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Sports Columns

Rudel: Parents deserve to see their kids play

Suffering through the coronavirus pandemic has been the worst thing most of us have experienced in our lifetime. If you and your family are healthy and working, count yourselves fortunate. Even so, every aspect of life has been affected — closing of schools, adjustments at work, the awful ...

One-game Wild Card has to go

Many of the complaints you will find associated with the rules and traditions of Major League Baseball involve not wanting to change things that have been associated with the game for decades. But for me, the most frustrating rule in professional baseball is a new one. The original addition ...

Salary cap, floor badly needed

Major league players make way, way too much money, and the sport’s entire economic system is a joke. I realize I’m dreaming here, because it’s never going to happen, but MLB needs a salary cap for teams. Along with that, it also needs a salary floor.both of those things would be my ...

Question marks abound for Bucs, MLB as a whole

The 2020 Major League Baseball season will be like no other. After an offseason of unprecedented turbulence in which the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic and an extended, ugly contract dispute between the Major League Players Association and the league’s owners wiped out over half of the ...

UConn leaving Appleman without a racket

At 53 years old, Christian Appleman thought when he accepted the director of men’s tennis position at the University of Connecticut, it would be his last stop. After all, he had spent the better part of 30 years in college coaching, both basketball and tennis, dating back to his start as a ...

‘Y’ puts best foot forward with July 4 Race

Williamsburg’s Loc O outpaced seven-time 15K winner A.J. Kelly of Altoona by more than two minutes to win the 48th running of the Angie Gioiosa Memorial Fourth of July Race on Saturday. But the top two finishers didn’t gather on a medal stand to congratulate each other. In fact, no one ...

Unheralded Davis blossoms into solid major leaguer

There haven’t been many players step into a batter’s box at PNG Field or its previous name of Blair County Ballpark wearing an Altoona Curve uniform who went on to play 14 years in Major League Baseball and lead the American League in a statistical category. In fact, there might only be ...

Bonifay’s impressive career includes one crazy footnote

It’s tough to top Mike’s choice of Rajai Davis, who has a whopping 415 stolen bases in the majors, yet has never fully been appreciated as one of the elite former Curve players. Still, there's really only one answer to this question, when you consider something that quite frankly is ...

Fans might not like what they see upon return

Don’t be too eager to sit in the stands if your favorite team is lucky enough to open play over the next few months. Going to the game will be risky all by itself. Once there, the experience won't be the same. No food. No drink. No cuddly mascot to slap high-fives with. Don’t even ...

Pirates-Curve bond strong, but fans shouldn’t be at workouts

Over the years, I’ve often wondered what everyone around here did during the summer prior to the Curve’s arrival in 1999. Unfortunately, we are finding out this year, with the minor league baseball season wiped out because of the coronavirus. I’ve read social media posts from countless ...

PSU’s Franklin paying big price this season

As the cloud of the coronavirus darkens the entire sports world with uncertainty, James Franklin is planning a major sacrifice. He confirmed earlier his week that he will coach the football season without his family in State College. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO Sports, ...

Sad to see RMU leave NEC, but it’s not all bad for Flash

Saint Francis lost not only its biggest rival, but also its biggest ally earlier this week when Robert Morris announced it’s leaving the Northeast Conference to join the Horizon League. While the Colonials’ departure is sure to bring about some sadness for longtime Saint Francis fans, the ...

Cue up Kool & The Gang, let celebrations start again

The PGA Tour became the latest sports league to resume activities this weekend, but plenty of us are still feeling a big void in our lives. Sports aren’t essential to living as we have all learned the past few months, but they do bring a lot of meaning and happiness to a lot of people’s ...

Young kids, parents of athletes have had to miss out on so much

Personally, I have not missed pro sports. Having the NCAA Tournament canceled was a huge bummer, because I’m a college hoops junkie. It’s certainly very sad that so, so many high school athletes had their seasons taken away, especially seniors. I’m proud that the Mirror has found a way ...

Majors impacted Turchetta’s football career

Tom Turchetta hadn’t seen Johnny Majors in 10 years, but they lived near each other in Tennessee, would talk occasionally and had planned to arrange lunch sooner than later. Instead, Turchetta received a message last Wednesday from Majors’ wife, Mary Lynn, that the coach had passed ...

Shut up and dribble? No. Time to listen

A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults. Not this time. Now’s the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans ...

For comfort and cost reasons, watching on TV much better

Pause … let me take a minute for a bathroom break. Hang on, what did the announcer just say? Let me rewind. WOW! What a play!!! Let me see that again in slo-mo five times from every single angle. “Daddy, can you come play with me for a bit?” “Sure. I’ll pause the game and come ...

There’s nothing like the experience of being in stadium on game day

Before I get into all the reasons attending a live sports event is better than watching it on television, please remember that my co-worker is arguing that you should voluntarily stay cooped up in your house where most of you have been trapped for months. If that isn’t the biggest argument ...