Guest Columns

Chambers recruits, but can he coach?

After watching the Penn State vs. Maryland basketball game Tuesday night, I cannot understand the coaching during the last minute. In close games, once again Penn State gets to the last two minutes, and the percentages are against them winning. Why? Is it the players or the coaching? ...

Gruden brought his own unique style

If Jon Gruden leaves ESPN and the “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth to return to the NFL and coach the Raiders, it would leave a big void for the all-sports network. Gruden’s colorful and likeable approach works well on game broadcasts. In addition, he contributes to ESPN’s ...

Juniata’s trip to Tangerine memorable

Shortly before New Year’s day 62 years ago, Juniata College’s undefeated football team embarked on a two-day train journey to Orlando, Florida, where the Indians played Missouri Valley College in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl. The game was the culmination of the 1955 season but played on Jan. ...

ESPN radio making some changes

What sports-talk radio fans hear throughout our region and across the nation from ESPN Radio will change significantly beginning Jan. 2 — and that’s on the heels of big changes that were already implemented in the past few weeks. An altered morning drive show, “Golic and Wingo,” ...

PSU Altoona squad had right mix

As one of the coaches of the 1967-68 Penn State-Altoona Campus basketball team that won the Commonwealth Campus state championship, I would like to make a few comments to add to the recent Mirror piece about the success of that great team. John Wiberg, the head coach, was my very good friend ...

Price’s tenure focused on life lessons

We all pass through this very brief life experience on this planet, and in doing so, we interact with, influence and affect, and in some rare instances, make an indelible imprint on others. Harold Price, who recently passed away, was one of these uniquely gifted individuals who did precisely ...

Heisman snub is not personal

Saquon Barkley was not a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and that’s not the end the world. Nor did he “deserve” to be in New York City for the presentation. My personal belief — based largely on what the media has shared with me about Barkley during his career — was that he merited ...

Manning deserved a better fate

Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL. Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the league, where what you’ve done in past Super Bowls isn’t nearly as important as ...

Support helps Michaels, Hillgrove

Tonight’s Steelers-Packers game might provide a challenge for some Steelers fans, at least it does for me. It boils down to a determination of the lesser evil for coverage of the game. Specifically, will that mean watching the game on TV and enduring Al Michaels on “Sunday Night ...

Russia shouldn’t be in Olympics

There are too many examples of Soviet rules violations There’s a new series on the Olympic Channel called “Foul Play,” though unfortunately it doesn’t address what is really foul about the modern Olympic movement. For that, there’s no reason to look to the past. There’s plenty ...

Mike & Mike duo will be missed

Just five days remain for what has been the best, most important national sports-talk radio show in history, and when ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” signs off Friday, it will be missed. “Mike and Mike,” with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, airs weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. on ...

Game 7 didn’t do Series justice

What a letdown. After six stellar games, this World Series finally ran out of magic. Not to take anything away from the Houston Astros, who claimed the first Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 snoozer over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. For the eyes of Texas, this was ...

Game 7 didn’t do Series justice

What a letdown. After six stellar games, this World Series finally ran out of magic. Not to take anything away from the Houston Astros, who claimed the first Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 snoozer over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. For the eyes of Texas, this was ...

The difficult balance of Title IX

By Dave Satka In the spirit of gender equality, female athletes are being encouraged and widely applauded when they compete against males. Starting with Billy Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs in the 1973 nationally televised, “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, to 14-year-old Michelle Wie ...

‘SNF’ brings Steelers into focus

There’s nothing like a big media spotlight to further expose a team’s problems, and that could be the case tonight as Steelers travel to play the Detroit Lions on “Sunday Night Football.” After the botched national anthem effort, a somewhat typical woe-is-me response by quarterback ...

Trump’s anthem soapbox has USFL roots

PITTSBURGH — We’re still a month or so away from ski season, but I’m going to head down this particular slippery slope anyway. Official disclaimer: This is not a political statement or column. This is still the sports section, and let’s give thanks for that. But... Before Donald ...

Romo brings freshness to booth

It’s early, but the clear on-air standout of the NFL season is a rookie. CBS color commentator Tony Romo has made the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth almost seamlessly. There’s little question about his expertise and the few questions about his approach and style ...

Charlotte writer had local connection

Sorry, but this week’s daylong-plus drama about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dismissively answering a question from a female reporter about wide receivers running routes was much ado about nothing. Yes, Newton was a jerk, and what he said was disrespectful to the female reporter ...

Spotlight finds high school football

It’s certainly a good time for high school football fans in the region who want to watch a game or two on television. In fact, with a couple of different providers producing a weekly TV game, there are exactly two games a week on TV — and that’s something special. Both MeTV, a subset ...

Boxing can’t get out of its own way

Commentary LAS VEGAS — One great fight, one lousy scorecard. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin did their part Saturday night to make their middleweight showdown a memorable one, putting on the kind of big drama show both had promised. They traded big shots and battled for 12 rounds, ...