Guest Columns

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 ...

Wishing Millen speedy recovery

College football was missing something Saturday and will be for the rest of the season: Matt Millen. Millen, 60, the lead color commentator for Big Ten Network games, announced he would be stepping down from his position to focus on his health. The former Penn State All-American, NFL ...

Flagging roughing passer penalty

By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing-the-passer penalties that has generated head-scratching calls — and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land fully on the ...

New MNF crew to size up Steelers

Steelers fans get their first experience with their team playing on the revamped “Monday Night Football” this week, and it should be an enjoyable broadcast — even if it might not be an enjoyable result. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore really enjoys the “MNF” assignment and all that ...

Tennis needs stronger leadership

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK — Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final last weekend. Here’s what the ...

Tiger, Mickelson in money grab

Golf’s pay per view will fall well short of boxing draws It’s probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history. You might ...

Comcast, BTN bring good news

Penn State football fans were spared a potential inconvenience when the Big Ten Network announced an agreement Friday with Comcast, ensuring access to BTN and Fox Sports 1. That means the Nittany Lions’ season opener Saturday against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium will be available to ...

Measure Woods on his comeback

Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest final round in ...

Some college football games to circle

There are just three Saturdays, or 21 days overall, however you prefer to count, until the college football season begins. For Penn State, the season opener comes on Sept. 1 when the Nittany Lions play host to Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium. For some fans looking forward to the season, ...

Portland grew women’s game locally

Sometimes the passing of time enhances our appreciation of people and the good they have done. Such is the case of Penn State longtime women’s basketball coach Rene Portland. I’ll not let the controversy that plagued her last few seasons diminish the contributions she made to female ...

Keystone baseball doing itself proud

The Keystone kids are making another run to play on Little League’s biggest stage. Keystone Little League, based in Beech Creek, Clinton County, claimed the Pennsylvania championship by sweeping four games at the state tournament held last week in Berwick. Keystone’s next stop is the ...

There’s no room for politics in sports

In May, the team owners of the National Football League (NFL) instituted some new rules for football players and teams. This new rule was a reaction to protests some players have made during the playing of the national anthem. There are many strong opinions on this issue expressed by ...

Coach memorable for right reasons

I am probably the last person on earth who should be writing a sports column. My first Little League game was an abject failure. We lost 33-0, long before mercy rules were introduced. That team did not win a single game. Three years later, when playing in the “majors” — at least the ...

Dog scared neighbor, Joe Namath

By Byron Lasser In 1970, my wife, Ronna, and I were living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the home of the University of Alabama. One night we let our little dachshund, “Peaches,” outside to relieve herself. Within a few minutes, she was barking up a storm so I went outside to see what the ...