Kellie Goodman

Can’t figure out why MLB wants to speed things up

Commentary As a new Major League Baseball season begins, the league is making an effort to speed up the game, with things like managers signaling intentional walks and clocks ticking down time between pitches and innings. But is changing the pace of America’s pastime really necessary? ...

Seasons changing; history made

Some general observations while enjoying the longer, warmer days…. Driving around the region, it’s nice to see spring sports finally in full swing ... and getting to practice and compete outside. Though some days are still cool and the ball fields still somewhat soft, there’s nothing ...

PSU wrestling program exudes excellence

It’s been another wonderful week for Pennsylvania wrestling, as the Penn State Nittany Lions dominated the NCAA tournament, winning a sixth team title in seven years and an amazing five individual championships. The wrestling world knew Cael Sanderson would be a game-changer for the Penn ...

Communities share in mat championships

It was a busy Saturday afternoon. Knowing that our satellite television provider does not offer the Pennsylvania Cable Network, we went to a local club to watch the PIAA wrestling finals. The lounge was buzzing with members competing in an annual shuffleboard tournament and there was hardly ...

Goodman Shaffer: Technology opens sports world

I remember as a kid lying in bed late at night carefully tuning in the radio, hoping to catch a live baseball game somewhere on the AM dial. The later the hour in my family’s rural northeastern Pa. mountaintop home, the better the chance of getting a clear signal. Sometimes I’d listen to ...

Verdict still out NASCAR changes

Some racing observations from the Super Bowl of stock-car racing as the new NASCAR season roared into high gear at the Daytona 500. n It’s going to take a while for announcers and the racing world to feel like the “Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series” rolls off the tongue. It was the ...

Goodman Shaffer: Nature and nurture of dynasties

Women’s college basketball was atop the national news last week as the University of Connecticut surpassed the 100 consecutive win mark, an incredible feat by a modern sports dynasty. But after that century-mark victory, UConn had to overcome a tough road test to reach 101. With one leader ...

Super Bowl remains great spectacle

In spite of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, the days are getting longer and it’s actually starting to feel like spring is on the way. Some general observations as the seasons change: n According to Nielsen’s TV ratings, Sunday’s big game, televised by Fox, drew 111.3 million ...

Indoor track important at PSU

While snow flurries are flying, Penn State’s spring sports teams are practicing indoors: batting cages, turf fields and weight rooms standing in for infield dirt and golf courses. While the outstanding facilities make it possible for the varsity teams to work out year-round, it’s ...

Risk, reward coming to NASCAR

Commentary The countdown to the Daytona 500 continues, with drivers adjusting and reacting to some major announcements and significant changes coming to NASCAR’s top series in 2017, designed to bring new excitement, heightened interest and an expanding fan base to stock car racing’s ...

Success must be visualized

“Act like you’ve been there before.” That famous quote from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi reminded his players to show class when they made it to the end zone. That advice remains sound today, when we’ve seen everything from taunting dances to the signing of autographs ...

State parks ring in New Year with winter recreation

Commentary Author John Burroughs wrote: “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” With the holidays behind us, winter has truly set in, and our state parks are hoping we do anything but take a long nap. Across ...

Paying tribute to Madera native

Commentary Some general observations while bidding farewell to 2016 and welcoming the New Year. n Saddened but honored to have attended the Celebration of Life Memorial for Madera native Ray Raffin, who passed away shortly before Christmas after a courageous battle against cancer. The ...

Earning a feeling of pure joy

This time of year, we hear a lot about joy. Holiday spirit is infused with it, whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or the New Year. Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of ...

Happy Holidays, sports style

Sports have become an integral part of many of holidays: the Indianapolis 500 goes green on Memorial Day weekend; fireworks light up the sky over baseball stadiums on the 4th of July; New Year’s Day has long been a college football extravaganza; and it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without ...

Bedford athlete enjoying life with PSU ice hockey team

Commentary The Penn State State men’s ice hockey team is ranked No. 3 in the country, and among those Nittany Lions enjoying their history-making season is a Bedford native who cut his teeth (and skates) competing in central Pennsylvania’s youth programs. Junior goaltender Matt ...

Holiday ode to the Nittany Lions

This particular holiday being the Big Ten Championship Game: ’Twas some time before Christmas, and all through the Valley The Lions of P-S-U prepped for a rally. Their jerseys were hung in the lockers with care In hopes that a championship soon would be theirs. A journey to Indy ...

Feeling very thankful for winning and losing

It’s been an exciting few weeks of sport, as we’ve had the opportunity to witness some amazing victories and some equally stunning defeats. During this Thanksgiving holiday week, I submit that we should be thankful for both ends of the winning continuum. This past weekend, NASCAR’s Sprint ...

Goodman Shaffer: Women’s sports keeping Valley happy

Penn State has given football fans plenty to celebrate in recent weeks with whiteout wins over conference rivals Ohio State and Iowa, but the Nittany Lions are tearing up more than the gridiron this fall. PSU faithful have the opportunity to see multiple Penn State champions open regional ...

NASCAR getting ready for its final laps

Commentary NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship is down to just three races, with three spots in the final four still up for grabs at Texas and Phoenix before the series rolls into Homestead, Florida for the championship race. That’s after Jimmy Johnson clinched the first spot in the ...