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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 4, 2013

Dreaming of a Blue Christmas: Actually, it’s no dream. The video below is the very real holiday light display set up by Robert Witt ’01 of Schwenksville, Pa. It started blowing up the internet yesterday, and it is something else:

I’m not gonna lie: I’m not sure I’d want to live right next door to that. But it is impressive work.

Hump day hoops: The 10th-ranked Lady Lions continue a tough non-conference schedule tonight when they host No. 4 Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The match-up marks the first meeting between Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her Fighting Irish counterpart, Muffet McGraw, but as the Daily Collegian tells us, the two have serious history: Washington played for and later coached under McGraw at Notre Dame, which won the 2001 national championship while she was an assistant.

The Nittany Lions fell at Pitt last night, 78-69, in their Big Ten/ACC match-up. It was a close game throughout, and an impressive showing for the Lions, who were playing their fifth game in 10 days. Pitt, unbeaten this season, is 106-3 all-time at the Petersen Events Center against non-conference opponents.

Getting a read: Americanah, a novel by the Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been chosen as the Penn State Reads common book for the incoming class of 2014. (more…)

December 4, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

The Unlikely True Story of the Alabama Booster Club of Bridgeport, Pa.

This is the story of a group of Italian-Catholic guys from Pennsylvania who had to go a thousand miles to find a football coach to root for.

When I interviewed current University of Alabama president Robert Witt ’68 Ph.D. a few weeks ago, he mentioned a group of Pennsylvania residents who were among the Tide’s most loyal fans. I assumed they were Bama alumni who had relocated to the Keystone State, but Witt said he didn’t believe they were.

He was right. The membership of the Alabama Booster Club of Bridgeport, Pa., doesn’t include a single Penn Stater. Though logic dictates that maybe it should.

Instead, Johnny Nicola and about 30 of his family and close friends will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend to support the team they’ve been following for 40 years. Here’s how these guys from outside Philly came to idolize the pride of Southern football.

“My brother in law, Tony Chiccino, played for Coach Bryant at the University of Kentucky, and he was a teammate of Dude Hennessey, who became one of Coach Bryant’s assistants at Alabama,” Nicola explains. “Tony always said, ‘If you want to follow good football, you gotta go down south.’”

For what it’s worth, this was in the late ’60s, when (more…)

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