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Sports Columns

Boytim: Whoa, we’re halfway there

Though there are probably still some students who haven’t memorized their class schedules yet, we’re already halfway done with the high school football regular season. So let’s take a quick look at where our area’s teams stand in the District 6 and District 5 playoff hunts. Class ...

Journey to find top back should begin with Brown

Depth is great. Playing lots of guys is great. Keeping young players engaged by giving them a chance to compete for playing time is great. Those are all good problems to have for any team. And make no mistake about it, Penn State has a good problem on its hands that there are four promising ...

Patience needed for officials

If you sit in the stands for a high school sporting event and listen to some parents, you would think that the officials at nearly every game are awful or out to get a certain team. While that’s almost never true, the officiating has started to become a topic of conversation in the press ...

Goodman Shaffer: Community pride part of college camaraderie

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium may be home to the “Greatest Show in College Football,” but recent weeks have reminded us why we love college football and college athletics in general, and it’s not just for the entertainment and excitement we enjoy between the lines. The University of ...

Giger: Tomlin, Narduzzi, Hurdle all facing heavy scrutiny

This is a bad time to be a major coaching figure in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should be squarely on the hot seat after an 0-2 start. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi just made one of the dumbest decisions you’ll ever see in college football, and he didn’t even think there was ...

Finale reflects old-school series

UNIVERSITY PARK — If we don’t see a renewal of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry for years, decades, or even ever, those who were fortunate enough to witness Saturday’s last scheduled game between the neighboring schools were treated to a performance that did the series proud. Penn State won, ...

Rivalries can’t be interrupted

There’s plenty of buzz this week about the Penn State-Pitt series coming to an end again after it was resumed following a long break four years ago. Generations seem split on the issue, but that’s just because your perception of the world is based off your life experiences. For current ...

Suprisingly, defense was soft vs. Buffalo

For the sake of today’s debate, I’ll take the defense, which was supposed to be the team strength and may still be, we’ll see. But some issues surfaced against Buffalo that signaled a red flag. Buffalo kept the ball for 90 plays and 42-plus minutes. That’s hard to believe. So if ...

Running game issues need to get cleaned up

Quarterback Sean Clifford is tied for the team lead with 108 yards rushing through two games. That’s … not a good thing for Penn State. Yes, the Nittany Lions need Clifford to be able to run the ball some, and he had a beautiful 58-yard scamper Saturday against Buffalo. So this is no ...

Pitt-PSU game can go away now

It’s Penn State-Pitt week once again. The last one we will see for some time. And truth be told, I’m perfectly fine with that. At the risk of sounding blasphemous around these here parts, it’s OK with me that the Nittany Lions and Panthers are wrapping up their ...

Early schedule gives PSU chance to grow

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State faithful surpassed the 104,000 mark at Beaver Stadium for the second consecutive week so imagine if the opposition was a team that people actually wanted to see play. Instead, we’ve witnessed Idaho and Buffalo as season-opening appetizers. And you know ...

Giger: Night games are a blast! Let’s have lots of them

I think Neil’s bedtime is 10:30. He starts to get a little cranky after that. So it’s understandable he doesn’t like a bunch of night games. Penn State’s just poking the bear scheduling these things. I love night games. I stay up late anyway, so it’s no bother to me. I’m ...

Rudel: Buffalo, some others not built for prime time

I understand the genie has been out of the bottle in college football for many years, and it won’t be put back in. TV is driving the bus, picking the matchups and the kickoff times, and too many games are at night. The television revenue has helped football staffs and athletic departments ...

Giger: Firing of Ryan simply makes no sense at all

This makes no sense whatsoever and is a totally disgraceful move by the Pirates organization, which has so many people who are bad at their jobs, yet they decided to scapegoat the wrong guy. Curve manager Michael Ryan got fired Tuesday, and he was told the news by Bucs farm director Larry ...

Cross country teaches self-discipline, improves health

The fall semester is underway in earnest, along with the new sports seasons. Evening lights turn on over football and soccer fields, with the sounds of crowds, bands and cheerleaders emanating from the busy athletic facilities. In contrast to these high-profile, high-decibel athletic events ...

The cupcake business: Scheduling FCS foes all about the Benjamins

Penn State embarrassed a really, really bad Idaho team Saturday, 79-7, and by this point, we all know why these kinds of games are played. Big teams eat up the cupcake opponents, who in turn get tons of money to take back to their campus and use it to fund the rest of their athletic ...

Clifford meets first-game challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK — OK, let’s not get too carried away with anything that happened Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Idaho just didn’t provide the kind of barometer for the Nittany Lions to gauge themselves. The final score was 79-7, and it wasn’t that close. But, when you’re breaking ...

Keeping the faith in week 2

It’s often said that positivity is at its highest in the preseason when every team is 0-0. But, after reviewing each team’s Week 1 results from the Mirror’s coverage area, there’s certainly a reason for every team, even the ones that experienced lopsided losses, to feel good about ...

Lions’ RB competition should be fun to watch

The answer to today’s question is obviously the new starting quarterback, but I’ve written like 27 stories about Sean Clifford leading up to the season, so let’s go in a different direction here. My original pick was the wide receivers, in large part because I think Justin Shorter is ...

Receivers must show big jump from 2018

Cory deferred the first choice this week so I picked the receiving corps. I think it’s the most intriguing spot after the position collectively failed last year, resulting in the dismissal of receivers coach David Corley. The Nittany Lions led the nation with 36 dropped passes in 2018 — ...