After a one-week hiatus, fellow PSU blogger Nittany White Out has stepped up to provide questions for a Big Ten Blogger Roundtable this week
1. We’re approaching week 9 now, are you pleasantly surprised or already waiting for basketball season?
While I am one of the 50 PSU hoops fans on the planet (currently working on my annual basketball preview which should be up in the next couple of weeks), basketball season is an afterthought, thanks to our unprecedented undefeated record which will hopefully remain intact after a visit to Columbus this weekend.
So, to answer your question: “Pleasantly surprised” is the understatement of the year. Before the season began, I had practically nixed Wisconsin and Ohio State as “sure-fire losses” and figured we would blow another Big Ten game on the road like we usually do because nobody in their rights minds would’ve thought Wisconsin would end up being one of the most overrated teams in Big Ten football history and still be searching for a conference win in the last week of October, let alone us being favored against Ohio State in Columbus.
2. Describe one specific play from this season you would alter for a different outcome if you had the chance to.
Easy to answer after this past weekend: Sam McGuffie’s fumbled kickoff return right after we scored our first points of the game to cut the deficit to 10-7 would be recovered by us instead of McGuffie falling back on his own fumble. Had that been the case, we would’ve taken advantage of the short field/momentum and scored the go-ahead TD in the first quarter, Michigan would’ve began to wilt even earlier than they did, and we likely would’ve sported a double-digit halftime lead which we would’ve continued to expand upon in the second half.
3. How could it (#2) possibly impact the way your season is going?
To be honest, I think it was somewhat of a blessing that Michigan went up on us early and even led at the half. JoePa had been telling the media all season long that we have yet to face “adversity.” Well, we certainly got a good dose of adversity last Saturday and the fact that we fought back from all the numerous miscues/bad luck that plagued us says a lot about the type of guys we have wearing the Blue and White (see: Motha effin’ soldiers).
So basically, my alteration of the McGuffie kickoff fumble would’ve left PSU less tested than would they have been this season..not necessarily a good thing considering what we face in Columbus this upcoming weekend.
4. Big Ten player you just can’t stand, why?
The douchebag from Michigan who shoved Derrick Williams to the ground long after a punt had been whistled dead, though I should thank the douche because his costly penalty allowed Daryll Clark and Company to start their drive near midfield which ended up in us scoring a TD right before halftime to cut the Michigan lead down to 3.
5. Boo’ing your own team (we’ve seen quite a lot of this across the Big Ten this season), your feelings on this.
It’s only warranted if your team is just playing with a flat-out uninspired, “I don’t give a crap” type of attitude combined with lousy playcalling (NOTE: these two usually go hand-in-hand) and you end up losing by 40 or more points, or give up 60+ points…Especially if it’s a home game.
1. Number of beers or alcoholic drinks consumed by week 8 (or a good estimate)
I honestly lost count after the first few morning brewskies…Safe estimate would be around 10
2. Most annoying commercial seen this season
I wish somebody would have uploaded it to YouTube so I could paste it here and annoy the living hell out of you, but it’s a local commercial for an online Penn State clothing shop and the only lyrics are “Putyourputyourputyour hands in the air, put your hands in the air, say PENN STATE!” which get repeated at least 10 times (by which after 5 times, you’re ready to put a hole through your television).
I dunno who the hell comes up with such jingles, let alone thinks they’re actually going to make somebody want to use their product…
3. Your prediction for the next coaching change in the Big Ten (Joe Tiller exempt)
I want to say JoePa, but everytime the collective bunch predicts his retirement, he comes back. Therefore, I’m going to go with Bill Lynch at Indiana. Undoubtedly he’s a great guy and the players seem to like him, but he appears to be in over his head because of IU’s rapid decline as that 2007 bowl-bound season seems like it happened a decade ago.
IU really seems to be losing the momentum that Terry Hoeppner built up for the program before his untimely death last year and if things continue to go south next season, there will likely be a coaching change in Bloomington for 2010.