Voice of the Fan

An honor to play ‘for something bigger’

I will never forget the phone call I made to John Boyer the first week of March in 2014. That phone call was to offer him the first spot on the Sideline Cancer basketball team. When he picked up the phone, I told him that I wanted him to play in honor of the Griffith Family Foundation of ...

Boxing pays price for chasing money

There’s nothing new about those who make their living in sports chasing every dollar they can. NFL owners do it every time they threaten to devastate a city by moving a team to greener pastures. Baseball does it by signing lucrative broadcast agreement that make it more expensive — and ...

Mailbag

Little League refreshing Little League is televised this week. Terrific players. I forget how young they are. Good sportsmanship, too. No bench clearing brawls with these players. Tune into ESPN to see good baseball. Donna Hott Hollidaysburg Letters can be sent ...

Franklin must improve on game day

Commentators at SEC media days were still talking of Penn State’s loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. This was not a SEC West team — Alabama, LSU or Auburn — but a mediocre team from the weaker SEC East. On the first series of the game on fourth and 9 from his own 26-yard line, ...

Marketing displaces sports’ traditions

Few things can evoke expressions of nostalgia and sentimentality like holidays, family milestones and trips to professional sporting events. There was a time not that long ago when even a casual sports fan could recite the name of the home stadium, ballpark or arena for all or most of the ...

To be top dog, Ga. needs to roll Tide

Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. — If you’re looking for a terser-than-usual response from Kirby Smart, just bring up how the last two seasons ended. The Georgia coach will shoot you a steely eyed glare that falls somewhere between disgust and disdain, then respond with ...

Sports writer helped instill a calling

Bellwood native authored long career We all mourn when a family member or good friend dies. But I can’t help standing up, yelling the “We Are — Penn State” cheer and heartedly singing “Taking Me Out to the Ballgame” for Bill Summers, one of my first sports writing gurus. ...

You can smell football in the air

It’s four days until the NFL season kicks off, and that makes it the best time of the year. OK, it’s the preseason — as the Denver Broncos visit the Atlanta Falcons (8 p.m., NBC) in the Hall of Fame game — but it’s still the NFL. Some may claim that’s a lesser-value property ...

Smith-Schuster leads by example

With Pittsburgh Steelers training camp beginning on July 25, a lot of fans are reflecting upon last season with disgust. Failing to make the playoffs was unexpected, but some positive stories emerged. One of them was at wide receiver. When the Steelers drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster out of ...

Mailbag

Giger’s show provided local perspective With news this past week that Cory Giger’s radio show has come to an end due to policy changes on AM-1430, a few reflections are in order: There is no doubt that Giger tended to rub some people the wrong way. However, for 10¢ years, he provided ...

Cheerleading taints soccer coverage

According to ratings and viewership numbers, the Women’s World Cup completed last week with the U.S. women’s national team claiming its fourth championship (and second in a row) was a big success. Still, the broadcasters faltered at the most important time — as the championship match ...

Announcing’s Mount Rushmore

Everybody has got their list of favorites, and here is mine It’s holiday travel season, the time when people visit landmarks, national parks, water parks and whatever else. What better time for a Mount Rushmore of Sports Broadcasting? So here are my four all-time top TV sports ...

Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press The NHL isn’t a copycat league. It’s a response league. After the big and gritty St. Louis Blues muscled their way to the Stanley Cup, division rivals have responded in different ways. The Nashville Predators inked top free agent center Matt ...

Ley leaving a giant void at ESPN

With the retirement of Bob Ley last week, ESPN lost an 11-time Sports Emmy Award winner, but Ley’s impact and legacy really have little to do with awards. Ley was the all-sports network’s longest-tenured anchor. He made his “SportsCenter” debut on Sept. 9, 1979, the third day of the ...

Some sports seasons can be excessive

The sports seasons at the high school, collegiate and professional levels have become something of a marathon. When the Miami Dolphins advanced to three consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1970s, the players who were on the roster for those three seasons competed in 51 regular season and ...

Pebble Beach offers perfect backdrop

The natural landscape of Pebble Beach, with its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, stunning cliffs and the majestic houses and Cyprus trees lining the rolling lush green, makes it easy to forget that you are walking one of the most iconic golf courses in the USA. The fact that the ...

Fox puts best foot forward in Cup

Millions of viewers, record numbers of viewers, have tuned into coverage the women’s World Cup so far, and Fox and its family of networks will attract even more viewers in the next week or so — despite their production folks working a bit blind during games. Because of the way production ...

Father’s Day memories never fade

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s ...

Fandom

Name: Zach Dionis Age: 27 Residence: Altoona High school: Bellwood-Antis, class of 2010 College: Penn State, class of 2018 My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My friends and family Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn ...

For grandma, this Cup runneth over

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press BOSTON — Ryan O’Reilly should expect another email from his 99-year-old grandmother pretty soon. Congratulations from Deirdre O’Reilly are certainly in order after her grandson won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable ...