Sports Columns

Clock management is a big problem for Franklin

For the third straight game Saturday, Penn State’s offensive play calling late in the contest left many people wondering what the Nittany Lions were 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 staff are ...

Tonight will show how much the Lions ‘grew up’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Since Penn State joined the Big Ten, much has been made about the Nittany Lions lacking a true annual rival. As they call themselves, “Unrivaled.” And while we can split hairs, and have, over whether games with Pitt — PSU’s oldest rival — should be added at least ...

PSU game could be a special one

As both potent offenses presumably march up and down the field in what could be a shootout Saturday night, it can be easy to lose sight of how such a game could come down to a field goal. That actually has been the case for each of Ohio State’s past two close-call visits to Penn State. If ...

September means time for geese

The first day of September always has been circled on my calendar. That date ushers in the official start to my hunting season with the opening of resident goose and dove seasons. For years I counted on a great goose hunt during the opening morning. Farmers cut their fields earlier, geese ...

Shoulder replacement surgery an option when golf, tennis have you down

If your golf or tennis game is on hold due to chronic shoulder pain and stiffness, you might find yourself considering joint replacement surgery. First performed in the 1950s, shoulder replacement surgery was invented to treat serious breaks in the ball or socket of the shoulder joint that ...

Pitt’s failures masked PSU’s troubled 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 overtime against ...

Baseball history is rewritten by the Babe Ruth class of 2018

Mifflin County Babe Ruth’s class of 2018 is history. Here is a look back at the team and the supporting players from the past three years: ¯ Colby Bodtorf — A local fan at the Mid-Atlantic Regional said, “That Colby Bodtorf is the spark plug that makes Mifflin County run.” And so he ...

Lions bond despite poor fourth

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Link to PSU past at home

There’s a familiar name on the Appalachian State coaching staff who will be marking a homecoming of sorts today when Penn State launches its 2018 season at Beaver Stadium. Greg Gasparato is in his first year as the Mountaineers’ safeties coach. His father, the late Nick Gasparato, was ...

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 ...