Guest Columns

Altoona’s 1962 team turns back clock

In the fall of 1962 for 14 weeks, 51 young men started on a journey that continues to this day. It has been 54 years since those young men completed, and competed, on the football field. Their record still stands as the last undefeated football team at Altoona Area High School. We all live ...

PSU maximizing its exposure

Kudos to Penn State coach James Franklin and his team for how they’ve dealt with the media in the aftermath of the Big Ten Conference championship game and leading up to the Rose Bowl. Their message has been one of determination, focus and thankfulness. They’ve embraced the opportunity, ...

Will ‘Hall’ door crack for Selig?

Commentary Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Selig’s reign as commissioner. What’s important to remember is how. Because the same outsized contributions that earned him entry into the Hall of Fame should crack open the door wide enough for stars from the super-sized era ...

Branca passing stirs memories

Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who died last week at 90 years old, will always be remembered as the pitcher who threw the pitch to Bobby Thomson of the hated New York Giants. Thomson hit a “bloop” home run (285-footer) into the left-field stands in the old Polo Grounds in New ...

PSU shoud get used to Fox

After two postseason firsts for Penn State in one game Saturday night — playing in the Big Ten Conference championship game for the first time and playing in game broadcast by Fox for the first time — fans can expect more of the latter over the next six years. Fox picked up the broadcast ...

Fandom

Name: Joel McElhinney Age: 43 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona, class of 1991 My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My buddies or my daughter Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Steelers My favorite ...

Silence deafening at Carolina

Commentary In case you missed it during this week devoted to indigestion and brawling during Black Friday over that toy your child just has to have, the NCAA dropped the hammer on Notre Dame for academic shenanigans that occurred in its once-storied football program. It was an ...

Shelton concert gets first gauge

Tickets for the first-ever concert in Beaver Stadium go on sale to the public Wednesday, and we’ll get a better sense then of the response to the lineup led by Blake Shelton, Chris Young and Big & Rich for the July 8 event. With the concert eight months away, it simply might be too ...

Saint Francis completes journey

Once a doormat, football team caps amazing turnaround On Sept. 14, 1996, the Saint Francis football team traveled to West Long Branch, New Jersey, to face Monmouth in the first-ever Northeast Conference football game. The Red Flash lost to the Hawks, 46-17. To say that the going has ...

Finally, Cubs banish their curse

Commentary They’ll relive the game for generations, these Cubs fans, talking about the magical night in Cleveland when the skies opened up and the curse of the Billy Goat was buried once and for all. Somewhere along the way the stories will be embellished, as if that is even possible. ...