The Great Book of Penn State Sports Lists

The Great Book of Penn State Sports Lists

by David Pencek, Matt Pencek

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Penn State fans number in the millions and can be described in one word: rabid. This book presents lists about the good, the bad, and the ugly in Nittany Lion sports history.

From Favorite Players to Greatest Flukes, Best Players to Worst Losses, this is a must-read book for anyone who's had the pleasure of yelling "We are Penn State!"

Includes original contributions from famous PSU alumni!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762442355
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 554 KB

About the Author

Matthew Pencek is a PSU alum and lives in Towsend, Delaware.

David Pencek is the Editorial Director for Barash Publications. He is a Penn State alum and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Dedication 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

Opening Statements 10

Penn State Football Countdown 14

"The Greatest Show" 15

Marching Band Moments O. Richard Bundy 18

A Penn State Education Lee Stout 21

Greatest Athlete in Each Sport 27

Penn State National Champions! 31

Momentous Football Decisions 36

Top Reasons Why Joining the Big Ten Has Been Good for Penn State 41

Top Reasons Why Penn State Should Not Have Joined the Big Ten 43

Top Five Reasons Why Penn State and the New York Yankees Have the Greatest Uniforms in Sports Sweeny Murti 46

Why the Grand Experiment Works at Penn State Dave Joyner 47

A Top Place to Tailgate Joe Cahn 49

Tailgate Treats 50

Top Tailgate Foods Marc Fetters 52

Whatever Happened to … 53

I Am So Done With … 55

Historic Teams 57

On the World Stage 59

JoePa Has Outlasted … 61

Lessons from Joe Paterno Matt Millen 63

Top Coaches Not Named Joe Paterno 64

Most Inspirational Athletes 67

Top Comebacks from Injuries Wayne Sebastianelli 69

Greatest Freshman Seasons 72

Top Rec Hall Moments 74

What Made Rec Hall Special Dan Earl 78

Atlantic 10 Memories 79

Top Ten Penn State Wrestlers Jeff Byers 82

Top Penn State Wrestling Moments Jeff Byers 83

Greatest All-Time Penn State Basketball Players 85

Favorite Lady Lions Lisa Salters 88

PSU Memories Lisa Salters 90

Top Movies that Reference Penn State 91

Which Film/TV Fictional Coach Would Be a Great Replacement for JoePa? 92

Characters of the State 94

Memorable Personalities Steve Jones 96

Thrilling Endings 98

Heartbreaking Losses 102

Memorable Weather Games Joe Bastardi 107

Greatest Penn State Football Players from Pennsylvania 110

Greatest Penn State Football Players from Maryland 111

Greatest Penn State Football Players from New York 112

Greatest Penn State Football Players from New Jersey 113

Greatest Penn State Football Players from Ohio 114

Greatest Penn State Football Players from Delaware and West Virginia 115

Why Joe Paterno Is a Great Coach Lou Holtz 116

Top Football Nicknames 117

Salt and Pepper Bruce Clark 119

The Biggest Shoes to Fill 121

Top Assistants Under Joe Paterno 124

Top Reasons That Explain Penn State's Football Success Jim Caldwell 126

Penn Staters Who Coached Elsewhere 128

Our Favorite College Football Announcers 131

… And Those Announcers We Don't Like 134

An All-American Education 137

Traditions No More Lee Stout 139

Top Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia Moments Jeff Byers 144

Top Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh Moments Scott Henry 146

Top Ten Penn State-Pitt Games 148

Pitt-Penn State Memories Chet Parlavecchio 154

Penn Staters by the Numbers 156

Saturday Night Live Alumni and Penn State 167

Top 25 Bryce Jordan Center Events (non-PSU athletic) Bernie Punt 169

Top Off-Court Memories Kelly Mazzante 172

We All Scream for Ice Cream Jennifer Pencek 174

We Are … Penn State-From an Outsider's Perspective Shannon Pencek 176

Top Ten Famous Nonsports Figures Who Attended Penn State 178

Why the 1982 Polls Got It Right by Voting Penn State Over SMU 180

Why the Voters Got It Wrong in 1994 182

1959-The Season That Almost Was Richie Lucas 184

Could'a … Should'a … Won the Heisman 186

Greatest Quarterback Controversies 191

Linebacker U 196

The Start of Something Special Jack Ham 198

Dynamic Duo Lydell Mitchell 200

Top Penn State Non-BCS Bowl Garnes 203

Top Major Bowl Victories 205

Most Memorable Calls Steve Jones 208

The Greatest Games Against the Big Ten 210

Road Trip Eats Frank Bodani 213

Best Pizza in the Keystone State Mike Munchak 215

All-Time Bars in State College Jeff Byers 217

What's in a Name? 219

JoePa Commercials 221

Fashion Statements Joe Paterno 223

Favorite JoePa Press Conference Moments Neil Rudel 225

Greatest Penn Staters for Each NFL Team 227

Pro Championship Game Performances by Penn Staters 231

Lion Killers 234

Surprising Football Heroes 238

Top Walk-ons Under Joe Paterno 240

Missed Basketball Opportunities 242

Family Ties 245

Why I Love Happy Valley Mike McQueary 249

All-Time Top Athletes from Centre County Ron Bracken 251

A Happy Valley Bucket List 253

Top Ten Things We'd Love to See it Penn State 255

All-Time Football Team 257

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