Wednesday, October 26, 2005

BlogPoll Roundtable #11

1. The Envy Poll (as seen on rsfc)Name the five teams, other than yours, whose accomplishments you respect / envy the most. Use whatever criteria you feel is appropriate (wins, titles, consistency, academic integrity, competitive integrity, NCAA violations, general thuggery, mascot intimidation factor ...).
No particular order...
1. Notre Dame- How can you not? They have the largest fanbase of perhaps any team in the United States, guaranteed national TV every week no matter who they are playing, a plethora of national championships and one of the best fight songs. Unlike most PSU fans, I don't dislike ND, I just can't stand a subset of their fans.

2. Alabama- Great tradition, great fans, great fight song, Bear Bryant. What's not to like?

3. Tennessee- The same can pretty much be applied here outside of fat Phil.

4. Nebraksa- Apply the same as the first three. They have a pro-like following. Almost everyone in Nebraska is a Huskers fan.

5. Georgia- Same. Uga is the best live mascot in the country.

2. Admissions with regard to Question #1, what is the most damaging criticism of your program that you will admit is a legitimate criticism? That is, what negative trait does the most damage to the overall respect level of your program (in your eyes, or to others, interpret as you will).
Too much loyalty. Joe will never shake up the coaching staff and the chances of the the university looking outside of the program to find Joe's successor is unlikely. While Penn State has several outstanding coaches (Tom Bradley, Galen Hall, Larry Johnson Sr., Mike McQueary, etc.), there are some other who arguably don't deserve to keep their jobs. But of course, winning heals all wounds. Even Jay Paterno has been exempt from criticism with Penn State's 7-1 start.

3. Unrelated Discussion Question- Who do you think is the best player in the history of your program? Tell us a little about him (especially if he's not a household name). Feel free to pick someone from 50 years ago that none of us has seen play.
This is really, really tough. I will say Shane Conlan. Penn State is Linebacker U. and Conlan is one of the greatest of all time. He played on a national championship team and went on to have a very successful pro career. Current potential All-American LB Paul Posluszny has been compared to Conlan. Frankly, I think Posluszny will leave Penn State as one of the greats if he isn't already there. He's simply a beast.


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