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The Obligatory PSU Podcast features wide-ranging discussions of Penn State sports, Nittany Lions football in particular, and all things Penn State and Happy Valley from the cast of The Obligatory PSU Pregame Show: Former Penn State and NFL defensive lineman Brandon Noble (’92-97), campus icon Mike “the Mailman” Herr, Onward State managing editor emeritus Kevin Horne, and Nittany Valley Society president Chris Buchignani. Along with a rotating cast of characters from around State College and across Nittany Nation, the guys focus on the stories, issues, and personalities surrounding the Blue and White fan experience. The Obligatory PSU Podcast delivers fun and insightful commentary on the teams, University, and place that are beloved by many thousands of students, alumni, and fans. There’s no pretense of objectivity or “journalistic” distance here; these guys are here because they care, and their Penn State knowledge and love shine through in every installment. The goal is to touch on a broad variety of topics relating to the Nittany Lions in conversations that are frequently funny and occasionally profound, all while enjoying a few (or more) adult beverages. If you’ve got Penn State in your blood, you’ll enjoy sharing the journey with us.

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    The Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 18:15

    After a brief update on the status of the regular podcast, Chris and Jim take a broader look at the landscape of college football and the mounting challenges to the four-team format of the first-ever college football playoff. Conventional wisdom tells us that expansion is inevitable - eventually - but could the move to include more teams in the postseason happen sooner than you think? A variety of practical concerns driving the sport's sudden and rapid evolution could combine to hasten yet another substantial change.Remember to subscribe to the Keystone Kickoff podcast (see below) to continue getting every weekly installment of The Obligatory Keystone Crossover.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    The Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 16:52

    With all the rumors swirling around James Franklin's future at Penn State and many talking heads insisting that certain jobs are obviously better than others, Jim and Chris take a step back to ponder what factors combine to actually make certain head coach positions "destination jobs." Does the conventional wisdom hold up that rabid fans, unreasonable boosters, over-the-top facilities, and fertile recruiting grounds can be quantified into an objective ranking of available jobs, or is there more to it? Could many of the qualities that make certain college jobs appealing on the surface turn out to be the very liabilities turning many prestige posts into revolving doors, as schools cycle through one coach after another, searching for the quick fix?Remember to subscribe to the Keystone Kickoff podcast (see below) to continue getting every weekly installment of The Obligatory Keystone Crossover.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 17: Ohio State, Maryland & Playoff Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 58:10

    Maybe moral victories are the best we can hope for when it comes to Penn State versus Ohio State. As another year passes without a win over the Buckeyes (this time handing OSU its longest winning streak against the Nittany Lions - five games and counting), most of Nittany Nation seems satisfied that the team played well and didn't get embarrassed. How much of that stems directly from the team's inspired and generally competent play in Columbus so starkly contrasting with the previous weekend's circus of ineptitude and shame versus Illinois is up for debate. What can't be disputed is the opportunity still awaiting Penn State if the Lions can continue to build on their solid, if insufficient performance at the Horseshoe. Two teams awaiting in the final four weeks of the regular season appear in the top ten of this year's first (and quite possibly the dumbest) edition of the college football playoff rankings. Mailman, Chris, and Kevin wrap up the Ohio State game, grouse about the lunacy of the selection committee's twisted and contradictory ranking logic, and look ahead to Penn State's trip to College Park to face Maryland.HOSTED BY: Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    The Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 16:34

    One relatively routine hit on QB Sean Clifford during the first quarter of the Iowa game produced a dramatic ripple effect on Penn State's 2021 season and, quite possibly, beyond. A dominating offensive performance that, had it been sustained, would have likely resulted in the Lions leaving Kinnick victorious and destined for the top two instead fizzled, and an undefeated season with championship aspirations gave way to a two-game (and counting) losing streak. Even as rumors continue to swirl around James Franklin's candidacy for job openings at USC (again), LSU, and perhaps elsewhere, the sudden run of bad fortune on the field has left the attitudes of both Penn State's fans and Franklin's would-be future employers are in flux. Chris and Jim dive into those shark-infested waters in this week's episode.Remember to subscribe to the Keystone Kickoff podcast (see below) to continue getting every weekly installment of The Obligatory Keystone Crossover.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 16: Post-Illinois, Pre-Ohio State Mega Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 124:26

    Over four agonizing, rain-soaked quarters and 75 overtime periods only vaguely resembling the sport of football, what had mostly felt like a decidedly-different, and potentially-special, season for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions descended into depressingly-familiar disappointment, as Penn State slowly transformed a campaign full of promise and a Top 10 ranking into a disfigured wreck with a mind-numbingly idiotic Homecoming loss to 2-5 Big Ten basement dweller Illinois. So here we are, yet again, picking up the pieces of another year gone wrong amid Franklin-to-USC rumors that are as persistent as they are exhausting. We all need some group therapy, and this was our shot at it - for us, and maybe by extension the audience. It's a long one, and just like the Joker's plastic surgeon, we did the best we could do with what we had to work with (including our own battered psyches). Raw, spontaneous, and reflective of the complicated contradictions of this beautifully stupid thing we call fandom, we hope our catharsis can be yours as well. Let's Go State.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 15: Penn State, By the Numbers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 56:46

