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ESPN converges on Penn State

August 11, 2013 Mark this down as a preseason victory for Penn State football — abundant attention from ESPN and its family of networks and show. more »»

Sampsell: TV will focus on ‘targeting’ rule

July 28, 2013 As an early spoiler alert for college football fans who watch games on TV this season, you’ll have an as-it-happens, front-row seat for what will surely be some of the most controversial plays of th... more »»

Baseball fights more bark than bite

July 14, 2013 Baseball fistfights are a sight to behold. The Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have almost come to blows over some tight pitches that came close to causing physical damage. more »»

Phillies fortunate to have Wheeler

July 14, 2013 Many Philadelphia Phillies fans appreciate the expanded presence of their teams’ games in the region thanks to WHVL-TV, and fans of any team can appreciate the approach of the Phillies’... more »»

Sports offer chance to show patriotism

June 30, 2013 When the Fourth of July approaches, I tend to reflect on things that make our nation unique. One of them is sports. We are as passionate about sports as anyone. more »»

Lane: A special day to share with your dad

June 16, 2013 Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Da. more »»

Too much panic in NBA, NHL voices

June 9, 2013 With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup playoffs both heating up, anyone following either sport’s postseason (and there are probably a few more hockey fans than basketball fans in the region) has to... more »»

Jones trying to dial up right combo

May 26, 2013 Callers remain elusive for “Sports Talk with Steve Jones and Brian Tripp,” largely because of the show’s early afternoon timeslot and in part because callers seem somewhat indifferent to Jones’... more »»

Baseball salaries are way out of kilter

May 12, 2013 I have recently started to pay more and more attention to the contracts superstar Major League Baseball players get. more »»

Hoping PSU board purge continues

May 12, 2013 I was happy to read that two more members of the Penn State Board of Trustees were ousted. Here’s hoping the purge continues until everyone of them that were part of the Joe Paterno ouster are gone. more »»

Boston Marathon helps transform Altoona man

April 28, 2013 April 2013 marks the eight-year anniversary of my relocation from central PA to the Boston area. more »»

ACC getting ready for the future

April 28, 2013 Everyone knew TV money, specifically for football, prompted much of conference realignment in recent years — when intercollegiate athletics became blind to geography and tradition as athletic... more »»

Bettman's leadership hurts NHL

April 21, 2013 The Pittsburgh Penguins took the idea of “you win some, you lose some” to heart in the beginning of their condensed season, sporting an on-again, off-again playing style and a so-so record. more »»

Coaches can be bullying victims, too

April 14, 2013 As the nation sees in former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice the ultimate in repellent on-court behavior, viewers tut-tut about the rise of dictatorial coaches. more »»

CBS, Masters trust their partnership

April 14, 2013 CBS Sports has final round coverage of The Masters for the 57th consecutive year today, and no relationship better exemplifies the booster/partnership role of a broadcaster with a sports event. more »»

Less brutal than boxing, MMA?on rise

April 7, 2013 If I saw someone getting punched and kicked on the street, my first instinct would be to offer help. more »»

Forever program promos fall short

March 31, 2013 Whether it’s news talk or sports talk, Forever Broadcasting takes a somewhat unusual approach with on-air promotions for its shows and talent. more »»

Remembering Fowler, SFC great

March 24, 2013 As a lifelong follower of the sporting panorama here in the Blair County area, it was very sad to learn of the recent passing of Calvin Fowler, former St. Francis College basketball great. more »»

WWCP has big plans for Curve

March 17, 2013 All too often the talk of community-minded efforts by TV broadcasters or pro sports teams ring hollow and produce just that — talk. At best it’s calculated lip service or serious spin. more »»

Glendale’s finest hour still sweet

March 10, 2013 District 6 boys basketball has a rich history with strong traditions all around us. more »»

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