KING GEORGE: The last time coach Berwick George Curry stepped off of the field in Williamsport , he was celebrating a 41-7 victory over the Millionaires. And … the 400th win of his career – the only high school coach in state history to reach that milestone. Of course, that was six years, one “retirement” and another team ago. Curry was coaching Wyoming Valley West in September 2007 when he cut the cake for his 400th. He coached another year there before stepping down in 2008, only to return to the field with Berwick in 2012. If the unbeaten Bulldogs manage to rob the Millionaire this Friday, Curry will have have his 429th win.
EARNING YOUR WAY ON: If there was ever such a thing as a legendary walk in baseball, it happened on Oct. 12, 1980 in the Houston Astrodome. It was Game 5 of the NLCS and the Phillies went into the top of the eighth against the Astros down 5-2. On the mound was Nolan Ryan, who, at that point in his career, had never lost a game going into the 8th inning with that kind of lead – EVER. The Phillies loaded the bases on a couple of scratch hits when in stepped Pete Rose. Ryan, who had struck out Rose earlier in the game, got ahead in the count. Rose hung in there, worked the count to 3-2, and kept flicking away 100-mph bullets until ball four sailed wide. A run scored, Ryan left the game and the Phillies eventually won the game on their way to a World Series title. Baseball fans can check out this year’s NLCS when it begins on Friday night and the ALCS on Saturday.
B’AR NONE: It’s not exactly a secret the AHL’s Hershey Bears are named in honor of the chocolate bars made at Milton Hersey’s little endeavor. But did you know the original name was a tad more direct. When the team was founded in 1932, they called themselves the Hershey B’ars. Some sportswriters and league officials felt the name was too commercial, so the team dropped the apostrophe in 1936 and became the Bears. Although looking at their logo from 1938, they should have been called the Teenage Wookies. The B’ars … ehh … Bears will be in town for the WBS Penguins home opener this Saturday. The game starts at 7 p.m.
BIG DEAL IN THE BIG HOUSE: Penn State came into the 1994 season needing to prove themselves. In 1993, their first year in the Big Ten, the Lions fell short against the conference’s perennial powers – Ohio State and Michigan. So when the third-ranked Lions went into The Big House on Oct. 15, 1994 to face fifth-ranked Michigan, their credibility was at stake. Penn State got out to an early lead and promptly squandered it. The teams traded punches in the second half, and with three minutes left, the score was tied at 24. The game came down to two passes from a QB named Collins. With 2:53 left, Penn State ’s Kerry Collins hit Bobby Engram with a 16-yard TD pass and the Lions led 31-24. The Wolverines’ Todd Collins completed a pass of his own. But his was to PSU cornerback Brian Miller and the interception sealed the win. Remind some Michigan fans of that game when the teams meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The game starts at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
CAN YOU SAY, ‘ROUT?’ Remember the story of David and Goliath? With nothing more than his trusty slingshot, underdog David brought down the mighty Philistine warrior. But what if Goliath had two swords, a machine gun, a tank, a pack of wild dogs and full air support? The story might have turned out a bit different. Now take that Biblical example and apply it to this Sunday’s Denver-Jacksonville game. Peyton Manning vs. Blaine Gabbert? Please. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker vs Cecil Shorts? Sound like David vs Goliath to you? No, not exactly. More like David vs the Death Star.