Posts tagged ‘Orange Bowl’
A decade ago, Penn State fielded one of the best football teams in the nation. The 2005 Nittany Lions went 11-1, locked up the program’s first Big Ten title since 1994, won the Orange Bowl, and finished as the No. 3 team in America. Our March/April 2006 issue looked back on some of the defining moments from that team, which included a few lows (namely a controversial loss to Michigan and losing its best player, Paul Posluszny ’06, to a knee injury), but had exponentially higher highs, like the bowl win or taking down sixth-ranked Ohio State in what is considered one of the best games in Beaver Stadium history.
This issue also featured a story on Steve Jabo ’84, a vertebrate paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Jabo mainly works with fossils and once was a member of a team that excavated a Tyrannosaurus rex. There’s also a story on Penn State’s gross anatomy lab, which is unique in that it let students at the College of Medicine work on whole cadavers.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor
You won’t find one of Penn State’s trademark bland uniforms on the cover of the new book by Michael Weinreb ’94, and you won’t find Joe Paterno’s picture there, either. But Penn State football—particularly the 1986 Orange Bowl team and the 1987 Fiesta Bowl and national championship team—was part of the inspiration for Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and How the ’80s Created the Modern Athlete.
We know this because Weinreb adapted part of his book into an essay for our September/October issue, which we finished this week and will be arriving in your mailboxes in a couple of weeks. He writes often for us—most recently, our November/December cover story on the Men of ’47—and we’re all eager to read more of the book than the essay, which contrasts Penn State football with those guys on the book cover, Bo Jackson, Jim McMahon, and most notably Brian Bosworth.
The book came out Thursday, so Weinreb has been making the media rounds—it’s highly possible you’ll catch him doing a radio interview on a station near you. And while you’re waiting for our magazine, you can check out this interview that Weinreb did with the blog Sports Crackle Pop, and this piece that he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
Lori Shontz, senior editor
On the off chance that any officials from the Orange Bowl or Fiesta Bowl might be surfing on YouTube or gopsf.com this weekend, the athletic department has produced a two-minute video for them. Just a little something to remind them how much fun it is to have Penn State—and Penn State’s fans—at a bowl game.
And, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Joe Paterno has made a few phone calls on the Lions’ behalf as well. We’ll find out the result—officially, anyway—Sunday night around 8:00, though it’s entirely possible that word of the bowl pairings will leak out soon after Saturday’s games are finished.
Tina Hay, editor
That’s what David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News is predicting. If the Lions don’t go to Tempe, Ariz., then Jones sees them playing in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. By his analysis, the Orange Bowl is out of the picture for Penn State.
Bowl pairings will be announced next Sunday, Dec. 6.
Tina Hay, editor
David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News was in East Lansing for Penn State’s 48-14 win over Michigan State on Saturday, and he spent a little time talking to Michael Kosnitzky, the Orange Bowl scout who was at the game. Here’s how Jones assesses Penn State’s chances of playing in Miami on Jan. 5.
Tina Hay, editor