JoePa's Doghouse
8Nov/122

Blue-White Roundtable: Bugeater Edition

After 10 weeks, we’ve finally added some new peeps to the fold. Let’s welcome Victory Bell Rings to the Roundtable!

Like anyone who is late to the party, I assume they made up for their tardiness by bringing the beer. So, I’ll wait patiently by my mailbox for that Christmas variety pack…

Someone who we never have to wait on, Adam from Black Shoe Diaries has some more questions this week. Be sure to head on over to BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these peeps are saying:

Victory Bell Rings
Nittany Lions Den
Black Shoe Diaries
The 50-Yard Lion

Follow the jump to read us doggs’ thoughts…

10Oct/120

Blue-White Roundtable: What Do We Do Now?

A week without football means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To Penn State fans, it’s a bye week. To Anna Paquin, it’s a bi week. To Lane Kiffin, it’s a buy week.

Nevertheless, the show must go on.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Adam from Black Shoe Diaries has given us some work to do in the off week. Be sure to head on over to BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these folks are saying:

Nittany Lions Den
Black Shoe Diaries
The 50-Yard Lion

Follow the jump to read us doggs’ thoughts…

4Oct/120

Joke Week: Northwestern

Harold and the Purple Crayon

How "Northwestern" was born

After an easy week of Illinois humor, Northwestern proved surprisingly tough to make jokes about. This week, I called in for reinforcements. J. Schnauzer stepped up to the plate with 3 doozies.

Don't worry. We'll use the bye week to come back stronger than ever with some Iowa yuks.

Anybody hear any good Northwestern jokes lately....

17Nov/110

Blue-White Roundtable: Still Hatin’ Ohio

Ugh. All this drama has sapped the life out of me.

F Ohio $tate!

Someone who is always full of energy, Adam from Black Shoe Diaries barked out the questions yet again. So be sure to hit up BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these guys are saying:

William World News
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

Follow the jump to see if we’re dogging it…

2Nov/110

Blue-White Roundtable: L$U-Bama, OMG!!!

What? It's a bye week for pins too!

While Penn State is on their bye week, the world stops to witness the greatest “Game of the Century” yet. On Saturday night, the Yankees and the Red Sox square off in a winner-take-all fight to the death. Or maybe it’s a boxing match between Muhammad Ali in his prime and Mike Tyson in his prime. Or Katy Perry vs Zooey Deschanel in a look-alike contest?

Nah, it’s just an overhyped match-up of two professional football universities from the south.

Someone who’s never overhyped, Adam from Black Shoe Diaries threw some questions at us during our off week. How dare he! Be sure to hit up BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these anti-$EC blokes are saying:

William World News
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

Follow the jump for some barking…

28Oct/110

PSU-Illinois Drinking Game

lost weekend

Let’s make Homecoming 2010 a blur

This Saturday promises to be a cold one. So, what better way to combat the low temperatures than with a cold one of your own?!

Here’s a toast to those braving the weather this weekend. And to those watching at home, all warm and cozy, just remember: you’re missing an historical milestone!

As these or other pre-determined drinks occur, tweet ‘em and hashtag #DrinkTheJayAway

21Oct/110

PSU-Northwestern Drinking Game

lost weekend

This oughtta put out Chicago’s fire!

You don’t just walk into Ryan Field and come out of there with a win. You also come out of there feeling better because you just beat up some smart kids.

Likewise, you don’t just walk into the doghouse empty-handed. So grab a warm Iron City. Or your favorite 40 and play along!

As these or other pre-determined drinks occur, tweet ‘em and hashtag #DrinkTheJayAway

12Oct/115

Blue-White Roundtable: The Dogs Come Home

Ahhh, Homecoming. A time to reflect on the memories of Dear Old State. A time to visit with fellow alumni. A time to take in the parade and the fall colors. And a time to beat up on another Indiana patsy while getting your Oktoberfest on!!!!

As always, Adam from Black Shoe Diaries threw down the gauntlet. So be sure to hit up BSD later this week for a “greatest hits” of sorts. In the meantime, check out what these parade floats are saying:

William World News
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

Follow the jump for some Homecoming cheer…

26Aug/110

2011 PSU Preview: Who’s Your QB?

joe paterno

Maybe the Sorting Hat can pick a quarterback…

Today’s question comes courtesy of Mike Carroll via Facebook. And he doesn’t mess around either. Thanks for the question, Mike!

Question for the Dogs: your QB choice, and how do you think it'll pan out (either with or without your choice at the helm).

11Jul/1110

Don’t Show Your Cards

Taking a quick break from the season review series to express some thoughts on the quarterback situation at Penn State. Most previews have come to the conclusion that the uncertainty at quarterback is the critical weakness that will hold back the Nittany Lions. I did a little archive search on the internet and found the following season preview write-ups leading into the 2005 season:

From nationalchamps.net

The status of senior Michael Robinson is nebulous at best. Robinson, a slash-type athlete, told Penn State's student newspaper in late January that he's preparing to take over at QB. Meanwhile, five-star sophomore Anthony Morelli told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he intends to start this fall. Joe Paterno's program guards information tightly, so regardless of what we see this spring, expect the unexpected here. Paterno is all about rewarding dedicated seniors, but he could easily play the raw-but-capable Morelli over Robinson, a part-time starter the past two seasons who has yet to show an accurate arm or good decision making. But if the old man was seriously considering Morelli, then why didn't he redshirt him last fall? On a team that lacks playmakers at the skill positions, it seems illogical to start Robinson over Morelli, their future regardless of RSing. Expect Robinson at WR or even safety, and Morelli taking over at the helm. Considering that this team was dead last in the Big Ten in almost every major offensive category, it's time for a fresh look. Even the conservative Paterno will see that if he hasn't already. With senior Chris Ganter leaving the team, the backup should be redshirt freshman Paul Cianciolo, who Paterno has complimented for his strong arm and potential.

Another quick one from Sports Illustrated

Freshman WR Derrick Williams is viewed as the offense's savior, but while he can make plays, QB Michael Robinson and the running game remain serious question marks.

Sound similar to current previews? Granted, I could show you 2007 previews declaring quarterback to be a strength for Penn State with Morelli at the helm, but I’m not a sadist.

I’m not trying to say Penn State is in for a repeat of 2005 (or 2007), nor am I saying that the predictions of 2011 are unfounded. I think that Penn State is doing this the right way. They may have a starter. They may not. In reality, they don't really have to know right now.

It's natural in a game like football to be concerned over a position like quarterback. It's especially compounded because we don’t even have the benefit of a Blue-White game to review ad nauseum due to the monsoon-like conditions in State College that weekend. Obviously--the logic goes--a lack of information means Penn State is weak at the position.

I bring up 2005 mostly because people forget how bad Michael Robinson looked at times in 2004. He was not a public certainty at QB until later in the summer. It didn't mean he was a bad quarterback. He just needed the offseason time to study, work on his skills, and distance himself from Morelli--and perhaps Paterno didn't want to let on to his opponents what was about to happen.

Every player and offseason is different, but something similar can emerge in the next few weeks. Maybe McGloin will have reviewed the game film and think, yes, maybe I should check down and focus on my footwork. I’m still stunned Bolden was named the starter last season: three months is simply not enough time to learn a whole new offense in a game that’s markedly different from high school. With fifteen months to study and half a season of game film to look at, we could see a vastly more knowledgeable and decisive Bolden.

Experience counts, and Penn State has the fortune of having two guys with solid experience. As Phil Steele put it:

I look for much improved numbers no matter who wins the job as the group is vastly more experienced.

So why bother worrying about a starter? Hold your cards.