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Guest Columns

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. ...

With majors later, Woods shouldn’t rush

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — When it comes to Tiger Woods returning to the PGA Tour, it’s all about the calendar. Nothing raised hopes that he would be at Hilton Head like a website tracking yachts that showed his Privacy on its way to Sea ...

McGwire, Sosa chase sight to behold

As part of its 30-for-30 series, ESPN highlights the 1998 pursuit by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to break Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs. In 1998, all fans were captivated as the St. Louis Cardinals’ McGwire and the Chicago Cubs’ Sosa matched home runs nightly, and the race was ...

Some ideas to keep your distance

As Americans collectively crest the apex of our coronaviral Matterhorn — and what a ride it’s been so far — restlessness persists amongst fans now clamoring to get their sports back. Owners and team executives are scrambling for ways to jumpstart new or conclude in-progress ...

AD leaves big shoes to fill at UCLA

The recent hiring of a new athletic director at UCLA created hardly a ripple outside Southern California. Long-range planning by the new AD could have seismic implications for NCAA member institutions, however. On May 19, Martin Jarmond was entrusted with the herculean responsibility of ...

National view

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press Now we know what Phil Mickelson is thinking over the most difficult of pitch shots. Mickelson showed nearly six million viewers who made last Sunday’s exhibition in the rain the most-watched golf telecast in cable television history. Next up: ...

NCAA about to open floodgates

The NCAA’s Board of Governors will soon approve guidelines permitting Division I athletes to sign endorsement deals while pursuing higher education on college campuses. Congress will be asked to set federal standards in order to discourage states from making up their own rules. Without ...

Rubbing elbows with NBA royalty

The entire world thought Michael Jordan was going to win Game 5 and the 1998 NBA Finals in Chicago on Friday night, but my friends and I were cautious and booked seats on one of the only Saturday flights from Chicago to Salt Lake City. When we arrived at Midway airport on Saturday morning ...

Snell poster child for spoiled players

I’m not really sure what Twitch is, but I do know this — Blake Snell will wish he was never on it. He said on the social gaming site what a lot of Major League Baseball players are probably thinking. Like him, they’re anxious about risking their health by returning to play and not happy ...

Summer baseball can’t be sacrificed

Baseball isn’t just a diversion, it’s an institution. Baseball teaches you a lot about life, in regards to failure, and handling failure is a life lesson. Young boys developing into young adults have a passion to play, learn and evolve within. Sports does this with the guidance of ...

Sports can eventually help us heal

In the movie “Rudy,” the title character affirms his passionate desire to attend Notre Dame during a modest lunchroom celebration of his 22nd birthday with steel mill co-worker and best friend Pete. After Rudy acknowledges that Pete is the only person who ever took him seriously, Pete ...