When we caught up with Tim Shaw in December, he was in Boston to fulfill a specific—and rather unusual—task.
“I’m giving them my skin cells,” Shaw ’06 said. “I was at the ALS Therapy Development Institute, where they do this awesome ALS research. I’m taking part in a big project: They’re going to grow my cell, and it’ll be tested against 50,000 drugs.”
To hear the excitement in Shaw’s voice as he explained his role in the project was to hear a man enthused at the chance to make a difference. Continue reading
Last fall, he went to his first tailgate. Brad Caldwell was back in town for the Ohio State game, and there he was in the Medlar Field parking lot, soaking up the pregame scene. “Thirty-one years, my first tailgate!” Caldwell says now, the enthusiasm in his voice familiar to anyone who knows him.
Caldwell’s schedule for the previous 31 years didn’t allow much time for tailgating. Continue reading
Four months ago, I was thrilled to go to Dublin for the Croke Park Classic. It was a fun trip for those of us who got to cover the game; for a young Penn State team still saddled with scholarship limitations, it was both a great experience, and a chance to prove themselves.
You know how that turned out. Continue reading
We were making our way to our seats in the Yankee Stadium press box early Saturday afternoon when we ran into Steve Kuebler and Pete Gergely. Our friend and College of Comm alumni relations director Mike Poorman pointed out that these two stadium regulars are also Penn Staters who work in game-day operations — specifically the complex, high-tech scoreboard set-up in the new version of this classic ballpark. Continue reading
Probably more than anyone, Sweeny Murti appreciates the parallels between the New York Yankees and Penn State.
In October, Murti ’92 finished his 14th season as the Yankees beat reporter for WFAN, the biggest sports radio station in the country. He was the perfect guy, in other words, to pen a chapter a few years ago for The Great Book of Penn State Sports Lists arguing why the Nittany Lions and Yankees have the best uniforms in sports. Needless to say, Continue reading
It’s another one of those perfect fall days in Happy Valley, the latest in a week full of them: a crisp, cool morning followed by a warm, sunny afternoon. Perfect autumn weather. Perfect football weather. On Saturday, of course, the (so-far) perfect Nittany Lions host UMass at Beaver Stadium, and they’re heavily favored to improve to a (still) perfect 4-0. Continue reading
“It’s not Penn State without the Blue Band.”
Those are the wise words of my 6-year-old daughter, uttered as we walked across the Samuel Beckett Bridge on Thursday en route to a public display of American college football spirit. And indeed, it wasn’t really college football without a band, Continue reading