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.
Today was Military Appreciation day at Penn State football. When I walked into the Bryce Jordan Center for the Military family tailgate I was shocked at the crowd. Hundreds of military members were given free tickets for the game to say thank you for their service.
As two youngsters dodged me on the way for a touchdown I snapped away. When I chatted to the family, both their parents who serve our country said how excited they were to be here in Happy Valley for an experience they’ll never forgot to see a college football game.
I thanked all the military members I talked to and they got my motivation up for the drenching game. Steady rain didn’t slow down the Nittany Lions on their 20-14 win over Army.