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Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key ’96 will team up with longtime collaborator Jordan Peele and do commentary for Super Bowl 50. The duo will play a pair of eccentric commenters named Lee and Morris and will spend the entire game calling the action on a website hosted by Squarespace, which is sponsoring the broadcast.

There’s just one catch: the duo won’t be able to say anything that would violate a trademark owned by the NFL, so things like the team names and the phrase “Super Bowl” are off the table. According to one video, they can’t even say “touchdown” without splitting up who says “touch” and “down.”

You can watch all of the promotional ads for the broadcast right here, and make sure you tune in when the stream goes live on Sunday night.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor


February 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 3, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day

A couple of ringers: Congrats to Michael Robinson ’04 (above) and Jordan Hill ’13, Super Bowl champions after the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 demolition of the Denver Broncos. As usual, Robinson—a veteran fullback and special teams standout—played a vital role in the outcome without making much of an impact on the stat sheet. He had one reception for seven yards, a tackle on special teams, and threw the lead block when all-pro running back Marshawn Lynch scored his only touchdown of the game. Hill, a rookie defensive lineman, was inactive for the game—but I doubt his ring will shine any less brightly when he puts it on.

Shawn Carter drops by: Hip-hop icon Jay-Z ended his “Magna Carter” world tour on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center, and it was a pretty big deal. The buzz built up before the show with social media rumors that the rapper’s insanely famous wife, Beyonce, was spotted downtown (alas, she was not), and Nittany Lion football players—and at least one coach—joined in the fun by tweeting their excitement at having Jay-Z drop in on their workouts Friday afternoon. Turns out that was a prank. The concert itself was real enough: You can find some great photos here, and check out reviews from the Daily Collegian and Onward State.

Winners all around: After a string of tough losses that marked a frustrating 0-6 start in Big Ten play, the Nittany Lion basketball team has now won three straight after knocking off Purdue Sunday at the BJC. That gives Penn State the longest current winning streak in what is generally regarded as the toughest conference in the nation. The Lady Lions, meanwhile, climbed closer to a return to the national top 10 with a close win at Northwestern. Penn State came into the game ranked 12th and 13th in the media and coaches polls. And the top-ranked wrestling team continued its season-long dominance Sunday with a blowout of No. 11 Michigan.

What a collection: One more for a sports-heavy Monday: From the Scranton Times-Tribune comes a feature Ken Gentilezza ’80, a doctor and—by the looks of it—one of the more committed Penn State football fans you’ll find. Seriously, how cool is this guy’s basement?

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 3, 2014 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 28, 2014

Be my guest: Coach James Franklin is heading to Washington tonight for President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Franklin will attend as the guest of U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson ’81, who represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. Said Franklin in a release: “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Robinson at yesterday's press conference in Jersey City. Photo:  Jim O'Connor, USA TODAY

Robinson at yesterday’s press conference in Jersey City. Photo: Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY

Bowled over: It was a rough 2013 for Michael Robinson ’04, whose health struggles postponed his career with the Seattle Seahawks last summer. Now, a healthy Robinson is headed to the Super Bowl. The Morning Call talked to Robinson, his teammates, and Coach Pete Carroll about the running back’s recovery — and his emotional reaction to the Seahawks’ victory at the NFC Championship Game. Says Carroll: “You can see the emotion come out of Michael. He’s the guy that never thought, ‘maybe I’ll never get this chance again.’ Then he comes back to play and he gets to play in the Super Bowl.”

Key players: Robinson and teammate Jordan Hill ’13 won’t be the only Penn Staters at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2. Penn State News offers this handy roundup of all the alums, students, and faculty members headed to the Super Bowl on Sunday, most of them working behind the scenes. The list includes Emmy-winning director Rich Russo ’84, NFL’s vice president of football communications Michael Signora ’96, and sportswriters Jenny Vrentas ’06 and Emily Kaplan ’13.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 20, 2014

A leader lost: A bit of news we missed last week, but which seems appropriate to share on the day we observe the life and work of Martin Luther King: A memorial service was held Saturday for Thelma Price, a longtime Penn State administrator and civil rights activist who died on Jan. 8. She was 88. She came to the university in 1964 to serve as assistant dean of students at New Kensington, and later served as assistant VP of student affairs at University Park. The first charter president of the State College chapter of the NAACP, she was also a vocal advocate for minority students, earning the nickname “Mom” for her tireless work on their behalf.