    As the Nittany Lions prepare to return to action, Chris and Mailman are joined by Nathan Wilmot, the analytics columnist for For The Blogy, who has developed his own advanced metrics for quantifying the performance of college football teams. Nate looks back over Penn State's ups and downs through the first six games of 2021, a Top 10 half-campaign dominated by a defense that so far stands alongside its proudest peers in program history, whether you're using the eye test or going by the numbers. With the hapless Illinois Fighting Illini headed to Happy Valley, he also previews the Homecoming matchup and looks ahead to a stiff test in Columbus against Ohio State the following weekend. A lifelong PSU fan, Nate also gives his view on the team so far, the quarterback situation (of course), and whether Bret Bielema has already given up on this year. It's fresh perspective on a familiar topic to take you into Homecoming Saturday and beyond.Check out For The Blogy Throwback "Penn State vs. Illinois 2012"HOSTED BY: Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Nate Wilmot

    FALL '21 Episode 14: Will Nittany Lions Become Penn State Employees?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 72:47

    Even as the Nittany Lions chase another Big Ten title, fighting to defend a Top 10 ranking while battling the injury bug, it wouldn't be a season of the podcast without a couple of #Obligatory digressions, and what better time for one than coming off Penn State's bye week? (Boiler Up.) It has become increasingly difficult over the last 12 months for even the most casual college football fans to evade news stories and commentary about the social and legal battles roiling the future of the NCAA and college sports. From the halls of the United States Supreme Court to the memoranda of the National Labor Relations Board, public opinion and political willpower are shifting in ways that could drastically transform the future of college sports at Penn State and beyond. In order to start unpacking a dense and complicated topic, Chris and Kevin enlist the help of Sam C. Ehrlich, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Management at Boise State University. Are student athletes destined to become university employees? Where and how did this process start, and what does the future hold? We spend a solid hour with an expert, exploring the answers to these questions and others driving the most volatile era for college athletics in at least 50 years. HOSTED BY: Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Dr. Sam Ehrlich

    The Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 17:01

    Hair metal rockers Cinderella perhaps put it best with their 1988 hit: "Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone)." Sean Clifford was shredding the vaunted Iowa Hawkeyes defense in hostile environs until an injury put him out of the game early in the second quarter. At that point, Penn State fans the world over, many of whom had harbored doubts about the third-year starter (and were rarely shy about expressing them), realized just how vitally important Cliff is to this team's success. Jim and Chris review the carnage from Kinnick and results from around the country and ponder just how essential recruiting and developing the QB position will be to James Franklin's pursuit of that elusive "elite" status. Remember to subscribe to the Keystone Kickoff podcast (see below) to continue getting every weekly installment of The Obligatory Keystone Crossover.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 13: Post-Iowa Therapy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 76:15

    A game that began with the promise and excitement of a top 5 matchup for your Penn State Nittany Lions rapidly devolved into a frustrating and dispiriting war of attrition that ended, as nearly all such games at Kinnick Stadium do, in an agonizingly close loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. As one key Lion after another limped to the sidelines, the only thing more miserable than the mounting injury toll was the behavior of Iowa's fans when players went down. But what's done is done. Penn State has lost its chance at an unblemished season, but opportunities for redemption await. Though questions abound, the upcoming bye week affords James Franklin, his staff, and their players the time to find the answers. The second half of the schedule will tell the tale of 2021, and we'll help you flush the latest edition in the godawful saga of Penn State versus Iowa and go on to the next. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 12: Penn State at Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 63:27

    Wrapping a week's worth of Penn State football news into one whirlwind podcast, our full cast of characters share one long, lingering glance back at the Stripe Out before closing the book on the Nittany Lions' non-revenge-game "Revenge Game" shutout of the Indiana Hoosiers. Brandon Noble, who once upon a time played for college-legend-turned-NFL-punchline Steve Spurrier, shares some perspective on the current controversy embroiling analyst-turned-laughingstock Urban Meyer, and the guys give their thoughts on what will be the biggest game yet of a season sure to be full of them for #4 Penn State, a road trip to the hostile environs of Kinnick Stadium to take on the #3 Iowa Hawkeyes.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 15:29

    In the midst of an exciting season that has seen the Penn State Nittany Lions rise to fourth in the nation after five weeks and on the eve of their biggest yet against Iowa, Jim and Chris take a moment to stop and smell the roses - specifically, to appreciate quarterback Sean Clifford and receiver Jahan Dotson, who connected for two scores against Indiana and, in so doing, surpassed Todd Blackledge and Kenny Jackson as State's all-time passing touchdown combo. We appreciate their accomplishments along with those with whom they share the record books and reflect on how lucky Penn Staters have been to watch so many great players represent the Blue and White.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 11: Indiana at Penn State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 68:05

    No Penn State fan needs to be reminded about what transpired the last time the Nittany Lions faced Indiana's football team. The debacle of sloppy and undisciplined play, uninspired playcalling, and unearned bravado, capped off with a highly-controversial replay review, began State's disastrous fake season with a whimper. Now, undefeated Penn State prepares to host the Hoosiers under the lights with far loftier goals than "revenge" against the likes of Indiana. Still, this moment recalls the 2008 White Out, when Illinois - another traditionally-middling conference cellar dweller coming off its second-ever win against Penn State the previous year and awash in self-importance - was rewarded with a night under the lights at Beaver Stadium and a subsequent ass-kicking. Will this season see a similar result? Time will tell. We begin this episode with a brief revisitation of our mental state immediately following the 2020 Indiana game and take it from there.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 18:22

    Maybe it's time to go back to "Legends" and "Leaders." After years of the scales tipping in favor of the Big Ten's East division, home to college football powerhouses Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan, the disparity between the two halves the conference seems even more pronounced in 2021. Chris and Jim look at the might East versus the lowly West while pondering whether the sketchy post-Penn State performance of the Nittany Lions' prior foes is worthy of concern.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 10: So Much for the Afterglow

