The Battle for Happy Valley Bragging Rights

The Battle for Happy Valley Bragging Rights

(For the Phils-Marlins thread, see below this post)

One thing we hear a lot about here is that the Eagles-Steelers rivalry is yoooge up at Penn State, for obvious reasons. It may not be as intense in Philly and Pittsburgh proper, where divisional rivalries take precedence, but it's still a pretty good one.

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Eagles Cheerleaders 3, originally uploaded by The700Level.

As we've talked about throughout the week, this is a close matchup with both teams being pretty good. I still like the Birds' chances though. Questions of the day include: Can the Andrews-less line provide adequate protection for McNabb? Can the front four get in Big Ben's, maybe see how that shoulder is feeling early? Will the D be able to contain Willie Parker while keeping an eye on Santonio, Hines, and Heath? If at a wedding, Brian Westbrook's host ran out of wine, could he turn water into Silver Oak?

On that O-line, Jamaal Jackson will be playing with a heavy heart after
attending funeral services for his brother yesterday. A father of four,
he was killed in a hit-and-run accident a week ago today.

I don't know how I feel about this, but the panel of geniuses on ESPN NFL Countdown unanimously picked the Eagles to win. Keyshawn was pretty emphatic about it. Whatever, we'll take it. The Birds are a damn good team, coming off a tough road loss. There's going to be a lot of motivation not to go 1-2, and it's a home game. The crowd, who is long since drunk by now with the 4:15 start, should be on fire. Go Birds.

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.