Guest Columns

Dibert part of Williamsburg lore

Although not surprising, it was still a shock when I picked up the paper several weeks ago and learned of Dick Dibert’s passing. Like many my age, I first check the obituary page before turning to the Mirror’s award-winning sports coverage. Dibert’s health had been steadily ...

Meyer’s departure perfectly timed

Urban Meyer stood before Ohio State boosters seven years ago with one goal in mind as he returned to the state he grew up in and the university where he got his first job. “Our objective is simple: to make the state of Ohio proud,” Meyer said. As Meyer walks away from coaching — ...

For Hackenberg, another chance

Hack’s back, or at least he’s getting another shot, and he could be playing football on TV by mid-February if things go well. Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the inaugural quarterback draft conducted by the Alliance of American ...

For LeBron, a respectful return

The last time I was in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, LeBron James and the Cavaliers were trying to hold off the Golden State Warriors from sweeping them in the NBA Finals. The crowd was hoping James, the hometown star who just two years prior had willed the Cavaliers from a 3-1 ...

Bailey has always been a winner

The following story was published by David Potchak in 2005. It is being republished in recognition of Don Bailey’s retirement as head football coach at Forest Hills. In the midst of the boney piles, coal dust and mine sulfur drainage, the town of St. Michael is neatly tucked away as part of ...

MNF makes the right decision

One of TV’s top-rated and most-watched programs changed its studio location and sports fans can see the result on “Monday Night Football” this week. Monday night’s game between the Chiefs and Rams was to be played in Mexico City, part of the NFL’s effort to help the sport’s ...

First half of season filled with drama

Michael Thomas reached behind a goal post to pull out a flip phone in homage to a memorable touchdown celebration of the past. Benjamin Watson used his touchdown catch to let everyone know that he and his wife are expecting — and it’s going to be twins. That was cause enough for ...

World Series was a true ‘classic’

The World Series is named the “Fall Classic.” However, as I watched Games 3, 4, and 5 of the series in Dodgers Stadium in 80-degree, sunny weather with the mountain surrounding Chavez Ravine serving as a picturesque backdrop, it did not feel like “fall,” but the series clearly had its ...

Browns not so easy anymore

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns are in town today, and their visits have usually been as welcome as those from Santa Claus. It’s generally been a nice way for the Steelers to pick up an easy win. Maybe not now, though. The Browns still aren’t good, but they aren’t awful, ...

Raiders checking out of Oakland

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Tuesday to, among other things, assure loyal fans he was fighting for their team and their city. To which one user with twitchy Twitter fingers fired off a quick reply. “Which city are you fighting back for, ...

PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

Fandom

Name: Hunter Ollinger Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family, my girlfriend and many friends. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn ...

In Vegas, glimpse of NBA’s future

LAS VEGAS — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Playing each other Wednesday night in a game ...

Wishing Millen speedy recovery

College football was missing something Saturday and will be for the rest of the season: Matt Millen. Millen, 60, the lead color commentator for Big Ten Network games, announced he would be stepping down from his position to focus on his health. The former Penn State All-American, NFL ...

Flagging roughing passer penalty

By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls — and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the ...

New MNF crew to size up Steelers

Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

Tennis needs stronger leadership

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final last weekend. Here’s what the ...

Tiger, Mickelson in money grab

Golf’s pay per view will fall well short of boxing draws It’s probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history. You might ...

Comcast, BTN bring good news

Penn State football fans were spared a potential inconvenience when the Big Ten Network announced an agreement Friday with Comcast, ensuring access to BTN and Fox Sports 1. That means the Nittany Lions’ season opener Saturday against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium will be available to ...

Measure Woods on his comeback

Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest final round in ...