September 26, 2004 |
The sun set on this bustling state capital shortly before 7 o'clock. Long before that, though, darkness had fallen on Penn State's hopes of taking a step back toward respectability in the Big Ten Conference. The shadow was cast by Erasmus James, the swift, fierce Wisconsin defensive end who devastated the Nittany Lions' offense by knocking out quarterbacks Zack Mills and Michael Robinson before the first quarter ended. For Penn State, that meant getting into the Wisconsin end zone would be darn near impossible, and the Nittany Lions didn't as the 20th-ranked Badgers scored a 16-3 victory at raucous Camp Randall Stadium last night.
March 7, 1994 |
He shoots 10 halfcourt shots every day, but that's practice and this was the last seconds of a Public League championship game in which his team was two points behind. After rebounding the missed front end of a one-and-one with 12.6 seconds left, Michael Robinson of Franklin Learning Center got the ball back but found himself caught in Simon Gratz's halfcourt trap. Gratz, the defending champion, was ahead by 55-53, and time was almost gone. "(Hasaan) Ravenell got me the ball somehow, and I spun around," Robinson said.
December 13, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin blocked a first-quarter punt that was returned by Michael Robinson 17 yards for a touchdown, then caught a 29-yard TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the third quarter as the Seahawks pulled away for a 30-13 win over the St. Louis Rams (2-11) last night. Seattle (6-7) won for the fourth time in five games. Marshawn Lynch had 115 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown for the Seahawks.
November 19, 2003 |
It's no secret Penn State coach Joe Paterno is high on Michael Robinson. Last year, Robinson was Penn State's secret weapon as a "multiback," playing quarterback, tailback and wide receiver. He has started the last two games at tailback, and Paterno even says Robinson could play that position in the NFL. It's a scenario that would elate most college football players. But not Robinson. "I wouldn't say it's my biggest nightmare, because my biggest nightmare is not playing," he said.
July 28, 1986 |
A spurned boyfriend stabbed his ex-lover to death in her Nicetown home over the weekend, then fought off her shovel-wielding stepfather before stabbing himself to death, police said. Michael Robinson, 28, of 26th Street near Nevada, and his ex-girlfriend, Donna Carr, 27, of Dennie Street near Wayne Avenue, were pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital Saturday afternoon. According to police, about a week earlier, Carr told Robinson she didn't want to see him again.
January 3, 2006 |
Eighty-five yards separated Penn State from victory. The distance between the Nittany Lions' reality and their dreams for 2005 was much longer. The Ryan Stadium scoreboard spelled out their desperation that afternoon of Sept. 24: Northwestern led, 29-27. One minute, 39 seconds remained. Penn State faced a fourth and 15. On its own 15. A mixture of doubt and anxiety hung over the Nittany Lions' huddle like a dark cloud. These players had lost 13 of their last 16 Big Ten games.
September 22, 2003 |
For the Penn State coaching staff, Michael Robinson came to pose a dilemma. The wonderful all-around athleticism of the redshirt sophomore quarterback from Richmond, Va., demanded that he be on the field. But where? Though he has yet to regain the form that made him so effective two years ago and through the first half of last season, Zack Mills earned the starting quarterback job. So Robinson was used at tailback, slotback, flanker, and wide receiver, making cameos at quarterback.
October 8, 2003 |
Penn State coach Joe Paterno talked yesterday about the changed world of college football, in which the anybody-can-beat-anybody-on-a-given-day cliche has played out somewhere each Saturday during this unpredictable season. He spoke of the parity that scholarship cuts have helped create, about how difficult it is to negotiate through the Big Ten Conference, which has seven teams ranked among the top 25. Good points all. The problem for Paterno is his team has as many scholarship players as everyone else, his team is not among those representing the Big Ten in the polls, and an increasing number of Penn State followers don't like the way the college football world has changed for the Nittany Lions.
February 22, 1993 |
If Michael Robinson were a beekeeper, he would work without wearing protective clothing. The bees wouldn't dare try to sting me, he'd think, so why sweat bullets under all that bulky stuff for nothing? Michael Robinson, a 6-7 junior forward at Franklin Learning Center, defines the word unflappable. When he's playing basketball, he comes darn close to defining the word unconscious. "People say I don't have any spunk," Robinson said. "You know what I tell them? There's a lot worse things than not having any spunk.
December 14, 2005 |
Some observers have long suspected that if the shroud of secrecy were removed from Penn State football, we might all be surprised at what lies beneath. That's certainly the case in the January issue of the glossy fashion magazine W, where a full-page photo of bare-chested quarterback Michael Robinson reveals a liberally tattooed torso that contrasts strikingly with the Nittany Lions' squeaky-clean image. On the left side of Robinson's chest are the words "Mike Rob" above the words "In God I Trust.