Happiness and heartbreak: Sunday night was a memorable one for three former Nittany Lions, although one that NaVorro Bowman ’09 no doubt wishes he could forget. Bowman, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker whom calls “arguably the best defensive player in the league this season,” went down in gruesome fashion in the fourth quarter of the Niners’ eventual 23-17 loss to Seattle. Afterward, his all-pro teammate, Patrick Willis, told reporters, “If he doesn’t get defensive player of the year, I don’t know what they go by. Most important, I just pray he’s all right.”

On the much brighter side, the Seahawks duo of Michael Robinson ’04 and Jordan Hill ’13 are going to the Super Bowl, marking the 43rd time in 48 years that at least one Penn Stater is on a roster for the big game.

BOT wrap: Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g has everything you need to know from last week’s Board of Trustees meetings. You can read her last two posts from the sessions here and here.

Times up: Sunday’s New York Times carried a couple of pieces of note for Penn Staters. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of meteorology and arguably the world’s most famous climate scientist, wrote an oped for the Sunday Review in which he talks about embracing his role as a public advocate for awareness and action on climate change. On a very different topic, over in the Business section, there’s a profile of Ross Ulbricht ’09g, who is facing federal charges of computer hacking, drug trafficking, and money laundering as the alleged mastermind behind the online black market Silk Road. It’s disturbing, fascinating stuff.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm 2 comments

Of Rooting Interests, Records, and a Rout

The Steeler fans in our office won’t agree with me, but for most Penn Staters, there’s still plenty of reason to pay attention to the NFL playoffs. Three of the four teams that will play this weekend for a Super Bowl berth boast contributions from former (and, in one case, brand-new) Nittany Lions.

All-pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman ’09 (pictured) was among the defensive stars for the San Francisco 49ers, who beat New Orleans on Saturday to set up a meeting with the New York Giants in the NFC championship game. Bowman recorded 10 tackles in San Francisco’s dramatic 36-32 win over the Saints. Among the Giants who will try to slow Bowman this weekend is Kareem McKenzie ’01, a Big Blue stalwart who has started nearly every game at offensive tackle for the past decade. Jimmy Kennedy ’02 is also on the Giants roster, as a reserve defensive lineman.

Over in the AFC, there aren’t any Penn Staters on the Baltimore Ravens’ roster, while Rich Ohrnberger ’08 holds down a spot on the New England Patriots’ injured reserve. Of course, the Pats have become a team of interest for Nittany Lion fans, as New England’s 45-10 drubbing of Denver showcased the offense run by new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. Unless you’re a Broncos fan, that was fun to watch.

There’s plenty happening with current Penn State athletes, of course, and a typically busy winter sports weekend brought two highlights of note. The first came courtesy of the fleet feet of freshman Robby Creese, who set a U.S. collegiate and under-19 record in the 1,000 meters. He covered five laps at the Ashenfelter Indoor Track in 2:19.53. I got winded just typing that.

And the defending NCAA champion wrestling team recorded a first, blanking conference rival Wisconsin, 43-0, on the road for the program’s first ever Big Ten dual meet shutout.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Rich Russo Just Might Be Super Bowl MVP

You won’t actually see him on Sunday, and, just like the officials on the field, it’ll be better if his presence isn’t noticed at all. That’ll mean that Rich Russo ’84 has done his job. Russo, a 10-time Emmy winner for Fox Sports, will direct the network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLV.

As you might imagine for a guy who’s made his career in sports broadcasting, Russo says directing the big game is a dream come true. Our colleague Steve Sampsell from the College of Communications got that and much more from Russo in this story; you can get a bit more from the man himself in this 2009 Q&A. The highlight of that interview is hearing that, while Russo will be focused on the Steelers and Packers this weekend, “the ultimate would be to direct the BCS national championship game when Penn State is playing. Hopefully that will happen.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

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