Jerome Hayes, Scheduling Cupcakes, and Paternoville. It Must Be Football Season.

September 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm 1 comment

I don’t use this word lightly, but it is a perfect Friday afternoon in State College. As I posted on my Facebook status a little while ago: 80 degrees and sunny. Kickoff less than 24 hours away. There’s no place on the planet I’d rather be.

Football season starts tomorrow, if you didn’t know. Here are a couple of stories to get you in the mood.

-A lot of the media covering Penn State has jumped on the story of Jerome Hayes’ inspiring return from injury. I chose this one because it offers a look at what kind of kid Hayes is beyond the football field (and because I know the author).

-Most preseason coverage of the Nittany Lions has been pretty optimistic, with one big exception: The consensus that Penn State’s non-conference schedule is laughable. The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the University’s athletic administrators a chance to explain — and defend — the line-up.

-Paternoville is back, apparently bigger than ever. I won’t be sleeping out this year, but I’ll definitely stop by sometime in the next few weeks.

No doubt, there are (and will be) a few million more storylines as the season goes on. I’m just glad it’s here.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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  • 1. Scott  |  September 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Just so you know it will always be a perfect Friday for your precious lions. You have probably one of the weakest schedules in the NCAA. Your non-conference games consist of Akron, Syracuse, Temple, and Eastern Illinois, all of which are at home. Not to mention the Big Ten is extremely weak this year. As long as paterno and his cronies don’t lose to The Ohio State University (at home too, so I doubt it) or screw up at Michigan State you will be so proud to be from penn state since you will have no losses. Too bad Florida will demolish you in the BCS game.

    Sincerely,
    Everyone who despises penn state

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