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Guest Columns

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 ...

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 ...

Jacksonville vying for dubious honor

You’ve got to hand it to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Just when you think they can’t go any lower, the Jags somehow manage to find a whole new level of teal-colored ineptitude. They really could be the worst franchise in all of pro sports. Since there is perpetual speculation that the ...

Players just can’t burst their bubble

The NFL career of running back Curvin Richards is not particularly memorable. He played in 12 games over three seasons for Dallas and Detroit and averaged 3.3 yards on 55 carries. However, diehard Dallas fans of the early 1990s will never forget Richards’s final performance as a Cowboy or ...

Unfortunately, LLWS draws a walk

It’s the time of year when kids from around the world are in South Williamsport to play baseball. But not this summer. The Little League World Series was canceled for the first time in its 73-year history because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the innocence of 11 and 12-year-olds ...

Giolito’s no-hitter comes at perfect time

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Midway through a season most of us will eventually try to forget, Lucas Giolito reminded us why so many wanted baseball back to begin with. His no-hitter Tuesday night in Chicago was certainly the quietest of the 19 pitched in White Sox history. The ...

Safeguard players from this virus

The decision by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to delay football to the winter or spring has met with sharp criticism, impassioned player testimonials and parent-authored letters. Evidently the health and well-being of players, coaches and any fans lucky enough to be allowed inside the stadium of ...

Silence will be deafening at Masters

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press The Masters, known as much for the roars as the raw beauty of Augusta National, will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators. That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans, and the silence ...

Appreciation for fans should grow

It’s a sad fact of life that most things are not truly appreciated until they’re gone. In today’s sporting world, that includes the fans. From the days of the ancient Olympics, athletes have reaped the rewards of their skills in the arena, from fame and fortune to public adulation and ...

Red Flash great gone too soon

Editor’s note: Former Saint Francis basketball standout Jack Phelan died suddenly last week at the age of 66. His former coach at Saint Francis, Dave Magarity, reflects on the passing of his good friend. Magarity is currently the head coach of the West Point women’s basketball team. ...

Suspicious of college football testing

Alarmed at the number of coronavirus cases reported amongst college football’s elite, Boomer Esiason was quoted in a recent Newsweek article as saying the top teams “...may be trying to gain an advantage by having their players get the virus now instead of during conference play.” What ...

Wooden epitomizes American hero

When the task force that is charged with establishing the National Garden of American Heroes begins reviewing great figures of America’s history, the late collegiate coaching legend John Wooden should receive every consideration. Based on the criteria that will be used to select the ...

A baseball year like no other

The big sports news from Los Angeles this week — other than the sensational outfield play of clubhouse attendant Francisco “Chico” Herrera — was that the Dodgers will join some other teams and sell fan cutouts to fill seats at Dodger Stadium. Which, of course, immediately brought ...

Some games need further review

As the pandemic enters its fifth month, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Gov. Wolf’s county-by-county map of the commonwealth employs the same color scheme used to promote the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Classic. Perhaps the governor envisions himself The King and Pennsylvania’s ...

National view

Newton can wear many hats for Patriots By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press One is a man of a million fedoras. The other is all about the hoodie. But whether Cam Newton and Bill Belichick can take the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl is going to be more about football than ...

Mascots, like the Lion, should unite

When the administration of Alpha Omega Academy, an online school in over 45 countries, surveyed parents, students, teachers and alumni regarding the adoption of a mascot, the effort was designed to create a sense of community. “Many people are under the impression that mascots can only be ...

‘Half-man, half-amazing’ wraps it up

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver lauded ...

Father’s Day holds a special place

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit Lane, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. 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. ...