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Name: Nate Foreman Age: 35 Residence: Allentown High school: Central Cambria College: Pitt My favorite sport: College basketball I usually attend games with: Whomever can go with me Favorite high school team: Central Cambria Favorite college team: Duke Favorite pro team: ...

Williamsport exposure a home run

Commentary It’s hard to argue that a regular season baseball game five months from now ranks as must-see TV, but Cardinals-Pirates on Aug. 20 will not be just another baseball game. The MLB Little League Classic will be played at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the ...

Game Commission over-stepping bounds

Commentary I am writing about the ringneck stamp that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is voting on in March. The understanding I have is that adult hunting license holders with lifetime licenses will have to buy this stamp. My lifetime license is a contract between the Pennsylvania State ...

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Name: Mike Mueller Age: 35 Residence: Washington, D.C. High school: Scranton High School College: Syracuse University My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My wife, Sarah Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: Syracuse ...

CBS greed hurts Selection Show

Kudos to CBS Sports and the NCAA, which shortened tonight’s NCAA Tournament selection show from last year’s super-sized, two-hour version to 90 minutes this year. The show will air at 5:30 p.m. on WTAJ (Channel 10) in our region. Before last year, the show was only an hour long. But ...

Annual Altoona Day stirs memories

When I was growing up in Altoona, I used to read a column in the Mirror by a man named Os Figard, who shared about the happenings in Florida. Now that was at least 50 years ago, so my memory may be a little foggy, but I recall that he wrote about Altoonans who spent their winters in The ...

Whistle-happy officials can spoil game

I want to offer my opinion without causing any grief for fully committed, hard working basketball officials. I have lived a very long basketball life and have seen it all so to speak. But I have absolutely no time for any group of PIAA officials who unknowingly take the game away from the ...

PSU basketball presents tough call

To be clear, Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi might have a couple of the toughest jobs in college basketball. Working as the play-by-play man and color commentator, respectively, for Penn State men’s basketball comes with challenges. The most obvious of those is the conflict between being ...

Storylines abound at Daytona 500

The 2017 Daytona 500, the 59th annual running of the event, is packed with storylines that have been building throughout Speedweek. Most notable is the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from a concussion that forced him to miss half of the NASCAR season in 2016. NASCAR’s most popular driver ...

Irwin’s right: Wrestling deserves TV deal

I am writing this as a result of Todd Irwin’s column on Flo Wrestling dropping the ball on delivering the Penn State-Oklahoma State match for the NWCA Dual Championship Series title to thousands of fans of high school and collegiate wrestling. In short, there is no excuse, and Flo ...

Don’t mess with extra-innings rule

May 8, 1984, was a Tuesday, and 14,000 fans who went through the turnstiles at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to watch a game between the White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers had every expectation that it would be a routine early-season matchup between two squads destined to be basement dwellers that ...

‘Mike and Mike’ chemistry was real

News, and even new rumors, out of ESPN has been almost nonexistent as the supposed breakup of ESPN Radio’s longtime morning drive program, “Mike & Mike,” nears its apparent end. Sports Illustrated first reported the program might end, but no timetable has been specified since that ...

Knicks’ train wreck hits rock bottom

A dozen security guards handcuffing and dragging out a legendary player from courtside seats in the middle of a game would probably be considered the most embarrassing thing ever for almost every sports team. Unfortunately — or fortunately — the New York Knicks are unlike any other ...

Again, PSU basketball disappoints

Not long ago, I was praising Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers, believing signs he was turning this program around in a positive direction. Tonight, I watched this underachieving squad embarrassed by a Nebraska team that was 4-10 going into the game. The Nittany Lions were ...

Knox’s legacy worthy of Hall of Fame

We are nearing the end of the game, and time is running out. In the clamor and uproar of the modern sports marketing machine, a great man’s achievements are undeservedly dissipating like the roar of the crowd after a Hail Mary touchdown. Around the time of the Super Bowl, we celebrate ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Having lived through the complete history of professional football, I can say that although they retain some rules of the game, it is obviously no longer a sport. Through most of its history, players were ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and therefore avoided such actions. On the very ...

Fandom: Randy Wilson

Name: Randy Wilson Age: 26 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family and my girlfriend, Steph Schmidt Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: Texas Longhorns Favorite ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Patriots have advantage with added motivation A neat story in the NFL has emerged on Chris Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player  now a football player with the New England Patriots. I am really happy for him. As for today’s big game, I am taking New England over the Atlanta ...

PSU grad in middle of ‘super’ telecast

Sports on TV can be unpredictable, but for people watching the Super Bowl tonight there are two guarantees: First, Patriots receiver Chris Hogan will get some airtime and, second, the postgame trophy presentation will get the attention viewers expect — especially if New England wins. Rich ...

Reforms could end signing-day circus

The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school ...