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 53:55

    No matter how rosy and promising the big picture may appear, no matter how satisfying and cathartic the experience has been, no matter how well your expectations have been met (and probably exceeded) thus far, four games into a 4-0 season for Penn State that has seen the Nittany Lions climb the rankings all the way to number four in the nation, there is still one nagging inconsistency that has yet to be adequately addressed in what has otherwise been a basically perfect beginning to this literally perfect start: We're of course referring to the University choosing to senselessly scan the bar code of every tailgate parking pass on the way into the lots before big games. But it could also apply to Penn State's maddening inability to run the football, an increasingly troubling trend that extended into the Lions' otherwise relatively thorough beating of the Villanova Wildcats. Brandon and Chris get into all of that and more.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 9: Villanova at Penn State feat. Ben Jones, StateCollege.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 54:46

    With nearly all of Penn State's divisional opponents in the Big Ten East showing substantial improvement early in the 2021 season and a number of difficult road contests still awaiting the Nittany Lions, there look to be precious few breathers on the upcoming schedule. That makes this weekend's visit from the FCS Villanova Wildcats an important opportunity to sit starters early and get playing time for players down the depth chart. It also offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on an entertaining three-game opening stanza that has seen the Lions rocket up the rankings. Ben Jones, Penn State beat reporter for StateCollege.com, joins the show to reflect on covering a team that has pleasantly surprised many of even its most devoted fans on the way to the program's first-ever 3-0 start to feature two wins over ranked opponents.Read Ben Jones' Penn State football coverage at StateCollege.com: http://www.statecollege.com/news/authors/ben-jones,191/HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Ben Jones

    Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 16:06

    We have been hearing from James Franklin and many others about the immense talent Penn State has at tight end this season and waiting to see how new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich would put it to use. The wait is over, and the timing couldn't have been better, with a ranked Auburn team in town for a White Out. Jim and Chris discuss a breakout night for all three of the team's top tight ends and what it tells us about Yurcich's ability and willingness to utilize the weapons at his disposal.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 8: Auburn Aftermath

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 70:19

    There are but a precious few places where the forces of the college football universe can all align to create a special and resonant moment that touches the lives of thousands of people in hundreds of ways, uniting people of all different backgrounds - young and old, near and far away - in a shared appreciation of a unique American ritual. Luckily for all of us, Happy Valley is such a place, and for those of us fortunate enough to call ourselves Penn Staters, it is a second home that beckons strongest on Autumn Saturdays when the home team does battle for love and loyalty to Alma Mater beneath the watchful gaze of Old Mount Nittany. Whether you watched at home or from the stands, dressed all in white, you were treated to a beautiful four-quarter masterpiece that, at its conclusion, indelibly etched another memorable chapter into the already-legendary chronicles of Penn State football. We pause to appreciate it all, from the profane to the profound.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 7: Auburn at Penn State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 69:42

    A big weekend in Happy Valley looms. In under two decades, the Beaver Stadium White Out has cemented its status among the most distinctive traditions of the great American ritual that is college football. After the coronavirus pandemic denied Penn Staters the opportunity to take part in 2020, the White Out returns for a huge non-conference battle - a rare Northern road trip for an SEC school as #22 Auburn arrives to take on #10 Penn State - and ESPN's College GameDay is once again back in the Valley to mark the occasion. The guys talk about the evolution of the tradition, GameDay's newfound affection for State College, and what to expect when the Nittany Lions take on the Tigers. All this plus Brandon Noble's memories from the 1996 Outback Bowl, the waterlogged game that gave Penn State its half of the all-time series with Auburn that is currently tied 1-1. Here's hoping the Lions break the stalemate in our favor on Saturday. #WeAreMoxie: The Worst-Tasting Soda on EarthFor the Blogy: Quantifying the White OutHOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Mike Levine

    Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 18:40

    When you run the company, you can't get fired. When you're publishing your own podcast, you can't get canceled. And so, the Obligatory Keystone Crossover, an experiment in collaboration (in our case) and tolerance (in theirs) between Obligatory and the Keystone Sports Network is back for a second installment. In this episode, Chris handles the hosting duties and has some sage career advice to drown out the clickbait for James Franklin, while Jim zeroes in on what's changed for Penn State, and its third-year QB, since beginning the 2020 fake season at 0-5.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 6: Ball Busted

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 48:37

    After 651 days of barren tailgate fields, empty bleachers, and often-uninspiring football played in eerie silence, Happy Valley's home game drought is over. The crowds and energy that are the lifeblood of town and campus in Autumn came flooding back into State College last weekend, welcoming home a team led, in the best tradition of the program, by their defense. After two outings, it looks like a unit capable of keeping them in every game they'll play. For two classes of Penn State students, it was their first time experiencing the magic of Nittany Lions football inside Beaver Stadium, and for many thousands of others, the day marked a joyful reunion after a long and painful separation. There were some kinks to work out, on the field and outside the stadium, but nevertheless, the day itself was pretty much perfect. We take a final look back at Penn State's win over Ball State before turning our attention, along with eyes across the college football world, to a White Out under the lights against a ranked SEC opponent.HOSTED BY: Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 5: Ball State at Penn State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 55:02

    Happy Valley is ready for a family reunion. After an impossibly long layover nobody could have foreseen when the 2019 Nittany Lions closed out their home schedule with a win over Rutgers on Senior Day, the Greatest Show in College Football returns to Beaver Stadium this Saturday (and the next three to follow). The spirit of the Valley will be felt again in the Downtown on Friday afternoon. The tailgating fields will fill up early on the morning of gameday. The student section will be rocking with the energy that sustains campus and community. And fans of a certain age will grudgingly figure out how "Apple Wallet" works on their way into the stadium. Handling this episode on their own, Chris and Kevin (on the road back from the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY) wax poetic about the return of fans and the accompanying home game atmosphere, ponder the necessity of virtual tickets and numbered lots, and talk through the game scenarios for Penn State's matchup with an experienced Ball State team looking to play spoiler after its MAC Championship season in 2020.HOSTED BY: Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    Obligatory Keystone Crossover: Episode 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 15:40

