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Voice of the Fan

Safeguard players from this virus

The decision by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to delay football to the winter or spring has met with sharp criticism, impassioned player testimonials and parent-authored letters. Evidently the health and well-being of players, coaches and any fans lucky enough to be allowed inside the stadium of ...

Sadly, Indy 500 has deafening sounds of silence

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s almost race weekend and the tiny enclave of Speedway looks virtually barren. The usually colorful campgrounds and parking lots are empty, green grass untouched and white gravel undisturbed. There is no sign of the familiar sweet smells of food staples like turkey legs ...

Silence will be deafening at Masters

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press The Masters, known as much for the roars as the raw beauty of Augusta National, will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators. That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans, and the silence ...

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Parsons could have delayed announcement Neil Rudel mentioned that he can’t blame Micah Parsons for making the decision for forgoing this season. I only wish Parsons would have waited more than one day to announce his decision just to pretend that he was a team leader of one of the ...

PIAA makes right decision with no-spectator policy

I’m writing this in response to Neil Rudel’s column on July 31 advocating that parents be permitted to attend PIAA sporting events this fall. I have been a track and field coach since 1978. I am currently the head girls track and field coach at Hughesville High School, a Class 2A school ...

Appreciation for fans should grow

It’s a sad fact of life that most things are not truly appreciated until they’re gone. In today’s sporting world, that includes the fans. From the days of the ancient Olympics, athletes have reaped the rewards of their skills in the arena, from fame and fortune to public adulation and ...

Red Flash great gone too soon

Editor’s note: Former Saint Francis basketball standout Jack Phelan died suddenly last week at the age of 66. His former coach at Saint Francis, Dave Magarity, reflects on the passing of his good friend. Magarity is currently the head coach of the West Point women’s basketball team. ...

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For kneeling players, here’s another option The emphasis of the NFL games could always be summarized in one word: winning. I do believe this is about to change after reading excerpts in the Mirror and listening to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. The new emphasis will be on which ...

Suspicious of college football testing

Alarmed at the number of coronavirus cases reported amongst college football’s elite, Boomer Esiason was quoted in a recent Newsweek article as saying the top teams “...may be trying to gain an advantage by having their players get the virus now instead of during conference play.” What ...

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Athletes shouldn’t take precedence At a time when the Trump administration is measurably failing the American public when it comes to the availability to get a COVID test and the long turnaround time to receive the test results, I was appalled to learn that the NCAA issued the following ...

Wooden epitomizes American hero

When the task force that is charged with establishing the National Garden of American Heroes begins reviewing great figures of America’s history, the late collegiate coaching legend John Wooden should receive every consideration. Based on the criteria that will be used to select the ...

A baseball year like no other

The big sports news from Los Angeles this week — other than the sensational outfield play of clubhouse attendant Francisco “Chico” Herrera — was that the Dodgers will join some other teams and sell fan cutouts to fill seats at Dodger Stadium. Which, of course, immediately brought ...

Some games need further review

As the pandemic enters its fifth month, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Gov. Wolf’s county-by-county map of the commonwealth employs the same color scheme used to promote the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Classic. Perhaps the governor envisions himself The King and Pennsylvania’s ...

National view

Newton can wear many hats for Patriots By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press One is a man of a million fedoras. The other is all about the hoodie. But whether Cam Newton and Bill Belichick can take the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl is going to be more about football than ...

Mascots, like the Lion, should unite

When the administration of Alpha Omega Academy, an online school in over 45 countries, surveyed parents, students, teachers and alumni regarding the adoption of a mascot, the effort was designed to create a sense of community. “Many people are under the impression that mascots can only be ...

‘Half-man, half-amazing’ wraps it up

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver lauded ...

Father’s Day holds a special place

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit Lane, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. 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. ...

With majors later, Woods shouldn’t rush

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — When it comes to Tiger Woods returning to the PGA Tour, it’s all about the calendar. Nothing raised hopes that he would be at Hilton Head like a website tracking yachts that showed his Privacy on its way to Sea ...

McGwire, Sosa chase sight to behold

As part of its 30-for-30 series, ESPN highlights the 1998 pursuit by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to break Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs. In 1998, all fans were captivated as the St. Louis Cardinals’ McGwire and the Chicago Cubs’ Sosa matched home runs nightly, and the race was ...

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Kneeling for anthem not way to show unity In ranking the top coaches of the NFL, the name of Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Chuck Noll would certainly be in the top 10. Four Super Bowl wins in less than 10 years during his tenure is quite an accomplishment. To those close to him, he was ...