WATERCOOLER CHAT: PENN STATE IN ROSE BOWL, THUNDER THUD

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

It was a great day in college football.

First up, the #8 Penn State Nittany Lions were looking to earn a ticket to the Rose Bowl.  All they had to do was get past #15 Michigan State Spartans.  But hey, when you can go to the ROSE BOWL, you don’t mess around.  Penn State destroyed the Spartans behind an incredible day from the quarterback Daryll Clark.  He threw for an amazing 341 yards and 4 TOUCHDOWNS!!!  And the Lions are headed to Pasadena in January.  Penn State 49, Michigan State 18.

Meanwhile, whom Penn State will face is still a question mark.  It will be either USC or Oregon State.  And all Oregon State has to do is win their remaining games.  If both USC and Oregon State win out, then Oregon State would hold the tiebreaker because they beat USC earlier in the season.  But — the Beavers got a true challenge from a feisty Arizona Wildcats team.  Arizona had the lead until the end, but Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut booted a clutch 24-yard field goal to win the game as time expired.  Now, if they can just beat their in-state rival Oregon Ducks, then the Beavers will take on Penn State in the Rose Bowl.  Oregon State 19, Arizona 17.

And over in Columbus, Ohio — one of the most vicious rivalries in college football took place.  It was Michigan v. Ohio State — a match up eagerly anticipated by both fan bases every year.  This season, however, Michigan is the worst they’ve ever been, and nobody expected this to be a contest.  Ohio State simply bowled over the Wolverines, behind their superstar running back Chris “Beanie” Wells.  Ohio State has won the last five meetings, and Ohio State’s highly recruited blue-chip quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, became the first freshman quarterback to beat Michigan since 1978.  Ohio State 42, Michigan 7.

NBA

This season, the Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the entire Seattle fan base felt that their NBA was stolen from them.  Essentially, this was a business move, with no consideration or respect given to the loyal fans.  However, sins like this come with a price, as the Thunder started this season 1-12.  And that was enough for management to fire their head coach, P.J. Carlesimo.  Former Supersonic supporters are definitely smirking at the Thunder’s atrocious start, but if you talk to any of them, they genuinely miss their team.

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