    Introducing the Obligatory Keystone Crossover, an "alliance" (if you will) between two teams of content creators who share a mutual love for Penn State and the sound of their own voices. As part of this new collaboration, our personalities will connect each week for some crossover conversation, sharing different perspectives on the Nittany Lions' season as it unfurls. We'll take a little bit of this and a little bit of that from our two shows, mash it all together, and make you some extra football content for the middle of your week. Enjoy this first-episode "beta test." There's plenty more to come.FEATURING: Chris Buchignani, Jim GalantiWe're excited to be partnering with the team at Keystone Sports, more folks who love the Nittany Lions like we do.You can hear the Keystone Kickoff Show three times a week on the airwaves across Pennsylvania - go to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for a list of radio stations and more - or listen whenever you want by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform. But your best bet is to download the Keystone Sports App, available in the App Store and Google Play.

    FALL '21 Episode 4: The Joy of 1-0

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 61:42

    The wait, long and miserable though it may have been - through global turmoil and an on-again, off-again season that maybe would have been better left staying "off-again" - was worth it. With a gutsy road performance against a higher-ranked opponent that recalled the glory days of Penn State football, led by a defense that could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the many legends who wore the Blue and White before them, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions began the 2021 campaign in style, pulling out a dramatic 16-10 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. Penn State went 1-0 this week to start 1-0 this season, and the possibilities that now lay before this team hold a promise for all those who love the name of Dear Old State.

    FALL '21 Episode 3: Penn State at Wisconsin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 64:33

    The long wait - in many respects, far longer than is usual for this time of year - is finally almost over. Penn State travels to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend to take on a Badgers team facing many of the same questions haunting James Franklin's squad coming off the Big Ten's bizarre and frustrating fake season in 2020. In many ways, a road trip to face a ranked opponent in a hostile environment may seem a less than ideal way to launch a comeback campaign, but perhaps this early test of the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions' mettle represents exactly what they need - a chance to show their fans, and themselves, that last year is over, and that better, more focused coaching and a return to a conventional offseason are the keys to unlocking the talent on a roster primed to compete for a New Year's Day bowl and perhaps more. We sound off on all the challenges, from without and within, that await Penn State at kickoff.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

    FALL '21 Episode 2: Penn State Roster Breakdown (Defense)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 75:19

    Per Obligatory tradition, one of our most popular features returns: the Penn State football preview in which Chris enlists the assistance of fellow LION 90.7fm alumni to analyze the Nittany Lions roster in two installments, in this case the defense. As with our offensive preview, regular contributor Mike Levine returns alongside Villanova Athletics and Big East Network broadcaster Nick Mantegna, reuniting a student radio broadcast team 20 years after they brought their half dozen listeners such unforgettable gems as Joe Paterno's record-breaking 324th career win versus Ohio State and such forgettable disappointments as most other games in the 2001 season.Joe often said that quarterbacks receive too much credit when the team is winning and too much blame when the team is losing. In this era of unprecedented point-scoring in college football, that disproportionate ratio extends to the entire offense. It has perhaps provided a smokescreen for Brent Pry's defense, which has quietly failed in key situations when State faltered over the past few seasons and then totally cratered during the team's infamous losing streak to start last year. There are bright spots to suggest an impending reversal, to be sure, with the arrival of potentially-impactful new additions through the transfer portal, a secondary stocked with pro-caliber talent, and a few linebackers who appear poised to turn the corner. Will it be enough to offset attrition, injury, and inexperience along the all-important defensive line? Chris and our ringers explore this question and more as they scrutinize Penn State's talent on the defensive side of the ball. HOSTED BY: Chris BuchignaniGUESTS: Mike Levine, Nick Mantegna

    FALL '21 Episode 1: Penn State Roster Breakdown (Offense)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 73:48

    Per Obligatory tradition, one of our most popular features returns: the Penn State football preview in which Chris enlists the assistance of fellow LION 90.7fm alumni to analyze the Nittany Lions roster in two installments, beginning with the offense. This year, former FIU and Miami Hurricanes broadcaster Mike Levine returns, per usual, and he is joined by Villanova Athletics and Big East Network broadcaster Nick Mantegna, reuniting a student radio broadcast team 20 years after they brought their half dozen listeners such unforgettable gems as Joe Paterno's record-breaking 324th career win versus Ohio State and such forgettable disappointments as most other games in the 2001 season. After a disastrous fake season in which first-year offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca's unit did little to prevent a historically-bad 0-5 start, James Franklin was quick with the hook, replacing Ciarrocca with the highly-coveted Mike Yurcich, whose rapid rise through the coaching ranks has included successful stints at Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and Texas. The cupboard is far from bare for Yurcich, who'll scheme plays for some of the most talented running backs and tight ends in the country plus a returning duo of wideouts who should rank among the most dangerous in the Big Ten. But as ever, it all comes down to the guys up front. Can offensive line coach Phil Trautwein coax the breakout performance Penn State have waited on for years? Will it matter if third-year starting quarterback Sean Clifford cannot elevate his play under Yurcich's tutelage? Chris and our ringers tackle these questions and more as they scrutinize Penn State's talent on the offensive side of the ball.HOSTED BY: Chris BuchignaniGUESTS: Mike Levine, Nick Mantegna

