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STADIUM FUN – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

In Stadium Fun on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

JFK Stadium, The Spectrum, Veterans Stadium – Philadelphia – 1972

In my opinion there’s never a bad time to talk about different things with sports over your favorite beverage, whether it be a cold adult beverage or an ice cold Coke or glass of iced tea. A buddy and I got into a great conversation about stadiums that we’ve been to watch games, either professional or college. We were throwing out some pretty neat places. I decided to try to put them all on paper and see how it sorted out. I’ll ask you to click the “comment” button at the bottom of this article and add your list. I bet by the time we get through we will have covered some pretty amazing places and brought back a lot of memories. So her ya go.

College Football

JFK Stadium, Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Beaver Stadium, Heinz Field, Delaware Stadium, Villanova Stadium, Miche Stadium – Army, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Navy, Byrd Stadium – Maryland, The Orange Bowl and Sun Life Stadium – Miami, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Florida, Doak Campbell Stadium – Florida State, Notre Dame Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – USF, Ohio Stadium – Ohio State, Memorial Stadium – Illinois, Neyland Stadium – Tennessee, Spartan Stadium – Michigan State, Citrus Bowl –  Orlando, RFK Stadium – Washington, Bobby Dodd Stadium – Georgia Tech, Ram Stadium – Shepherd, Kutztown Stadium. There are many other D2 stadiums my son coached in and my nephew played in that I won’t add. I’ve been inside Bryant-Denny Stadium – Alabama, Legion Field – Birmingham Alabama, Jordan Hare Stadium – Auburn, Tiger Stadium – LSU, Michigan Stadium – Michigan and Faurot Field – Missouri but have never seen games there.

 

Baseball

Connie Mack Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, PNC Park – Pittsburgh, Memorial Stadium and Jacobs Field in Cleveland Indians, Old Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in New York, Fulton County Stadium – Atlanta Braves, Tropicana Field – Tampa, Pro Player (Sun Life) Stadium – Miami, The Ballpark at Arlington – Rangers, Wrigley Field – Cubs, Camden Yards – Orioles

 

Pro Football

Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Tampa Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FedEx Field – Washington, AllTel Stadium – Jacksonville, Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, New Orlleans Super Dome – was in the building but didn’t see a game there.

 

College Basketball

The only one that matters – The Palestra, Spectrum, The Pavilion – Villanova, O’Connell Center – Florida, John Paul Jones Arena – Virginia, Charlotte Coliseum, Thompson-Boling Arena – Tennessee, Cole Field House – Maryland

 

Pro Hockey

Spectrum, Wachovia Center, Florida Fair Grounds and Ice Palace – Tampa, Mellon Arena – Pittsburgh

 

Pro Basketball

Philadelphia Convention Center, Spectrum, Wachovia Center, Orlando Arena, Madison Square Garden – Didn’t see a game there.

 

NASCAR

Daytona Motor Speedway – Daytona 500 and Firecracker 500, Pocono Raceway – Pocono 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway – World 600, Dover Speedway – Dover 500  

That’s the best I could come up with of the top of my head. I’ll probably think of some place that I missed but that’s it for now. Feel free to “Comment” so everyone can see the rest of the list.  

 

 

 

 

Joe Paterno – The Final Football Chapter

In Joe Paterno on January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

There have been so many great things written about Joe Paterno this week following his passing and very few of them talked about the football coach. That in itself is truly amazing when you’re talking about the winningest coach in FBS history. This is a lengthy list but one I think that’s worth reading. His accomplishments over 61 years in Happy Valley will never be surpassed.

