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Sports Columns

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 ...

‘Soft’ spot for tennis going away

The local tennis community will experience a void this summer that unfortunately may become permanent. Matt Stopp, tennis professional at the Gorilla House, confirmed last week that his facility’s outdoor courts will not open this year. There were only two — down from six as recently a ...

Getting sick of greed in pro sports

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.’’ Baloney! What the famous Gordon Gekko character, played by Michael Douglas in the classic 1987 film “Wall Street,’’ tries to sell everyone is a bunch of hogwash. In actuality, greed is bad. Greed is ...

Reminiscing while exercising

While I was out on my daily walk recently pondering how competitive the Blair Regional YMCA 2-mile walks will be after so many people have picked up the hobby during the corona-virus pandemic, I saw a kid at a baseball field. He had just one ball and a bat. During my circle around the outside ...

NASCAR gives all reason to celebrate

Finally, a reason to cheer. We’ll take it. Even from afar. No doubt, it was downright eerie when Fox came on the air Sunday afternoon for NASCAR’s return to racing, a camera hovering over tens of thousands of empty seats at the enormous, iconic speedway in the backwoods of ...

‘Tecmo Bowl,’ ‘MVP Baseball’ among all-time faves

We have all been cooped up long enough now that anyone who has an old video game system has probably pulled it out and tried a few of their old games, maybe for the first time with their own children. As a kid who grew up in the late 1980s and early 90s, I got to experience a wide range of ...

Curve franchise future stable, even if 2020 season canceled

These are the most tumultuous times minor league baseball has ever encountered during the modern era, facing not one, but two calamities at once — the threat of missing an entire season, plus the likelihood of severe contraction that will lead to extensive reshuffling of leagues. Let me ...

Spitting image may disappear from sports

We come not to praise the loogie, but to bury it. Already banned on sidewalks, outlawed indoors and pooh-poohed by polite society, that gob of saliva and Lord-knows-what-else is done mucking up sports. In the wake of the new coronavirus, teams are revoking the germ-landing privileges that ...

Play all games as scheduled, but keep the fans away

We are not out of the woods yet with the coronavirus. Not by a long, long shot. This thing isn’t just miraculously going to go away. Tragically, people are still going to die. The death toll already has topped 75,000, and that number could reach 200,000 or more by the end of the ...

Cut non-conference, trim season, start all teams on Sept. 26

More than anything, I would like to see uniformity across college football. I don’t think it’s fair for the SEC or Pac-12 to be playing if the Big Ten or ACC is not. James Franklin said the other day he’s seeking “NCAA guidance,” and we all should be. The organization that has ...

It’s a fun time revisiting Penn State football’s finest hour

With live sports on hold due to the coronavirus, many media outlets, including the Mirror, are digging into their archives to provide meaningful content and filling up newspaper pages and TV time slots. Penn State fans got a treat the other night when NBCSN (NBC Sports Network) replayed the ...

Warriors wouldn’t stand chance against Jordan’s Bulls dynasty

This is a fun and timely topic with the Michael Jordan documentary currently airing on ESPN, but I also believe it’s somewhat of a silly debate. The Warriors of recent years wouldn’t stand a chance against Jordan’s Bulls of the ’90s in a seven-game series. I’ve long said the most ...