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By Don Markus | October 11, 1991
Tony Sacca hasn't spent a lifetime at Penn State; it only seems that way. He has played one position for the Nittany Lions -- quarterback -- but many variations of the same role. From unsteady to unhappy to merely unsung, from phenom to failure to merely frustrated.Now, three years after starting as a freshman because of injuries to others, and one year after being pulled out of three games, Sacca's level of consistency has finally matched the resiliency he has needed to endure an often difficult life in Happy Valley.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
One of the biggest events of the TV year and one of the finest new series of the summer arrive on the small screen the next two weeks. In the past, both productions would have been on PBS. Instead, they are on Internet television - Netflix and the Maryland-based Acorn subscription service. Together, they offer a snapshot of both the way technology is radically changing the manner in which we watch TV and the extent to which a downsized PBS is melting away to nothingness except fundraisers, Ken Burns and “Downton Abbey.” On Wednesday, Netflix will release all six episodes of Season 1 of “Happy Valley,” a taut and hard-edged BBC drama set in West Yorkshire.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 28, 1999
One thing I can promise about "Heat of the Sun" on public television tonight: You won't confuse this five-part series with any other mystery on the small screen this season. It is absolutely the jewel in the crown of PBS' "Mystery!" franchise this year.Cunningly crafted and wonderfully cast, it feels as if it must be based on a classic English novel or set of novels. But it isn't. "Heat of the Sun" was written for television.In it, we leave the English drawing room behind and head straight for "the bush" -- an on-location enterprise in Africa that ran so disastrously over budget, say the producers, that we are never going to see any episodes beyond the five starting tonight.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 28, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. - Suddenly, it was eerily quiet. Deathly quiet, you might say. For the better part of three quarters, the orange-clad Death Valley crowd had been having a raucous party at Maryland's expense, and so had Clemson's talented "Thunder and Lightning" running backs. But the party ended after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey took an end-around, cut toward the middle of the field and raced 76 yards to Clemson's 4-yard line - Maryland's longest run since 2003. The previously out-of-it Terps - embarrassed on defense and mistake-prone on offense - scored two plays later to pull to 17-13 and set up a most unlikely 20-17 victory over the No. 20 Tigers in Maryland's first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
One of the biggest events of the TV year and one of the finest new series of the summer arrive on the small screen the next two weeks. In the past, both productions would have been on PBS. Instead, they are on Internet television - Netflix and the Maryland-based Acorn subscription service. Together, they offer a snapshot of both the way technology is radically changing the manner in which we watch TV and the extent to which a downsized PBS is melting away to nothingness except fundraisers, Ken Burns and “Downton Abbey.” On Wednesday, Netflix will release all six episodes of Season 1 of “Happy Valley,” a taut and hard-edged BBC drama set in West Yorkshire.
SPORTS
By Assoicated Press | October 21, 1992
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Locker room sniping has started at Penn State, where two losses have dropped the Nittany Lions from seventh to 14th in the Associated Press football poll.Coach Joe Paterno says it will be over by the time the Lions visit West Virginia this weekend.Two Saturdays ago, No. 1 Miami traveled to Penn State and beat the Lions, 17-14. Last Saturday, Boston College took a 35-10 lead and held on to win, 35-32."The team seemed flat. People made mental mistakes. They've got something on their minds," flanker O.J. McDuffie said.
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By RICK MAESE | October 9, 2005
State College, Pa.-- --With the game in the books, they leapt over the railings. They charged onto the field, scurrying, high-stepping and smiling. Strangers tackled each other, laughing as they rolled to the ground. Some waved signs - "We're back" and "The valley is happy again." Everyone just wanted to get close. Five years of frustration burst free onto the Beaver Stadium field after Penn State's 17-10 upset win over No. 6 Ohio State last night. Squeezing through a narrow crack was the old general, Joe Paterno, poking his way through the party.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Happy Valley was a misnomer for this scenic setting yesterday after Penn State pounded overmatched Eastern Michigan, 52-7.The line of long faces formed to the right:There was quarterback John Sacca, who threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to flanker O. J. McDuffie in the third quarter, only to find an irate Joe Paterno waiting for him on the Nittany Lions' sideline seconds later.There was tailback Richie Anderson, who rushed for two touchdowns, but admitted he doesn't like to play in games like this.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | October 11, 1992
