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Name: Steve MartyAge: 44Residence: HollidaysburgHigh school: Largo High School, Largo, Fla.College: University of Tennessee at KnoxvilleMy favorite sport: FootballI usually attend games with: My wife and kidsFavorite high school team: HollidaysburgFavorite college team: Penn StateFavorite pro ...

Let Cora success be defined on merit

I read an excellent commentary ("Ready for the show") in the Aug. 29 Mirror by Cory Giger.Giger's point was that Joey Cora, the Altoona Curve manager, is ready and deserving to be a big-league manager next year while pointing out that there are no Latino managers in the major leagues ...

Pitt brass busy selling ‘fool’s gold’

As a former football player and graduate of Pitt, my journey has led me to believe the current Pitt brass is still selling fool's gold when it comes to supporting and sharing the dreams of the entire Pitt football nation of winning a national championship.Unlike most universities, Pitt is among ...

NFL pulls fast one on NBC, Tirico

It's the TV sports version of "Where's Waldo."Let's call it "There's Tirico."Proven, talented and trusted Mike Tirico moved from ESPN to NBC this summer in large part because of opportunities to cover golf (which he's done already), the Olympics (which he's done already) and the NFL (which he's ...

Brazil had moment, but at what cost?

RIO DE JANEIRO - Remember this moment, Brazil. Nothing feels better than winning.Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge ...

Incident puts cloud on Notre Dame

Many fans around here have no time for Notre Dame, and the same is true that the South Benders have no time for the Nittany Lions.It is nothing new. Simply, we abhor each other like we do with boys from Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.And let's face it: Notre Dame has a model program ...

Olympic experience steadily eroding

RIO DE JANEIRO - There may have been a time, when athletes smoked pipes, competed in everyday clothes and didn't tweet sponsored messages, a time that fewer and fewer people can remember, when sports were "real," not theater.Theater requires audiences to suspend their disbelief, to pretend that ...

Viewers wanted more on Saunders

It's been 11 days since ESPN's John Saunders died and while the praise for his career and testimonials about him as a colleague and person have been appropriate, compelling, emotional and honest, there's still something missing about the story - any form of journalism.Not to be morbid, but ...

Over time, ballparks evolve steadily

If you go to a Curve game or make the trip to PNC Park, have you ever thought about how, between pitches, these venues showcase an impressive array of entertainment options that include all kinds of video content and music, while offering a wide variety of food options and all kinds of other ...

Mountain lion spotted in Bedford

On July 15, while hunting for groundhogs on the Ron Dively farm in Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, two friends, Dwight Hartman and Dave Smith, were walking along a grown-up fencerow at about 7:30 a.m.Smith had the only rifle, and Hartman was periodically glassing the area ahead for ...

NFL preseason gives way to Olympics

Preseason, regular season or postseason, the NFL dominates on television, consistently pulling ratings and viewership that other programming (news, reality, scripted or sports) can only hope to attain.This preseason, though, pro football knows it must cede its TV dominance, and the league has ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

After reading Neil Rudel's article ("Griping doesn't help Penn State," July 28"), I think he is missing two important points with James Franklin and Sandy Barbour's comments.High schoolers are telling Penn State that other Big Ten schools are negatively recruiting against them.Prospective ...

Question of the week

Do you think the Pirates bailed on this season with their flurry of trades?

Don’t shift blame to Paterno

This letter is in response to Joseph Cavrich's letter last week, "Let's be open: PSU still stained."I am one of the thousands in the corner of Jay Paterno and other former Penn State football players and alumni. We shall continue to defend Coach Paterno, as we well should.Who knows him better? ...

Fandom: Ryan Yoder

Name: Ryan YoderAge: 30Residence: DuncansvilleHigh school: HollidaysburgCollege: Penn State AltoonaMy favorite sport: FootballI usually attend games with: Bryan James, Brandon Gungon, Anne Taddei, Michele Taddei, Craig Yoder, and Ray Mackey.Favorite high school team: HollidaysburgFavorite ...

Lilly: Hall should welcome Bonds, Clemens

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last Sunday.The Pennsylvania born superstars (Griffey in Donora and Piazza in Norristown) deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve plaques in Cooperstown, too.Sure, Bonds and Clemens ...

Question of the week

As the calendar turns to August, which Pirate has been most disappointing this season?

BTN set to resume its campus tours

It's all about access and community - that's what makes a sports-related TV channel or network successful, especially as more and more such outlets serve a specific niche - and the Big Ten Network kicks off some of its best work in that area into gear in the coming weeks.It begins July 25-26 ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

The summer of 1977 was the first year for the Iron Masters Golf Classic. At that time, the format was a two-man match play tournament. After approximately 25 years, the format was changed to a two-man best ball tournament involving three days during the last week of July. This year the event ...