Cory Giger

Coach Franklin knows the value of work-life balance

UNIVERSITY PARK — There are a ton of workaholics in the world, and some jobs require that you be available to work pretty much all the time. When you’re young and single, you just deal with it. You embrace it, even. For many people, that constant drive to work becomes part of their ...

Trading Vazquez could bring Bucs big return

This is a big day for the Pirates, or at least it could be. The Bucs have one of the most sought-after players in the majors at the trade deadline in lefty closer Felipe Vazquez, and what they decide to do with him today will have major implications for the franchise in the coming ...

Ryan critical of club’s focus

Following a particularly brutal loss to Trenton on Tuesday night, perturbed Curve manager Michael Ryan pointed across the field to the opposing club and said, “Playoff team.” Then the manager pointed into his own clubhouse and said, “Non-playoff team, right now.” Ryan made numerous ...

Giger: Robot umps should be welcomed

It’s time for robot umpires calling balls and strikes in baseball. No matter how much you may be against that change, you can bank on it coming to the major leagues in the not-too-distant future (say 3-5 years). In case you missed it, the independent Atlantic League debuted the robot umpire ...

Giger: Curve resembling 2017 title team

There’s something about this year’s Curve team that’s starting to look more and more similar to the gritty, clutch 2017 Eastern League championship squad. That was my first thought following Altoona’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Erie on Sunday to wrap up the first half of the ...

Hoping to help a young player get back a game ball

I need some help trying to find the owner of this baseball. As you can see in the picture, it’s a game ball from two years ago in the Altoona Area Baseball Association. Somehow, the ball ended up in my batting practice bucket of balls two weeks ago. While not certain where it came from, ...

Online sports betting now live in PA

Legal online sports betting has finally arrived in Pennsylvania after longer-than-expected delays. There’s only one available online casino option for people to wager at so far. There also are still technology and legal issues that have to be addressed within the industry to make the ...

Giger: Stevens’ decision great news for Chambers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Good for Patrick Chambers. He deserved this. Make no mistake about what happened last week, when Lamar Stevens decided to return for his senior season of Penn State basketball. That decision saved Chambers’ job. Or at least, it gives Chambers a fighting chance to ...

Net results: Ballparks becoming much safer these days

Crack! Blink. Smack. Ooouuuccchhh!!! It happens so fast. Lightning fast. Even if you’re paying close attention at a baseball game, it can be tough to avoid getting hit by a screaming foul ball aimed at you in the ...

New SFU coach finally gets opportunity she’s deserved for so long

LORETTO — As she stood at the podium on a day devoted specifically to her — not someone else who was being named head coach — Keila Whittington explained why she had such confidence and belief that her big day would indeed finally arrive. “Yes, I absolutely knew that this day would ...

Giger: Beauty of ‘Field of Dreams’ is in father-son connection

It is, without question, the movie that is most deeply personal to me. In fact, “Field of Dreams” isn’t really a movie in my mind, but instead a concept, a feeling, a collection of memories and emotions. It’s easy to summarize: My dad died in 2006. My dad and I shared many baseball ...

Giger: Kieger looks like great hire for Penn State

Penn State made what looks like a terrific hire in selecting Carolyn Kieger as the new women’s basketball coach. Kieger’s background is exactly what the Lady Lions should have been looking for. She was a very good college player herself at Marquette, put in several years as an assistant ...

Chambers not PSU hoops’ big problem

Welcome to the greatest two days of the sports year — the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy the madness, folks. I know I will. Once again, Penn State is nowhere to be found. What else is new? Did you know the Nittany Lions have been in the NCAA Tournament just five times in the ...

Krimmel has SFU program going strong

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Saint Francis showed all season, and especially in the first half Tuesday night, that it has a very good team. Much more important, though, is this: Saint Francis has a very good program. There are many reasons why that should not be the case. The Red Flash program was ...

Electric crowd not enough to produce magical win

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a player in 1996, and he’s always wanted to see the school enjoy the kind of basketball atmosphere that was on display Tuesday night. DeGol Arena was electric. It was magical. The phenomenal, high-energy, high-basketball-IQ crowd should ...

Transfers big part of changing times in college FB

One of my favorite shows growing up was the spectacular “Quantum Leap.” In fact, give me pretty much any TV show or movie that centers on alternate reality, and I’m instantly hooked. We get used to the world we live in and the way things are, so it’s cool to see how the world could be ...

Wide receiver struggles made Lions vulnerable

The receivers spoiled the season for Penn State. It’s easy to just say, “they dropped a lot of passes,” which obviously hurt the team. But it was so much more than that. Connect the dots with me here. The Nittany Lion offense was sensational the past two years because it could ...

PSU’s future at quarterback up in air after McSorley

ORLANDO — I’m giving this away a day ahead of time, but we have a terrific cartoon from the uber-talented Bill Bettwy in our Penn State Gameday magazine tomorrow, featuring the Nittany Lion on the ground grabbing Trace McSorley’s leg trying to hold onto him as the senior quarterback waves ...

Big Ten teams at fault, not system

The simplest solution for any given problem is usually the correct one — a concept known as Occam’s razor — yet we like to overcomplicate stuff and make things more difficult than they need to be when something happens that we don’t like. Let’s use the College Football Playoff as an ...

Signing off: Wilson much more than a broadcaster

The Curve are losing one of their most important employees, one who has done a marvelous job working in the present while making sure that the past will always be remembered in the future. What does all that mean? The job of a minor league broadcaster is one of the most tireless positions ...