Guest Columns

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 ...

Howard isn’t ready to hang it up

Commentary LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Ryan Howard was once one of baseball’s most feared sluggers, an MVP and World Series champion, the toast of Philadelphia. So what’s he doing here, in the sprawling suburbs of Atlanta, a minor leaguer at age 37, playing alongside a bunch of 20-somethings, ...

Phelps enjoys post-swimming life

Michael Phelps hasn’t gotten the urge to return to swimming. Not yet anyway. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is clearly enjoying marriage, fatherhood and a newfound willingness to speak out on contentious issues such as doping. But, in a tantalizing concession that he ...

Emrick spices up Penguins’ series

Some sports fans think there’s nothing better than playoff hockey. Others might tell you there’s nothing more exciting than an overtime game during the Stanley Cup playoffs. For me, it’s about the team, the timing and the talent. Once the playoffs begin, and if the Penguins remain ...

Castle left a legacy at Saint Francis

Commentary By Robert Moore John “Harry” Castle never played a minute of college basketball for Saint Francis, nor do most fans who have followed the sport at the school likely have any memory of him. For the most part, he operated just behind the scenes, acting in the role as team ...

Masters coverage (too) controlled

What do you do if you have compelling content that would be of interest to millions of sports fans? If you’re the folks at Augusta National, you keep firm control on what and when you share it. Specifically, last week’s TV coverage of the season’s first major golf tournament was, as ...

Gators’ trip to MSG memorable

It wasn’t at the top of the bucket list, but it was on there: watch a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. Scratch that off with the latest version of March Madness when my family drove to New Jersey, spent the night and took the train to midtown to watch my beloved Gators. I ...

Greed, power win Olympic battle

Commentary NHL’s decision to not participate in 2018 Games angers its players Some of the best hockey players in the world won’t be there, at least those of the male variety. The best women will, though that hardly serves as consolation for both NBC and organizers of the ...

NCAA final will deliver higher ratings

Commentary Expect a bounce-back ratings and viewership performance for the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. That’s because the game returns to broadcast television on CBS after airing on cable (TBS) last year. As part of the NCAA’s agreement with its broadcast partners ...