Mic check, 1, 2, 3.
Sorry give me a second here to get the cobwebs off this bad boy. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the proverbial pen and paper and jotted down some thoughts about Penn State but earlier this week, my internet friend Alan Saunders reached out to me like a mob boss with an offer I couldn’t refuse.
I’m excited to be sharing some internet real estate here on Nittany Sports Now.
Sorry, who am I?
Well that’s a question I’ve been trying to answer myself for the last 27 years, but I’m Darian Somers. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a bit passionate about Penn State, mainly Penn State football, basketball and occasionally, hockey and lacrosse. I’m originally from Altoona, Pa., where I attended my first Penn State football game inside the womb.
I have a degree in print journalism from Penn State, with a minor in labor and employee relations and I’ll be honest I’m not even sure what that means either. In college, I covered the men’s volleyball and men’s hockey teams for the Daily Collegian, all while eventually becoming the President of Nittanyville, the student-run organization that camps out for the best seats in Beaver Stadium. I have season tickets and for the last seven or so seasons, I’ve been traveling around the country watching Penn State football attempt to become “elite.” (I’m sure we will talk about that word at some point.)
Based on all of that, don’t expect any traditional journalism ethics. Pitt fans love to hit Penn State media with the “bunch of homers” tagline. That is exactly what you’re going to get from me. And you’ll find I’m more of the “give James Franklin whatever he wants” type of Penn Stater and not the “let’s bring back the fullback” type. I’ll be popping in occasionally to say hello, ramble about my thoughts on the state of Penn State athletics and provide my thoughts on some other stuff related to Penn State too.
So yes, it’s very good that this typewriter or microphone or pen and paper still works. I’m happy to be here. Happy to have you here.
Darian Somers is a 2016 Penn State graduate currently living in Frederick, Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter at @StuffSomersSays.