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A vote for rebirth of Pa. rivalry

June 15, 2011
The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - Mid-week commentary on the news:

n The Pitt-Penn State football series is back on.

If they'd held the announcement for a few more weeks, it could have been Christmas in July.

It's not going to happen until 2016, but that's OK. Five years is about right the get the trash talking ramped up.

Seriously, how can anyone not welcome this news?

It means each side will play one fewer non-conference non-entity and it lights a new fire under a great rivalry.

Wonder if either current head coach will be in place when this game is finally played?

Good work on both sides to make this happen.

n Terrelle Pryor hires an agent and intends to enter the NFL supplemental draft.

Pryor has a future in the NFL, although it may not be at quarterback.

In fact, it probably won't be at quarterback.

He needed that senior season at Ohio State to make enough progress to be seriously considered a quarterback prospect at the pro level.

But Pryor is a player, and some NFL team will find a way to maximize his talent as a receiver or tight end.

n Pittsburgh City Council takes another vote on the future of the Civic Arena.

Just knock it down already.

It's outlived its usefulness by at least a decade.

Preservationists have interesting plans, but none of them seem to be economically viable.

It's over. Clear the land and move on.

n There's one more hockey game to go.

What an odd Stanley Cup final between Boston and Vancouver.

Vancouver wins close games at home, loses blowouts in Boston.

The final game of the season is tonight in Vancouver.

The NBA, which starts almost a month after the NHL, actually wrapped up three days before hockey will.

Either the Canucks win their first Cup, or former Penguin Mark Recchi goes out a winner at age 43 with the Bruins.

n Rich Rodriguez signs on with CBS Sports.

He'll be an analyst on college football games.

Bet fans in Morgantown and Ann Arbor will have some choice words when they see his smiling face on the screen.

Wonder if he'll take a moral stand against contract jumpers?

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