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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 ...

Fight far exceeds expectations

Commentary When I first heard the chatter about a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, I thought it was a joke and would never happen. Who in their right mind would believe that a boxing match between one of the greatest boxers of all time and an MMA fighter making his boxing debut could ...

Pitt needs its own stadium

As a member of the 1970 Pitt Football team that played in the greatest college football game ever at Pitt Stadium — Pitt 36, West Virginia 35 — it is my duty to report from the high deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada that a shroud of stupidity covers the entire Pitt football program. This ...

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Name: Al Mignogna III Age: 55 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: IUP My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: all my fraternity brothers who live in Pittsburgh Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: ...

Kaepernick should apologize

In Paul Newberry’s commentary (Altoona Mirror, Aug. 19), he argued that Colin Kaepernick’s behavior was justified and validated by the events in Charlottesville and offered puzzlement that the quarterback has not yet found employment in the National Football League. I cannot disagree ...

Transparency needed at ESPN

Two of the bigger sports media stories this past week involved ESPN, with the all-sports network doing something seemingly silly in one instance and then, at least initially, nothing at all in the other instance. Both stories came with an impact that casual sports fans in our region might ...

Game Commission shows bias

Commentary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer herds has spread within a few miles of the Pennsylvania elk restoration grounds. As a result, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) appears to be developing a blame narrative as depicted in the PGC press release issued on July 26, 2017 ...

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Name: Jimmy Ferguson Age: 24 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone Area College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Golf I usually attend games with: The Wharton family Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: PSU Favorite pro team: A tie between Red Sox and ...

LL World series makes good TV

Commentary It’s Little League World Series time on TV, and that’s a good thing. It’s not all Little League, all the time, but it feels darn close as ESPN and its family of networks committed to air 140 baseball and softball games in July and August. This past week, it was regional ...

Dark cloud looms on season

Commentary By Paul Newberry The Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — It all sounded so familiar, even comforting, this rite of fall that comes in the midst of summer. The quarterback barking out the call. The grunts and thuds of giant men running into each other. The screams ...

Details lacking on Sanderson deal

Penn State did the right thing with retaining Cael Sanderson for an extended period of time, but nothing was shared with the public about the length of his extension or the amount of money he will paid. I suspect that this was the decision of Penn State and not Cory Giger, who wrote the ...

PFBC relies on data, science

I know Walt Young has always been strongly opinionated, and I have no problem with that. However, his column on July 23 references two issues of the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) that I, as District 4 Commissioner, am very much involved in. As a state appointed (unpaid volunteer) ...

‘Jam’ needed accurate headcount

It’s not that regional media members covering Penn State during Big Ten Conference kickoff activities last week in Chicago were intentionally incorrect, but they let a few words muddy their reporting in at least one key instance. When athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed a concert ...

Federer focuses only on present

LONDON — Roger Federer has learned not to take anything for granted. That’s why he said what he did during the trophy presentation after his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship: “I hope this wasn’t my last match. And I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the ...

Pick up pace, but don’t change game

Baseball doesn’t need overhaul When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself. To a person of my temperament, the MLB package on satellite TV constitutes the entertainment bargain of the century. A man ...

Lafferty success stirs memories

If the summer heat is getting to you, Tuesday’s story in the Mirror about Sam Lafferty’s ice hockey odyssey provided a cool and unexpected change of pace. It is amazing that a product of Hollidaysburg Area High School’s ice hockey program has been a leader on an Ivy League team ...

‘Jam’ debut something to build on

An official attendance number for Happy Valley Jam, the July 8 concert at Beaver Stadium, has not been announced by Penn State or promoters, but all involved probably should be happy with estimates of 30,000 that were shared and supported the night of the event. A little more than 24,000 ...

Pittsburgh channel gets new name

Hints of change have been coming for weeks and viewers will notice a full-fledged new look and name for the regional sports network that carries the Pirates and Penguins beginning July 14. That’s when AT&T SportsNet becomes a reality. Viewers have probably noticed small AT&T ...