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Throwback Memories

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   I covered the Penn State home game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday and was on hand to watch the 1973 unbeaten Nittany Lions honored on their fortieth anniversary.  Along with that, John Cappelletti, the only Heisman Trophy winner at Penn State, have his number 22 retired.  What it did was bring back a lot of memories.  I was starting my senior year in high school at nearby Bellefonte High School but so much was different about college football and life in general back then.  Beaver Stadium held about 65-thousand, not every game was on TV either.  Maybe two or three when the Lions played Pitt or were in a bowl game.  I can still hear the voice of Keith Jackson calling the games from Happy Valley.  Other than that, you had to go to the game to see it or listen to it on radio.  I remember many fall afternoons listening to Fran Fisher and Jim Tarmen call the games while helping my Father around the house. As an independent, Penn State played the likes of Maryland, NC State, West Virginia and Boston College along with PItt, a schedule I thought was pretty good.  There were no TV hype or flashy pre-game shows or goofballs like Lee Corso believing they are actually fun to watch. It seemed so simple back then.  That '73 team was as good as any for Joe Paterno who also had unbeaten seasons in 1968-69 and 94 and deserved to win more than just two national championships in his career.  It also reminded many that Penn State football existed well before the Sandusky scandal and the NCAA Sanctions and that it has a tradition as deep as any school in the country.  A tradition that despite the efforts of the NCAA and it's head-hunting last year, could not destroy Penn State football or it's magnificent past either.

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