Penn State: Walk-on Tom Golarz is playing through liver disease

MIKE LOPRESTI – Illness has Penn State walk-on facing bigger opponent off fieldUSA Today
Until this morning I was somehow unaware of Tom Golarz. The Penn State walk-on special teams player is on the team despite living with sclerosing cholangitis, the same liver disease that killed Walter Payton. Golarz was diagnosed at 17, so he is hoping he can live a long enough for better treatments to help him out. A transplant is likely someday, but he is hoping to avoid it.

Look for #39 in tomorrow during the Capital One Bowl, that’s Golarz.

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Penn State: Capital One Bowl getting closer

Gameday approaches – #11 Penn State faces #13 LSU on Friday at noon (ABC) in the Capital One Bowl. Here is a link dump:

DT Brandon Ware won’t be there, he was left behind for a “violation of team rules.” DT James Terry a frosh, isn’t there either. – Patriot-News

Earlier this month was media dayIntercollegiate Athletics

Nittany Lions rode roller coasters at Universal Studios – Patriot-News

Sadly, Sean Lee has one game left as a Nittany Lion. He is really going to be missed for a lot of reasons. – CDT & Tribune Review

LB Navarro Bowman is probably gone after Friday afternoon too. – YDR

LSU returner Trindon Holiday = nightmare fuel. – Patriot-News

The Nittany Lions are worth $99 million (Altoona Mirror), not that they are for sale. Your old seat locations though…

True frosh CB Stephon Morris is bigger than his 5-7, 170 lbs frame. His story is a good one. – Patriot-News

DT Jared Odrick is one of the best Penn State has ever had. – Post-Gazette

QB Daryll Clark isn’t happy about fans talking about his legacy. (Black Shoe Diaries)

His Chevy Lumina is pretty messed up (VIDEO) after an non-injury accident earlier this month that wasn’t his fault. – Fight On State

England native and Jersey Shore product Jack Crawford, the defensive end, is becoming self-aware (York Sunday News). Be afraid offensive linemen.

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Capitals chat at 11

Capitals trade Clark, Jurcina for ChimeraThe Post
“Washington Post Capitals and NHL Editor Lindsay Applebaum will be online Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the team’s trade of captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus for winger Jason Chimera.”

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Capitals trade captain Clark, Jurcinia for Chimera, lose to ‘Canes

Capitals trade captain Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina for Jason ChimeraThe Post
Capitals trade their captain to ColumbusThe Wash. Times
I don’t think anybody saw this trade coming. The Washington Capitals traded their captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jason Chimera, best known around here for mixing it up with Alex Ovechkin back in November at the only game I have been to this season. After Ovechkin was injured in scrum that Chimera got started, Chimera declined to fight, so I don’t know if his acquisition toughens up the team at all. So, now I have to cheer for him? Many have suggested that the Caps need an enforcer, but I saw the word “agitator” in early stories about the trade yesterday. I’m a little skeptical of Chimera, but certainly willing to be won over.

Clark, captain since 2006, was blindsided by the trade. He had 30 goals that season, but lost most of the next two seasons to injuries. His production has diminished as the team got better too, though Clark did not mind. Praise for his leadership and toughness has been universal, so he will really be missed. Jurcina on the other hand was often a healthy scratch lately and dealing him frees up a spot for a younger, cheaper blueliners. Also, the trade frees up more salary cap space which means the Caps could be buyers at the deadline. It also comes right after Alexander Semin signed a one-year extension that will keep him in Chinatown through next season. That was pretty shrewd for both parties.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the next captain will not be named right away. The three candidates that come to mind are Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble. It will be interesting to see how gets the C and when. I would not be surprised if it comes after the Olympic break.

Hurricanes top Capitals, 6-3The Post
Disastrous first period dooms CapitalsThe Wash. Times
Gee, I guess the Caps were rattled. The last place Carolina Hurricanes came into Verizon Center and crushed the home team. That is Washington’s first loss in the Southeast Division all season.

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