February 23, 2013 |
Penn State will open its football season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New York's College Classic, the teams announced Thursday. The time of the game has not been set. The Nittany Lions and Orange have met 70 times, the second-highest total for a Penn State opponent. Penn State owns a 42-23-5 series advantage, winning the most recent games, in 2008 and 2009. The teams met every season from 1944 to 1990 but did not meet again until the 2008 game in Syracuse's Carrier Dome.
December 16, 2013 |
Turner Classic Movies, the cable network that is a welcome antidote to 24/7 news, reality shows, and ESPN's smarm, recently ran a half day's worth of old college football movies. All were as awful as they were alike: State U. gets football hero. State U. loses football hero. State U. finds football hero in the nick of time. Throw in the dithering dean's blond daughter, an intellectually challenged lineman or two, sneering gamblers, and the familiar plots were complete. There was, however, one other recurring and relevant element to these cornball films, most of which were nearly 80 years old - the corruption of collegiate sports.
January 28, 2013 |
FOR NOW, MANNY TAYLOR is a basketball player who happens to dabble in football. Just 1 year ago, the rest of that sentence after "who" would have read "has never played football and attends a school that doesn't even offer it. " But since he blots out the sun, at 6-6, 275, and had always been curious about trying the sport that requires pads, Taylor turned up the pressure on his mother and, wow, she finally relented. "My mom had done all the research about how football players don't have long-lasting careers because of injuries, and how their lives can be messed up by concussions," Taylor said.
February 28, 2013 |
When his career was still in its formative stages, Wallace Bentley Hussong had a choice between Freud and football. He opted for the couch, and practiced psychoanalysis in Camden County for nearly a half-century. Dr. Hussong, 93, of Merchantville, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, at his home, having never taken the road measured in yard lines. But from high school through college, the semipro Camden Zuni Indians, and an Eagles practice squad, he was a triple threat - quarterback, receiver, and kicker.
November 22, 2012
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April 11, 2014 |
IN THE waning counterculture days of 1979, the movie "North Dallas Forty" warned against the big-money corporatism commandeering pro football. A cast-off wide receiver complains, on his way out, that every time he calls football a game, his bosses call it a business, and every time he calls it a business, they call it a game. Well, it's all business now, and a big one - big enough to cow contemporary Hollywood into producing a puff-piece about the league. It's called "Draft Day," an NFL promotion (barely)
September 30, 2010
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