Cory Giger

Offense needs to pass first big test against Michigan ‘D’

Michigan’s offense is not all that good, which makes this question easy to answer. Penn State has a terrific defense that leads the country in fewest points allowed (just 9.0 per game) and should play well Saturday night. But even if it doesn’t, the Wolverines don’t have the kind of ...

Play on field favors McSorley

I won’t say a bad word about Christian Hackenberg the man. He’s a good, intelligent, respectable person who was a terrific representative of Penn State, and I wish him nothing but the best in life. But Hackenberg is not a very good quarterback. He did some things well at Penn State but ...

O-line needs to play to potential

Gone are the days when the offensive line was Penn State’s biggest weakness, but we are not yet to the point where we can call the line a major strength, either. That was expected to be the case this season, and it hasn’t played out that way yet. The yet part is a key word because the ...

Two ways to view Lions’ win

Commentary How on earth did Penn State only win 21-19 Saturday at Iowa after dominating statistically? And did we see some things to be concerned about for the long haul in the game? Let’s play the glass is half full/half empty game. Half full: A win is a win is a win, especially on the ...

No reason to nitpick so far

We love to nitpick in sports. When all else fails, let’s just find something to complain about. But here’s a nifty little idea: Let’s not. Not when it comes to Penn State’s 3-0 start, during which the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents, 141-14. The belief here is that ...

Giger: Let’s be honest in sports

This is always an interesting time of year for me because I’m finished covering the Curve and now focus pretty much solely on Penn State football for several months. I’m one of the few full-time baseball beat writers around who also covers a major college or pro football team on a daily ...

Curve title a great moment for Altoona sports fans

We are so, so lucky as sports fans to be living in an area where championships aren’t just the hope, they are the expectation. Since 1971, there have been 16 major sports titles won by teams from central and western PA, including the Steelers (6), Penguins (5), Pirates (2), Penn State ...

Altoona playing with cohesion

TRENTON, N.J. — A win tonight would cap a remarkable season for the Curve by giving them a clean sweep of the Eastern League playoffs and just the second championship in franchise history. This is a terrific Double-A team. And the key word is team. The Curve’s tremendous pitching is ...

Yes, Franklin got dig in at Pitt, but so what?

I usually spend this Monday column looking ahead to Penn State’s next opponent or weekly story lines, but despite what James Franklin says, no one in the world considers playing Georgia State like the Super Bowl. So, let’s take one last look back at that doozy of a comment Franklin tossed ...

Important to look to future

Nostalgia is very nice. I, for one, listen to nothing but 1980s music and still dress like it’s 1996, so I know plenty about getting stuck in the past. The rivalry with Pitt is a huge part of Penn State’s past. And for a legion of Nittany Lion fans — older ones who grew up with the ...

Eldred reaches 400 home runs while in Japan

Brad Eldred is the best pure power hitter I’ve ever seen covering the minor leagues, and it may surprise some people to know that he’s still launching home runs in impressive numbers. Two days ago, Eldred blasted the 400th home run of his career while playing for Hiroshima in the Japanese ...

… But don’t overlook McSorley in the race

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for ...

Pirates banking on Newman to hit

The Pirates have an interesting decision to make with shortstop Jordy Mercer, and it’s not making matters easy for them that the Curve’s Kevin Newman is having a down year so far at the plate. Newman is the Bucs’ shortstop of the future. A first-round draft pick in 2015, he can hit for ...

Brothers square off halfway around the world

Two brothers who come from 7,884 miles away in Taiwan will find themselves separated by one foot tonight playing minor league baseball on opposing teams in central Pennsylvania. Talk about a small world. Jin-De Jhang will be behind the plate at catcher tonight for the Curve, and probably in ...

Potentially-lengthy tenure for Franklin just getting started

While we wait for the inevitable contract extension for James Franklin following a terrific 2016 season, one thing that’s interesting to start thinking about is how long he will remain Penn State’s coach. Ten more years? Fifteen? Longer? It may seem a bit presumptuous to throw out such ...

Sports fans lose with ESPN moves

ESPN dropped the hammer on a bunch of its best sports journalists last week, and whether you realize it yet or not, fans are going to lose out in a big way because of it. We are going to lose out on some great reporting and insightful storytelling from experts who are on the ground, actually ...

PSU building solid pipeline to Blair County

Commentary Blair County is already well represented on the Penn State football team, and that could only continue to grow in the coming years. Altoona’s Kevin Givens gets a lot of the attention, and rightfully so, as the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle appears to be on a path to having ...

On the upswing: Hitters changing with the times

Baseball is changing right before our eyes, and will continue to do so, as more and more hitters begin to understand that a once-seemingly dumb idea is now the smart way to go. Hit the ball in the air. Don’t swing down or necessarily even level, as we were all taught when we first picked ...

Espinal overlooked, valuable

HARRISBURG — The start of any minor league baseball season includes frequent — and quite often meaningless — discussions about where so and so falls on a list of prospect rankings. Those are important, and can be a starting point to determine which players to watch for. But in a lot of ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...