The Obligatory PSU Podcast

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Industry-leading existential angst after Penn State's Homecoming loss to woeful Illinois.

Show Notes

Over four agonizing, rain-soaked quarters and 75 overtime periods only vaguely resembling the sport of football, what had mostly felt like a decidedly-different, and potentially-special, season for James Franklin and the Nittany Lions descended into depressingly-familiar disappointment, as Penn State slowly transformed a campaign full of promise and a Top 10 ranking into a disfigured wreck with a mind-numbingly idiotic Homecoming loss to 2-5 Big Ten basement dweller Illinois. So here we are, yet again, picking up the pieces of another year gone wrong amid Franklin-to-USC rumors that are as persistent as they are exhausting. We all need some group therapy, and this was our shot at it - for us, and maybe by extension the audience. It's a long one, and just like the Joker's plastic surgeon, we did the best we could do with what we had to work with (including our own battered psyches). Raw, spontaneous, and reflective of the complicated contradictions of this beautifully stupid thing we call fandom, we hope our catharsis can be yours as well. Let's Go State.

HOSTED BY: Brandon Noble, Mike "The Mailman" Herr, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani

What is The Obligatory PSU Podcast?

The Obligatory PSU Podcast features wide-ranging discussions of Penn State sports, Nittany Lions football in particular, and all things Penn State and Happy Valley from the cast of The Obligatory PSU Pregame Show: Former Penn State and NFL defensive lineman Brandon Noble (’92-97), campus icon Mike “the Mailman” Herr, Onward State managing editor emeritus Kevin Horne, and Nittany Valley Society president Chris Buchignani. Along with a rotating cast of characters from around State College and across Nittany Nation, the guys focus on the stories, issues, and personalities surrounding the Blue and White fan experience.

The Obligatory PSU Podcast delivers fun and insightful commentary on the teams, University, and place that are beloved by many thousands of students, alumni, and fans. There’s no pretense of objectivity or “journalistic” distance here; these guys are here because they care, and their Penn State knowledge and love shine through in every installment. The goal is to touch on a broad variety of topics relating to the Nittany Lions in conversations that are frequently funny and occasionally profound, all while enjoying a few (or more) adult beverages. If you’ve got Penn State in your blood, you’ll enjoy sharing the journey with us.