The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 27, 2013
No football? No problem: So how’s Bill O’Brien going to spend the bye week? According to this video—which is well, well worth 48 seconds of your time—he’s going to be checking out County Cork vs. County Clare in the All-Ireland Senior Final Hurling Replay. Seriously, that’s what he said. O’Brien’s analysis: “I’m not sure who to cheer for, because my family comes from both areas.” OK, then. The Nittany Lion Shrine, as pictured on the Croke Park Classic Twitter feed, seems to be having an equally difficult time making up its mind.
Canners fanning out: The bye week isn’t the only reason campus will be quiet this weekend. It’s also the school year’s first Canning Weekend for THON, when students fan out across the state—and beyond—to solicit donations. Onward State weighs in not only with advice for canners, but with suggestions on how to spend the weekend if you’re one of the few people still left on campus.
Not over yet: Yes, the NCAA eased its sanctions on Penn State. But it also filed court documents Thursday asking that the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA, which is joined by some trustees, faculty, and former athletes, should be thrown out because the plaintiffs don’t have standing.
Critical acclaim for Key and Peele: The comedy team of Keegan-Michael Key ’96g and Jordan Peele got The New Yorker treatment this week because critic Emily Nussbaum went down the “rabbit hole” of Key and Peele sketches on YouTube and discovered what so many of us already knew—these guys are not just hilarious, but intelligently hilarious. “Like many of the best, most transgressive comics,” Nussbaum writes, “they treat human behavior as a form of drag, shape-shifting with aggressive fluidity.” (Note: Not sure the whole article is available to non-subscribers, but you can get the gist from the link.) If you’re not watching hurling or going canning, going down that rabbit hole could be a good weekend activity.
Lori Shontz, senior editor