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New football faces emerging

There has been much gnashing of teeth throughout Nittany Nation this fall regarding the worst start in the history of the football program. The fan base has certainly been spoiled throughout the years. Bowl games have become something akin to birthrights. Each decade since the 1960s has ...

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Ominous clouds hovering over PSU The damp dark gray Sunday morning mirrors my mood. Do the Nittany Lions simply write off another embarrassing loss and the possibility of a no-win season to COVID-19 and associated travails? Or is that giving management a free pass? For example, I ...

No masking latest state orders

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, recently unveiled two new measures to try to temper yet another startlingly fast coronaviral spread, something that may end up being the most unwelcome encore performance in the Keystone state since incumbent Tom Corbett fell short in his ...

Documentary focuses on Tiger

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press A look at Tiger Woods through the prisms of race and identity will be the subject of an of an ESPN documentary debuting later this month. “Tiger Woods: America’s Son” will premiere on Nov. 29. The one-hour documentary explores the significance of ...

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Young captures fish controversy I wanted to express a comment about “There’s no real need to cry over spilled carp” written in the Nov. 7-Nov. 8 edition by Walt Young. Thank you, Mr. Young. While I am not a fisherman — I, too, was very interested in the situation happening near ...

Hoping new normal doesn’t last long

If sports in this unfortunate year of COVID-19 have taught us anything, it’s to embrace the non-traditional. While Toronto and Edmonton were playing host to the NHL playoffs, NBA teams were competing in a bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The entire World Series ...

Unfortunately, notable absentees missing at Masters

It’s rare to have a player in the top 40 missing from the Masters, much less four of them. Rarer still is to show up at Augusta National and notice who’s missing. That element won’t change, especially with so much anticipation from waiting 18 months to hear: “Fore, please. Tiger ...

Missing the Penn State whiteout vs. OSU

When Penn State started playing in the Big Ten in 1993, it lost its traditional rivals like Pitt and West Virginia, so the league invented the Land Grant Trophy and declared a Penn State-Michigan State rivalry. While there have been some great PSU-MSU games, every PSU fan knows the path to ...

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Franklin can’t do it on day of the game Regularly attending Penn State games since 1969, and a season-ticket holder since 1976, it’s obvious to me that Penn State’s administration and athletic director Sandy Barbour have made a conscious decision for mediocrity. James Franklin has ...

Raking up too many football code words

The arrival of crisp autumnal weather means two things — college football is (or should be) in full swing and the annual aggravation I refer to as “leaf management” will most likely dominate the majority of the time I spend outdoors. Lush, green and beige foliage that provided both ...

Chambers’ comment was out of character

I was stunned to read in the Mirror that Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers had resigned his position for a comment he made in January 2019 to Rasir Bolton, who is currently a student at Iowa State University. I am sure it was a shock wave heard around the world of college ...

‘Greatest’ label can be slippery

Isiah Thomas, who competed on the hardwood against the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson – all Hall of Famers – caused a stir recently when he proclaimed LeBron James the greatest player in the history of the sport. “The best and most ...

Case of bad timing hits Franklin, PSU

Here’s my take on the Penn State football season. Could James Franklin be any unluckier? He can’t keep his staff together like, ever. His best team is during the pandemic. His best player can’t bother to come back to the team when play starts. His recruiting is worse than ...

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Contz’s column on ND shows his hypocrisy Former Penn State football player Bill Contz criticized Notre Dame in the Mirror last weekend for not canceling a game over a week away. I find this to be hypocritical. If I remember correctly, James Franklin was one of the biggest voices ...

Football is rotten in Big Apple

By Dennis Waszak Jr. The Associated Press NEW YORK — No wins, eight losses and lots of frustrated fans. The Big Apple is pretty rotten when it comes to its professional football teams, and it’s tough to imagine things getting better any time soon. Both the Jets and Giants are 0-4 ...

Baffert running Preakness with assistant in mind

Each time Bob Baffert won a big race over the past two decades with assistant Jimmy Barnes by his side, the two would share a moment and embrace. “We give each other a big hug like, ‘We did it,’” Baffert said. When Authentic won the Kentucky Derby, that wasn’t possible. ...

Irish eyes shouldn’t be smiling

Despite having 39 of their players in quarantine and a mere 48 hours after reporting 18 new positive COVID tests, the Notre Dame football team resumed practice on Wednesday to prepare for an all-important, hardly-the-game-of-the-century against Florida State. The 0-2 Seminoles sleepwalked ...

New MLB rule taints tradition

Not long after the Dodgers closed out a victory over Arizona in 10 innings in early September, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw offered a less-than-ringing endorsement of the new extra-inning rule, which places a runner on second base to begin each extra inning. “It’s not real baseball,” ...

Sponsky left mark on his players

(Editor’s note: Former Forest Hills and Bishop Carroll football coach Chuck Sponsky died on Sept. 6.) I cringe every time I bump into a former student or athlete. Invariably, he or she will remember something I did or said as a teacher or coach that I forgot about long ago. In their ...

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Father Jack O’Malley considers it the finest moment of his time at Saint Francis College. The Frankies had just scored a major triumph over Fordham in a tournament in Charlotte. It was 11:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve, 1958, and the team was departing by plane for Pittsburgh and then on by ...