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The Pride Comes...

Unfortunately, for the "sell out" crowd that packed Beaver Stadium tonight, talk is incredibly cheap.

One, as in the number of offensive touchdowns NASCAR would score before garbage time
One, as in the number of offensive touchdowns NASCAR would score before garbage time
Patrick Smith

I've got to hand it to you, Black Shoe Diaries. You really had me going.

For the last seven days I've turned to your site for the "enemy" perspective on Ohio State/Penn State, and what I found had me totally and completely spooked.

I read the predictions roundtable, where all eight writers predicted a Penn State win -- most by a sizable margin -- and the commentariat extolled the virtues of the Nittany Lions on both sides of the ball.

I was told that "The pure physicality of the defense will result in PTSD for everyone wearing scarlet and gray," and that "Urban Meyer will weep." I read how Penn State's FIVE tight ends would emasculate the Buckeye's embattled linebacking corps. I heard people comparing our defenders to traffic cones, and building up the Iowa defense to Saban-esque proportions.

The only thing i didn't hear was objectivity. Don't get me wrong, I love confidence, especially when it comes from a fanbase that's been through hell and back. But weren't you the team that lost to Ohio in your season opener? Isn't this the same outfit that couldn't kick a field goal to save its life against Virgina, and who collected two losses before some swimming pools closed for the season?

As I told friends throughout the week, I like Bill O'Brien, and the job he's done resurrecting a program that was decimated by scandal and NCAA sanctions, and I sincerely believe that eventually, he will steer State College back into its rightful place in the college football Pantheon.

But let's face it, five straight wins against suspect competition (and Northwestern) do not a comeback make.

Still, I gave you the benefit of the doubt. After all, there is strength in numbers, and I've never seen such a unanimous consensus. Unfortunately, for the "sell out" crowd that packed Beaver Stadium tonight, talk is incredibly cheap.

When it mattered most, your quarterback looked a lot more like the Matt McGloin of 2010, than the Tom Brady analog I read about in the forums. When the game was on the line, your defensive line looked more vin du table than premiere cru.

So bravo for the slight of hand. Kudos for the hubris. You had me fooled.

But you didn't fool Urbs.