Friday, September 22, 2017

I May Throw My Lot In With The Canines Instead


The story of the Mad Pooper is not unique.  This has occurred many times before.  The advent of security cameras has taken it to another level, though.

A Colorado Springs woman (I know I'm treading on thin ice with this, as who knows which of the 42 genders ze may identify with!) has been pooping on lawns during a morning run for several months now.  She has been confronted more than once and managed to run off.

My experience with this sort of thing tells me it is a combo of 1) physiologic need 2) psychological animus and and 3) mental illness, to some degree.  It will not turn out to be a comedic item, for the late night talk show hosts to fully exploit.

The Mad Pooper.
This kind of thing begs the question, Are dogs better than people? 

I find these dogs to be the epitome of what most of us can aspire to on this planet.  Evil, the dog on the left has saved numerous lives following the Mexican Earthquake.  Frida, on the right has saved 52 people from the rubble.  And all they get is a biscuit and a scratch behind the ear.  Thanks to KKOB for this Mad Pooper alert.  We may have to explore some of our stories similar to this in the future.  We all have them!

Evil and Frida.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday And Quote of the Day From Yesteryear


"Girl, you got a swagger like John Wayne."

-Coach Harry Groves, to Jess Riden at the 2010 Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Meet.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nittany Lions Are Dam Near Everywhere!


Recently, Paul Souza ventured to the city of sin (but only for a basketball tourney for his son!).  He took a break one day to tour the Hoover Dam.  And lo and behold, he was greeted by a Penn State Track and Field t-shirt draped over Nittany Lion Trainer Nate Althouse.  Certainly a small world.

Nate Althouse with Paul Souza.


On my only visit to Las Vegas, our plane banked over the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam on the way into the airport.  I immediately chalked them up on my "Saw that" list.  When others in the group wanted to take the tour of the dam, I told them "I already saw that" and took a nap instead.  It was a wonderful nap BTW.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another Lion Returns


AD Sandy Barber has named former PSU XC and T&F athlete Kayla Matrunick as Assistant Athletic Director of Performance Nutrition Services.  She certainly would have hated my diet back in the day!


Thanks to several alert Interns for their links for this announcement!  Your stipends are in the mail!

And keep those donations coming in for the Coach Groves Scholarship Fund.  We hope to be announcing a fully endowed tuition scholarship in time for the next Reunion and Coach Groves Golf Tourney.


Monday, September 18, 2017

One Ring To Rule Them All


I don't know when rings became the way to celebrate things in Track and Field?  I guess it's a Big Ten Thing.  I know we didn't get them when we won the Coach's Conference Championship in 1980!  I once saw Pete Rose's World Series ring, and it wasn't as extravagant as this!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Another Remarkable Lion


“Once I get through the gates, most of the time I forget that I’m in a wheelchair,” Tek said. “The kids make me feel just like one of them and that helps me forget about everything.”
-Tom Kleban.

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/community/state-college/article173805421.html#storylink=cpy


I ran into Tom Kleban on the Friday night before the Pitt game as I had dinner at the Wegmans on North Atherton.  (I had Kung Pao chicken and shrimp!)  I forgot to ask him about the apocryphal story of him and his brothers blowing up Coach Groves' mailbox as kids. (Coach Groves told me that several years ago.)  Actually, the story is just too good to ever find out that it really didn't happen!

Here's a CDT article about Tom's coaching prowess.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Goldbergs Night At The Phillies


It was the Goldbergs Night at the Phillies versus the A's last night.  That means that Adam F. Goldberg returned to Philly and brought along his brother Barry and the TV Barry for the opening pitch. Scouring the vast intertubes, I couldn't come up with footage of the pitch, which was a rare successful one by "Big Tasty"!  Smother-Mom Beverly Goldberg was also there.

Adam F. Goldberg, Mike Schmidt, Barry Goldberg and Troy Gentile.




Always amazed how the actors resemble the subjects on the show.




Barry Goldberg is a radiologist in Baltimore.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Meaningless Update On The Best Photo Ever Taken!


