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Game day is not Franklin’s strength

P.J. Fleck had his team ready to play, and Minnesota outcoached James Franklin and outplayed Penn State. A six-man offensive line leaves one less eligible receiver. Franklin and defensive Brent Pry were clueless, and Minnesota’s receivers were running wide open by 10-15-20 yards with no ...

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Name: Ray Riggleman Age: 43 Residence: Bedford County High school: Penn Cambria College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My wife and two boys Favorite high school team: Chestnut Ridge Favorite college team: Michigan Favorite pro team: ...

(More) ESPN Radio changes on way

For a decade and a half, ESPN Radio’s national morning drive sports-talk show was a testament to consistency and familiarity. Now it could be facing more change. Led by longtime hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Mike and Mike in the Morning earned cultural relevance and respect from ...

Gloves don’t cut it in rainy weather

About Penn State’s dropped passes in the rain at Michigan State ... I was watching an earlier football game on Saturday, and that one was in the rain. There were dropped passes on both sides of the ball. The announcers kept saying one thing over and over: “It’s those new gloves ...

SFU softball coach has passport ready

LORETTO — Saint Francis assistant softball coach Hailey Breakwell has been a nomad in her softball career. Growing up in the fertile Napa Valley of California, a garden of grapes and softball players, Breakwell played shortstop at Idaho State, where she won Big Sky player of the year. ...

Nebraska fans take pride in program

I am responding to Neil Rudel’s column (Oct. 10) on Nebraska being his favorite Big Ten road trip. My wife and I live in Vienna, Virginia, and we have lived there for decades. However, I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and she is from Nanty Glo. We are both Penn State and Nebraska ...

Geist did his share of heavy lifting

Rick Geist was best known to all in central Pennsylvania for his 34 years of honorable work as a politician. But his love for weight training extended long before and after that time. He was the oldest active member of Jake’s Gym from the 1960s to when it closed in 2001. He first joined ...

PSU gets Lions’ share of exposure

It’s been a good few weeks for Penn State football — arguably the best midseason publicity run in program history. It might not rival bowl performances and national championships, but in terms of consistently good news and high visibility opportunities, it’s hard to top three ...

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Name: Doug Simmons Age: 35 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona, Class of 2003 College: Duquesne My favorite sport: College basketball I usually attend games with: My wife, Whitney Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Duquesne Favorite pro team: All ...

An open door gains lesson, friend

September, 1981 — I had just settled into Lyons Hall during my second day at Penn State’s main campus (my dream school, and the only college to which I applied), fresh from a relatively non-descript, safe and clean-cut upbringing in Hollidaysburg. I was laying on my bed that afternoon ...

NBA-China a lose-lose situation

Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press If the NBA really wanted to make a statement it should have never issued a statement, much less two. No need to complicate things when two team owners had already genuflected to the irate citizens of China. Or when James Harden took it upon himself to ...

Dish leaves PSU fans out in the dark

For those of you TV viewers who are with Dish, Fox removed FS1 and the Big Ten Network off our TVs until Dish and Fox get their egos together and negotiate a new contract. I guess Fox wants a double-digit increase affecting FSl and BTN. So from a Penn State football standpoint, we Dish ...

No easy fix to NFL’s instant replay

Steelers fans saw something during last week’s Monday Night Football broadcast as their team played the Bengals that they thought never see — a seemingly sure-fire replay challenge victory for coach Mike Tomlin. It’s been two-plus years since Tomlin has tossed a red challenge flag and ...

Rubbing elbows with Bill Bidwill

It was Oct. 1963 and I had just finished my sixth year on active duty with the Navy. I decided to leave the service and try to get hired for some job in professional sports (PR, traveling secretary, gofer, anything). I wrote letters to every major league baseball, football and basketball team ...

New PSU traffic needs further tweaking

The problem with traffic into and out of Beaver Stadium is not an easy puzzle to solve. Years ago, Beaver Field was moved to the current location of Beaver Stadium, to allow for growth and expansion. That was 1959. The stadium held just over 46,000 fans. There was no I-99. There was no Bryce ...

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Name: Dave Schmelzlen Age: 63 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: When I am not an usher at Penn State or Hollidaysburg football games, I go with my brother and friends to Altoona games. Favorite ...

Baseball statistics have gone over top

OK, I watch too much ESPN. However, sometime between another Geico commercial and recent promos for the 78th Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, I must have dozed off only to wake up in a different galaxy — a galaxy dominated by a group named the Elias Sports Bureau and the ...

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Name: Bill Schroeder Age: 58 Residence: Hollidaysburg High School: Bishop Guilfoyle College: Penn State Favorite sport: Football in the 1970s I usually attended games with: My dad, Lyle, before he passed away. My favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle My favorite college ...

New rule hits home in Steeler game

It’s of little consolation to Steelers fans, but their team played a role in NFL broadcast and officiating history last week. With a replay challenge of a non-call that led to a pass interference penalty being called, the Seahawks-Steelers game was the first in which the NFL’s rule to ...

Beating Pats may be wishful thinking

By Ira Kaufman For the Mirror Last Sunday I went to Gillette Stadium to see if Ben Roethlisberger, in the twilight of his career, could finally beat the GOAT, Tom Brady. Nearly two decades ago, the underdog New England Patriots (with Drew Bledsoe replacing an injured Tom Brady) upset the ...