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. This is another chance for members of this football team to play in a great atmosphere. Another chance for them to play on a national stage. Another chance to showcase Bill O’Brien’s team to recruits...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue White Roundtable is getting your popcorn ready

Penn State travels to Nebraska this weekend in what could be a very entertaining game. Penn State has played well on the road in conference play with dominating wins at Iowa, Illinois and Purdue but Nebraska will clearly be the stiffest test faced on the road this season. It is time to reflect on the state of the football program with this week's edition of the Blue White Roundtable...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: What sanctions?

  Maybe I should be writing this week’s column for Purdue. In a sanctioned-crippled division, Purdue was the popular pick for dark horse to play in Indianapolis. Danny Hope’s fourth year was supposed to be the beginning of the program’s renaissance; instead, it might be Hope’s last. Penn State continued to dominate the lower half of the Big Ten conference last week, yet...
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November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State continues to beat the odds

Matt McGloin threw for 321 yards, Zach Zwinak added another 134 on the ground and the Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Purdue Boilermakers 34-9 on Saturday. It was great to see the Nittany Lions answer numerous questions after a loss to bitter rival Ohio State, but the most important part of Saturday wasn’t beating Purdue. It was beating the odds. When the 2012 campaign...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Fact Checking Ron Johnson's Twitter thoughts on Silas Redd, Penn State

Former Minnesota wide receiver Ron Johnson got in to an unexpected Twitter feud this weekend with Penn State fans, students and even former players. Johnson sparked a storm on the social network following a comment about Silas Redd, the junior running back who took advantage of a free transfer under the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Add 2012 to the list

  2012 If it has been mentioned before, I haven’t heard it but I endorse it. If it hasn’t been suggested yet, let me be the first to do so. You know all those years that adorn the front of the luxury suites on the east side of Beaver Stadium? 1894, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1920… Those years are there to commemorate great teams – teams that have had significant accomplishments...
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November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State looks for rebound at Purdue

After a bitter loss to Big Ten rival Ohio State on Saturday night, the Nittany Lions now must turn their attention to Purdue. The Boilermakers have lost 4 in a row and the rumors circulating about head coach Danny Hope losing his job may be coming to fruition. Purdue is coming off a 44-28 loss against the Minnesota Gophers and are in dire need of a victory. Head coach Danny...
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November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Victory We Predict For Thee: Staff predictions for Penn State vs. Purdue

It has been a crazy week with the recent storm working through the region, so apologies for some lapses in coverage this week. But fear not, we have assembled our weekly staff picks to give you a sense on where we stand on this weekend's game, which sees Penn State traveling to Purdue for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Penn State looks to rebound this weekend on the road against a Purdue...
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November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: Mere Mortals

  I don’t know about you, but I felt like I needed some midweek serenity on Saturday night, immediately after this loss. Perspective has come though. If not from the devastating hurricane and its aftermath, then from a few days of distance from a frustrating and emotional loss. Here are the three final thoughts I have on last weekend.   --An old football coach once said...
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November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Photo Album: Penn State vs. Ohio State

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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

The BCS Beauty Pageant

  The BCS Beauty Pageant   As we round the corner into November, college football enthusiasts begin taking a serious look at the national championship picture. The ugly are weeded out, and no more than a dozen or so can seriously dream up a scenario where they could land themselves in the final game.   Winning games on the field is obviously Job One for every...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

White house help Lions land RB recruit

  With strong family ties to Penn State, the Nittany Lions were always one of Richie Anderson’s favorites. If there were any doubts, though, Saturday night’s white house atmosphere sealed the deal. The Frederick, Md. native told Penn State coaches Sunday that he will be attending the school and enrolling in January. Anderson’s father, also Richie, was a standout running...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Tough loss on the field but a great win off it

  Perspective. For anyone that knows me this will sound hypocritical, but I think it needs to be asked for after Saturday’s Penn State loss to Ohio State. I know, I know. You probably don’t want hear it. I’m not normally big on perspective either. I didn’t even think about making one preparation for this little rain event until after Saturday’s game as that was where...
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October 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Victory We Predict For Thee: Staff predictions for Penn State vs. Ohio State

Saturday's game is a biggie, and the hype surrounding it has been somewhat refreshing to see. Considering what Penn State has gone through over the last calendar year, this weekend will serve as an opportunity to show just how far everyone has come. There is no postseason future on the line with this game, but a division championship is still something to take pride in. The winner...
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October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue White Roundtable is ready to crack some nuts

  The Blue White Roundtable has been waiting for this week's game, just as much as you have. Penn State hosts Ohio State this weekend in a game that could very well determine the outcome of the Big Ten Leaders Division. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are each undefeated in Big Ten play and control their own respective fates in the division race, with the winner sitting in...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Dear Students, a note for Saturday's game

F*ck Ohio! (Clap, clap, clap clap clap) F*ck Ohio! This was the inexcusable chant booming out of the Penn State student section on November 7, 2009 – the last time the Ohio State Buckeyes played in Beaver Stadium. This Saturday the Buckeyes come back to Happy Valley and, after some extended tailgating hours, I am sure my fellow Penn State students will be ready to make their...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

A note to alumni visiting this Saturday

  Two plays after a terrible questionable pass interference call against the Nittany Lions when we played Northwestern earlier this season, a Penn State player in the secondary went down with an injury (it ended up only being a stinger), which allowed Bill O’Brien to bypass a rule that keeps coaches on the sideline during the game. O’Brien walked onto the field to tend to his...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NLD Football Podcast - The Ohio State Preview

This is it. The game most Penn State fans wait all season for. Ohio State. The Buckeyes head to State College this weekend yet to suffer a defeat, and Penn State will return hom having won five straight games. To help us get a closer look at this week's opponent we welcome Kyle Rowland, beat reporter for the top Ohio State blog, Eleven Warriors. Some of the topics covered...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

O'Brien was right: this week is way better than a bowl

This is the week that Bill O’Brien has been talking about for 10 months. How many times since O’Brien took the job have we heard him say that home games at Penn State are bigger than bowl games? There are 1,500 students sleeping out – for FIVE DAYS – to get the best seats in the student section for Saturday night’s showdown with undefeated Ohio State. Were you more excited...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Midweek Serenity: The Praise of Our Enemies

It's hard not to be gushing about our Nittany Lions after Saturday's boot stomping of Iowa. But of all the things that can be said by us...it's far sweeter to let the Iowa fans do the talking. Granted, this is just Iowa, and as a program, we don't want to set our expectations on a team that historically has had average-to-good results. We want to be shooting for a great-to-elite...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill O'Brien, Ohio State and his tight ends

After a convincing 38-14 win over the rival Iowa Hawkeyes, the Penn State Nittany Lions now turn their attention to what some are calling the unofficial Big Ten title game. That's right folks, we are talking Penn State vs Ohio State. Urban Meyer has led the No. 9 Buckeyes to an undefeated start, setting the stage for a showdown between the two hottest, bowl ineligible, Big Ten...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

PSU dismantles Iowa; unofficial B1G title game next

  So much for the house of horrors. Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium has not treated Penn State well over the years. The Nittany Lions hadn’t won there since 1999 but you wouldn’t have been able tell that from the way they owned the place Saturday night. Penn State dismantled Iowa in every phase of the game through three quarters. Iowa tacked on two touchdowns to make the score...
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October 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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