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Black Shoe Podcast -- Michal Menet and the Summer Recruiting Preview

Penn State football picked up a monster recruit last week, as four-star offensive tackle Michal Menet announced that he will join the Nittany Lions' 2016 recruiting class. He is the latest star prospect to join what is shaping up to be one of the best classes in school history. In this episode of the Black Shoe Podcast, Bill, Nick and Matt will take a look at what Menet's commitment means in the immediate future, they'll take a look at the class as it's currently constructed and they'll end...


Black Shoe Podcast - Episode 3.1 - Blue/White Game Preview

After a long three months where Penn Staters got to soak in their first bowl victory since the 2009 season, the #BlackShoePodcast returns! Adam Collyer (@AdamCollyer) is joined as usual by Cari Greene (@NotCarlotta), Bill DiFilippo (@bflip33), and former star Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris to preview this weekend's Blue/White Game, talk Nittany Lions in the NFL Draft, and chat with a few special guests!


The Black Shoe Diaries Wrestlemania 31 Podcast Extravaganza

Don't worry, we have no idea why we're doing this, either. This Sunday is Wrestlemania 31, the biggest event in fake sports of the year. Because we're a bunch of children, we decided to do a podcast dedicate to WWE's premier event. Adam Collyer, Bill DiFilippo, BSD alum Dan Vecellio and Managing Editor/contributor to The Only Colors (the network's Michigan State blog) Chris Vannini got together to talk about this year's card. If you have nothing better to do, we highly...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.15: Welp, The Season's Over

Finally, it is over. The 2014-15 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team's season is over. The squad ended the year with an 18-16 mark, and went out on about as high of a note as it could have, with two wins in the Big Ten Tournament and a Cinderella run to the quarterfinals. On this week's episode of the BSD Basketbro show, Bill, Chad and Dan -- who is making his first appearance on the pod -- will tie up what will hopefully be a lovely bow on this year, they'll reminisce on their...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.14: The Podcast Mailbag

After last week's State of Penn State hoops podcast, a lot of people had questions. We decided that -- since Penn State's two games this week to close out the regular season are against Ohio State and Minnesota and the Nittany Lions have played both of those teams this year -- we would do a quick Iowa recap then dive into the bounty of questions that our beautiful readers have asked. Bill, Eric and Chad talk everything from their thoughts on another potential CBI birth to some burning...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.13: The State of Penn State Hoops

This week sucked. This week in Penn State basketball really, really sucked. The Nittany Lions lost a heartbreaking game against Wisconsin, then the squad got completely smoked by Northwestern, it blew. Fortunately, after the NU loss, there was a silver lining: AD Sandy Barbour gave a public endorsement of Pat Chambers going forward. On this week's episode of the BSD Basketbro Show, Bill, Eric and Chad welcome special guest Tim Beidel, and the guys discuss the state of Penn State hoops. Is...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.12: Ohio State and Maryland

Penn State basketball happened this week, folks. It happened big time. First, the Nittany Lions had the hell beaten out of them by Ohio State. Then, they lost against Maryland thanks to garbarge officiating. Then Pat Chambers decided to tell a bunch of Big Ten refs that they should go straight to hell. Hooray! To break down the week of Penn State hoops action, Bill and Chad are joined by former SLAM Magazine Editor-in-chief and Penn State alumnus Ryan Jones. The guys talk about everything....


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.11: Maryland, Nebraska and Tim Frazier

A lot of stuff happened to Penn State basketball this week, and it was mostly good! Sure, the Nittany Lions kicked off its recent stretch of games losing to Maryland in College Park, but the squad was able to bounce back with an ugly and well-deserved win over Nebraska. However, the biggest news of the week came when former PSU guard Tim Frazier got called up to the Philadelphia 76ers and became the school's first alumnus to make the NBA since Calvin Booth in 2009. Bill and Chad will discuss...


Black Shoe Podcast - National Signing Day 2015

Welcome to a special edition of the Black Shoe Podcast. On this episode of the pod, we look at National Signing Day 2015. Bill DiFilippo, Matt de Bear and Nick Polak will talk about everything that occurred during the biggest recruiting day of the year in Happy Valley. Which recruits are going to be the biggest stars? Which under-the-rader commits will you need to remember in the future? What should we expect for the 2016 class, which is shaping up to be one of the best in school history?...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.10: Minnesota and Illinois

The good news was that Penn State basketball won a game this week. The bad news is that the squad lost one, too. On the latest episode of the BSD Basketbro Show, Bill, Chad and Eric convene to discuss the last week in Penn State basketball. What worked so well for Pat Chambers' Nittany Lions during the team's win over Minnesota? What went wrong during the game against Illinois? What should we expect for the Nittany Lions in the near future, as it kicks off its toughest stretch of the season?...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.9: Michigan State and Rutgers

