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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ESPN Mag profiles Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman mostly unknown commodityESPN The Magazine
Ryan Zimmerman has been flying under the radar as a baseball player and as a man-about-town in the D.C. area since he got here after being drafted in the first round in 2005. Now, he is the best third baseman in the National League and is starting to be appreciated for how good he is but locally he isn’t immediately recognizable when he is out and about. Such is life of the Washington Nationals only superstar, though Zimmerman seems able to deal with the changes that will come if/when the Nats improve and raise the profile in the Nation’s Capital.

One odd thing — he’s never been on the Metro. That’s kind of part of the D.C. experience Zimm.

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Todd Blackledge interviews Joe Paterno

Paterno Exclusive Interview Pt. 1ESPN
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is interviewed by one of his best quarterbacks, Todd Blackledge. They won the 1982 National Championship together.

I have not watched these yet, but I am eager to see what these two Penn State greats have to say to each other.

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Nats: Baseball Prospectus Q&A with Jim Riggleman

Prospectus Q&A Jim RigglemanThe Post
Riggleman answers about 20 questions from David Laurila. All of the answers are a paragraph long and fairly thoughtful. He calls strikeouts “unproductive outs” and talks about how even with restrictive pitch counts, young hurlers sometimes get hurt, among other things. Not mentioned — him being from suburban Montgomery County.

Hat tip to The Nats Blog.

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Thomas Boswell chat 12.24.2009

Ask Boswell: Redskins, MLB, Nats, Caps and MoreThe Post
“Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the new Redskins front office and take your other questions about the Nats, Tiger Woods, the NFL and the Caps. “

I didn’t expect to see a Bos chat today. Perhaps he will talk more about the Nats and their recent acquisitions (including reliever Matt Capps apparently) than the dysfunctional Redskins. I really don’t think there is anything else to add on that front.

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This American Life at the #1 Party School – Penn State

Public radio show This American Life visited Penn State over the final football weekend of 2009 (vs. Indiana) and examined the drinking culture. They picked Penn State because the Princeton Review said it is the #1 party school in the country. The program’s portrayal of the students is harsh.

The program is 100% accurate too.

It sounds like little has changed since my time there, other than the preference for candy liquor over beer.

The stream of the episode is 1 hour, 10 minutes long.

I loved Penn State despite that culture. Let’s put it this way, an overwhelming majority of my drinks came out of glasses and bottles and not plastic cups. The frat thing never had any appeal.

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New Nats pitcher Jason Marquis introduced; Eddie Guardado next?

Marquis deal is another positive sign for NatsThe Post
New National Marquis grabs mentor roleThe Wash. Times
The Nationals newest starting pitcher and projected #1 starter, Jason Marquis, was introduced to Washington yesterday. Marquis speaks highly of the moves that the Nats have been making in the offseason and by signing Stephen Strasburg. He also got to know John Lannan a little last year in Colorado during the Nats-Rockies series. Marqis wants to be a mentor on the staff. Given that we are not even to the New Year, I’ll take him at his word.

Nats nearing deal with veteran reliever Guardado – Nationals Journal, The Post
Oh how times have changed — back in 2008 when he was pitching for the Texas Rangers, Eddie Guardado was told he was traded to D.C. at the deadline — he was furious. In reality, he was pranked by his manager. Now, he is apparently ready to sign with the team. At 39 years old and a career almost exclusively in the American League, I’m skeptical about this signing and I can’t help but think of Julian Tavarez. I hope my gut is wrong on this one.

Okay, Pirates fan(s), Matt Capps has the Nats as one of the two teams he will sign with soon, how should I feel about him in a curly W cap?

Strasburg lands endorsement deal with Topps – National Journal, The Post
Strasburg signed a deal with the only baseball card manufacturer left — Topps. No word yet one whether it means he’ll be restricted in his autographs like Ryan Zimmerman.

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