Quick! Stop pouring lighter fluid on that #14 jersey! Anthony Morelli is at the NFL Scouting Combine to work out for pro scouts, hoping to jump-start his football career. He was last employed by the Arizona Cardinals, who cut him after signing him as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
"I've gotten bigger, faster, stronger," Morelli told The Associated Press. "I think the chances are pretty good, I just need to get in front of some people."
That's all well and good, but remember that the common knock of Morelli was his decision-making. I recall hearing "Morelli has all the tools, he just needs the right quarterbacks coach to teach him" so much that it would appear in my dreams. Now perhaps it was a lack of elite athleticism that kept him from playing, but I'm willing to bet that if that was an issue, it was one of multiple.
Either way, good luck to the quarterback that was so embattled at Penn State that he was sent death threats. As long as he stays far, far away from my team of choice, I hope he finds a roster spot. If this doesn't work out, he's going Uncle Rico on all of us.
You read right, Joe Paterno's iconic eyewear was auctioned off, garnering a high bid of nine THOUSAND dollars Saturday.
The thick-rimmed glasses, which JoePa can now spare, were claimed by Penn State graduates Michelle and Kevin Coppola during WPSU's 18th Annual Connoisseur's Dinner and Auction at the Nittany Lion Inn. I congratulate them on having to say "be careful with those!" to house guests for the rest of their lives.
We've already expressed our excitement at the possibility of the University of Texas being the twelfth member of the already-misnomered Big Ten. The allure of playing the most valuable team in College football was enough to convince many that this was a good idea, but not everyone is on board.
Thankfully, the internet has provided - a writer simply calling himself "Frank The Tank" has penned an exhaustive argument for the move, a "Template for Shooting Down Any Argument Against Texas Going to The Big Ten." We're still waiting on Ron Burgundy's analysis on how to get Nittany Lion Basketball to the NCAA tournament.
Mere hours after we posted about a call for Ed DeChellis' firing, Penn State Men's Basketball wins its first conference game of the season, snapping a 12 game losing streak. So who did they take down? Never-been-to-the-tournament-but-hopeful Northwestern.
David Jackson and Chris Babb scored 20 points each as Penn State snapped a 12-game losing streak with an 81-70 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night, dealing perhaps a fatal blow to the Wildcats' NCAA tournament chances.
While the win doesn't get us out of the bottom of the Big Ten, it's much better than losing thirteen games in a row. It's not like they can tank the rest of the season for better odds in a draft lottery. So we'll be content if the team turns things around to muster "bad season" instead of "worst season ever."
Remember the guy that nearly crushed Talor Battle in a post-game, passionate man hug? He's writing his own Penn State Basketball Blog, Battle Does It Again.
Now, we don't cover Men's Basketball as much as we could here, mainly because we don't have a beat writer and many of you would get tired of me repeating "wow, this is a very bad team" over and over. But for those of you who are curious about the "State of the Program," read on for an excerpt that sums it up nicely.
Here at Onward State, we no longer run our This Week In Penn State Sports feature. For those of you who miss it - thankfully, GoPSUSports.com does the exact same thing on its YouTube Channel.
It's a great resource for highlights - this week's edition features footage of Wrestling, Basketball, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, and more.