October 7, 2011 |
IS PENN STATE COACH Joe Paterno running interference for his son, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, concerning the quarterback controversy that seemingly has spiraled out of control? When the Nittany Lions take the field against Iowa tomorrow afternoon in Beaver Stadium, the likelihood is that sophomore Rob Bolden will get his sixth consecutive start, with redshirt junior Matt McGloin again coming off the bench. The near-equal division of playing time is a necessary evil, said JoePa, who has never been a proponent of a two-quarterback rotation, because the competition between Bolden and McGloin remains too close to call.
October 3, 2011 |
WHEN I GOT to town in 1985, there were two stadiums and an arena lined up in a row parallel to Broad Street. Before strolling into the ballpark last night, I took a walk back in time, relying on my imagination. Saw Staubach and Bellino at JFK. Blanchard and Davis, too. Dempsey-Tunney. JFK himself crossing from one side of the field to the other even though he was a Navy man. Cruised by the Spectrum. Saw Doc, Charles, Moses and Mo. Magic, Bird and Jordan. The Flyers winning the Cup. Laettner, too. Every shot still perfect.
September 25, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State kicking game accounted for more field goals (two) in Saturday's 34-6 win over Eastern Michigan than it had (one) in the previous three games. The Nittany Lions turned to punter Anthony Fera, who kicked a 29-yard field goal and four extra points while becoming the first Lions player to handle both jobs on a starting basis since Chris Bahr in 1975. Freshman Sam Ficken kicked his first career field goal, a 43-yarder, in the fourth quarter.
September 4, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - At 84, Penn State coach Joe Paterno still has a razor-sharp memory, and he recalled that Chaz Powell returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in last year's opener against Youngstown State. "Before the game, I was teasing him a little bit," Paterno said Saturday. "I said, 'If we win the toss, we're going to take the ball. I'm going to watch you.' " It was well worth Paterno's time to watch. The senior cornerback caught the kickoff on his own 5, weaved to the middle, followed his blocks, cut to the right, and dashed into the end zone 13 seconds into the new season, launching the Nittany Lions' 41-7 win over Indiana State.
September 3, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - At 84, Penn State coach Joe Paterno still has a razor-sharp memory, and he recalled that Chaz Powell returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in last year's opener against Youngstown State. "Before the game, I was teasing him a little bit," Paterno said Saturday. "I said, 'If we win the toss, we're going to take the ball. I'm going to watch you.' " It was well worth Paterno's time to watch. The senior cornerback caught the kickoff on his own 5, weaved to the middle, followed his blocks, cut to the right and dashed into the end zone 13 seconds into the new season, launching the Nittany Lions' 41-7 win over Indiana State.
August 24, 2011 |
CLEVELAND INDIANS fans wondered if a special-effects explosion had gone off at a nearby movie shoot, spectators at a tennis tournament in Connecticut felt as though a truck had smashed into the stadium, and golfer Brendan Steele thought he was getting shaky over his putts. East Coast sports fans were rocked yesterday when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake sent tremors from South Carolina to New England. Play was stopped and the venue evacuated at tennis' New Haven Open, and the Washington Nationals delayed the start of their game with Arizona for 20 minutes last night.
August 5, 2011
WHEN THAT dreadful losing streak hit double digits, the Daily News beat writer wearied of covering games from the press box, grew tired of finding new ways to say the Phillies lost another. So he covered one game from the Connie Mack scoreboard, one game from the first-aid room, and one game from 20th Street, mingling with kids scrambling for batting-practice homers and in-game homers. Tom Carroll was one of those kids. During the school year he was out there on weekends.
July 2, 2011
Big Papi's picks Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz , has been given the task of choosing the American League contingent for the Home Run Derby during the all-star hoopla in Phoenix next week. But he wasn't letting on who would be in his squad as of Friday, according to ESPNBoston. Ortiz and the National League's Prince Fielder will each pick three other sluggers to represent their leagues in the long-ball extravaganza. Ortiz, who has been tweeting to ask for input from the fans, does have one name penciled in: "I'll be in it, of course.
June 21, 2011 |
Joan E. Burnham Guokas, 92, a teacher and the wife and mother of NBA champion players, died Saturday, June 18, at St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown. Mrs. Guokas grew up in Pelham, N.Y., and Philadelphia. She graduated from the former St. Mary's Academy on Broad Street and attended Chestnut Hill College. She met Matt Guokas Sr. at the Jersey Shore. They married in 1940. A star at what is now St. Joseph's University, he went on to play for the Wilkes-Barre Barons and the Trenton Tigers in the American Basketball League.