"Chico Harlan" is on the Post-Gazette sports page because his byline screams personality. But Harlan is more than a press box hack; he's a talented writer who allows the reader to explore the mind of the story's protagonist. His interviews are alive, presently happening as you read the story.
Today, Harlan files a fresh story about the "age-old" question, "Has the game of college football passed Penn State coach Joe Paterno by?" This isn't a milquetoast critque of one the game's most successful coaches. It's a story about aging - how the old feel young even when society tells them to get of the way...and off the road. Harlan even landed an interview with Hugh Hefner. Not too shabby.