Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Penn State Trys

I did something I've never done before: I listened to an entire PSU basketball game on the radio (via the Internet, of course). Here are some second half notes I made while working listening to the game (radio quotes in italics):

Target 10 was a failure. Total attendance was listed as 10,956. That includes the 1,000 tickets the Big Ten Network bought, plus all the alum ticket 'sales' to old people who live (and are) in Virginia. I don't know how many people actually showed up, but I'm pretty sure it was a lot less than 10,956. To give you some perspective, the VT game this year had just over nine thousand, and the home game against Minnesota was listed at 10,934.

I have a feeling the $75 they make from the Michigan State game will go to THON anyway, but no one will care because that's about 00.00125% of what they are going to pull in this year.

Two random 1st Half stats:
-PSU commits one turnover.
-PSU outscores OSU in fast break points 15-2 in the 1st half (PSU has averaged 10 per game).

"PSU is out hustling OSU. They must out hustle them, it is one of the keys to winning this game." This is when I decided to listen to the rest of the game.

"I haven't seen this much zone since Syracuse played themselves." Haha, good one [looking around the room, pretending I get it].

Andrew Jones is playing his ass off.

"PSU must hold on from the 12 to 8." He is talking about the time on the clock. Apparently they didn't against Indiana and the game got out of hand. This kind of "12-8" nonsense is what radio people love to say because it sounds good but doesn't really have much factual basis. The thing is he might actually be on to something.

Ed doesn't buy it and puts the subs in at 12. Things immediately get out of hand. We can't even score. He was forced to call a timeout.

12:00 to go, down 45-44
08:00 to go, down 52-44

Wow, radio guy says to hold on from 12 to 8 and PSU doesn't score one single point.

You know things aren't looking good when the local radio guy starts sentence with "If you are a long range Penn State basketball fan, you like...."

PSU just fouled OSU 5 times in 16 seconds.

Well, that was fun...sort of. I was harsh earlier in the week, but the team woke up and gave it a good shot last night. That's really all you can ask. This is at least a step in the right direction.

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