Dean's List (cont.)
Light poles, stops signs, cars, parking meters, one-way-street signs, newspaper boxes -- this is the list of items exuberant Penn State fans celebrating their football team's victory over Ohio State on Saturday night destroyed. After the Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 13-6, a celebration erupted in "Beaver Canyon," a strip of bars in downtown State College. When people started tossing shoes, water, toilet paper, pots and pans from balconies down onto the street, police in riot gear used mace to disperse the crowd. No one is really sure why a victory on the football field causes certain fans to riot, but Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon has an idea: "Sometimes there aren't a lot of answers when there are 25-cent beers and one-dollar Jell-O shots."
I was in the supermarket the other day and I saw a guy stuffing a chicken down his pants. He didn't hide his poultry very well. In fact, he looked exactly like a guy with a chicken down his pants and, while I was checking out, supermarket security nabbed the shoplifter. That was dumb, but not as dumb as the three Nevada basketball players who were picked up for shoplifting from a sporting goods store and suspended from the team just one day before the season started. Starting guard Brandon Fields, a six-foot-four junior who was the Wolf Pack's third-leading scorer last season with 12.4 ppg, and two freshman were charged with petty larceny, which is fancy legal speak for theft of an item worth less than $250. No word yet on what the Nevada players were caught stealing. My guess is it wasn't a chicken...
For nearly two years, the mighty Bowdoin field hockey team hadn't lost a single game. The Polar Bears hadn't suffered defeat since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, winning 31-straight since then. But all good things must come to an end and last Saturday, Trinity College halted Bowdoin's winning streak, beating the Polar Bears 2-0. The loss also knocked Bowdoin out of the top ranking in D-III for the first time this season and broke the team's 39-game home-field winning streak that dated all the way back to October of 2004. So how does a team that doesn't lose deal with losing? Pretty well. In its first game after the defeat, Bowdoin destroyed Colby 8-1.
It's tougher than it seems being a high-school basketball recruit. As a teenager, not only do you have to deal with puberty and a wide array of vultures looking to make a few bucks off of your potential, but you've got to weather the ever-shifting nature of college coaching. Abdul Gaddy, a high-rated point guard out of Tacoma, Washington, thought he was going to Arizona next year to play for legendary coach Lute Olson. That'd be awesome. What young baller wouldn't want to play for a coach who has more Pac-10 wins than any other coach in history? But when Olson took last season off, Gaddy decommitted. When Olson announced he was returning to the bench, though, Gaddy recommitted. Now that Olson has abruptly retired for good, the six-foot-three guard has to weigh his options a third time. Gaddy's also considering UCLA and Washington, but says there is no timetable for making his final decision. No kidding there's no timetable! It's like Gaddy's asked a girl to the prom three times and each time she answered differently before finally deciding to just stay home and eat pizza.
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