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Coach Franklin says goodbye to Vanderbilt

We’ve been so excited to learn about Coach Franklin here in Penn State country, that the fact that a University that loved him lost him, just like we lost Bill O’Brien.

I was reminded of that fact this morning on Twitter, when I saw a tweet from Keri Potts, of ESPN, and paused.

To me, that’s a nice way to say goodbye, and begin a new era. It hurts, but you have to do it, just like we had to a couple weeks ago. But I’m not sure that the message translates, especially when you’re in mourning for a coach you loved.

But you know what? These fans will move on. Just like we did, and just like others will do in the future.

For now: WE ARE! Welcome Coach Franklin!

The ‘Coldocolypse’ game in Green Bay

Last night, the Packers and 49ers palyed…yadda yadda….

What people couldn’t stop talking about was the frigid temperatures at the “Coldocolypse” game, which was among the coldest games ever played – and everyone was feeling it, if the social media chatter was any indication.

One of their corespondents used the hashtag #howcoldisit” to document the ridiculousness of the game – and it was pretty hilarious.

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Feel good story of the week: From math teacher to quaterback

In my favorite story of the week, the Dallas Cowboys have enlisted the help of one of their former quaterbacks, now a high school math teacher, to be their third string back-up for their game this weekend.

Apparently, the other two quarterbacks are fighting injuries – and there may be need for a third choice.

It’s really an inspiring story, with Kitna saying he will donate the money he gets from playing (or even just sitting on the bench) back to the school he teaches at, according to BleacherReport:

The $53,000 he will be paid for his third-string duties on the team will not go in his pocket, as he announced Thursday that he plans to donate the money to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., according to the Dallas Morning News‘ Barry Horn.

Kitna has been a football coach and math teacher at Lincoln since retiring from the NFL two years ago following a 15-year playing career. After leading the Abes to an 8-2 record, with his son Jordan as his starting quarterback, the father of four is now making the decision to donate his entire salary to improve the school.

Kitna’s story was already pretty inspiring, as this CBS News report BleacherReport found:

Maybe in the new year, we can all hope to be a little bit like Mr. Kitna.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Celebrating a Steeler birthday

 

Yesterday, I went to the Adam Smith awards lunch hosted by EconomicsPennsylvania. The organization has at least one very famous member – former Pittsburgh Steeler and two-time Super Bowl champion Andy Russell.

This was my first time meeting Mr. Russell, who is a big fan of the Susquehanna Valley and seems like a really fun guy.

Well, yesterday was also his 72nd birthday!

So we celebrated at the lunch as any fun-loving group would – with cupcakes!

And of course they were his favorite colors (and featured his favorite number!):

20131108-104855.jpgAnd though the cupcakes looked delicious, I didn’t get an opportunity to taste mine, since I saved it for the only person I know still willing to admit they’re a Steelers fan (just kidding, people!) – fellow reporter Evamarie Socha.

She was thrilled. Even though the cupcake couldn’t really, you know, help the Steelers actually win.

Anyway, have a great weekend guys!

Baby’s first Penn State game

This weekend, like any good Pennsylvania residents, my family tuned into the first Penn State game of the season, ready to cheer on the Nittany Lions.

But this game was extra special. It was my little niece’s first fan experience.

She was decked out and ready to go:

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She sat with her daddy and watched the game, though she had no idea what she was actually doing:

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But I’d still like to believe she had fun.

We Are!

Bonus Photos: Henry Hynoski and Hakeem Nicks

Sunday was an exciting day for Valley Giants fans.

Henry Hynoski and Hakeem Nicks were signing autographs at Amato’s in Selinsgrove.

While both are super stars, Hynoski is especially revered as a local boy, having graduated from Southern Columbia in Elysburg.

Here’s some extra photos from the signing:

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Who won the Daily Item newsroom Super Bowl challenge?

Because we’re always up for a challenge, the Daily Item newsroom decided to get in on the Super Bowl fun and we all picked scores for the Super Bowl to see who could get closest.

Here are the results:

Only two of us picked Baltimore as the winner: editor Dave Hilliard and photographer Rob Inglis.

Here’s where the decision gets tough.

Both picked the three-point spread: Rob had 24-21, Dave had 27-24.

So who’s the winner?

I have to give the edge, in a squeaker, to Dave, who picked the slightly higher score.

So, congrats Dave – bragging rights are yours until next year!