Penn State hoops finally won a conference game this week! The Nittany Lions went 1-1 during its most recent stretch of games, as they lost in controversial fashion to Michigan State before taking down Rutgers at home. Actually, that's a bit weak. Penn State tied Rutgers to a tree and beat it over and over with a 9 Iron. Yeah, that's better. On this episode of the BSD Basketbro Show, Bill, Chad and Tim discuss the week in PSU hoops. The guys hit on everything from the games to Brandon...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.8: Michigan, Indiana and Purdue

SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH. Penn State basketball went out and Penn State basketball'd all over the place over the last two weeks. The Nittany Lions fell to Michigan, Indiana and Purdue by a combined 19 points and generally found ways to clench defeat from the jaws of victory. We're gonna try to cheer you up with the latest episode of the BSD Basketbro Show, in which Bill DiFilippo and Chad Markulics are joined by Onward State's Noel Purcell. The guys talk about the losses, preview the next week and...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.7: The Non-Con Recap, Wisconsin and Rutgers

The good news is that the BSD Basketbro Show is back. The really good news is that we're joined this week by PennLive basketball reporter and all-around fantastic dude Stephen Pianovich, which you should really be following on Twitter immediately. The bad news is that Bill DiFilippo, Chad Markulics and the Piano man have to discuss Penn State basketball's last two games against Wisconsin and Rutgers. They were both losses. The latter was infinitely more painful than the former. At least the...


Black Shoe Podcast - Episode 2.Bowl - Pinstripes and Previews

It was a long December, but there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last . . . because Penn State is going bowling this year! For the first time in three years, the Nittany Lions are postseason bound. Adam, Cari, Bill and Stephon are here to give you everything you need to know about this Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.6: Duquesne And George Washington

Another week, another episode of the BSD Basketbro Show! This week, the guys are confused, because after narrowly beating Duquesne (or, rather, duqane) and beating up George Washington, Penn State hoops may actually be pretty good. Bill DiFilippo, Eric Gibson and Chad Markulics discuss the two games from this past week, preview the upcoming games to finish the non-conference slate against Drexel and Dartmouth, talk about some of the major players from the past few games -- we're looking at...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.5: Virginia Tech and Marshall

Another week has passed, and Penn State basketball still only has one loss. This week on the BSD Basketbro Show, Bill DiFilippo and Chad Markulics are joined by Sam Cooper of Yahoo! Sports. The guys discuss the team's wins over Virginia Tech and Marshall, preview next week's games against Duquesne and George Washington, and answer a burning question that was posed by the CBS Sports Network announce team: if Penn State makes it through the rest of the non-conference schedule without a loss,...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.4: Akron and Bucknell

The basketbros are back after another undefeated week for Penn State shootyhoops. Tim Aydin, Bill DiFilippo and Eric Gibson are ready to discuss both of Pat Chambers' squad's wins last week: at home against Akron and on the road against Bucknell. Can the guys be even more complementary of D.J. Newbill than usual? Was the monster game Ross Travis had against Bucknell a sign of things to come? Since all three were in attendance, was there anything during the game against Bucknell that stood...


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.3: The Charleston Classic

The BSD Basketbro Show is back this week, and the guys are ready to discuss the 2014 Charleston Classic. After losing their opening game to Charlotte, the Nittany Lions won thrillers over Cornell and USC. Is a 2-1 record in the Tournament acceptable? What did we learn -- other than D.J. Newbill is amazing at basketball? Was the fact that PSU won two really close games a cause for celebration or a cause for concern? Bill DiFilippo, Eric Gibson and Chad Markulics will discuss on this week's...


Black Shoe Podcast - Episode 2.12 - Illinois Fighting Illini

Who doesn't love a winning streak? The #BlackShoePodcast is fired up over two in a row! Adam, Cari, Bill and former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris talk about the 30-point explosion against Temple, Penn State's newly discovered running game, and, of course, dominating defense (as usual). PLUS, the crew previews this weekend's matchup against the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois! All that and more on this week's episode of the #BSP.


The BSD Basketbro Show! Episode 1.2

It's the second episode of the finest Penn State basketball podcast on the Internet. In this episode, Tim Aydin, Bill DiFilippo and Chad Markulics discuss the team's 2-0 start. The Nittany Lions have taken down Morgan State and Fordham in convincing fashion, and it has the guys wondering: how good is Pat Chambers' squad this year? Was this just a string of nice performances against subpar teams, or is this a sign of things to come? Tim, Bill and Chad also discuss the team's stellar...