Voice of the Fan

Game Commission shows bias

Commentary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer herds has spread within a few miles of the Pennsylvania elk restoration grounds. As a result, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) appears to be developing a blame narrative as depicted in the PGC press release issued on July 26, 2017 ...

Fandom

Name: Jimmy Ferguson Age: 24 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone Area College: Saint Francis My favorite sport: Golf I usually attend games with: The Wharton family Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: PSU Favorite pro team: A tie between Red Sox and ...

LL World series makes good TV

Commentary It’s Little League World Series time on TV, and that’s a good thing. It’s not all Little League, all the time, but it feels darn close as ESPN and its family of networks committed to air 140 baseball and softball games in July and August. This past week, it was regional ...

Dark cloud looms on season

Commentary By Paul Newberry The Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — It all sounded so familiar, even comforting, this rite of fall that comes in the midst of summer. The quarterback barking out the call. The grunts and thuds of giant men running into each other. The screams ...

Details lacking on Sanderson deal

Penn State did the right thing with retaining Cael Sanderson for an extended period of time, but nothing was shared with the public about the length of his extension or the amount of money he will paid. I suspect that this was the decision of Penn State and not Cory Giger, who wrote the ...

PFBC relies on data, science

I know Walt Young has always been strongly opinionated, and I have no problem with that. However, his column on July 23 references two issues of the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) that I, as District 4 Commissioner, am very much involved in. As a state appointed (unpaid volunteer) ...

‘Jam’ needed accurate headcount

It’s not that regional media members covering Penn State during Big Ten Conference kickoff activities last week in Chicago were intentionally incorrect, but they let a few words muddy their reporting in at least one key instance. When athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed a concert ...

Federer focuses only on present

LONDON — Roger Federer has learned not to take anything for granted. That’s why he said what he did during the trophy presentation after his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship: “I hope this wasn’t my last match. And I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the ...

Pick up pace, but don’t change game

Baseball doesn’t need overhaul When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself. To a person of my temperament, the MLB package on satellite TV constitutes the entertainment bargain of the century. A man ...

Lafferty success stirs memories

If the summer heat is getting to you, Tuesday’s story in the Mirror about Sam Lafferty’s ice hockey odyssey provided a cool and unexpected change of pace. It is amazing that a product of Hollidaysburg Area High School’s ice hockey program has been a leader on an Ivy League team ...

‘Jam’ debut something to build on

An official attendance number for Happy Valley Jam, the July 8 concert at Beaver Stadium, has not been announced by Penn State or promoters, but all involved probably should be happy with estimates of 30,000 that were shared and supported the night of the event. A little more than 24,000 ...

Pittsburgh channel gets new name

Hints of change have been coming for weeks and viewers will notice a full-fledged new look and name for the regional sports network that carries the Pirates and Penguins beginning July 14. That’s when AT&T SportsNet becomes a reality. Viewers have probably noticed small AT&T ...

Tracing Steelers’ winning culture

In Steelers country, and around the world, the name “Rooney” stands for something: excellence, integrity, vision, winning. The family is one of the most respected in all of sports, known for big-picture thinking, strong values and a culture of excellence, all of which have contributed ...

Running asserts individual freedom

On Tuesday, the local running community will celebrate Independence Day with the 43rd running of the Angie Gioiosa July 4 Memorial Race. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Altoona Running Club for instituting this wonderful tradition, and to the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA for shepherding it ...

Franklin’s wife eases into view

Perhaps the biggest story related to Penn State football so far this offseason, and arguably one of the biggest during the James Franklin Era, was overlooked, a non-starter, for most of the media that covers the program. What attention it did get was a single photo, buried fairly deep in a ...

Hoenstine patriarch would be proud

Dick Hoenstine and I were teammates on the 1953 Roaring Spring entry in the Blair County Baseball League. Hoenstine normally played for his hometown of Claysburg, but that town’s Blair League team folded after the previous season. Wanting to continue to play on Saturdays, the only day the ...

Expect ‘12 rounds of tedium’

Commentary LAS VEGAS — The real fun will come before the fight, and what a spectacle it should be. Put Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on a stage together to promote their fight and anything can happen. Put them together in a ring, though, and it’s an absolute ...

A day to celebrate with our dads

Commentary Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet. In many cases, few words are expressed. And that’s a shame. I wrote ...

As Grenoble says, Mother Nature leads

The signs of man’s impact on the planet are plain for anyone to see. You do not need to look to global temperature, sea level rise, or melting ice. The signs have been here for as long as we have lived, and all we need do is look and remember. Has anyone seen the smog dangers in China as ...

Mike & Mike headed for divorce

It’s not easy to tell by their on-air interactions, but the relationship between Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, longtime co-hosts of “Mike & Mike” on ESPN Radio, has apparently gotten a bit frosty. Maybe really cold, according to a recent report by respected sports media reporter ...