Cory Giger

Barkley solid, but Lynch should start

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn 5 things to like1. RB Saquon Barkley: The true freshman was obviously terrific, gaining 115 yards on only 12 carries and turning in one of the most exciting plays of the entire day in ...

Curve counting on strong starting pitching

Fate is on Chad Kuhl's side this year, which could be a good omen for the Curve as they begin their quest for an Eastern League championship tonight.Kuhl, the Curve's pitcher of the year, will be the club's starter against Bowie in game 1 of the Western Division series at Peoples Natural Gas ...

Can Penn State adjust to Hackenberg?

There's plenty of blame to go around for Penn State's humiliating offensive performance in Saturday's 10-sack, 27-10 loss to Temple.There's also one very important question.Does James Franklin's offense, led by coordinator John Donovan, have any idea how to use Christian Hackenberg?Any football ...

Huff hopes Lions will be ‘special’ this year

UNIVERSITY PARK - Charles Huff is a really smart guy and a really good football coach, but he learned a valuable lesson last year about how not to talk the talk unless you can walk the walk.Going into the 2014 season, Penn State's special teams coordinator made all sorts of presumptive ...

Future looks bright for PSU hoops

TIPTON - There's more to be excited about regarding the future of Penn State basketball than there has been in a long time.The key word in that sentence is "future."The present, as in the upcoming season this fall, might not be so great, not after losing scoring machine D.J. Newbill.So fans ...

Departures hurt, but season a big success

This had the makings of a very special season for the Curve, until the Pirates moved a bunch of the team's best players up to Triple-A.It stinks from a local, micro viewpoint, because at their best, the Curve looked like a championship team.But the Pirates were totally justified in making all ...

Franklin on right path to succeed

CHICAGO - Make a checklist of everything you'd want in a college football coach for the modern era, and consider how Penn State's James Franklin stacks up.Elite recruiter? That's easy. It's Franklin's specialty. Check.Leadership? Another easy one. Check.Charisma? Way too easy. Politicians wish ...

Average will be good for line

CHICAGO - Penn State's offensive line should be absolutely, positively at least slightly above average this season.That should come as wonderful news to Nittany Lion fans.Coach James Franklin asked a favor of the press Friday during Big Ten media days. He asked us to keep criticizing his ...

Giger: Mercer’s injury another blow to Bucs’ infield

It looked like a dirty play to me, and now the Pirates have a world of infield problems that aren't going away any time soon.Brewers baserunner Carlos Gomez had no chance to reach second base. He started his slide more than 15 feet from the bag. He went in and raised his right leg on the slide, ...

Bell impressive, but still has work to do

There's a difference between looking at stats and thinking a minor leaguer is ready to be promoted, versus actually watching the guy play and seeing he still has some key things to work on.Curve first baseman Josh Bell is a highly promising prospect. He very well could be the Pirates' first ...

Fallout from Curve switching mascots

Steamer is not going away. There are a lot of angry Curve fans who might be under that impression, in large part because of how the franchise fumbled some of the way it announced its new mascot.In the Curve's 17 seasons, perhaps never before have they received as much strong public ...

‘Daniel Tiger’ an example of children’s programming excellence

Television is bad for kids, and it will rot their brains. Right?That's an outdated myth that many parents hear over and over but actually isn't true -- if your kids are watching the right kind of TV. And, like with anything, in moderation.My twins are about to turn 3 years old, and my wife and ...

Altoona helped by Pirates’ depth in minor leagues

Keon Broxton was a much more productive player at the Double-A level than even Andrew McCutchen.That usually comes as a big surprise when people hear it, but McCutchen went through a lot of ups and downs with the Curve in 2007 and had, numbers-wise, a ho-hum year (.258, 10 homers, 48 RBIs, .710 ...

Steamer one of Curve’s top successes

There are so many ways in life that your perspective changes once you have kids, and how you view sports mascots is certainly one of them.Steamer has always been a neat little novelty to me. He's funny, and Curve fans like him, but I go out to the ballpark to watch baseball games, not ...

Curry content with retirement

BRADENTON, Fla. - There's an unmistakable hint of sadness in Matt Curry's voice, which is understandable.But there are no regrets.When you've chased a dream since you were 5 years old and then realize the dream won't come true, walking away from the only life you've ever known can be very ...

College hoops has big problem it must correct

Today and tomorrow are the two best sports days of the year for huge college basketball fans like me, but there's a harsh reality that's become increasingly clear this season.College basketball is worse off and harder to watch now than it's been for my entire life as a fan (since the early ...

SFU’s Brown loves clutch situations

There's a good chance today's NEC Tournament semifinal between Saint Francis and St. Francis Brooklyn will come down to the wire.Which means there's a good chance Red Flash guard Greg Brown will have the ball in his hands looking to make a big play.Brown averages just 8.1 points, fourth-best on ...

The key for SFU: maintain success

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Saint Francis rose from the ashes of college basketball irrelevancy the past two seasons and finally got to enjoy a little slice of March Madness.The big question now is if the program can sustain it - without senior Earl Brown, the heart and soul of the team and the ...

SFU should be confident

EMMITSBURG, Md. - As fate would have it, the best thing that could have happened to Saint Francis was blowing that eight-point lead in the final 2 1/2 minutes of Saturday's overtime loss at Robert Morris.Now, things could have been different. There could have been a big hangover effect from ...