July 12, 2010

Linkbacker-U is Lifting you back to Life after Artsfest

Welcome back. Hope everyone enjoyed their "art viewing" this weekend, and make sure to grab a water on your way to work. Plenty of PSU sports to talk about today, and where else than the good ole' gridiron.

Record Breaking Lift For Life

BREAKING NEWS: Enjoying the art and quenching your thirst, weren't the only things to do in State College this weekend. PSU football players participated in the annual lift for life, and broeke their previous record by raising $98,000. Surprise surprise, the winning team? None other than Jack Crawford's. The dude is a beast.

And the Starting Quarterback Is.............

NO ONE! Yet atleast...and calling whoever is going to be taking snaps for the Lions a "quarterback" may be too kind. But Lift for Life gave the media a chance to actually see players on the field on a day other than Saturday, which is as rare as seeing Santa Clause in Happy Valley. So Associated Press reporter Genaro Armas maybe snuck a question or two in about things other than the benefits of Lift for Life, and found out that the starting quarterback situation is still unsettled.

The Situation, Snookie, and Joe Pa?

We've discussed many times about Joe Pa's health this off season, but now it seems he's getting back to his old self. While his players were participating in Lift for Life on Friday, Joe was in the Garden State, hopefully not recruiting Greg Schiano to Happy Valley, perhaps making a cameo on the Jersey Shore, but definitely enjoying a family vacation at the beach.

Can't Gen Enough of Joe Pa

We looked ahead not too long ago at the future after Joe Pa, if this "after" actually exists. But when Mike Poorman comments on the topic, you pay attention. And he talked at length about many different scenarios of what could happen after Paterno, but had an interesting say on who his replacement could be if it is NOT Tom Bradley.

"Bradley may be the clubhouse favorite, but there are some intriguing candidates out there. (I'm not talking about Greg Schiano or Al Golden; scratch them both from the race. Now.)Instead, think about Mike Munchak, in his 14th season as an NFL assistant coach and currently the offensive line coach of the Tennessee Titans (hmmm, offensive line; gotta like that).Munchak is a native of Scranton, Pa., a first-round draft pick as a Penn State offensive guard, a nine-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's from the Penn State family, but has made his mark in the real world of the NFL. And he's 50 years old — mature enough to run the show, young enough to exude youth and energy, and just the right age for a steadying 10- or 12-year run as head coach."

Count me in for someone not named Greg Schiano, but I guess time will tell.

PSU Getting Some TV face time

Wins may be few and far between for many a sport this coming season for the Nittany Lions, but even without Megan Hodge, women's volleyball is sure to be nearly as dominant as ever. And now the rest of the Big Ten fans get to see how great they really are. GoPSUSports.com tells us that 11 Nittany Lions games across the sports spectrum will appear on the Big Ten Network, with women's volleyball appearing five times and football appearing at least twice.

Got a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of the football team on BTN, rather than national television, the way it's looking now.

The Death of a Legend

"Now batting, number two, Derek Jeter, number two" I've been privileged to listen to his voice, "The Voice of God" my entire life, as long as I've been a Yankee fan. And yestserday, the greatest public address announcer there ever was, Bob Sheppard, passed away at the age of 99. His debut as the Yankee public address announcer? The same day that another member of the Yankee family donned the pinstripes for the first time, Mickey Mantle. You may have heard of him. Bob Sheppard is a legend, and may he rest in peace.


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