FBL Podcast: Indiana Week

 

We trust James Franklin will forgive us for lingering just a bit longer on last week’s unforgettable win at Iowa. Join us on this week’s podcast as we relive a crazy night in Iowa City, and, yes, look ahead to Indiana (Indiana, Indiana).

This week’s letterman guest is Tony Pittman ’95, a man whose claims to fame are many. A three-year letterwinner, Tony was a starter on the undefeated 1994 squad—a stat that ties into his own proud family connection to the Nittany Lion program: Tony is the son of Charlie Pittman ’70, an All-American running back on Penn State’s unbeaten 1968 and ’69 teams. Their unique claim to fame? Father and son went a combined 45-0-1 as starters in blue and white. They also collaborated on the 2007 book “Playing for Paterno,” which is loaded with great stories and insights.

On the pod, Tony talks about memories from his own playing days, and about the comparisons he sees between the ’93 and ’94 Lions and the 2016 and ’17 Penn State teams. We’ve also got tailgate talk with Dave Young ’97, who previews what he’s cooking up this weekend: a Philly-style roast pork sandwich, and—in a nod to the Hoosiers’ visit—Indiana sugar pies. We can’t wait to dig in.

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FBL Podcast: Iowa Week

 

We get ready for Big Ten play and catch up with one of the famed Penn State Collins brothers as the Nittany Lions hit the road for a big game in Iowa City.

Hailing from Cinnaminson, N.J., Jason Collins ’97 was a standout on the undefeated 1994 squad, and one of the five brothers—Andre, Gerry, Phil, and Aaron are the others—who suited up for Joe Paterno’s teams from the mid 1980s through the mid ’90s. He’s also got a podcast of his own: You can hear Jason’s take on sports (including the Nittany Lions) on the Game Day Coverage radio show.

Also: We look back on a blowout of Georgia State, look ahead to a big matchup with the Hawkeyes, and chat with members of our Central Iowa chapter.

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FBL Podcast: Georgia State Week

 

It’s Panthers on both sides on this week’s podcast, as we look back at a satisfying victory over old rival Pitt, and look ahead to this week’s visit from Georgia State.

We’ve got a great conversation with Anwar Phillips ’05, a standout in the secondary on the Nittany Lions’ mid-2000s teams, including that memorable run to the 2005 Big Ten championship, and now president of the Alumni Association’s Houston Chapter. Anwar talks about his enduring connection to the program, memories of being recruited by a young Maryland assistant named James Franklin, and how he and other Penn Staters in the Houston area are helping in the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. You can find more about the chapter’s efforts on their Facebook page.

We’ve also got some Southern-themed tailgate talk for Georgia State, and our go-to Saturday chef, Dave Young ’97, is making the most of the Peach State connection: Check out these recipes for peach-bourbon barbecue, pimiento mac & cheese, and peaches-and-cream blondies.

Finally, Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford inspired a trivia contest when he asked if Penn State had ever before faced consecutive teams with the same mascot. Thanks to our online editor and intrepid fact checker Bill DiFilippo ’14, we know the answer. If you can figure it out, respond with the answer in the comments below, or reply to us on Twitter @PSUFBLetter. The first correct answer will be rewarded with something cool from the Hintz Family Alumni Center basement.

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FBL Podcast: Akron Week

 

 

Football season is (finally) here, and our first game-week episode of the Football Letter Podcast is ready to go.

This week, we catch up with Football Letterman’s Club director and former Nittany Lion quarterback Wally Richardson ’96 to talk about his memories of season openers; his expectations for the 2017 squad; and the reunion of the 1982 national championship team for next week’s game against Pitt.

We also dig into the Lions’ series history with Akron, including highlights from John Black ’62 in The Football Letter, and talk tailgating with Dave Young ’97, including a burger inspired by a classic Akron drive-in—you can find that recipe here.

Give a listen, let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more podcasts throughout the season. We Are…