Guest Columns

NFL draft covers all of its bases

The NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday, and despite complaints by some purists, it remains fairly interesting TV programming. And, no matter your level of interest, it was hard to escape draft coverage this year. Along with ESPN and the NFL Network, ABC and Fox aired the event as well. They took ...

USA sports continue to go global

An NFL team in London? Count on it. An NBA franchise in Mexico City? Yep, that’s coming too. What was once a pipe dream — major-league teams based in cities outside the United States and Canada — is now just a matter of time. The aforementioned cities are the ones most likely to break ...

New ESPN shows are underwhelming

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and for some sports-talk fans in our region the absence of any compelling national programming on weekday mornings remains a problem — even though more options than ever exist. At one time, for nearly two decades actually, ESPN Radio ...

Tiger has sports world by the tail, again

The Masters, which begins on Thursday, is the most anticipated event on the calendar for most golf fans. However, this year it really is a can’t miss event for any sports fan. For the first time in five years, Tiger Woods is competing with a legitimate chance to win his fifth green ...

Greenberg starts his new venture

He’s back, and we’ll find out if he’s better than ever. “We’re back and better than ever” was a longtime catchphrase for ESPN’s Mike Greenberg during his nearly two-decade run as co-host of “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio. The show, which was simulcast on ESPN2 ...

Big Ten jumps gun for marketing

After a dozen games over the past four days, the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament concludes at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with its championship game on CBS Sports. The Sunday afternoon game time continues a tradition for the conference, but this season the game is being contested a week ...

ESPN expands A-Rod’s platform

While Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens did not get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January (at least in part because of their connections to performance-enhancing drugs), another former MLB player connected with “the Steroid Era,” and one who lost a year of his playing career because ...

Game doesn’t need bells and whistles

PITTSBURGH — OK, what exactly is it that bothers you about the New England Patriots? Is it the beady-eyed coach, who vandalizes those officially-licensed hoodies by chopping off the sleeves for added comfort? Even if he’s not up to something illegal, he looks guilty. Is it the ...

You can hate the Pats, but do it respectfully

PITTSBURGH — OK, what exactly is it that bothers you about the New England Patriots? Is it the beady-eyed coach, who vandalizes those officially-licensed hoodies by chopping off the sleeves for added comfort? Even if he’s not up to something illegal, he looks guilty. Is it the ...

Honest look at Chambers, Sanderson

Those weekly Penn State coaches radio shows remain good listening, whether you can catch them on radio or listen through the gopsusports.com site. They’re worthwhile listens regarding men’s basketball and wrestling because the respective coaches, Patrick Chambers and Cael Sanderson, are ...

Could Manning find home on MNF?

One of the more prominent positions in sports broadcasting remains vacant — and even got a bit more appealing this past week. Still, who will become the next color commentator for “Monday Night Football” remains undecided. The last person in the role, Jon Gruden, left what seemed like ...

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 ...