    SUMMER '21 Episode 5: The Real Hiking Viking

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 130:24

    We wrap up our 2021 Summer semester with this extended conversation with returning guest Tom Gathman, better known to outdoor and adventure enthusiasts across the globe as The Real Hiking Viking. A Marines Corps combat veteran, Tom grew up around Penn State football and Joe Paterno - really - his dad produced Joe's famous Holsum Milano bread advertising campaign, which he discussed during our short introductory conversation with him earlier this year. These days, he backpacks all over the world, pitting himself against the elements in long treks far from civilization, but never so far that he misses a Nittany Lions kickoff during the Fall. Sought-after as an outdoor brand ambassador and a die-hard Penn State football fan, Tom also produces the weekly Blue & White Brothers Podcast during the season. In this wide-ranging interview, Chris and Mailman go in-depth with Tom about life on the trail, loving the Lions, and the best way to avoid being eaten by a bear.The Real Hiking Viking's website: http://www.therealhikingviking.com/Tom's previous appearance on the podcast: https://www.statecollege.com/obligatory-psu/spring-21-episode-22-the-award-winner-the-hiking-viking/HOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Tom Gathman (The Hiking Viking)

    SUMMER '21 Episode 4: Unlicensed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 71:41

    On July 1, 2021, the epoch of college football that began in 1869 with Rutgers and Princeton playing a bizarre combination of soccer and rugby came to a close, and a whole new era began. That might be overstating things a bit, but not much! If nothing else, the advent of name, image, and likeness (NIL) monetization for college athletes marks an end to the NCAA's increasingly-controversial notion of amateurism as the foundation of intercollegiate athletics, an idea dating back to the early 1900s. One week in, the early returns have included much of the chaos and uncertainty you'd expect from the ruling body's hands-off, Wild West approach to perhaps the most significant change in its history. If nothing else, on the Miami Hurricanes' next trip to the national title game, they'll all be able to afford their own fatigues (although after 16 years in the ACC, maybe they ought to focus on their first appearance in the conference title game to get started). There will plenty of time to assess the new world of college football and plenty more good discussions about it here on the show. For now, we give our early reactions and predictions for how Penn State can navigate this volatile, new landscape.HOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SUMMER '21 Episode 3: College Football Playoff Expansion Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 62:59

    Once upon a time, Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions were the new kid on the college football block, struggling to earn respect among the established titans of the sport while battling entrenched stereotypes about the inferiority of "Eastern football." It felt like a rigged game in which even going undefeated wasn't nearly enough. Today's Group of Five conference contenders - Boise State, UCF, Cincinnati - face a similar uphill climb, but the coming expansion of the college football playoff may finally afford these programs and their frustrated fans a chance to escape the on-deck circle. Meanwhile, Old State has long since graduated to the ranks of the bluebloods, and the move to 12 teams has far different implications for the Lions and their current head coach in the pursuit of a coveted national title. From opening doors for the sport's scrappy underdogs to impacting - positively, we hope - everything in Happy Valley from recruiting to the fans' psyches, we further explore the near-future of college ball in the chaotic playoff era."Taking 'The Walk' with James Franklin" by Ben Jones of StateCollege.com: https://www.statecollege.com/penn-state-football-taking-the-walk-with-james-franklin/Part 1 of our Playoff Expansion discussions: https://share.transistor.fm/s/b75ef3e6HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SUMMER '21 Episode 2: SCOTUS stiff arms the NCAA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 70:14

    When is losing 9-0 more embarrassing than losing 6-4? When you're the governing body of one of the nation's most venerable and popular sports leagues and you're handed a unanimous legal shellacking by a politically-divided Supreme Court in the most charged atmosphere of partisan polarization in a century. Many Americans have wondered what force could possible compel us to come together in unity, and that turned out to be the venal cynicism and stupefying incompetence of the NCAA. The organization and its nincompoop president Mark Emmert certainly make fun rhetorical punching bags, and there's good, clean fun to be had from reveling in their deeply-deserved embarrassment and misfortune. But once the dunk tank is closed, is the new course being plotted for college athletics one that will ultimately please fans and preserve what made it worth caring about in the first place? Are we even asking the right questions to find out before it's too late?NCAA Financial Calculator (USA Today): https://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/finances/SPRING '21 Episode 13: The NCAA on Trial: https://share.transistor.fm/s/e0e11d0cHOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SUMMER '21 Episode 1: College Football Playoff Expansion Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 45:02

    Few teams have been more consistently cheated of the chance to prove their worthiness as title contenders on the field than the Penn State Nittany Lions. Joe Paterno famously coached four teams that went undefeated and uncrowned, and as he was for so many of college football's eventual innovations, Joe was an outspoken advocate for a playoff system to determine a champion. After years of hearing it would never happen, an actual four-team playoff still left the 2016 Big Ten Champion Nittany Lions on the outside looking in. So news that the college playoffs are set to expand to include 12 teams in the near future should be welcome in Happy Valley, where the home team would have made a 12-team field in four of the last seven years. But might moving from four top contenders to 12 teams overall prove "too much of a good thing?" That's the question we tackle as we begin our examination of the college football playoff's inevitable expansion.12-Team Playoff Brackets (2014-20): https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-playoff-expansion-how-a-12-team-field-would-have-looked-in-each-of-last-seven-seasons/HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 24: Two White Outs Twice As Nice?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 49:48

