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The premier Penn State football podcast, presented by Black Shoe Diaries.

The premier Penn State football podcast, presented by Black Shoe Diaries.


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The premier Penn State football podcast, presented by Black Shoe Diaries.








Episode 38: Penn State Football Trivia - Game 2

Penn State Football Trivia continues on this episode of the BSBP, with Patrick joined by BSD staff writers Marty & Dylan to take on our returning champions, Jared & Tim.


Episode 37: Penn State Football Trivia - Game 1

The BSBP is back! For this go around, Patrick is joined by BSD staffers Jared Slanina, Tim Aydin, Clay Sauertieg, and Lando for a game of Penn State Trivia. 12 rounds, 24 questions: who will win?


Episode 36: Buffalo Recap, Pitt Preview, and LOL Michigan

Penn State beat Buffalo 45-13, and overall it wasn't very inspiring. Patrick and ARob break down why, what went well, what didn't, and lament over Penn State appearing to be a second-half team for at least the fourth year in a row. We also give a Pitt preview -- is Pitt any good? Do they have a chance to beat Penn State? Will Pat Narduzzi be anything but insufferable? The answers may surprise you (editor's note: the only way you will be surprised is if you think the answers will be anything...


Episode 35: Idaho Recap, Buffalo Preview, and a New & Improved Big Ten Wrap-up

Penn State defeated Idaho 79-7, so we went over all of the positives (and the very few negatives) that came from the beatdown. We also gave a preview for the Nittany Lions' matchup with Buffalo this weekend -- broke down the keys to victory, MVP predictions, and score predictions. We also went rapid fire around anything that was interesting in the Big Ten (sorry you didn't make the cut, Rutgers) and throughout the nation. Enjoy! Sorry in advance, ARob's microphone was not stellar throughout...


Episode 34: Season Preview and Idaho Predictions

It's here, folks. College football is back. This episode, ARob and Patrick give you a season preview: most pivotal game, trap game, offensive and defensive MVPs, and much more. We also give a way-too-quick Idaho prediction, because it's Idaho, we didn't do a lot of research, and if Penn State loses we're just going to stop doing the podcast. Special guests this week include ARob's cat scratching at the door, and the official sponsor of the pod (and Patrick's new roommate) Jack Lawn.


Episode 33: 10 Things We Know We Know

Alex and Patrick each give 5 Things We Know We Know (basically bold predictions but 10 times better.) Patrick compliments Alex on his great predictions, because he knows all of them will come true, and gives his perfectly average picks.


Episode 32: Penn State Football 2019 Over-Unders

Alex and Patrick are back to go over some made up Penn State related over-unders for the 2019 seasons. Will Sean Clifford throw more than 25 touchdowns? Will Justin Shorter have more than 35 receptions? Will Penn State have more than four after 3:30 kickoffs? All that and much more discussed on the episode.


Episode 31: Power Ranking Penn State Bars with Sara Civian

In this non-football edition of the BSBP, Patrick and Alex are joined by The Athletic NHL writer and former Onward State editor Sara Civian to power rank their respective top 12 Penn State bars. From Gaff to Champs to everything inbetween, Patrick, Alex, and Sara give you their opinions on the top watering holes in the nation’s best college town.


Episode 30: Top 10 Players Heading Into 2019

Alex and Patrick celebrate their 30th episode (no big deal, congrats to us) by ranking the top 10 players on Penn State's roster heading into the 2019 season. Yes, Yetur Gross-Matos is No. 1 for both, but they disagreed on just about every other ranking.


Episode 29: June Odds and Ends

Patrick and Alex are back after a bit of a hiatus. They discuss numerous things that happened over the past month -- Tommy Stevens ending up at Mississippi State, Sean Clifford being a leader, Virginia Tech kicker Jordan Stout's transfer to Penn State, why Julian Fleming's commitment to Ohio State is bad for Brutus the Buckeye's mascot head, and much more.


Episode 28: EMERGENCY POD - Tommy Stevens Is Transferring

Welp, it looks like it's officially Sean Clifford time. Tommy Stevens entered the transfer portal, and it looks like his days at Penn State are over. Alex and Patrick take a look at what that means, why Stevens left, and what's next. We also give a New York Yankees update and listen to Wolf of Wall Street, just for fun.


Episode 27: Blue-White Game Recap

Patrick and Alex are back to recap to the Blue-White game, discussing Sean Clifford's impressive outing, Noah Cain's breakout-ish performance, the depth at defensive tackle, and the overall improved speed on the defensive side of the ball. They then spend the latter half of the podcast power ranking "Unofficial Penn State Traditions That Are Pretty Much Official Penn State Traditions." Trust me, it's pretty interesting.


Episode 26: Questions or Answers?

Alex and Patrick are back to preview Penn State position-by-position as the Nittany Lions begin spring practice. They also power rank the best (non-Penn State) traditions in college athletics, and have the yearly mid-March discussion about Pat Chambers' job.


Episode 25: Offseason Catchup

The BSBP is back! Patrick is joined by BSD editor Clay Sauertieg for a catchup of the offseason -- from the coaching changes, to the transfers, to the recruiting class, and to even a little bit of wrestling talk.


Episode 24: Chris Berman Tribute, Maryland Recap (That Was Fun) and Clay Helton Keeps His Job

We're back! Penn State absolutely demolished Maryland, and Pat and ARob are pretty excited about it. The gang also does its own version of Chris Berman's Fastest Three Minutes for the Big Ten recap, ARob gives credit to Ricky Rahne, and Pat doesn't cry when talking about Trace's last game (which ARob thought would for sure be a thing that happened.)


Episode 23: More James Franklin-USC Talk & Previewing Maryland

It's the final (regular) season game of the season! Alex and Patrick discuss all things Maryland, but before that, they tackle more of the USC-Franklin speculation.


Episode 22: Rutgers Recap, USC, BSBP's New Mascot, and the Quickest Big Ten Recap Ever

Well, Penn State played Rutgers. It was ugly. ARob and Pat talk about the game, and take a big-picture look at the struggles the team has had through 11 games. We also address the rumors of James Franklin heading to USC, and calm ourselves down about that. Unfortunately, our audio got completely ruined for the Big Ten recap, so ARob re-recorded early Monday morning and gave the quickest one in the history of the pod. Enjoy!


Episode 21: Penn State vs Rutgers Preview

Patrick and Alex get you ready for Rutgers, and they are both hopeful that the Scarlet Knights don't score any touchdowns for the fourth year in a row.


Episode 20: Wisconsin Recap, Tennessee Beat New England, and Jimmy Butler is a Sixer

We're back for episode 20 of the Black Shoes, Basic Podcast. ARob and Pat talk about Penn State's 22-10 win against Wisconsin on Saturday and break down what happened. The defense played lights out after the first drive, and the offense got the job done. But, most importantly, the Tennessee Titans destroyed the New England Patriots which made ARob really happy, and the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler, which made Pat really happy. It's a good day for the BSBP!


Episode 19: Wisconsin Preview, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Pat Rescinds His Promise

On this episode, the gang previews Penn State's game against Wisconsin. They also get into some pop culture talk (Pat hasn't seen a movie in theaters since 2015???!), update everyone on the Playoff rankings that were coming out as they recorded but you've already seen (spoiler alert, Penn State is No. 20) and rant about Trace McSorely.