Cory Giger

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

Friday games are good exposure for lesser teams

One of my favorite stories about working in the office at the Mirror is from Oct. 22, 2005, when Penn State visited Illinois. Michael Robinson and the Nittany Lions were destroying the Illini, up 56-3 at the half. My colleague, Scott Franco, somehow is a lifelong Illinois fan, and at one ...

Glasnow vs. Sampson a fun matchup

It might have been a boring September MLB pitching matchup to most people, but if you know and love Curve history, it was a fun, blast-from-the-past showdown. Monday night, Tyler Glasnow started for the Tampa Bay Rays in Texas against Adrian Sampson of the Rangers. Based on what those guys ...

West’s embarrassing day should spark Big Ten realignment talk

Saturday was humiliating for the Big Ten West and really the best example yet of why the conference’s division alignment is laughable. Everyone knows the division setup is incredibly lopsided. Everyone knows the Big Ten has received criticism for the imbalance. And everyone knows the league ...

Rivalry with Syracuse one-sided but memorable

A rivalry suggests both teams have a pretty good chance of winning, but if you look at the history of Penn State football, that has never been the case with most of its old Eastern cohorts. The Nittany Lions pretty much destroyed them all. They’re 38-2-1 all-time against Maryland and 20-4 ...

Pitt was so bad that it masked PSU’s trouble spots

Through two weeks, I still have no idea if Penn State is a really good football team. And the next two weeks won’t tell us much, either. We’re all just going to have to wait until Ohio State visits on Sept. 29 to find out. The Nittany Lions barely won their opener in OT, 45-38, against ...

PSU has bigger concerns than scheduling Pitt

Think with your head, not your heart. Penn State has to pay for 31 athletic programs. Pitt has only 19. Penn State’s attendance average last year at Beaver Stadium was 106,707. Pitt’s average at Heinz Field was 46,076. The value of Penn State’s football program is $549.5 ...

That kind of ‘D’ won’t cut it

Penn State gave up 38 points to a mid-major at home Saturday night, barely escaping Appalachian State with a 45-38 OT victory. So, the defense is awful, right? It sure looked that way. But maybe, just maybe things won’t be as bad as they appeared in the opener. I’ve made no secret of ...

No, it’s just not worth the risks

Just be informed. That’s the most important thing. If you’re a parent considering whether your child will play high school football, please educate yourself. Read as much as you can on the prevalence of concussions and the dangers. Understand the ...

Giger: Fair or not, criticism a way of life for offensive linemen

Blame the offensive line! Nobody really knows what those guys do anyway, so it’s got to be their fault when something goes wrong! Isn’t that sort of how things go in football? No matter which team you root for at any level, from Penn State to the Steelers or anyone else, chances are ...

A simpler time: McGinnis performed most memorable Curve anthem ever

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series looking back at various aspects of the Curve as the franchise celebrates its 20th season. There have been hundreds of wonderful national anthem performances at Curve games over the years, but still to this day, none of them have topped the ...

Sadly, no help on its way for Curve ’pen

It had disaster written all over it once again, for the third straight day. But this time, the Curve found a way to avoid yet another costly ninth-inning collapse Wednesday afternoon. The good news is that Tate Scioneaux got out of trouble against Bowie and recorded a much-needed save from ...

Big league struggles could cost Curve

As the Pirates’ freefall toward what may become a dreadful season continues, there’s a good chance it will have a negative impact on what otherwise could be another run at an Eastern League championship for the Curve. The Bucs (40-48) are now eight games under .500 with three weeks left ...

Inconsistent Curve have plenty of potential

The Curve reached the midway point of the season Monday with their 70th game, and the bad news is the very talented team really hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential. The good news is the club has shown glimpses of doing just that recently. Furthermore, it survived the first-half ...

Giger: Curve’s Tucker learns from recent slump

Cole Tucker knew it was up there, that ugly thing on the scoreboard when he went to the plate for his first at-bat Sunday afternoon. “Yeah, I knew,” the Curve shortstop said with a sly laugh. “It sucks when you’re not hitting your weight. But I did know.”?Tucker weighs 200 pounds. ...

Listless Curve ripped into by manager

Michael Ryan ripped into his Curve club Monday night as much as any manager I can ever recall during the franchise’s 20 seasons. The Curve managed just one hit in a 2-0 loss to Bowie, in a game that lasted only 1 hour, 51 minutes, tying the record for the fastest nine-inning game in ...

Plenty of factors have led to sustained success

By any measure, the Curve have been a huge success story for two decades, but what can get lost in the big picture are the important details that were handled perfectly back in the late 1990s that helped ensure the franchise’s long-term stability. It was a long shot that Altoona, a small ...

Giger: Bubble rap: Starting tonight, Lions have chance to bolster NCAA hopes

We’ve cleared Valentine’s Day, and Penn State basketball is still relevant this season. That, if you’re a college hoops fan in these parts, is a thing of beauty. The Nittany Lions bring a three-game winning streak into tonight’s huge home game against No. 8 Ohio State at the Bryce ...

Pirates should have delayed rebuild for another year

The Pirates decided to blow it up, and the most disappointing thing about that is the team actually had a chance to be good this year. Maybe not a great chance, but with Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, 85 wins and playoff contention might have been within reach. Call me optimistic there, but ...

Plenty to be excited about for this new year

Happy New Year! Some random thoughts on, well, a bunch of random stuff, not all of which involve sports: n Having Christmas and New Year’s Day both on a Monday is cool because it’s a great three-day weekend to spend with family and friends. But having to go back to work the Tuesday ...