University Park,Pa -- They call this place Happy Valley,so we know that the person who came up with the name never spent the winter here.We also know that the people who run Penn State's Athletic department want to make sure it stays happy.A local Associated Press reporter named Kelly Kissel did some digging last week and came up with the fairly astonishing news that,since Joe Paterno became head in 1965, Penn State has played only 11 home games against teams that finished the season in the top 10.That works out roughly to one every two-and-a-half years, and while the schedules are made well in advance and Paterno can't control the rises and falls of his opponents, the intent of such scheduling is unmistakable.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 28, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. - Suddenly, it was eerily quiet. Deathly quiet, you might say. For the better part of three quarters, the orange-clad Death Valley crowd had been having a raucous party at Maryland's expense, and so had Clemson's talented "Thunder and Lightning" running backs. But the party ended after wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey took an end-around, cut toward the middle of the field and raced 76 yards to Clemson's 4-yard line - Maryland's longest run since 2003. The previously out-of-it Terps - embarrassed on defense and mistake-prone on offense - scored two plays later to pull to 17-13 and set up a most unlikely 20-17 victory over the No. 20 Tigers in Maryland's first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | October 9, 2005
State College, Pa.-- --With the game in the books, they leapt over the railings. They charged onto the field, scurrying, high-stepping and smiling. Strangers tackled each other, laughing as they rolled to the ground. Some waved signs - "We're back" and "The valley is happy again." Everyone just wanted to get close. Five years of frustration burst free onto the Beaver Stadium field after Penn State's 17-10 upset win over No. 6 Ohio State last night. Squeezing through a narrow crack was the old general, Joe Paterno, poking his way through the party.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 28, 1999
One thing I can promise about "Heat of the Sun" on public television tonight: You won't confuse this five-part series with any other mystery on the small screen this season. It is absolutely the jewel in the crown of PBS' "Mystery!" franchise this year.Cunningly crafted and wonderfully cast, it feels as if it must be based on a classic English novel or set of novels. But it isn't. "Heat of the Sun" was written for television.In it, we leave the English drawing room behind and head straight for "the bush" -- an on-location enterprise in Africa that ran so disastrously over budget, say the producers, that we are never going to see any episodes beyond the five starting tonight.
SPORTS
By Assoicated Press | October 21, 1992
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Locker room sniping has started at Penn State, where two losses have dropped the Nittany Lions from seventh to 14th in the Associated Press football poll.Coach Joe Paterno says it will be over by the time the Lions visit West Virginia this weekend.Two Saturdays ago, No. 1 Miami traveled to Penn State and beat the Lions, 17-14. Last Saturday, Boston College took a 35-10 lead and held on to win, 35-32."The team seemed flat. People made mental mistakes. They've got something on their minds," flanker O.J. McDuffie said.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | October 11, 1992
University Park,Pa -- They call this place Happy Valley,so we know that the person who came up with the name never spent the winter here.We also know that the people who run Penn State's Athletic department want to make sure it stays happy.A local Associated Press reporter named Kelly Kissel did some digging last week and came up with the fairly astonishing news that,since Joe Paterno became head in 1965, Penn State has played only 11 home games against teams that finished the season in the top 10.That works out roughly to one every two-and-a-half years, and while the schedules are made well in advance and Paterno can't control the rises and falls of his opponents, the intent of such scheduling is unmistakable.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Happy Valley was a misnomer for this scenic setting yesterday after Penn State pounded overmatched Eastern Michigan, 52-7.The line of long faces formed to the right:There was quarterback John Sacca, who threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to flanker O. J. McDuffie in the third quarter, only to find an irate Joe Paterno waiting for him on the Nittany Lions' sideline seconds later.There was tailback Richie Anderson, who rushed for two touchdowns, but admitted he doesn't like to play in games like this.
SPORTS
By Don Markus | October 11, 1991
Tony Sacca hasn't spent a lifetime at Penn State; it only seems that way. He has played one position for the Nittany Lions -- quarterback -- but many variations of the same role. From unsteady to unhappy to merely unsung, from phenom to failure to merely frustrated.Now, three years after starting as a freshman because of injuries to others, and one year after being pulled out of three games, Sacca's level of consistency has finally matched the resiliency he has needed to endure an often difficult life in Happy Valley.
NEWS
November 13, 2011
The two cardinal sins of pride and gluttony have never been manifested more blatantly and arrogantly than by the immoral spectacle currently playing itself out on the campus of Penn State University in "Happy Valley" Pennsylvania. This institution has dedicated itself to the financial exploitation of a sport that has become an absolute obsession with millions of Americans. In Happy Valley, one man, Joseph Paterno - husband, father, and co-author, with his wife, Sue, of a children's book ("We Are Penn State")
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | July 21, 2010
Navy will renew a dormant rivarly with Penn State in football when the Midshipmen travel to Happy Valley to take on the Nittany Lions in 2012, both schools announced Wednesday. Navy, who last played Penn State in 1974, beating the Lions 7-6, will travel to State College Sept. 15 where Penn State is 7-3 against the Midshipmen and 18-17-2 overall. "Playing Penn State again will bring back many memories for our alumni and friends of Navy Football," said Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk in a new release.
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