Guest Columns

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Loyalty was hallmark of Bennett’s legacy

In 1535, some French wordsmith gave the world the term loial, or loyal as we call it today. I would bet that he or she never could have possibly fathomed that a gruff, hardworking blue collar man with a heart of gold would define it so perfectly in a little place called Altoona. For the ...

NBC coverage just a little too fishy

All the hubbub about the Tennessee resident who tossed a catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was a bit much. First, almost everyone from arena management to the broadcast partner and even the players had to expect it to be attempted. Sure, it’s kind of a “hockey ...

Playoff hockey, with Pens, great showcase

Here’s my reason for watching hardly any regular season hockey: playoff hockey. Playoff hockey — with its drama, fervor and passion — matters. Every check, every pass and every shift … they all matter. Every single goal matters, too. So the past several weeks have been spent ...

Playoff hockey, with Pens, great showcase

Here’s my reason for watching hardly any regular season hockey: playoff hockey. Playoff hockey — with its drama, fervor and passion — matters. Every check, every pass and every shift … they all matter. Every single goal matters, too. So the past several weeks have been spent ...

Playoff hockey, with Pens, great showcase

Here’s my reason for watching hardly any regular season hockey: playoff hockey. Playoff hockey — with its drama, fervor and passion — matters. Every check, every pass and every shift … they all matter. Every single goal matters, too. So the past several weeks have been spent ...

Saint Francis athletics hitting high notes

Saint Francis sits at an elevation of roughly 2,000 feet. Not rarified air, at least not in any literal sense. Figuratively, however, the SFU athletics program has reached heights in 2016-17 that it has never achieved before. To be sure, past Red Flash teams have had occasion to shine. ...

Mowins has earned her NFL stripes

In an ultimately deserving and somewhat unsurprising move, it became public this week that Beth Mowins will work the second game of a Week 1 NFL doubleheader on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 11. She’ll be just the second woman to call an NFL regular season game and the first since ...