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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 ...

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Why don’t many Americans take advantage of their outdoor parks? Every summer my family and I enjoy visiting campgrounds and spending time outdoors. My family considers camping a chance to experience a “mini vacation” nearly every weekend of summer. However, when we get to our next ...

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 ...

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Speck won, handled himself with class The overwhelming tragic news of Southern Huntingdon’s Phil Speck’s passing last week and subsequent Mirror article “Southern’s coach fondly remembered” featured four area coaches’ perspectives. I felt compelled to offer my ...

‘Last Dance’ stirs great memories

“The Last Dance,” ESPN’s documentary series about the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 season, tonight airs the third and fourth episodes, with six more parts broadcast over the next month. In the 1997-98 NBA Finals, the Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz in six games with Michael Jordan hitting the ...

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Altoona’s win at Massillon was one for the ages With all the bad news being reported lately, it is refreshing to see some good, old news reprinted in the Mirror, thanks to Sports Editor Buck Frank. With sports shut down, it’s great to see Frank find a way to make you want to read the ...

NFL has used virus precautions … sort of

The United States government has outlined identified basic, relatively easy-to-follow guidelines to minimize the chances of contracting the coronavirus. We need only look to the past history of the NFL for examples (and possible origin) of these behaviors. Social distancing Attendance at ...

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Golf being shortchanged by governor’s orders As an avid golfer, I was upset by Gov. Wolf’s recent order to shelter in place, which caused all of the golf courses in the state to close. I was particularly annoyed since this time of year, I usually either walk my home course, Sylvan Hills ...

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Snakes serve important role in our ecosystem Mention snakes, and most people will cringe in fear and disgust. Snakes are some of the most feared, misunderstood organisms on the planet. Many people think of those in movies like the ridiculous “Snakes on a Plane” film or even the vicious ...

‘They will always be the Frankies to me’

As I think back to my fondest memories of sporting events, I always return to those of Saint Francis basketball. Growing up in Hollidaysburg, we lived down the street from a local dentist, Dr. Skip Hughes, who was also a full-time basketball coach at Saint Francis. Before the days of the ...

Sports’ overindulgence an ‘icy hot’ topic

This past Valentine’s Day, the NFL felt obligated to ruin the mood for one of their own, announcing that Baltimore Ravens’ tackle James Hurst will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances. ...

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Penn State’s 2020 team deserves an NCAA banner This is in response to the March 29 question of the week of whether Penn State should hang an NCAA banner for this year’s men’s basketball team. Can anybody think why the banner should not be hung? My answer is a thundering yes that ...

Blackmon, Braxton lead SFU resurgence

As the play-by-play announcer on Saint Francis men’s basketball home games, I have enjoyed courtside seats along with my broadcast partner, Bernie Jubeck, at the Stokes Center and witnessed a renaissance period for Red Flash hoops. After decades of mediocrity, the Flash of the past four ...

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Link upheld standard for area officials In my 45 years of basketball officiating, I had the pleasure to know Tom Link. My first encounter was many years ago when he was the athletic director at Cambria Heights High school and had called me to officiate junior high and junior varsity ...

Feinstein’s work among personal favorites

My best wishes for everyone to stay safe and healthy. It appears that spectator sports will be suspended for months, but I will continue my Ira on Sports show, and its focus will remain sports, even if no sports will be played. I have had coaches and players from all sports as well as ...

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Syracuse played great football, too I just read Cory Giger’s piece (March 19) on Pearl Washington and how he started following Syracuse. Giger said that Washington put Syracuse on the national map. I am sorry that none of his family members never mentioned Syracuse as the university ...

Berardinelli was ‘bear’ of a coach

“B ... Bear ... Barbell ... Beerbelly ... Berardinelli!” This was the chant echoed by many Bishop Guilfoyle football players during the 1970s to honor our iconic line coach/defensive coordinator, Lou Berardinelli, and he loved it. The chant began during my junior year and was arguably ...

NFL players should weigh options

Here in Arizona, upscale bistros that offer fresh guacamole prepared tableside are all the rage. Savvy restauranteurs know they won’t stay in business long if they select rock hard, unripened avocados from the local grocer as it results in a bland, tasteless product. The same principles ...