I haven’t exactly caught up on sleep yet from our trip to Jacksonville for the bowl game but am back in the swing of things at work. Tonight was Penn State men’s hockey win over Minnesota.
It felt more like a fall Saturday in Happy Valley today than a January day in Florida, which made it even more natural as Penn State took the field for today’s TaxSlayer Bowl. Coach Franklin joked with another photographer and myself that we should enjoy the game from one of the pools in the stands, but there was a game to be photographed!
When quarterback Christian Hackenberg got injured in the first half things seemed to fall apart. But the Nittany Lions came back with determination in the second half fighting till the final seconds of the game. Georgia came out with the win, 24-17.
What a week it has been! And we still have the main event tomorrow!
The Penn State football writer for the CDT and myself ventured down to Jacksonville earlier in the week to follow the team through the TaxSlayer Bowl week.
On Wednesday we got to go with the team to the Mayport Naval Station, where they climbed in the helicopters to their own sound effects and Call of Duty references, and they explored a ship, even getting a look at the captains chair.
Thursday morning we got to see the last few minutes of the final practice of the season. Though I was thrown for a loop with their traditional jersey swap, leaving me not sure who was where! Seniors were hoisted and carried off the field to be honored.
I followed some players to the Wolfson Children’s hospital as they visited patients and shared some Penn State swag. To see the patients light up and giggle with the players and especially the Nittany Lion was uplifting.
Football season always seems like it’s going to go for so long, then the season arrives and poof it’s gone! I truly enjoy covering Penn State football games, even through the several terrible weather ones we had this season. Today was the last home game of the season with amped security and senior day festivities. The Nittany Lions couldn’t pull off the win though, and fell to Michigan 28-16.
The last few weeks have been hustling and bustling crazy! I apologize for the lack of entries as I got tied into lots of sporting events and news across the county. So here’s a quick glimpse into what I’ve been working on, from pumpkin drillin’, the start of basketball, somber moments for those around the world, and the closing of soccer season.
Penn State football season is back and opened the season at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Nittany Lions did not fair well through the hot and humid weather, an early game injury, and quarterback Christian Hackenberg getting sacked 10 times. For the first time in several decades the Temple Owls got the win over Penn State.