December 31, 2014 |
JULY 25 was for years a big day on the block of Arch Street above 50th in West Philadelphia. It was Mary Sutton-Oglesby's birthday, and the neighborhood was invited to share in the celebration. "She would block off the street and would spend weeks preparing her signature Southern dishes for the party that would last all night long," her family said in a tribute. Mary had a slogan: "If the food ran out, then it was not enough. " But it always was enough. In fact, leftovers were in the refrigerator afterward despite the fact that a couple hundred people would be fed through several shifts.
December 31, 2014 |
THE FOLKS IN Ann Arbor are all giddy over the hiring of football coach Jim Harbaugh. After years of mediocrity, which is not tolerated in the Big House, and losing 10 of its last 11 games to hated rival Ohio State and six of seven to in-state rival Michigan State, Michigan is agog with the signing of alum Harbaugh. So caught up in the Harbaugh hoopla, the Detroit Free Press on Monday ran a photo of Jim's brother John, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, by mistake - on its front page no less.
October 14, 2014 |
As he discussed his team's performance after Saturday night's 18-13 loss to Michigan, Penn State coach James Franklin prompted some head scratching when he said, "The bye week is coming at a good time. " Even though the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) just had been through a bye week, few - if any - signs of improvement were evident in front of more than 113,000 fans at the Big House. Franklin pointed out the same problems, just as he had previously in this deteriorating 2014 season.
October 12, 2014 |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Sold-out Beaver Stadium was a sea of white and an ocean of noise for more than four hours until Bill Belton's touchdown run in quadruple overtime gave Penn State a 43-40 win over Michigan last October and touched off a roar that would have drowned out a jet engine. Last year's game might have been a seminal moment in the career of Christian Hackenberg, who led the Nittany Lions 80 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation to the tying touchdown. It also reminded fans how much they would miss wide receiver Allen Robinson after he was gone which, as it turned out, was shortly after the season ended.
October 11, 2014 |
Through the first five games of the season, the Penn State offensive line, with four new starters and a great deal of inexperience, probably has been the most maligned unit of the team. Offensive line coach Herb Hand said that while the line has improved, it's not playing up to the expectations coaches and players had for it at the beginning of the season. And any lingering excuses to explain the line's substandard play have passed their expiration date. "At this point of the season, there are no more rookies," Hand said Thursday before a key Big Ten game Saturday night at Michigan.
October 10, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - On Penn State's defensive line, C.J. Olaniyan and Anthony Zettel line up next to each other. But this week, the two have squared off head-to-head. No, neither switched to offensive line. Rather, Olaniyan and Zettel, two of only three Michigan natives on the Penn State roster, have duked it out to see who can gather the most tickets from teammates for Saturday's matchup with the Wolverines at the Big House. Olaniyan's hometown of Warren is about 50 miles from Ann Arbor, and Zettel's West Branch is about 150 miles away - both reasonable drives for family and friends.
October 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Whether it was in Chicago for this summer's Big Ten media days or in his basement watching college football this past Saturday, James Franklin has been impressed with Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner. And it's really no wonder why. Standing at 6-4, 216 pounds, the rangy redshirt senior presents an issue the Nittany Lions have not seen this season: a legitimate rushing threat from under center. Gardner's ability to run isn't foreign to Penn State. In last year's chaotic, four-overtime, 43-40 win over the Wolverines, the Lions allowed the quarterback to run rampant.
September 25, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - It wasn't a victory over an elite opponent, but it did put Penn State in special company. The Nittany Lions thrashed Massachusetts, 48-7, at home on Saturday, moving them to 4-0 for the first time since the 2008 season. Penn State is the lone unbeaten squad in the Big Ten East and just one of two undefeated teams in the conference overall, joining Nebraska. On a national scale, the Lions are among 24 sides without a blemish. With 128 teams in the FBS, more than 80 percent of college football can't say the same.
September 5, 2014 |
SINCE 1978, Michigan and Notre Dame have played 30 times. Or every year except for six. The last season they didn't meet was 2001. That will change after the Wolverines visit South Bend on Saturday. It's the last scheduled matchup for the foreseeable future. In 2007 the schools, which are separated by 175 miles, agreed to play annually through 2031. Then 2 years ago, ND chose to end the series because it had agreed to start playing fives games each season against teams from the ACC, which it was joining for most other sports while remaining a football independent.
August 1, 2014 |
A SWINDLER who sold houses he didn't own has a new home himself: the state correctional system. Eric Tubbs, 54, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in prison for the fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced yesterday. Tubbs, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in federal court April 22 to seven counts of wire, mail and bank fraud, identity theft and money laundering, U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Patti Hartman said. For years, Tubbs operated a fairly detailed scheme: He would find vacant properties throughout the city, write up fake deeds for them and then transfer ownership of the empty houses to his cohorts, Hartman said.