    With the announcement that Penn State's highly-anticipated non-conference matchup with Auburn will kick off under the lights at Beaver Stadium, anticipation is high that the marquee matchup will also see the triumphant return of the Greatest Show in College Football: The Beaver Stadium White Out. While some fans consider this a welcome opportunity to shift the annual (except during global pandemics) White Out off the alternating schedule of Michigan and Ohio State, others see November's visit from the Wolverines an opportunity to White Out the Beav for a second time, an unprecedented move for highly unusual times. So in this episode, we kick around the question of how much is too much of a good thing and reminisce about some of the greatest night game environments in the history of Penn State football.HOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 23: Penn State Letterman Lydell Sargeant

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 71:44

    The guys interview Penn State Football Letterman Lydell Sargeant, a Pittsburgh native who committed to PSU as part of Joe Paterno's legendary 2005 recruiting class, the only class in school history with two Big Ten titles over their time in Happy Valley. After switching from receiver to defensive back following his freshman season, Lydell saw increasing playing time in State's defensive backfield over the next several years, culminating in an All Big Ten senior season in which he led the 2008 conference champs in interceptions and pass breakups. That year he was also heavily involved in Barack Obama's presidential campaign efforts on campus and around State College.After an NFL career with the Buffalo Bills was cut short by injury, he returned to Penn State to work in Athletics, served on the Football Lettermen's Club executive committee, and earned a master's degree in sports management studies from California University of PA. He went on to positions with Marquette, Utah Valley University, and UCLA before assuming his current position as Associate AD for Development and Revenue Generation at Morgan State University, an HBCU located in Baltimore, Maryland.2008 Oregon State at Penn State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87JXQGD9_542008 Penn State at Wisconsin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UMDDQsVF3o2008 Penn State at Ohio State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFKn2d2hYXMHOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Lydell Sargeant Support Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 22: The Award Winner & The Hiking Viking

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 47:56

    Listen to guest Miriam Colvin's award-winning podcast: https://soundcloud.com/miriam-colvin/competition-with-the-bestWith Spring football and the NFL Draft in the rearview, the guys turn their attention to exploring some of the interesting stories and people in and around the Nittany Valley. Penn State freshman Miriam Colvin had only tried producing a podcast once before, but when she decided to document an old family story that tied back to the great Muhammed Ali, the final product - "Competition with the Best" - ended up winning NPR's national Student Podcast Challenge. Miriam gives an account of her journey from Sunshine State to Happy Valley and achieving this cool recognition.USMC vet Tom Gathman grew up around Penn State football and Joe Paterno - really - his dad produced Joe's famous Holsum Milano bread advertising campaign. Now "The Hiking Viking" backpacks all over the world, pitting himself against the elements in long treks far from civilization, but never so far that he misses a Nittany Lions kickoff during the Fall. Sought-after outdoor brand ambassador and die-hard PSU football fan, Tom also produces the weekly Blue & White Brothers Podcast during the season. He checks in with the guys ahead of his next adventure and is set to return for a full episode later this Summer. The Real Hiking Viking's website: http://www.therealhikingviking.com/Miriam on NPR's "All Things Considered": https://www.npr.org/2021/04/21/989608753/competition-with-the-greatest-podcast-winner-fact-checked-family-loreHOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUESTS: Miriam Colvin, Tom Gathman (The Hiking Viking) Support Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 21: Penn State NFL Draft Wrap-up w/ Sheil Kapadia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 48:44

    Six Penn State Nittany Lions were taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, with linebacker Micah Parsons and edge rusher Odafe (Jayson) Oweh going in the first round. Tight end Pat Freiermuth headed to Pittsburgh via the second round, and three other Lions - defensive end Shaka Toney and offensive linemen Michael Menet and Will Fries - going off the board consecutively in the seventh. Penn State (and LION 90.7fm) alumnus Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic joins the show to evaluate the team fit and professional outlook for all six Staters selected. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Sheil KapadiaSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 20: Penn State in the NFL Draft w/ ESPN's Matt Bowen

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 39:12

    Which Nittany Lions will hear their names called (and when) in the 2021 NFL Draft? ESPN pro football analyst Matt Bowen joins the show to evaluate Penn State's prospects in the 2021 draft class, including Micah Parsons, Jayson Oweh, Pat Freiermuth, and Shaka Toney. Matt was a four-year letterwinner as a safety at Iowa, earning second-team All America and first-team All Big Ten during his college career. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2000, and his seven-year NFL career also included stints with Green Bay, Washington, and Buffalo. Currently, he serves as an NFL writer and analyst at ESPN, including co-hosting the incomparable NFL Matchup. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Matt BowenSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 19: Blue-White Redux Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 37:12

    Why have one real Blue-White Weekend when you can hold two fake ones instead? Well, for plenty of reasons, of course, but after the last 12 months, you take whatever you can get. After holding an open football scrimmage (or practice or something) for Penn State freshmen a week prior, the Nittany Lions returned to Beaver Stadium for their 15th and final practice of the Spring season and gave University Park's senior class a send-off under the lights. Intriguing plot lines that emerged during our first peek at the 2021 squad continued to develop, while concerns about the progress of new coordinator Mike Yurcich's offense may have been at least partially addressed. Chris and Mike the Mailman share their first-hand observations and impressions from their strange, but welcome return to the House that Joe Built.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 18: Penn State alum Rob Lawless (Rob's 10k Friends)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 51:47

    After graduating from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Finance, Rob Lawless began work at the global consulting firm Deloitte, later moving on to start-up venture RJ Metrics. When that company was acquired in 2015, he turned his full attention to meeting 10,000 new people and spending an hour with each of them. To date, Rob has met over 3,500 people from 35 states and 60 different countries, along the way appearing on media outlets like the TODAY Show, On the Air with Ryan Seacrest, and now this dopey podcast. We love highlighting good stories and interesting people from the Nittany Valley, so we hope you enjoy this conversation with Rob, who covers all those bases and then some.Rob's 10k Friends: https://www.robs10kfriends.com/ HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Rob LawlessSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 17: Penn State Scrimmage Summary w/ Nubyjas Wilborn

