Monday, December 22, 2014

Californication

I'm about to board my flight to Los Angeles and an assortment of questions enter the old noggin before I'm to embark on my first extended stay in SoCal. Will today's press event at Disneyland with Penn State and Southern Cal coaches and captains be as cheesy as I anticipate? Will Joe Paterno bark at a photographer or will he ride the tea cups? Is Pete Carroll really that young looking or is the botox? Will the Trojans arrive wearing fatigues? How often will the 1987 Fiesta Bowl be mentioned this week? Which Penn State player will I see sloshed in West Hollywood at 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve? How many celebrities will I spot? Paterno doesn't count. Where does Jessica Biel live? Does getting arrested for stalking mean mandatory jail time? How many references to film can I pack into my stories? What studio will purchase my life of Paterno screenplay? Who will play JoePa? Is Al Pacino too obvious a choice?

Californication

I'm about to board my flight to Los Angeles and an assortment of questions enter the old noggin before I'm to embark on my first extended stay in SoCal. Will today's press event at Disneyland with Penn State and Southern Cal coaches and captains be as cheesy as I anticipate? Will Joe Paterno bark at a photographer or will he ride the tea cups? Is Pete Carroll really that young looking or is the botox? Will the Trojans arrive wearing fatigues? How often will the 1987 Fiesta Bowl be mentioned this week? Which Penn State player will I see sloshed in West Hollywood at 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve? How many celebrities will I spot? Paterno doesn't count. Where does Jessica Biel live? Does getting arrested for stalking mean mandatory jail time? How many references to film can I pack into my stories? What studio will purchase my life of Paterno screenplay? Who will play JoePa? Is Al Pacino too obvious a choice?

Back with more upon my landing.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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