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Nitt Links overcomes the post Fourth hangover

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Oh, what a Fourth of July weekend that was.

From State College to Madison, people gathered all across Big Ten country to celebrate with fireworks, brats, burgers, parades and beer; the perfect storm of Americana rolled into a 3 day holiday.

Thousands turned out at Penn State, as coaches and fans celebrated with an incredible 40-minute 4th fest fireworks display. Fans in Happy Valley celebrated America’s 235th birthday the best way we know how, by blowing up the sky in a choreographed symphony of pyrotechnics.

Even Coach Chambers got a chance to soak in the festivities with Tim Curley and and Graham Spanier from the balcony of Beaver Stadium.

Out in Westerville, Ohio, several Buckeye fans took their patriotism to the streets with a parade tribute to former football head coach Jim Tressel. Led by a blue Dodge and surrounded by fans dressed in grey sweater vests, the Tressel Vessel commemorated Tressel for his 106-22 record, 9-1 against rival Michigan, 7 Big Ten titles, and 1 national championship. Numbers that will surely change once the NCAA has it’s way with Ohio State and it’s use of ineligible players during at least 1 of it’s Big Ten championship seasons. A truly fitting tribute to a former coach that has brought so much joy to the denizens of the Buckeye state over the past decade.

Not to be outdone, fans in Arlington, Ohio also took the opportunity to get one last jab in at disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor with a Pryor’s Tattoo and Gold Exchange float. Note the crudely drawn poster taped to the back of the car showing Jim Tressel being stabbed in the back. You’ve got to appreciate the fans who can still throw a bit of creativity in with their patriotic duty.

Sick of fireworks yet? Here’s more by way of San Diego to cap off America’s 235th birthday.

Quick Hits. … 3-time Pennsylvania State Champion Jimmy Gulibon, considered one of the best wrestler in the nation and ranked the #3 senior prospect by Intermat has just committed to Coach Sanderson and the Penn State wrestling program.  … Another recruit for the Penn State hockey program. Tri-City Storm forward Kenny Brooks committed to play for the Nittany Lions in the Fall of 2012. He marks the 4th USHL player to commit to Penn State for its inaugural season. … Remember the soon-to-be Penn State student who was tasered in the 8th inning of a Phillies-Cardinals game last May? Well, he received his web redemption on Tosh.0 last night. … Apparently there is a 2004 Ohio State Big Ten Title ring that’s now available to the highest bidder on Craigslist. Just one problem, Ohio State did not win the conference in 2004, they finished with a 4-4 conference mark. Iowa and and Michigan were co-champions that season. Buyers beware. … And while we’re on the topic of the Buckeyes, Casey Anthony, newly acquitted pariah is actually a Buckeye fan. Yesterday’s decision was a challenge for all of us to remind ourselves that we have built our justice system on the principle that our fellow man is innocent until proven guilty. … An Iowa-centric rap. You’re welcome! … On a much more somber note, the body of Purdue walk-on running back Sean Matti has been found in the Indiana lake where he was reported missing on Sunday during Fourth of July festivities. Heart felt condolences go out to Sean’s family and friends for a life lost too soon.

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