Penn State Slaps Paulus, Syracuse

Penn State Slaps Paulus, Syracuse

Our PSU correspondent Alison writes in with her report from Happy Valley.

Well at least we know Sean Lee is back.
The linebacker made 13 tackles in the 28-7 victory against Syracuse
in their first visit to Beaver Stadium since 1990. Lee played without
the help of Navarro Bowman, but Josh Hull stepped up and was all over
the Orange offense.

The O-line has been the biggest question
mark for a lot of people, and they didn’t do much to answer them.
There was no push from the line to get the running game going, and the
pass blocking was just ok. Despite Clark’s numbers, I didn’t think
he looked too sharp. But the receivers continue to impress me.

Defensively, the Nittany Lions looked
good but the line didn’t have enough consistent pressure on the QB
and the secondary got some help from Syracuse receivers dropping passes.
Malvern alum Ryan Nassib saw some minutes for the Orange and went 4-5
at QB.

After last week’s game, I chalked
up a lousy 2nd half to it just being the first game and things
will improve, but now I’m not so sure. Next week against Temple shouldn’t
be too much of a test, but the Lions have a lot to work on if they want
to win another Big Ten championship.

The Classic Day theme yesterday wasn’t
a huge success. Although a good amount of people wore tye dye, they
were definitely the minority. During breaks in the game, a clip of events
from every year in the 60s played, highlighting some of Penn State’s
best moments from the decade. The Blue Band did a 60s themed halftime
show, playing the Beatles and Aretha Franklin, but my favorite part
of the day was the ovation JoePa got as he jogged into the tunnel at

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

When Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million contract ends in 2020, the Millville, New Jersey, native will be in his prime at 29 years old, and Phillies' fans dream of seeing Trout playing at Citizens Bank Park could be come true.

For the time being, though, Trout, a season-ticket holder, is just chilling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles play the Vikings on Sunday because the Angels are almost as bad as the Phillies and even he couldn't stay away from Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia.

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers welcomed two more players out on to the rink for their practice following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina. 

Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) returned to the ice for the first time since suffering injuries within days of each other. Before Sunday’s light practice, Del Zotto and Laughton had skated two consecutive days prior to work on their conditioning. 

“It’s nice to see them back with the group,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. 

Laughton, who injured himself during a training camp practice after losing an edge, was a bit more forward than Del Zotto on when he hopes to return. 

“I would say within the next five to seven days,” Laughton said.

The 22-year-old pointed to Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh as his target to return. 

As for Del Zotto, the defenseman didn’t want to jinx anything, saying it’s a “day-by-day” situation. He would like to think he’s working on the same timetable as Laughton. If that’s the case, he would be back either a few days before or right on cue with the projected four to five weeks he was scheduled to miss after suffering an injury to his left knee in the preseason against the New York Rangers on Oct. 6. 

“It’s kind of trial and error,” Del Zotto said. 

Above all else, though, the two were just happy to be back with their teammates. Del Zotto said that being around everyone really rejuvenated his spirits. 

“Just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry and camaraderie and being able to joke with the guys,” Del Zotto said, “it’s probably been the best thing for me.”

This past month has especially been hard on the two because of the timing and how last season ended for them. 

While there’s never an ideal time to suffer an injury, the pair saw training camp and the approaching start of the regular season in a different light than most of their teammates.

It was supposed to be their new start. Last season, Del Zotto missed the final few months, including the postseason, after ligament damage to his left wrist. He was having a strong preseason, arguably the top defenseman in camp at the time before suffering his setback.

“Being out so long last year and having to sit and watch playoffs than having six months of grueling rehab to get back into it … that made it sting that much more,” Del Zotto said. “That’s part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I signed up for this.”

The same can be said for Laughton, who experienced a scary injury in Game 4 against Washington after being dumped head first into the boards. 

“I was really excited to have camp and start the year here,” Laughton said. 

The two will be traveling to Montreal with the rest of the Flyers for Monday’s contest. They will each do the morning skate with another bag skate afterward.