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‘I am a referee,’ with feelings, too

I am a referee. I am also a father, a son, a grandfather, an uncle, a nephew, a brother and a husband. I am a veteran, a coach and a former teacher. I have volunteered in service organizations. I am a college graduate. I am a referee. I am a referee. I love the beach, I love ...

Greed, power win Olympic battle

Commentary NHL’s decision to not participate in 2018 Games angers its players Some of the best hockey players in the world won’t be there, at least those of the male variety. The best women will, though that hardly serves as consolation for both NBC and organizers of the ...

NCAA final will deliver higher ratings

Commentary Expect a bounce-back ratings and viewership performance for the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. That’s because the game returns to broadcast television on CBS after airing on cable (TBS) last year. As part of the NCAA’s agreement with its broadcast partners ...

PIAA should move back to PSU

Commentary The PIAA made a mistake when it awarded the high school basketball finals to Hershey. There was nothing wrong with the Bryce Jordan Center, which was the center of excitement and also the center of the state. The next time the PIAA’s deal is up with Hershey, they should move ...

PSU must feed football, hoops first

Having read Cory Giger’s column, I totally agree with his overall assessment of the Penn State master plan presented last week for public consumption. Like it or not, you have to feed the programs that brings in the revenue first, and that would be football and basketball. Penn State ...

Fandom

Name: Michael Fleck Age: 28 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Tennessee Volunteers Favorite pro team: Tennessee Titans My favorite sports memory: ...

Curry believes in ‘greatness of spirit’

By Laura Snyder All of us can benefit from kindness, so logically we should extend that kindness to others. That was the message delivered last weekend at Juniata College by former college football coach Bill Curry, who gave a lecture on the subject of kindness — something he called ...

PSU not improving under Chambers

It is interesting to compare the coaches and rosters of the Penn State and Iowa basketball programs. Fran McCaffrey is in his seventh season at Iowa. He has never had a losing season and has gone to the NIT and three NCAA tournaments. Pat Chambers just wrapped up his sixth season with ...

Fandom

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 ...