The owner of the best photograph ever taken has finally been identified, but not without blackmail from PETA.  David Slater's Blurb publishing firm is now the legal owner of the pic, as long as he donates 25% of all future profits using the pic for relief to the habitat of the crested macaque monkeys. A win/win with a knife in the back!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Athlete Of The Week And Animals Are Safe!


Jillian Hunsberger was just named Athlete of the Week by the USTFCCCA!

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Jillian Hunsberger, Penn State

Senior | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Make it two in a row for Jillian Hunsberger.
After winning the Dolan Duals two weeks ago, Hunsberger returned to the top of the podium this past weekend at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Hunsberger finished in 21:07 – three seconds ahead of Syracuse’s Paige Stoner – and topped a field of 85, which included the likes of No. 11 Penn State and No. 26 Georgetown.
Hunsberger earned All-America status last year in cross country and is carrying over a lot of momentum from a strong track season. She finished 10th in the 10,000-meter finals at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

And despite being right next to the epicenter of the Hurricane Irma hit, the Key Deer have emerged from the decimated brush on Big Pine Key! There were only 1,000 left on Earth before the storm hit.  There's at least 4 remaining.


And all of Hemingway's 54 polydactyl cats we also unscathed as Key West was only slightly damaged.  Hemingway's House was practically untouched.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Some Curmudgeon Notes On The Pitt Game


  1. It's not a good day if you are barfing at 10:00am outside your RV site more than10 miles away from the Stadium for a 3:30PM game. Thankfully, I didn't know the guy.
  2. 109,000 people are way too many.
  3. I went to 2 tailgates and didn't get to eat anything but a smidgen of bbq, Doritos and some chocolate-covered pretzels.
  4. People drink way too much in celebration of 19 yo kids playing a game that is probably giving them brain damage.
  5. The whole campus is delightful once the game has started.  Had to make my way from a tailgate to Pattee Library so we could use a computer for hospital orders.  Technology will be the death of us all, just as the Unabomber told us...
  6. Downtown State College is delightful once the game has started.  I have purchased running shoes the past 2 weeks from Terry Losch at Rapid Transit and had a bike fixed at Freeze Thaw Bikes during the games.
  7. No one awakened at the remote RV site as of 8:00am but me.  Bizarre for an RV site.
Tailgate 1: This trailer actually has a bathroom, shower, kitchen, ac, 2 TVs and more.

The Great Unwashed at the Stadium.

Tailgate 2: 2-Time Coach Harry Groves Tourney winner Don Ziter with some idiot.

Pattee wasn't empty, but nearly so...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Game Day Breakfast: Sh*tt on Pitt


I had breakfast just now with my dog Spott, who somehow broke into the closet yesterday and ate a week's worth of his food.  Needless to say, I was up extremely early in my RV for an evacuation of my own, although not nearly as critical as the one in Florida.  But Spott did live up to the chant from us students from years ago, Sh*tt on Pitt.  I'm sure that's not allowed anymore, but we must remember it was a Pitt fan who took a sledgehammer to the Lion Shrine's ear, and this is my blog!

Spott, contemplating his breakfast.
 Also, Ed Carroll sent me this pic of Larry Mangan and friends (that's Todd Kletter, Jonathon Weaver and Ed Carroll with Larry Mangan.) visiting Coach Groves yesterday.


And I will be adding some pics from today's tailgate later...

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Couple Of Mirthful Running-Related Items


Blog Central is on the move again!  This time I will come within a couple of hundred meters of the stadium for the Pitt game, as I visit with Don and Lynn Ziter at their tailgate. Hope to see some other Track alums in a mirthful mood.

But first, here's a bizarre item I will not be duplicating...



And we all remember Rob Whiteside's conquering of the Appalachian Trail last year.  Now the overall unofficial record has been set by someone totally unsupported!  "Stringbean" is a former cross-country runner from Boston College who already has the record at the Pacific Crest Trail.




 
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