Posts tagged ‘Fiesta Bowl’

Penn State Football: Last of a Dying Breed? Michael Weinreb Thinks So

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

August 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

USA Today: Penn State Played in Two of All-Time Best National Title Games

As part of its coverage of tonight’s BCS title game between Texas and Alabama, USA Today has listed its picks as the top 10 bowl games that decided the national championship.  Among the choices: the Nittany Lions’ victory over Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl for Joe Paterno’s first national title, and their triumph over Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl for JoePa’s second championship.

Click here to see the list and to cast your vote for the most exciting of the games. Pretty tough call between those two bowl games (and I don’t think I can get fired for admitting how much I enjoyed Miami’s 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl). I think I’d have to pick the Fiesta Bowl, mostly because I was a high school senior, “committed” to Penn State, so to speak, and leaped off the couch when Pete Giftopoulous sealed the deal by intercepting Vinny Testeverde.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

January 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm 3 comments

Penn State Makes Its Pitch for a Bowl Game

On the off chance that any officials from the Orange Bowl or Fiesta Bowl might be surfing on YouTube or 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

December 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Penn State and Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl?

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

November 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Penn State v. Pitt: A Rivalry Renewed?

With a 35-10 dismantling of Michigan on Saturday, Penn State kept alive its hopes for the Big Ten title and a possible return to the Rose Bowl. Even if they don’t defend their conference crown (still-unbeaten Iowa controls its destiny in that race), the Nittany Lions are in great shape for a BCS bowl berth. Joe Paterno and his team won’t entertain speculation about their postseason destination, but of course, that hasn’t stopped fans or media. On Monday, the Altoona Mirror did more than just speculate, breaking down the possibilities by which Penn State would play in the Fiesta Bowl. The opponent? Pitt.

It’s only a possibility, and not necessarily a likely one. But it’s fun to think about, isn’t it?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 27, 2009 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

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