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Voice of the Fan

Winning the Heisman not a certainty in ’21

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The last three Heisman Trophy winners include the first receiver to win the award in nearly three decades, a quarterback who was the 52nd-rated passer in the country the season before and a first-year starting QB. The days of the Heisman winner being ...

Even without fans, LLWS is special

By Paul Lilly For the Mirror Trivia question: Where is the “Field of Dreams?” A gold star if you answered Dyersville, Iowa. But Dyersville, Iowa, isn’t the “Field of Dreams” for everyone. Millions of kids around the world would give a different answer. The “Field of ...

Pro, college need to follow how Raiders deal with COVID

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press The Raiders have always prided themselves on being a maverick franchise, so maybe it wasn’t too surprising that they were the first NFL team to take such a bold — yet obvious — step. Now every other sports team — both college and pro — ...

Bears tampering with tradition

By Jim Caltagirone For the Mirror It’s unlikely that the official hometown designation of the Chicago Bears will ever change to Arlington Heights, even if the organization instigates the construction of a new stadium in the suburb which is approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown ...

Learning the power of the name … Ali

By Timi Dahlberg The Associated Press No one disputes that boxing is hard, really hard. For Nico Ali Walsh, living up his grandfather’s name might be even harder. He was, after all, The Greatest. “He’s just my grandfather and it’s as simple as that,” Ali Walsh said. “So ...

Baseball losing (too) many heroes

By Bob Trumpbour For the Mirror When I was 11 years old, my mom took me to a New Jersey mall to meet Tom Seaver, then a star pitcher for the New York Mets. I still have the autographed ball that he signed on that day, and I still vividly remember the very brief conversation I had with ...