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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 ...

Sharing Heinz Field good for Pitt

I read the recent letter to the mailbag about Pitt football by George “Feather” Feher. It is interesting to know and gain some insight from the former Pitt player. He writes “that a shroud of stupid cover the entire Pitt football team.” This started in 1999 when Pitt, under ...

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 ...

Letter ripping PSU coaches wrong

This is a rebuttal of the letter by Jim Secriskey, published in the Sunday Mailbag on Oct. 1. I read, with great irritation, Secriskey’s comments concerning coaches James Franklin and Joe Paterno. Franklin has not been around long enough to discuss. His time will come, so let’s just let ...

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 ...

Pirates in need of more pitching

The Pirates were once a team with a bright future but the mediocrity of this past season seems to point to another collapse. In 2013, the Pirates ended a 21-year drought from postseason play. A memorable Wild Card victory over the Cincinnati Reds that year, another Wild Card appearance in ...

FANDOM: Chuck Tomchick

Name: Chuck Tomchick Age: 27 Residence: Tipton High school: Bellwood-Antis College: Penn State My favorite sport: Tie, football and golf I usually attend games with: Wife, Anna Marie & son, JJ Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State ...

Franklin follows in Paterno’s steps

In the first three weeks of the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin has been taken to task twice by the national sports media for things he has either said or done that they found to be classless. Whether Nittany Nation finds anything wrong with his antics is up to them ...

Fandom

Name: Philip Barroner Age: 34 Residence: Bellwood High school: Hollidaysburg College: IUP My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My wife Favorite high school team: My Glendale High School softball team Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: ...

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 ...

PSU smart to cut stadium size

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium currently holds approximately 107,000 people. A recently announced renovation plan calls for a slight reduction in that number. A lot of people think that bigger is better, but I believe reducing Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity is a tremendous idea. Even ...

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, ...

Pitt needs to focus on football

Now, and for seemingly the past 30 years, Pitt football has been largely irrelevant in the national picture. Coming off of an disappointing loss to archrival Penn State, it feels that Pitt is in an endless cycle of mediocrity. Recently, former Panther player George Feher made the point ...

Fandom

Name: Justin Baker Age: 34 Residence: Bellwood High school: Glendale College: Penn State My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: My wife, Kerry Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh ...

Falcons use defeat as incentive

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day? It’s held on 3-28. Ba dum tsh! Of course, that punch line is a punch to the gut for the Atlanta Falcons, referring to the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl when it looked as though ...

Season opens, storylines abound

Commentary The NFL season kicked off Thursday with a Chiefs-Patriots matchup and along with that opener featuring the defending champions it’s already been an eventful first week. Before the next game kicks off, Hurricane Irma has forced the Bucaneers-Dolphins game off the schedule. It ...