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Where did the summer go? At least were getting closer to kicking off football season.

Quinn Rooney

Hey all you little freedom fighters out there. It has been way too long since I've heard from the great BSD readers since my last Pickin' Nits column.

I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. I've been co-hosting Sports Central with Cory Giger a couple days ever week for the entire summer. Feel free to listen here from 4-6 p.m. everyday! Other than that, I've been counting down the days until we get back to the greatest show in college football.

Baseball

I got on a high regarding Penn State's hot start last year, but it eventually cooled down. Rob Cooper is still one of the most charismatic people around, but it's so tough to get this area excited about college baseball.

Let's keep an open mind because if Indiana can do it, so can Penn State.

Medlar Field at Lubrano Park may have hosted the greatest individual start for a professional baseball player this year though. Outfielder Rowan Wick was promoted to Class-A Peoria this past Tuesday after torching New York-Penn League pitching this year.

Don't believe me? Take a look for yourselves. 14 home runs and 38 RBI's in 35 games is freakin' awesome to say the least. Every time I've gone to a Spikes game this year, all I can do is vision what this place would look like in the spring for a Penn State game and try to not spray involuntarily flatulence all over.

Basketball

Penn State currently sits ninth in the latest 2015 team recruiting rankings on 247 Sports. There's a lot of promise behind big man Mike Watkinswing Deividas Zemgulis and most notably guard Josh Reaves of Oak Hill Academy.

The fact Penn State has infiltrated the most successful prep program in the country in terms of churning out NCAA talent is an accomplishment in itself.

I'm as big of a college basketball fan right up there with anyone and I'm hoping this can be the year Pat Chambers' team can at least get back into the conversation for an NCAA tournament bid!

Football

#DominateTheStates and #107kStrong. That is all

Hockey

The men's season opens up Oct. 10 against UConn, the newest member of Hockey East, at home. The overall schedule, which includes visits to Alaska, Madison Square Garden, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, will be viewed as a much lighter schedule than the '13-'14 campaign.

Terry Pegula is now in pursuit of buying the Buffalo Bills as well. Keep 'em in the States, Terry! #CircleTheWagons

Soccer

Since this sport is going to overrule everything in this great country of ours soon, I figured I'd let you all know that sophomore Brittany Basinger and freshman Rose Chandler were recently named to the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team. The U-20 Women's World Cup will take place Aug. 5-24 in Canada.

My attitude toward soccer haven't changed much, but this is still the best representation. I mean of course on Michael Cera's viewpoint and not Dave Franco's.

Extracurricular Activities

Penn State wrestling and women's volleyball teams were a part of the 2014 ESPY awards.

David Taylor and Micha Hancock were both nominated for the best male and female collegiate athlete award respectively. Penn State was the only university to have athletes nominated in both categories.

It would have been cool to see David and/or Micha win, but I have no hard feelings toward #DougieMcBuckets winning.