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Voice of the Fan

No easy fix to NFL’s instant replay

Steelers fans saw something during last week’s Monday Night Football broadcast as their team played the Bengals that they thought never see — a seemingly sure-fire replay challenge victory for coach Mike Tomlin. It’s been two-plus years since Tomlin has tossed a red challenge flag and ...

Rubbing elbows with Bill Bidwill

It was Oct. 1963 and I had just finished my sixth year on active duty with the Navy. I decided to leave the service and try to get hired for some job in professional sports (PR, traveling secretary, gofer, anything). I wrote letters to every major league baseball, football and basketball team ...

New PSU traffic needs further tweaking

The problem with traffic into and out of Beaver Stadium is not an easy puzzle to solve. Years ago, Beaver Field was moved to the current location of Beaver Stadium, to allow for growth and expansion. That was 1959. The stadium held just over 46,000 fans. There was no I-99. There was no Bryce ...

Fandom

Name: Dave Schmelzlen Age: 63 Residence: Altoona High school: Altoona College: Penn State My favorite sport: College football I usually attend games with: When I am not an usher at Penn State or Hollidaysburg football games, I go with my brother and friends to Altoona games. Favorite ...

Baseball statistics have gone over top

OK, I watch too much ESPN. However, sometime between another Geico commercial and recent promos for the 78th Yankees-Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball, I must have dozed off only to wake up in a different galaxy — a galaxy dominated by a group named the Elias Sports Bureau and the ...

Fandom

Name: Bill Schroeder Age: 58 Residence: Hollidaysburg High School: Bishop Guilfoyle College: Penn State Favorite sport: Football in the 1970s I usually attended games with: My dad, Lyle, before he passed away. My favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle My favorite college ...

New rule hits home in Steeler game

It’s of little consolation to Steelers fans, but their team played a role in NFL broadcast and officiating history last week. With a replay challenge of a non-call that led to a pass interference penalty being called, the Seahawks-Steelers game was the first in which the NFL’s rule to ...

Beating Pats may be wishful thinking

By Ira Kaufman For the Mirror Last Sunday I went to Gillette Stadium to see if Ben Roethlisberger, in the twilight of his career, could finally beat the GOAT, Tom Brady. Nearly two decades ago, the underdog New England Patriots (with Drew Bledsoe replacing an injured Tom Brady) upset the ...

Pitt is second state rivalry PSU has lost

Cory Giger is right when he states that old timers remember the Penn State-Pitt game with great affection. I was an undergraduate in the 1950s when this game, along with Penn State at Penn (which was always played in Philadelphia) were our most traditional rivalries. The Army-Navy, ...

Portage official fondly remembered

Several days ago, the community of Portage and surrounding areas were saddened by the passing of Ed Layo, a longtime and well known PIAA football and softball sports official. He was a former teacher in the Portage Area School District. He was 93 when he passed away and spent many years ...

NFL’s ratings bonanza set to begin

The return of regular season NFL football means good things for many people, among them bettors, diehard fans, fantasy football players and, especially, TV programmers. It might be weeks until network series like “This is Us,” “9-1-1” or “Modern Family” return, but the fall TV ...

Decision leaves Colts out of ‘Luck’

Andrew Luck’s retirement was an unexpected one and not taken very well by the Indianapolis fans, but now Luck is gone, and the Colts have a shaky future. Luck was injured multiple times in his career, including a season-ending injury in 2017. He was mentally worn out in the end, which was a ...

Whose football dreams will come true?

In theory, opening week of the NFL and college football season brims with the promise of championships, team milestones, and more wins than losses for every team. The reality is that the favorites in the preseason often fulfill their aspirations for postseason and bowl game appearances, ...

Baseball must improve on its safety

ATLANTA — There’s always a surge of excitement when a foul ball comes your way, mixed with a sense of dread. It’s a thrilling souvenir to take home from the ballpark. Yet too many fans have been left bloody and maimed by these projectiles hurtling into the stands. One person even ...

Little League coverage hits home run

After 10 days of on-field action and an abundance of made-for-TV fun, the Little League World Series concludes this afternoon with the championship game from Williamsport airing at 3 p.m. on ABC. As it has for years, ESPN packages the event as a slice of Americana, full of camaraderie, ...

An honor to play ‘for something bigger’

I will never forget the phone call I made to John Boyer the first week of March in 2014. That phone call was to offer him the first spot on the Sideline Cancer basketball team. When he picked up the phone, I told him that I wanted him to play in honor of the Griffith Family Foundation of ...

Boxing pays price for chasing money

There’s nothing new about those who make their living in sports chasing every dollar they can. NFL owners do it every time they threaten to devastate a city by moving a team to greener pastures. Baseball does it by signing lucrative broadcast agreement that make it more expensive — and ...

Mailbag

Little League refreshing Little League is televised this week. Terrific players. I forget how young they are. Good sportsmanship, too. No bench clearing brawls with these players. Tune into ESPN to see good baseball. Donna Hott Hollidaysburg Letters can be sent ...

Franklin must improve on game day

Commentators at SEC media days were still talking of Penn State’s loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. This was not a SEC West team — Alabama, LSU or Auburn — but a mediocre team from the weaker SEC East. On the first series of the game on fourth and 9 from his own 26-yard line, ...

Marketing displaces sports’ traditions

Few things can evoke expressions of nostalgia and sentimentality like holidays, family milestones and trips to professional sporting events. There was a time not that long ago when even a casual sports fan could recite the name of the home stadium, ballpark or arena for all or most of the ...