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Cory Giger

Giger: Beauty of ‘Field of Dreams’ is in father-son connection

It is, without question, the movie that is most deeply personal to me. In fact, “Field of Dreams” isn’t really a movie in my mind, but instead a concept, a feeling, a collection of memories and emotions. It’s easy to summarize: My dad died in 2006. My dad and I shared many baseball ...

Giger: Kieger looks like great hire for Penn State

Penn State made what looks like a terrific hire in selecting Carolyn Kieger as the new women’s basketball coach. Kieger’s background is exactly what the Lady Lions should have been looking for. She was a very good college player herself at Marquette, put in several years as an assistant ...

Chambers not PSU hoops’ big problem

Welcome to the greatest two days of the sports year — the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy the madness, folks. I know I will. Once again, Penn State is nowhere to be found. What else is new? Did you know the Nittany Lions have been in the NCAA Tournament just five times in the ...

Krimmel has SFU program going strong

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Saint Francis showed all season, and especially in the first half Tuesday night, that it has a very good team. Much more important, though, is this: Saint Francis has a very good program. There are many reasons why that should not be the case. The Red Flash program was ...

Electric crowd not enough to produce magical win

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a player in 1996, and he’s always wanted to see the school enjoy the kind of basketball atmosphere that was on display Tuesday night. DeGol Arena was electric. It was magical. The phenomenal, high-energy, high-basketball-IQ crowd should ...

Transfers big part of changing times in college FB

One of my favorite shows growing up was the spectacular “Quantum Leap.” In fact, give me pretty much any TV show or movie that centers on alternate reality, and I’m instantly hooked. We get used to the world we live in and the way things are, so it’s cool to see how the world could be ...

Wide receiver struggles made Lions vulnerable

The receivers spoiled the season for Penn State. It’s easy to just say, “they dropped a lot of passes,” which obviously hurt the team. But it was so much more than that. Connect the dots with me here. The Nittany Lion offense was sensational the past two years because it could ...

PSU’s future at quarterback up in air after McSorley

ORLANDO — I’m giving this away a day ahead of time, but we have a terrific cartoon from the uber-talented Bill Bettwy in our Penn State Gameday magazine tomorrow, featuring the Nittany Lion on the ground grabbing Trace McSorley’s leg trying to hold onto him as the senior quarterback waves ...

Big Ten teams at fault, not system

The simplest solution for any given problem is usually the correct one — a concept known as Occam’s razor — yet we like to overcomplicate stuff and make things more difficult than they need to be when something happens that we don’t like. Let’s use the College Football Playoff as an ...

Signing off: Wilson much more than a broadcaster

The Curve are losing one of their most important employees, one who has done a marvelous job working in the present while making sure that the past will always be remembered in the future. What does all that mean? The job of a minor league broadcaster is one of the most tireless positions ...

USC could be interested in Franklin, but would he go?

This is the final week of the regular season, so the silly season is already starting up. The rumor mill and speculation season with regards to coaching moves. If I had to guess, I’d say James Franklin will be Penn State’s coach for 10 more years. At least. He’s not going to the ...

Is 9-3 a good season?

Penn State has made it through the gauntlet part of the schedule, and with only Rutgers and Maryland remaining, a 9-3 regular season seems to be a safe bet. Which begs the question: Is a 9-3 season at Penn State considered a success? Yes. Absolutely. Without question. Silly to think ...

Love affair with backup QBs silly part of sports and life

A big pet peeve of mine is how we, as a sports society, fall in love with the backup quarterback, before he’s ever accomplished anything. Or the next recruit. Or next draft pick. Or minor league prospect. It’s the whole “grass is greener” thing. It may be natural, but it is not ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

Giger: Saint Francis athletics enjoying wide success

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a basketball player in 1996 and has never left, so as a Red Flash lifer, he’s seen his share of struggles within the athletic department. Men’s basketball, in particular, went through some very lean years, and when the signature program ...

Begrudgingly picking Michigan in spite of overrated Harbaugh

Ugh. I hate taking the side of Jim Harbaugh, the most overrated coach in college football, on just about anything. But I will here, based on some simple facts and personal assumptions. Michigan, No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, has a strong mathematical chance to make ...

Franklin brought criticism on himself after ‘elite’ comments

We almost — almost! — got to hear James Franklin let loose with some real frustration and perhaps even anger during his postgame press conference following Saturday’s win over Iowa. It would have been interesting to see and hear, if for no other reason than we seldom have gotten to see ...

Give me potent offenses over 3 yards and a cloud of dust

Old-school Big Ten football, with all due respect to Neil and anyone else, was boring. Give me spread offenses. Give me clever game plans. Give me high-concept passing attacks. Give me points, lots of them. Don’t give me 14-10 or 13-6 games, or God forbid the 6-4 game that made your eyes ...

Play calling at PSU not a good thing

For the third straight game Saturday, Penn State’s offensive playcalling late in the contest left many people wondering, “What in the world are you doing???” It’s a big problem, and quite frankly, it’s getting to the point where you truly have to wonder if James Franklin and his ...

Two losses not terrible, but blowing leads is

It’s easy to lose perspective in sports. But it’s also important to always keep things in context. I do believe this season already is a disappointment for Penn State. Even if the Lions finish 10-2, it will be a disappointment, and in fact, that might even make things even worse. If ...