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 64:03

    Only freshmen and reporters were allowed inside Beaver Stadium for what turned out to be the first of two Fake Blue-White Saturdays (with the next to follow a week later for seniors), so the guys enlisted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Penn State football reporter Nubyjas Wilborn to share insights and observations on this first look at the 2021 Nittany Lions. The defensive front seven and heralded freshman Kalen King delivered eye-opening performances, while the quarterback position and - stop us if you've heard this one before - offensive line left ample room for improvement. Nubyjas expounds on these and other takeaways from Penn State's 12th of 15 Spring practices. Nubyjas Wilborn's Five Takeaways from Blue-White Weekend: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/psu/2021/04/17/Penn-State-Nittany-Lions-football-Blue-White-five-takeaways/stories/202104170045Follow all of Nubyjas' Penn State coverage the Post-Gazette: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/psuWatch every Penn State Spring Football coach & player media call (via Blue White Illustrated): https://www.youtube.com/c/bluewhiteillustratedvideo/videosHOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Nubyjas Wilborn Support Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 16: Penn State Spring Roster Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 88:06

    Fake Blue-White Saturday is upon us, so why not mark the occasion by squeezing the last droplets of #content from a traditionally substance-free weekend that this year is a literal non-event? Great friend of the show Mike Levine, Buchignani's former student radio broadcast partner on The LION 90.7fm, joins the show to help review key storylines at each position group on offense and defense as Penn State wraps Spring practice. This may come as a surprise, but the conversation ends up in a lengthy digression, this time concerning the long-term numbing effect of the gridiron frustration and disappointment parceled out by the Nittany Lions over the last half-decade. If you want to know what feeling optimistic and bad all at once is like, then listen to this entire episode!Offensive Line Coach Phil Trautwein's Media Availability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZHkiOc5LY Watch every Penn State Spring Football coach & player media call (via Blue White Illustrated): https://www.youtube.com/c/bluewhiteillustratedvideo/videosHOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Mike Levine Support Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 15: Penn State Spring Football Stories #2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 65:40

    More feeding the #content-starved beast with morsels of news and insight plumbed from the depths of Penn State Spring Football coach and player interviews. Former Nittany Lions offensive lineman Keith "Goon" Conlin (1991-95) of The Lion Country Kia Goon & Ironhead Show sits in with Brandon, Chris, and Mike the Mailman. Discussions cover the importance of returning to "real" Spring football in 2021, the impact of new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and the (remote?) possibility that PSU's offensive line might not disappoint this season. Even if you learn nothing, you get an offensive and defensive lineman in the same (virtual) room and the insults fly, so there's always the entertainment value.Watch every Penn State Spring Football coach & player media call (via Blue White Illustrated): https://www.youtube.com/c/bluewhiteillustratedvideo/videosFor The Blogy's Blue-White Game improvements: https://fortheblogy.com/sunday-column-a-few-ways-to-make-the-blue-white-game-more-colorful/HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Keith ConlinSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 14: Penn State Spring Football Stories #1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 62:19

    Spring football is back in Happy Valley for the first time in nearly two years, and for a program that struggled mightily through 2020 without the benefit of offseason practices, its return has been warmly received by coaches, players, and fans. With James Franklin, several Nittany Lions assistant coaches, and multiple players addressing the media each week, we'll be sharing some highlights along with commentary on what it all might mean as Old State gears up for a critical Fall. In this episode, we're talking talent and flexibility at linebacker, transfer portal reinforcements along the front four, and two young siblings with possible stardom in their future. Fair warning: You'll have to wade through the usual tangents and digressions (all good stuff!) to get there.Watch every Penn State Spring Football coach & player media call (via Blue White Illustrated): https://www.youtube.com/c/bluewhiteillustratedvideo/videosHOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 13: The NCAA on Trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 69:58

    What a mess. For many years now (and several decades prior, really), the NCAA and its member schools have been losing ground in their seemingly-hopeless battle to preserve the concept of "amateurism," which they view as the basis for college sports. It's a system that has walled college athletes off from the benefits of skyrocketing revenues. Even as the business of college sports has prospered, many believe the value returned to the athletes hasn't kept pace. Under the august leadership of odious dunce Mark Emmert, the NCAA can barely offer a coherent defense of its current model, let alone undertake any serious reform of it. And now the latest battleground is the United States Supreme Court. There are no easy answers to be had, and this discussion offers varying perspectives on the matter as college sports stands trial before the highest court in the land. And after that long shot of seriousness, chase it with analysis of former Penn State point guard Jamari Wheeler's troll game in transferring to Ohio State. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 12: Penn State Reporter Mark Wogenrich, SI.com

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 67:30

    SI.com's Penn State reporter Mark Wogenrich returns to the show to talk about the transition from the bad, fake season of 2020 to the critical offseason and Spring practices of 2021. After sharing a few recollections of the bizarre experience of covering Penn State football from an empty Beaver Stadium, he offers observations from Spring football coach and player interviews, early thoughts on the 2021 season, and even some speculation that two Nittany Lions (Micah Parsons and Jayson Oweh) could go in the top 10 of the NFL Draft for the first time since 2000. Mark Wogenrich has covered Penn State football since 1999, beginning at The Allentown Morning Call  and now for Sports Illustrated's Penn State channel.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Mark WogenrichIf you missed it, check out Mark's first guest appearance from last Summer: https://share.transistor.fm/s/322c08cfSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUHappy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 11: Jeff "Ironhead" Byers, Voice of Penn State Wrestling

