Sept. 18, 2002

Went with my dad and sister to see the Rolling Stones perform a dazzling set at Veterans Stadium in Philly. Seeing them on their 40th anniversary Licks tour was my third Stones show, and they haven’t let me down yet.

Say what you will about a bunch of guys in their late 50s and early 60s playing massive arena shows. But if you haven’t seen them play live, let me assure you that these guys blow away most artists half their age.

And you’ve gotta love seeing Mick Jagger in a red smoking jacket strutting around the stage and singing “Sympathy for the Devil.”

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Sept. 14, 2002

Witnessed the first college football meeting between Penn State and Nebraska in 19 years. Considering that the Nittany Lions went 12–0 in 1994 but were left uncrowned (ostensibly due to a sympathy vote for Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne), many PSU fans had waited a long time to see the Lions confront the team that had essentially stolen their title.

Zack Mills and Joe Iorio, Penn State football

But not even the most optimistic PSU fan could have predicted the outcome of this game. In front of a record crowd of 110,753 at Beaver Stadium, Penn State routed seventh-ranked Nebraska, 40–7.

It was one of the most enjoyable and satisfying games that I’ve ever seen in person. And after enduring losing seasons in both 2000 and 2001, I’m relieved to see that PSU is on its way to becoming a national contender once again.

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