  • Donated more than $4 million to Penn State, and funded the school’s library.
  • College Football Hall of Fame – 2007
  • Most Wins – 409
  • Most Bowl Wins – 24
  • National Championships – 2, 1982, 1986
  • Undefeated Season – 5, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1994
  • Big 10 Championships – 3, 1994, 2005, 2008
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – 1986
  • AFCA Coach of the Year – 5, 1968, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2005
  • Walter Camp Coach of the Year – 3, 1972, 1994, 2005
  • Big 10 Coach of the Year – 3, 1994, 2005, 2008
  • George Munger Award – – 3, 1990, 1994, 2005
  • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year – 3, 1978, 1982, 1986
  • Paul “Bear” Bryant Award – 1, 1986
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg Award – 1, 2002
  • The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award – 1, 2005
  • Sporting News Coach of the Year Award – 1, 2005
  • Most seasons as Head Coach at one university – 44
  • Years on the Penn State staff – 62
  • Beaver Stadium capacity in 1966 – 46,284
  • Beaver Stadium capacity in 2012 – 106,572
  • Winning Seasons – 38, one more than Bear Bryant.
  • 1st Team All Americans – 79.
  • National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes – 16
  • First-team Capital One/CoSIDA All-Americans – 37
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners – 18
  • 1st Team Academic All-American – 13 since 2006.
  • NFL Players – 350+
  • NFL 1st Round Draft Choices – 32
  • U.S, Presidents during his PSU career – 13 starting with Harry Truman
  • Since he became head coach in 1966, there have been 886 coaching changes at FBS schools.
  • Head Coaching Record – 409-136-3
  • Bowl Record – 24-12-1
  • The only coach to win each of the four major bowls—Rose, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar—as well as the Cotton Bowl Classic, at least once.
  • Penn State won at least three bowl games each decade since 1970.
  • Fiesta Bowl Wins – 6, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996
  • Orange Bowl Wins –  4, 1968, 1969, 1973, and 2005
  • Outback Bowl Wins – 3, 1995, 1998, 2006
  • Cotton Bowl Wins – 2, 1972 and 1974
  • Citrus Bowl Wins – 2, 1993 and 2010
  • Alamo Bowl Wins – 2, 1999 and 2007
  • Rose Bowl Wins – 1, 1994
  • Sugar Bowl Wins – 1, 1982
  • Liberty Bowl Wins – 1, 1979
  • Aloha Bowl Wins – 1, 1983
  • Holiday bowl Wins – 1, 1989

THE PATERNO TIME LINE TO 704 GAMES – 409 WINS

ASSISTANT COACH

  • May 27, 1950 – Hired by Rip Engle to coach the quarterbacks.
  • September 30, 1950 – 1st game – Penn State defeated Georgetown, 34-14, before a crowd of 16,617 at New Beaver Field.
  • October 29, 1960 – Game #100 Penn State 34 West Virginia 13.

HEAD COACH

  • September 17, 1966 – Win #1. In front of a crowd of 40,911 inside Beaver Stadium a 15-7 win over Maryland. 
  • January 1, 1969: Penn State 15, Kansas 14; first perfect season, 11-0
  • September 26, 1970 – Game #200 Penn State lost to Colorado 41-23, snapping the Nittany Lions’ 31-game unbeaten streak.
  • January 1, 1970: Penn State 10, Missouri 3; second perfect season, 11-0
  • January 1, 1974: Penn State 16, LSU 9; third perfect season, 12-0
  • November. 6, 1976: WIN #100, Penn State 41, N.C. State 20
  • October 21, 1978 – Game #300. Penn State 45-15 Syracuse 15.
  • January 1, 1983 – Penn State won its first National Championship defeating No. 1 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. 
  • November 22, 1986 – Game #400 Penn State 34 Pittsburgh 14.
  • January 2, 1987 – The Nittany Lions claimed their second National Championship with a 14-10 upset of then No. 1 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • September. 5, 1987: WIN #200 – Penn State 45, Bowling Green 19
  • January. 2, 1995: Penn State 38, Oregon 20; fifth perfect season, 12-0
  • September 23, 1995 – Game #500 Penn State defeated Rutgers in Giants Stadium, 59-34.
  • September. 12, 1998: WIN #300 – Penn State 48, Bowling Green 3
  • October 27, 2001 – WIN #324. In one of the greatest Penn State comebacks in Beaver Stadium history, the Nittany Lions rallied from a 27-9 deficit to defeat rival Ohio State  The win moved Coach Paterno past Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant into the all-time victories lead in Division I college football history.
  • September 27, 2003 – Game #600 Penn State was upset 20-14 by Minnesota.
  • November 6, 2010 – WIN #400 at Beaver Stadium. Wins 100, 200, 300, 324 and 400 and 409 were all played at Beaver Stadium.  The game was the biggest comeback in Beaver Stadium history under Joe.  Penn State scored 35 unanswered points to overcome a 21-0 deficit to beat Northwestern 35-21. 
  • October 1, 2011 – Game #700 Penn State beat Indiana 16-10 in Bloomington.
  • October 29, 2011 – Win #409 Penn State beat Illinois 10-7 at Beaver Stadium. This would be the final game and final win for Coach Paterno. This was also Game #704.
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