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Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Chambers leading strong finish

I know there was a lot of heat for Penn State to get rid of men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers. But consider recent events with six victories in the last nine games, including four of the last five going into today’s regular-season finale against Illinois. After starting out 0-10 in ...

Rubbing elbows

Picked off — by Cy Young winner By Dave Potchak In the fall of 1969, the Forest Hills Rangers played their fourth game of the high school football season against the Conemaugh Valley Blue Jays at the Point Stadium in Johnstown. The game was played in a soggy quagmire, as a result of a ...

Fandom

Name: Jimmy Mincin Age: 42 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Notre Dame Favorite pro team: Pittsburgh Steelers My favorite ...

Horse racing officially at a crossroads

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place was empty ...

Reasons to end Sunday hunting ban

After reading Wayne Campbell’s commentary in the Mirror (Feb. 22, “Compromise: Let’s share outdoors”), I thought your readers deserved to hear some Pennsylvania specific facts about Sunday hunting. I found it curious as to why Campbell would attempt to confuse readers by using a ...

Hockey deserves brighter spotlight

With the football season just ending, and baseball yet to start, a lot of Pennsylvanians feel this time of the year marks a lull in the sporting world. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. The NHL season is in full swing, and the game is growing in popularity, with the 2018 Stanley ...

Access helps promote new league

Whether a startup league can consistently attract viewers will be decided as the inaugural spring season of the Alliance of American Football plays out, but it has already made a big impact in how pro football games are televised. We’re in the middle of the second week of play for “the ...

Mailbag

AAF gets passing mark on its inaugural weekend I attended the inaugural Alliance of American Football game between San Antonio and San Diego at San Antonio. A few other takeaways: The pace of the game was great. Not a lot of down time, and it seemed like continuous play at times. ...

Saint Francis will miss Haigh

I’m writing about Joe Haigh retiring from the Saint Francis women’s basketball program. I have known Coach Haigh since he got here 10 years ago. People were not happy with the way they played and he coached. That’s their problem. There were, for sure, people that enjoyed seeing ...

Brady takes place alongside Jordan

In 1998, I was sitting center court in Salt Lake City, Utah when Michael Jordan hit “The Shot.” “The Shot” won Game 6 of the NBA championship for Jordan’s sixth title, cementing his “Greatest of All Time (GOAT)” status. Sunday, I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance in ...

Romo showing uncommon foresight

The Super Bowl provides the biggest stage to date for NFL analyst turned media darling Tony Romo, and the CBS Sports color commentator seems poised to maintain the success he has enjoyed during his first two seasons on the job and, especially, during the AFC Championship Game. Romo, the ...

For Saints, what goes around …

I’m happy that the New Orleans Saints aren’t going to the Super Bowl. I remember back in 2009 when they won the Super Bowl and then for the next two-three years, they started paying a bounty to players who hurt players on the opposing team. What were they thinking? Albert Einstein ...

Fear not: Serena, Federer will be back

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age. Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the ...

Fandom: Dylan Johnson

Name: Dylan Johnson Age: 24 Residence: Altoona High school: Great Commission College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Great Commission Favorite college team: North Carolina Favorite pro team: ...

For PSU hoop fans, patience thin

As I watched the Penn State basketball game against Minnesota, why did I think near the end: Here we go again? Yes, the Nittany Lions played very hard and usually stay in the game, but at the end, we know a timeout will be called, and inevitably things go bad, and there’s another Big 10 ...

Dissecting NFL final four voices

Four teams take the field for two NFL conference championship games this afternoon, but the best team working might be in the broadcast booth — specifically the Fox Sports booth. Play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman have put together their busiest and best season. This ...

Altoona decision lacks clarity

“It’s not about wins and losses.” That’s what Altoona Area School Board member Rick Hoover said in the Jan. 8 Mirror article about the decision to reopen the Altoona football coaching position. That might be one of the strangest statements I’ve read or heard without telling the ...

Fandom: Mark Frederick

Name: Mark Frederick Age: 52 Residence: Duncansville High school: Altoona My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: My family Favorite high school team: Altoona and Hollidaysburg softball Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Oakland ...