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Cory Giger

Great night for Rahne, offense

As they stood with their children and players celebrating Friday night’s decimation at Maryland, Penn State coach James Franklin pulled offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne close and kissed him on the head. It was a fantastic night for many members of the PSU program, with Rahne right at or ...

Journey to find top back should begin with Brown

Depth is great. Playing lots of guys is great. Keeping young players engaged by giving them a chance to compete for playing time is great. Those are all good problems to have for any team. And make no mistake about it, Penn State has a good problem on its hands that there are four promising ...

Giger: Tomlin, Narduzzi, Hurdle all facing heavy scrutiny

This is a bad time to be a major coaching figure in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should be squarely on the hot seat after an 0-2 start. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi just made one of the dumbest decisions you’ll ever see in college football, and he didn’t even think there was ...

Running game issues need to get cleaned up

Quarterback Sean Clifford is tied for the team lead with 108 yards rushing through two games. That’s … not a good thing for Penn State. Yes, the Nittany Lions need Clifford to be able to run the ball some, and he had a beautiful 58-yard scamper Saturday against Buffalo. So this is no ...

Pitt-PSU game can go away now

It’s Penn State-Pitt week once again. The last one we will see for some time. And truth be told, I’m perfectly fine with that. At the risk of sounding blasphemous around these here parts, it’s OK with me that the Nittany Lions and Panthers are wrapping up their ...

Giger: Night games are a blast! Let’s have lots of them

I think Neil’s bedtime is 10:30. He starts to get a little cranky after that. So it’s understandable he doesn’t like a bunch of night games. Penn State’s just poking the bear scheduling these things. I love night games. I stay up late anyway, so it’s no bother to me. I’m ...

Giger: Firing of Ryan simply makes no sense at all

This makes no sense whatsoever and is a totally disgraceful move by the Pirates organization, which has so many people who are bad at their jobs, yet they decided to scapegoat the wrong guy. Curve manager Michael Ryan got fired Tuesday, and he was told the news by Bucs farm director Larry ...

The cupcake business: Scheduling FCS foes all about the Benjamins

Penn State embarrassed a really, really bad Idaho team Saturday, 79-7, and by this point, we all know why these kinds of games are played. Big teams eat up the cupcake opponents, who in turn get tons of money to take back to their campus and use it to fund the rest of their athletic ...

Lions’ RB competition should be fun to watch

The answer to today’s question is obviously the new starting quarterback, but I’ve written like 27 stories about Sean Clifford leading up to the season, so let’s go in a different direction here. My original pick was the wide receivers, in large part because I think Justin Shorter is ...

Giger: Year two big for Rahne, who needs to show more this season

Now that Penn State finally has named Sean Clifford the starting quarterback — a no-brainer for months, really, since Tommy Stevens transferred — the big question entering the season is if coordinator Ricky Rahne can get the most out of the new QB and overall offense. Make no mistake, ...

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 ...