Cory Giger

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 ...

Sharing the wealth

Saint Francis’ players will get a lifetime of memories tonight when they play at No. 1 Duke. The school itself will get $85,000. That’s what you call a win-win, even though a blowout loss on the court is pretty much inevitable for the Red Flash. College basketball is a wonderful game. ...

Franklin will have terrific external options to choose

The Penn State offensive coordinator position has become a sensational, high-demand job. A million-dollar-a-year job. A job that can springboard the right candidate to a major head coaching position in a few years. All thanks to Joe Moorhead. Replacing Moorhead will be very, very difficult, ...

Tennessee has only itself to blame over whole Schiano fiasco

What in the world were the Tennessee Volunteers thinking? Whatever it was, the power of the people proved to be enormous and led to a crazy college football story that embarrassed Tennessee and brought the Jerry Sandusky scandal back into the limelight Sunday. The silly season of postseason ...

Barkley’s decision a risky one

So, Saquon Barkley has decided he will play in Penn State’s bowl game. He’s an outstanding young man, and the program means a great deal to him, so it probably was a no-brainer in his mind. Until a year ago, many of us wouldn’t have even thought about a top player deciding to skip his ...

Hamilton, Gesicki both have overcome adversity

DaeSean Hamilton showed a lot of character following last year’s loss at Pitt simply by coming out and talking to the media. As he sat in his chair and answered very difficult questions about “the drop,” Hamilton started to cry. “I’ll never forget about it,” Hamilton said of the ...

Giger: Franklin, Moorhead need to be on same page about future

Head coaches make the huge money in college football, just as CEOs get the big bucks in corporations and, for most of us, the manager of your office makes a lot more than you do. But who does the actual work? The grunt work. The daily grind. The nuts and bolts. The stuff that makes the whole ...

Lions must focus on fixing flaws down the stretch

Program development for next season and beyond is my biggest concern for the Penn State football team down the stretch. The Nittany Lions are going to whip up on Rutgers, Nebraska and Maryland and finish 10-2. But I want to see how they do it. Then I want to see how they line up up against a ...

Coaching deserves some blame

The sky is not falling on Penn State. The team is still going to finish 10-2 and go to a decent bowl game, most likely the Citrus or Outback. Still, there are serious problems the Nittany Lions must address for this season and beyond if they’re going to remain nationally prominent and take ...

Young proud of Bell’s development

Josh Bell had a terrific season for the Pirates, finally giving the club the everyday first baseman it sought for so many years. Among the people who are very proud of Bell’s development at first base is the last guy who held that everyday job for a long time with the Bucs, Kevin ...

Times have changed, making blowouts necessary

As soon as Kirk Herbstreit said it, I knew Neil and I had our point-counterpoint topic for this week. “The best thing that Penn State can do is blow people out … by 40 or 50 points if they can,” Herbstreit said on the College Football Playoff ranking show Tuesday. For many years, Neil ...

Lions not tough in run game

Saquon Barkley is awesome. The best running back in Penn State history. So how on earth has the program gotten to the point where it cannot run the ball effectively in clutch situations? The great Bill Murray line from the classic comedy “Stripes” is appropriate: “There’s something ...

Several key advantages give Ohio State an edge

Penn State is every bit as good as Ohio State and certainly can win Saturday’s showdown. But the Buckeyes have not just one, but three major elements in their favor, which is why I’m picking them. The game is in Columbus, first and foremost. Winning at The Horseshoe is always difficult ...