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Deadspin 25: Penn State, Which Will Hopefully Suck A Little Less

Welcome to the Deadspin 25, a college football poll that strives to be more democratic and less useless than every other preseason poll. Leading up to the college football season kickoff, we will give you previews of the 25 teams that you, the readers, voted to be most worthy of writing about. We start with No. 25… » 8/11/15 1:42pm 8/11/15 1:42pm

Sentient Lacrosse Stick/Kicker Trolls Big Ten, Commits To Penn State

This here is Quinn Nordin, and today he committed to Penn State. Below, you’ll find a video he and a friend put together announcing his commitment, set to “Coming Home.” It makes no real sense in the first place—he’s from Michigan—and involving some sort of small, fixed-wing aircraft makes it even more of a non… » 7/10/15 3:32pm 7/10/15 3:32pm

Wild Last-Second Comeback Wins 174-Lb. DI Wrestling Title For Penn State

You don't need to know much about wrestling to get what happened here. We start with six seconds left in a match for the 174-lb. Division I national championship, with Penn State's Matt Brown down by a point to Pitt's Tyler Wilps and rules about how you're not allowed to delay the match or lock hands around your… » 3/21/15 10:06pm 3/21/15 10:06pm

A Field Guide To American Truthers

There were no truthers back in the 20th century. I grew up in the Golden Age of Kennedy Assassination Conspiracies, but the word "truther" was never used to describe Oliver Stone or any of the other folks who decried the Magic Bullet theory. (DISCLOSURE: I saw JFK when I was in high school and took every scene as… » 10/02/14 1:45pm 10/02/14 1:45pm

McQueary Gambling Allegations Put 19-Year-Old Game In New Light

In 1995, Mike McQueary threw a touchdown late in garbage time of a Penn State blowout over Rutgers. Then-Rutgers coach Doug Graber and Joe Paterno got into a shouting match after the game because Graber thought Paterno was running up the score. The touchdown put the 20-point-favorite Nittany Lions up 59-34. None of… » 3/05/14 7:03pm 3/05/14 7:03pm

Bill O'Brien Told Reporter He Was Leaving Penn State A Month Ago

Bill O'Brien is now (unofficially) officially leaving Penn State for the Houston Texans. The AP reports that two sources have said O'Brien reached an agreement with Houston, "the worst team in the NFL," Tuesday night. With the news that he'll no longer be at Penn State, one reporter divulged some fiery conversations… » 1/01/14 12:26pm 1/01/14 12:26pm

Of Course Penn State Is Leading EA Sports's NCAA Football 14 Cover Vote

Ostensibly put up to a series of fan-voted Facebook polls, NCAA Football 14 » 1/02/13 8:00pm 1/02/13 8:00pm's cover also will be . A field of all 126 Football Bowl Subdivision teams was supposed to have been thinned to 32 candidates after Monday, but we don't yet know who the finalists are. With P among fan voting on Facebook—and —I think it's…

The 15 Most Surreal Moments From 2012's Sports-Related Next Media Animation Videos

Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese animation company that produces short cartoons recapping the news of the day, has its best muse in sports, where the lines between good and evil lend themselves to pictures of angry video game characters, and events are just cartoonish enough to spark the overactive NMA… » 12/29/12 10:45am 12/29/12 10:45am

Reports: The Big Ten Wants Maryland And Rutgers

Pat Forde and ESPN are reporting that serious talks are afoot to fold Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten. Not only would that create a 14-member conference that'd surely be the biggest Ten in the world, it would reopen the scabby wound of major conference realignment. The ACC, the Terps' current home, would be… » 11/17/12 6:58pm 11/17/12 6:58pm

Silas Redd And The Different Types Of Losing

When star running back Silas Redd transfered from Penn State to USC in July, it seemed like an eminently reasonable decision. Redd had come to Penn State when its football program was known for its immense fan base, for Joe Paterno, and for its recent resurrection after a few down years—in the five seasons prior to… » 11/10/12 11:15am 11/10/12 11:15am

Happy Valley Happy, NU Grads Less So, As Matt McGloin And The Nittany Lions Upset Northwestern

Penn State's football program may be on its way to the cathartic comeback predicted here and there at the beginning of the season. After starting the year with consecutive losses to a very good Ohio University team and a pretty bad UVA team, Bill O'Brien's squad has won four straight, including its two games against… » 10/06/12 6:25pm 10/06/12 6:25pm

"Horse Crap": Oddly Enough, The Amazon Reviews For The Freeh Report Are Mostly Pretty Negative

That is to say, as negative as possible, in every case: the Freeh Report has 44 reviews on Amazon right now, and they are all one star. I mean, that sort of makes sense—who goes on Amazon to give a positive review of the report stemming from an extrajudicial review process?—but on the heels of Franco Harris's mighty… » 9/15/12 2:05pm 9/15/12 2:05pm

Franco Harris Brought A Cardboard Joe Paterno To Beaver Stadium Today

Franco Harris may be able to pick a wobbly incompletion from just above the turf, but he doesn't know how to pick his battles. His insistence on becoming the alpha Joe Paterno apologist rings with the dregs of denial: "He played such a minor part in this." Aaaaand now he's dragging JoePa's cardboard form to the Penn… » 9/01/12 6:15pm 9/01/12 6:15pm