Sports Columns

Inconsistent Curve have plenty of potential

The Curve reached the midway point of the season Monday with their 70th game, and the bad news is the very talented team really hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential. The good news is the club has shown glimpses of doing just that recently. Furthermore, it survived the first-half ...

Camp perfect for this summer

Summer is finally here, and for many young people that means going to camp. That four-letter word means different things to different people: sports camp, day camp, band camp, church camp, scout camp, hunting camp, or state park camp(site.) Whatever the type, these experiences should be ...

What you should know in buying a fishing kayak

If it ever stops raining, we might be able to go fishing again. Trout fishing has been great for the past several weeks, at least for those few days when the streams have been down to a manageable level. With the generally high water levels, I haven’t encountered much dry-fly action on the ...

It’s time to debunk myths about rattlesnakes

As I write this on the first official day of summer and the rain is falling, it seems as if the summer rain is running a longevity contest with the winter snow that didn’t end until the end of April. The undergrowth in the woods is like an Amazon rainforest in places. The weeds in my yard ...

Is baseball’s style of play killing its attendance?

USA Today posted a story this week projecting that we will see more strikeouts than base hits in the 2018 Major League Baseball season. That’s never happened over the course of a full MLB campaign before. I asked Pirates manager Clint Hurdle if he ever thought he’d see this ...

Mickelson’s actions should not be dismissed

Embarrassing, awkward, unfortunate are all words that could be used to describe Phil Mickelson’s actions at last week’s U.S. Open. Every golf fan knows the story by now. During Saturday’s third round, Mickelson putted his ball on the 13th hole, and after sliding past the cup, the ...

Bucs sellers or buyers? Not clear yet

PITTSBURGH — Will the Pirates be buyers or sellers at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline? Easy question. It’s too soon to tell. The deadline doesn’t arrive until July 31 and there’s a lot of baseball to be played between now and then. The Pirates could win 10 of 12 and find ...

Father’s Day memories made at PNC

It was the second inning of Saturday’s Pirates game at PNC Park. The Reds’ Eugenio Suarez fouled off an Ivan Nova pitch. On the game broadcast, you see Suarez look up into the stands as the crowd erupts in a cheer. “Somebody made a fabulous catch, first row of the club level,” the ...

Whiners go home early at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON — The whiners went home early, beaten down by Shinnecock Hills and the USGA’s clumsy efforts to turn the venerable golf course into something it was never meant to be. Brooks Koepka stood tall, holding a U.S. Open trophy high for the second straight year because he knew what ...

Pitcher’s act shouldn’t get high praise

PITTSBURGH — It’s a lonely feeling, being one of the few people in America not emotionally moved by the video of the high school pitcher rushing to embrace the batter he just struck out. It was all over TV last week. In a Minnesota high school game, the pitcher struck out the batter to ...

Mickelson acts like 10-year-old on birthday

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday, an occasion marked by fans singing “Happy Birthday” at every turn. Unfortunately he ruined it by acting like a 10-year-old at the U.S. Open. And, much like a 10-year-old, he refused to admit he was wrong. “If somebody’s ...

Burge family celebrates again

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayde Burge said she didn’t know why she spiked the softball to set off a raucous celebration after making the final out of Philipsburg-Osceola’s PIAA Class 3A championship Thursday at Penn State’s Beard Field. She just might have been reliving one of the biggest ...

Proving your point costly for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a point. They stuck up for themselves. They served notice. They also helped themselves lose another ball game. If you weren’t watching Monday night’s series opener in Phoenix, Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley didn’t have the best control. He threw a ...

Goodman Shaffer: Catching college softball fever in PA

The Women’s College World Series is in the books, with Florida State winning the NCAA Championship with a two-game sweep of Washington last week. It was an historic win for the Seminoles, not only the first national title for their program, but the first NCAA softball crown for the Atlantic ...

Penguins fans starting to feel the pain

PITTSBURGH — It’s a double whammy spring for Penguins fans. Not only did they deal with the disappointment of their team’s second-round playoff exit, they had to watch Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals skating with the Stanley Cup. Ouch, that hurts. The last hope for ...

Brown carrying Pirates’ banner well

With basketball season now ­over and the first regular season NFL game 88 days away, it’s now clearly baseball season for slow adopters like me, and it’s going to be fun to enjoy it for a few weeks until the Pirates slip out of contention. In fairness, they’re not really in contention, ...

Franklin feels ‘vibe of BG and the area

James Franklin apologized to Bishop Guilfoyle’s Marauder Club for taking four years to make an appearance at the club’s annual spring luncheon. While he may not have gotten to the Marauders’ event that in the past couple of years brought former Georgia football coaching legend Vince ...

We don’t need sports teams in the White House

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Eagles did not visit the White House on Tuesday. This great republic is still standing. A trite photo opportunity turned into a political football when the Super Bowl champion Eagles had their White House invitation rescinded. According to reports, they ...

Special Olympics thrives in Happy Valley

From October through March, Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena is home to the Nittany Lion varsity teams, the stands filled with blue-and-white-clad hockey fans. But last week, the bleachers looked like a rainbow, packed with more than 2,000 Special Olympics athletes from throughout the state ...

Bucs’ Kison was fierce competitor

PITTSBURGH — When you think of a fierce Pittsburgh sports competitor, the image that probably comes to mind is Jack Lambert. The snarl revealed missing teeth and a clue to his disposition. Woe to those who had to spend a Sunday afternoon trying to neutralize his hostility. On the other ...