Guest Columns

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 ...

Off-field drama drags down Steelers

Some cities might like talented “me-first” players, but Pittsburgh is not one of them. The region’s fan base still maintains a blue-collar, steel-mill mentality despite an economy that long ago shifted to high-tech innovation, cutting-edge medicine and service jobs. That is why the ...

Citrus TV crew touches up Franklin

Perception can become reality depending on how the media delivers a message and in the case of Penn State football coach James Franklin that probably means his game management skills took another hit as a result of the VRBO Citrus Bowl. A late-game TV shot seemed to catch the coach looking up ...

Responder Bowl lacked response

Most college football bowl games are a combination of all-around junket, charitable/community event, television programming and sponsor activation. At their heart, though, they’re a TV show, what happens on the field matters little. That was made crystal clear four days ago when ESPN ...

PIAA should return to Altoona

It’s been 21 years since the PIAA unceremoniously took its football championship games away from Altoona and moved them to Hersheypark Stadium. From 1992-97, Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium was the host for the PIAA championships. Altoona lost the games to Hershey for the 1998 season, ...

Thursday night football is a winner

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press Thursday night football is here to stay, even if it’s gone for the rest of 2018. In past years, some — make that many — would have said “good riddance.” That would be misguided this year. First off, Fox’s presentation generally was strong ...

Lending voice to NFL’s ‘football life’

Last week’s Army-Navy game opened with a well-produced, big-game segment that was narrated by a man who has in some ways become one the voices of football in recent years: Josh Charles. Some might know him better from TV (“The Good Wife”), classic movies (“Dead Poets Society”) or ...

Dibert part of Williamsburg lore

Although not surprising, it was still a shock when I picked up the paper several weeks ago and learned of Dick Dibert’s passing. Like many my age, I first check the obituary page before turning to the Mirror’s award-winning sports coverage. Dibert’s health had been steadily ...

Meyer’s departure perfectly timed

Urban Meyer stood before Ohio State boosters seven years ago with one goal in mind as he returned to the state he grew up in and the university where he got his first job. “Our objective is simple: to make the state of Ohio proud,” Meyer said. As Meyer walks away from coaching — ...

For Hackenberg, another chance

Hack’s back, or at least he’s getting another shot, and he could be playing football on TV by mid-February if things go well. Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the inaugural quarterback draft conducted by the Alliance of American ...

For LeBron, a respectful return

The last time I was in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, LeBron James and the Cavaliers were trying to hold off the Golden State Warriors from sweeping them in the NBA Finals. The crowd was hoping James, the hometown star who just two years prior had willed the Cavaliers from a 3-1 ...

Bailey has always been a winner

The following story was published by David Potchak in 2005. It is being republished in recognition of Don Bailey’s retirement as head football coach at Forest Hills. In the midst of the boney piles, coal dust and mine sulfur drainage, the town of St. Michael is neatly tucked away as part of ...

MNF makes the right decision

One of TV’s top-rated and most-watched programs changed its studio location and sports fans can see the result on “Monday Night Football” this week. Monday night’s game between the Chiefs and Rams was to be played in Mexico City, part of the NFL’s effort to help the sport’s ...

First half of season filled with drama

Michael Thomas reached behind a goal post to pull out a flip phone in homage to a memorable touchdown celebration of the past. Benjamin Watson used his touchdown catch to let everyone know that he and his wife are expecting — and it’s going to be twins. That was cause enough for ...

World Series was a true ‘classic’

The World Series is named the “Fall Classic.” However, as I watched Games 3, 4, and 5 of the series in Dodgers Stadium in 80-degree, sunny weather with the mountain surrounding Chavez Ravine serving as a picturesque backdrop, it did not feel like “fall,” but the series clearly had its ...

Browns not so easy anymore

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns are in town today, and their visits have usually been as welcome as those from Santa Claus. It’s generally been a nice way for the Steelers to pick up an easy win. Maybe not now, though. The Browns still aren’t good, but they aren’t awful, ...

Raiders checking out of Oakland

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Tuesday to, among other things, assure loyal fans he was fighting for their team and their city. To which one user with twitchy Twitter fingers fired off a quick reply. “Which city are you fighting back for, ...

PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

Fandom

Name: Hunter Ollinger Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family, my girlfriend and many friends. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn ...

In Vegas, glimpse of NBA’s future

LAS VEGAS — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Playing each other Wednesday night in a game ...