Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Some Penn State Talking Points

  • Joe Paterno is just chock full of bulletin board material... kind of. Take a quick listen to his press conference in anticipation of the Notre Dame game. So, tell me Joe, do you see imprints of Charlie Weis on this 2006 Notre Dame team?
    [pause] Well you know, I-I-I don't look at it that way. I, you know, Brady Quinn, you know, I look at Quinn, and I look at, uh, a couple of those kids that are, uh, I look at that wideout, uhhhh, whose name I can't pronounce. [snicker] I, uh, I, I'm sure he's not Italian, but [snicker], but I-I-I [fades off] McKnight [fades off] Hello?
    The audacity! Pin it up on the board, boys!

  • The treatment Paterno gets from his beloved fanbase is hysterical. While an Irish fan who wants to hear a Charlie Weis press conference can navigate to his team's site and get a transcribed version of the coach's words (Voila!), Paterno has, apparently, a person at whose job is to translate his senile ramblings into coherent statements, like this recap. After some tea-leaf reading, apparently the translator came up with this:
    Joe doesn't look at it that way. He looks at Brady Quinn and Jeff Samardzija along with McKnight. He's sure that Coach Weis has some kind of input with reads and so forth, but you look at the kids that are playing the game. Brady Quinn is obviously one of the best QBs in the country. With the wideouts they have, they're one of the most balanced teams in the country.
    Fascinating. I'm not sure how you go from paragraph A to paragraph B, but then again, I don't have a master's degree in Paternobonics.

  • Nevin O'Donnell "just threw together" this bad ass video about the 1992 Snow Bowl. You all know where you were when you saw this game. Well, all of us but Joe Paterno, who probably thought he was skiing in the Swiss Alps at the time.

    Such. A. Beautiful. Thing.


At 6:57 AM, Blogger Sean H. said...

A couple of things:

Ugh, Collinsworth.

I know where my Dad was on the 2 pt. conversion. Getting a 15 yard penalty for fan interference. He was sitting in the first row of field seats and Brooks landed near him. In a moment of joy he has never been able to explain he ran over an picked him up off the ground. In one of the TV broadcast replays we could see him plain as day. He still gets grief from us that it is a good thing PSU didn't score after the penalty.

Nevin's videos are pure genius.

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paterno didn't even say McKnight, it was just Knight. The he demanded that the tech guy call his wife. It was bizarre.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Galen said...

Your first mistake was getting the transcript from, their version seldom makes sense. Also, the reporter that asked that question couldn't hear Paterno, that's why he was saying "hello" and why Paterno cracked "call my wife." After years of listening to him, I speak fluid Paternoese.

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous pellee said...

You shouldn't have to learn another tongue to understand your coach though!

At 7:57 PM, Blogger JB said...

Yeah, Joepa is very well known for not giving opponents any respect. He is a real ogre like that. I can't wait for saturday so this can be settled on the field!


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