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Big Ben’s career may end on sad note The game was over, players milling around, and the TV camera moved in on a figure dressed in the familiar black and gold and sitting alone on the bench and showing that lost look in his eyes. It was Big Ben Roethlisberger, and his eyes told the whole ...

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For PSU, 2021 surely will be better About this time most years, Penn State fans are returning from a good bowl game in a warm area of the country. In 2019, the Nittany Lions were in the midst of being a top-5 team, stumbled twice and went on to the Cotton Bowl to post a win over ...

Story on Conlan stirred good memories

I enjoyed Neil Rudel’s fine story on Shane Conlan. Being from Frewsburg, N.Y., I graduated a couple of years ahead of Conlan. He was part of original start-up football program in the school and played running back/linebacker. He came from a solid family unit and his dad was a state ...

Searching for real candor in sports world

Has there ever been a time in history when sports figures moved their mouths so much but said so little? And when they slip and actually do say anything, rest assured, their PR coaches are summoned quickly to remind them what they meant to say, and the next day we either get a nicely ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag: Sports should be independent from schools

I have been a faithful proponent of year-round school for over 30 years. As in Europe, year-round school has several months of school, and then there are three weeks of break. So breaks, vacations, etc, happen several times a year. The school day is also longer than what we have here. ...

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Ominous clouds hovering over PSU The damp dark gray Sunday morning mirrors my mood. Do the Nittany Lions simply write off another embarrassing loss and the possibility of a no-win season to COVID-19 and associated travails? Or is that giving management a free pass? For example, I ...

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Young captures fish controversy I wanted to express a comment about “There’s no real need to cry over spilled carp” written in the Nov. 7-Nov. 8 edition by Walt Young. Thank you, Mr. Young. While I am not a fisherman — I, too, was very interested in the situation happening near ...

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Franklin can’t do it on day of the game Regularly attending Penn State games since 1969, and a season-ticket holder since 1976, it’s obvious to me that Penn State’s administration and athletic director Sandy Barbour have made a conscious decision for mediocrity. James Franklin has ...

Chambers’ comment was out of character

I was stunned to read in the Mirror that Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers had resigned his position for a comment he made in January 2019 to Rasir Bolton, who is currently a student at Iowa State University. I am sure it was a shock wave heard around the world of college ...

Case of bad timing hits Franklin, PSU

Here’s my take on the Penn State football season. Could James Franklin be any unluckier? He can’t keep his staff together like, ever. His best team is during the pandemic. His best player can’t bother to come back to the team when play starts. His recruiting is worse than ...

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Contz’s column on ND shows his hypocrisy Former Penn State football player Bill Contz criticized Notre Dame in the Mirror last weekend for not canceling a game over a week away. I find this to be hypocritical. If I remember correctly, James Franklin was one of the biggest voices ...

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Father Jack O’Malley considers it the finest moment of his time at Saint Francis College. The Frankies had just scored a major triumph over Fordham in a tournament in Charlotte. It was 11:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve, 1958, and the team was departing by plane for Pittsburgh and then on by ...

Mailbag: Empty Beaver Stadium leaves sad, surreal feeling

The word surreal is one of those terms vastly overused by so many. Yet I can’t think of a better descriptor as I drove past Beaver Stadium drenched in sunshine with a whiff of early autumn in the air. I should have been among the 100,000-plus in the stands. I deserved it. Don’t I? ...

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Social distancing doesn’t exist in game of football I appreciated Neil Rudel’s commentary on the PIAA and high school sports last weekend (“PIAA needs to keep using common sense.”) I would like to share a couple of my thoughts on the subject. Fact 1: Gov. Wolf’s position is ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Teener League decision is letting kids down Since when are local sports officials an adequate substitute for state and federal health officials? How is it possible that the Altoona Teener League will allow sporting events to take place at the Eldorado Kiwanis field while still in the yellow ...