Guest Columns

Expect Olympic ‘street cred’ to rise

Skateboarding, climbing among new sports for 2020 It’s hard to imagine legendary American decathletes Jim Thorpe and Bob Mathias busting a move as part of an official competition at the Olympics, where they both ascended the victory podium as gold medalists. Unofficially, the winner ...

Student-athletes need your support

Urgency needed for PIAA changes When analyzing the PIAA winter sports season, the popular French expression comes to mind, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Loosely translated, it means that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Last summer, ...

Networks gear up for NFL draft

Some people thought it was a bit much when both ESPN and the NFL Network covered the NFL Draft, but later this month coverage of the event that has morphed into almost perfect sports television will expand even farther. A broadcast network, ABC, plans to cover the NFL’s player selection ...

Trout signing sends bad message

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to a 12-year, $426.5 million contract extension that averages to an annual salary of $35.5 million. The contract establishes a new record for professional sports in North America. The annual salary is another record. The announcement of ...

It’s the season for Nantz to shine

It’s one of the most visible times of the year for veteran sports broadcaster Jim Nantz — and it might be the best time of the year for fans who consume his work. On Monday night, Nantz serves as the play-by-play voice for the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. ...

Step into batter’s box for some trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Fond memories of Flash at Jaffa

The Saint Francis Red Flash returned to the NIT for the first time in over 60 years this March, playing a solid game against one of the most storied programs in college basketball. It may prompt old time Flash fans to recall the near misses a decade after their last appearance in ...

Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Rubbing elbows

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

Fandom

Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...

Hockey deserves brighter spotlight

With the football season just ending, and baseball yet to start, a lot of Pennsylvanians feel this time of the year marks a lull in the sporting world. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The NHL season is in full swing, and the game is growing in popularity, with the 2018 Stanley ...

Access helps promote new league

Whether a startup league can consistently attract viewers will be decided as the inaugural spring season of the Alliance of American Football plays out, but it has already made a big impact in how pro football games are televised. We’re in the middle of the second week of play for “the ...

Brady takes place alongside Jordan

In 1998, I was sitting center court in Salt Lake City, Utah when Michael Jordan hit “The Shot.” “The Shot” won Game 6 of the NBA championship for Jordan’s sixth title, cementing his “Greatest of All Time (GOAT)” status. Sunday, I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance in ...

Romo showing uncommon foresight

The Super Bowl provides the biggest stage to date for NFL analyst turned media darling Tony Romo, and the CBS Sports color commentator seems poised to maintain the success he has enjoyed during his first two seasons on the job and, especially, during the AFC Championship Game. Romo, the ...

Dissecting NFL final four voices

Four teams take the field for two NFL conference championship games this afternoon, but the best team working might be in the broadcast booth — specifically the Fox Sports booth. Play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman have put together their busiest and best season. This ...

Off-field drama drags down Steelers

Some cities might like talented “me-first” players, but Pittsburgh is not one of them. The region’s fan base still maintains a blue-collar, steel-mill mentality despite an economy that long ago shifted to high-tech innovation, cutting-edge medicine and service jobs. That is why the ...

Citrus TV crew touches up Franklin

Perception can become reality depending on how the media delivers a message and in the case of Penn State football coach James Franklin that probably means his game management skills took another hit as a result of the VRBO Citrus Bowl. A late-game TV shot seemed to catch the coach looking up ...

Responder Bowl lacked response

Most college football bowl games are a combination of all-around junket, charitable/community event, television programming and sponsor activation. At their heart, though, they’re a TV show, what happens on the field matters little. That was made crystal clear four days ago when ESPN ...