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 92:58

    Despite falling just shy of the overall team championship at the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Tournament, Penn State's second-place finish included a spectacular four-for-four title match performance on the final night of competition, crowning four individual national champions for the Nittany Lions. Jeff "Ironhead" Byers, the long-time voice of Penn State Wrestling and co-host of The Lion Country Kia Good & Ironhead Show, shares observations and experiences from a tumultuous year for the wrestling team that nevertheless culminated in impressive fashion. Get a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of Penn State's dynasty-in-progess, one of Happy Valley's best unfolding stories. HOSTED BY: Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: Jeff "Ironhead" ByersSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUForward your registration email to obligatorypsu@gmail.com & be entered to win a signed Adrian Amos mini helmet!Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 10: David Eckert of Blue White Illustrated (Penn State Hockey, Hoops+)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 62:20

    Blue White Illustrated's resident jack of all trades David Eckert visits the show to talk about the present and future for Penn State's men's basketball and ice hockey teams, two programs that, each in their own way, struggled through tough years after helplessly watching historic seasons get cut short by the pandemic in 2020. Is new head coaching hire Micah Shrewsberry the leader to finally break PSU's cycle of futility in hoops? Can Guy Gadowsky build on a rocky rebuilding year and keep his young hockey team on an upward trajectory? Can Kevin win Mailman's March Madness survivor pool? Possible answers to at least some of these questions await. HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniGUEST: David EckertSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUForward your registration email to obligatorypsu@gmail.com & be entered to win a signed Adrian Amos mini helmet!Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 9: Penn State Letterman Brandon Noble (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 69:43

    Brandon continues recounting his football journey, this time focusing on his two seasons as a full-time starter for Penn State. These years spanned a "disappointing" encore to the 1994 Big Ten title in '95, punctuated by a legendary snow-swept home victory over Michigan and a bounce-back bowl win against Auburn, followed by an 11-2 season in '96, in which Brandon was named a senior captain and finished out his PSU career as defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl. Brandon reflects on this era of Nittany Lions football as well as his struggles breaking into the NFL as an undrafted free agent on the San Francisco practice squad. There's a lot to tell about his time in the pros (Barcelona, Dallas, Washington), and Chris, Kevin, and Mailman kept dragging him into digressions (go figure), so there will be a Part 3 in the not-too-distant future.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUForward your registration email to obligatorypsu@gmail.com & be entered to win a signed Adrian Amos mini helmet!Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 8: Penn State Letterman Brandon Noble (Part 1 Redux)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 56:22

    Re-releasing Part One of our interview with Obligatory co-host Brandon Noble (originally published in August 2019) in advance of the all-new second installment coming next week. Brandon's got a great story about the intersection of life and football, and he tells it well.In this first interview, Brandon talks about the journey that took him across the country – from Southern California to Virginia Beach – and eventually to Happy Valley, suiting up for some of JoePa's best teams in the mid-1990's: The recruiting process, choosing between Michigan and Penn State, and his first three years in the program, which included plenty of adversity and adjustment as well as a chance to play for an undefeated Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion. Our next installment will cover his role as a key starter at defensive tackle in 1995-96, from the legendary "Snowball Game" against Michigan in '95 to ending his career as Fiesta Bowl MVP the following year, and how his pro football career nearly ended before it began.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Chris Buchignani

    SPRING '21 Episode 7: Penn State's Promising Winter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 69:17

    Although adversity of all kinds plagued the Nittany Lions last season on their way to a historic 0-5 start, hope is on the horizon and help is on the way. From a recent commitment from blue chip quarterback Drew Allar, potentially the Franklin staff's biggest QB recruit thus far, to a series of roster, staff, and facility improvements, the signs are everywhere that Penn State football is poised to bounce back in a major way from the struggles of 2020. In this episode, the guys review 10 stories from the nascent off-season that all point in a positive direction for the program's future:10. Arrival of new coaching consultants9. Lasch upgrades approved8. Xfer Portal addition by subtraction7. Safeties coach Anthony Poindexter6. Kenny Sanders returns5. Xfer Portal addition by addition4. TE coaching turnover3. Key seniors come back2. New OC Mike Yurcich1. A semi-normal SpringHOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUForward your registration email to obligatorypsu@gmail.com & be entered to win a signed Adrian Amos mini helmet!Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 6: Facilities Follies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 63:29

    Water slides and flight simulators for all. Penn State's plan to spend millions on renovations and upgrades to the Lasch football building created a stir when Jay Paterno spoke out against it while Letterman and fellow trustee Brandon Short was equally outspoken in his support. Although the plan was approved to move forward, comments from LaVar Arrington fanned the flames of controversy, and the issue generated a lot of conversation across social and traditional media. In this episode, the guys weigh in on a question with no simple answers.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris BuchignaniSupport Our Great Sponsors:Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Audible: audibletrial.com/ObligatoryPSUForward your registration email to obligatorypsu@gmail.com & be entered to win a signed Adrian Amos mini helmet!Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: HappyValley.comCentral PA Tasting Trail: CentralPATastingTrail.com

    SPRING '21 Episode 5: Penn State's 2020 Good & Bad, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 73:18

    If nothing else, the wild fake season of 2020 was history-making for the Penn State Nittany Lions, in ways both awful (0-5) and terrific (900 wins). From a wealth of young talent showing out at the skill positions to the many maddening instances of game mismanagement, the guys continue their reflection on the good and bad aspects of a season like none other here in Happy Valley.HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

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