The November 28, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated is heavily blue and white. Its cover (below) features a picture of JoePa jogging onto the field with his team. The title is “Yo, Joe — Going Great at 78, JOE PATERNO Has Penn State Back in the Big Time.” There is an inset photo of Paul Posluszny, about whom there is a feature article inside.
This does not qualify for the SI cover jinx because the publication date is over a month in advance of the next game. You never heard that before? Well, look up at the top of the page: it’s The Nittany Turkey’s column and the Turkey gets to make the damn rules.
In the same issue of SI is a small blurb about the potential bowl matchup for Penn State, which says:
Assuming No. 2 Texas goes to the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl will have to choose between longtime favorite Penn State and TV darling Notre Dame. The Nittany Lions’ likely opponent would be Oregon, while the Irish could meet the Ducks or Ohio State.
I’m not going to get into the speculation at this point, because the options are still many and the experts seem to be just as confused as this dilettante Turkey.
Read this issue of SI and enjoy the ride!