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Scranton Speaks: McGloin MUST Start!!!

Dogs know best.

After the Michigan game, the Matt McGloin buzz grew to a fever pitch.  His 54 touchdown night made Denard Robinson look like Matt Senneca.  Ok, I made that up.  McGloin played really well against a lousy defense and led us to a much needed win.  It was a gutsy performance against a team that has traditionally given us fits. 

Fast forward 1 week and you have McGloin abruptly relieving Rob Bolden despite a 3/4 start, good for 43 yards.  What happened after that was nothing short of “pretty good.”  I’m not going to go into detail because Devon at Nittany Whiteout absolutely nailed it with this excellent piece   

Instead, I’d like to tell you about my experiences in northeastern Pennsylvania the other day...

Being the devoted investigative reporter I am, I decided to venture out into McGloin-land to see what the Scrantonians thought about their local celebrity.  But before I made the 2.5 hour trek, I had to make sure I would be able to get everybody’s attention. 

Enter Michael Scott.  He was my boss while I interned at a Scranton paper company many summers ago.  You might have heard of it.  It’s called Dunder-Mifflin.  Anyone from Scranton can tell you that Michael is known for being extremely outgoing.  That’s why he was the perfect wingman in my quest for McGloin conversation-starters.      

We hit Andy Gavin’s shortly after noon on Sunday.  With the Steelers playing on Monday night and the Eagles, Jets, Giants, and Cowboys all in the day’s late games, I knew I had plenty of time to chat up the patrons about their walk-on-turned-hero.  The conversation was lively.  The enthusiasm over McGloin was palpable.  And the hyperbole was in overdrive. 

Over the course of the afternoon, I had some really interesting exchanges.  Here are some of the highlights.

Discussing of McGloin’s penchant for long passes…

Tony from Duryea:  “I could watch him go deep all night.”

 Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

michael scott


On his ability to work with a poor offensive line…

Tony from Hamlin:  “All he needs is 3 seconds, and it’s all over!”

 Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

 michael scott


Getting off-topic a bit, this bartender raved over McGloin’s hair…

Tony from Moosic:  “It’s risky, but I’d prefer him in there without a helmet.”

 Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

 michael scott


Chatting up an out-of-towner about McGloin’s center exchange…

Doug from New Jersey:  “When he gets his hands in there, you know something good’s gonna happen.”

Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

 michael scott


Obviously, everyone felt McGloin should be the starter…

Tony from Jessup:  “If you go with him, it’s less likely you’ll regret it in the morning.” 

The Scranton Strangler:  “When the big moment comes, he won't choke."

Tony from Olyphant:  “He’s hot.  If you ride him, he’ll take you to the promised land.”

 Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

 michael scott


Before I left, another non-local offered some odd insight on McGloin’s accuracy…

Chaz from New Freedom:  “He kept trying to hit me in the 2.”

Michael Scott:  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!”

 michael scott


So, there you have it.  When it comes to McGloin, Scranton has spoken loud and clear.  Coach Paterno, if you’re listening- you’ve got a void at quarterback.  Matt is the perfect guy to fill that hole. 

At least, that’s what she said.

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  1. Lies! You did NOT find a guy from NJ in Andy Gavins :)

    Next time try Poor Richards, the whole gang from Dunder Mifflin hangs out there, plus you can bowl a few frames.

  2. ok. I have never seen an episode of the office. Is that where this infernal “that’s what she said” comes from? If so, I’m glad I at least know, because it drives me crazy when people say that. It works well with this piece, but dammit people the best jokes are timely and creative.

    • Nay Nay. That phrase is decades older than The Office.

    • J-DUB,Yes, you bring up Clark and Robinson which is why I listed Collins as the pure pokcet passer, and the only time it ever worked, is when PSU used the vanilla’ offense, but had a QB that could make plays with his feet, too. It also worked from time to time with Rashard Casey, just he was much more careless and was surrounded by less talent.

  3. Well done! At first, I was skeptical, but then I let everything go and enjoyed the ride.




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